I’m more comfortable behind the camera: Ajay Devgn

New Delhi: Since his debut with Phool Aur Kaante in 1991, Ajay Devgn has lived a multifaceted life of an actor, producer, director and writer. But he says he likes being ‘behind the camera’ because he has been there since childhood, courtesy his father and stunt choreographer Veeru Devgn.

During a tete-a-tete with a media person, Ajay, who was in capital to promote his forthcoming release <g data-gr-id="55">Drishyam</g>, said, “In <g data-gr-id="56">Drishyam</g>, I’m in front of the camera, but I like being behind the camera also. That’s where I’m going to be seen in <g data-gr-id="57">Shivaay</g>. I feel more comfortable when I’m behind the camera. It comes <g data-gr-id="44">easy</g> to me <g data-gr-id="45">because</g> as a child, I’ve always been working on that side as a technician’s son.”

<g data-gr-id="40">Shivaay</g> marks the 46-year-old’s return to the director’s chair after 2008 film U Me Aur Hum. The film has been in <g data-gr-id="43">news</g> for reasons other than this too!

Ajay’s film will face competition from Karan Johar’s Ae Dil Hai Mushkil starring Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Ranbir Kapoor, and Anushka Sharma, which will release alongside <g data-gr-id="42">Shivaay</g> on Diwali 2016.

But the Singham star is ‘not afraid’ of clashes and ‘loves’ it as he says it motivates him to work harder. “It’s a fair call. There would be multiple occasions when two films will release together. We have enough theatres. If everything is divided well, I think both films will work or whichever with a better <g data-gr-id="50">script,</g> will work.

“In that way, clashes urge everybody to work harder. It has its minus points, but we can’t resist it. I’m not afraid of it. I’m happy, I love clashes. It helps me work harder,” said Ajay, who is married to actor Kajol and has two children with her.

While many believe filmdom is a competitive field, Ajay, a two-time National Film Award winning 
<g data-gr-id="67">actor,</g> concedes that ‘there’s no competition in Bollywood’.

“We are all friends. We all have our own zone and space where we feel comfortable working in. Ultimately, there has been so much of work in the industry and I’ve been working in it for almost 25 years now. So, we don’t cross each others' space,” Ajay said. His forthcoming film, Nishikant Kamat’s directorial <g data-gr-id="58">Drishyam</g>, which releases on Friday, is a remake of the Malayalam film of the same name.

When Ajay looks back, he says, “I don’t even realise that it’s been 25 years. Good times fly too fast and today also I feel like I just started yesterday. My journey has been fabulous and so smooth that I haven’t realised it at all.” 

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