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    Ajay Devgan: “It was great of Saif to have cut his hair”

    [Interview by Faridoon Shahryar]
    Thursday, July 27, 2006
    “When you are doing one role then you are not thinking about anything else,” says man-with-a-brooding-intensity Ajay Devgan who is basking in the glory of a rib tickling ‘Golmaal’. And within a fortnight he is ready with the biggest release of the second half of 2006: ‘Omkara’ where he plays the title role of Shakespearean tragic hero Othello. Ajay has been associated with quality cinema with a dash of commercialization. Last year’s ‘Aparahan’ resulted in extremely positive reviews and did well at the cash window as well. Two time National Award winning actor gets into an exclusive video interview with IndiaGlitz at the eve of the release of ‘Omkara’. So, do check out the video in our Broadband section.

    What is your character Omkara all about?

    Omkara is based on Othello. He is an aggressive mafia don in UP and the story is how he falls in love. His own people try to harm him in a planned manner. This leads him to do something which is wrong.

    Did you read Othello before starting work?

    I haven’t read Othello in total. I’ve just read the synopsis. Its an adaptation with a simple line. The manner in which Vishal has adapted deserved my entire attention and concentration.

    ‘Golmaal’ is a comedy that released a few days ago and Omkara is a tragedy, so how difficult was it?

    Golmaal had a different feel. When you are doing one role then you are not thinking about anything else. So, I don’t think it’s difficult.

    Which one do you prefer Golmaal or a Omkara?

    I do everything. I am happy that today Golmaal is doing well and is being appreciated. My work is being appreciated in the film as well. It is not as if I only want to do intense roles. I want to do every kind of role.

    Something about Omkara that appealed to you

    When you feel that the director is making a good film, when the production team is going in the right direction, co-stars are working hard, the atmosphere on the sets is pleasant then one feels like getting up in the morning and going to work.

    How is Vishal Bharadwaj as a director?

    When the director is clear, knows his job, is a good writer himself then the work becomes easier. It definitely helps the performance.

    Something about the language used in ‘Omkara’ and the different kind of look in this movie

    Language was a bit difficult for which we had to do a lot of rehearsals. As for the look I didn’t have much difficulty. I just had to raise the moustache and beard. Saif had a bit of a difficulty as he had to cut his hairs and everyone is wary of doing that. So, great of him for doing that.

    Othello is an emotionally violent role, so how well you adapted yourself to it

    You don’t think about yourself while playing a character, then you are thinking about the character and always think how character would behave in a given situation. So, you don’t compare yourself with the character…You just think about the character. And not about yourself.

    How were the co-stars in ‘Omkara’?

    When your co-stars are good, fine actors, are hard working with no egos….then it feels good.

    You are considered to be a prankster, any experience that you’d like to share?

    There was nothing of this sort on this set. We had fun and laughter while making but no pranks as such were played on each other.

    What about the music of Omkara?

    I like the music very much. All the songs are situational. It is out in the market and doing well. All the songs are working for me. My favourite is ‘O Saathi Re’.

    Vishal has sung a song for the first time in ‘O Saathi Re’

    I think Vishal has sung very well. He is definitely a very talented singer.

    What is the meaning of the tag line ‘greatest evil is born out of greatest love’?

    Because the greatest love causes the greatest insecurity and makes you do things which are not alright at times. So, it depends…Love can make a man go on the right path or completely on the wrong path.

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