Ajay Devgn has time and again managed to strike a balance between films that are driven by content and potboilers. This time he is confident that even closet watchers will watch Golmaal again as he has met with the intellectual kind and they all have seen the previous ones. I sit with him to discuss the hoopla that comes with every Golmaal installment.
This is the first time in 7 years of Golmaal that Rohit Shetty has written the film. Did he try his hand at it before this installment as well?
Rohit came to me with this idea around 4 years back. I really liked the idea and I told him that he should work on this. The team took around 3 years to work on it and that is how today we have Golmaal Again. The pressure of a Golmaal is always there and it’s good. That’s why it took so long to write. We finished the shoot in 6- 8 months.
A certain section of the audience dismisses Rohit Shetty films. Do you see as to why they refrain from it?
When I talk to most of these intelligent people, they tell me that they have watched Golmaal 3. They are closet watchers. They like watching it but just for their reputation, they don’t like accepting it. They say that it is senseless but they all watch it. My point is why won’t they also want to enjoy. When a Hollywood comedy like Hangover comes, they love it because that is in English. They like a Hollywood film of the same genre but here they have issues. People want to get entertained and entertainment does not mean only laughing. An entertaining film is which grips you and for those 2 hours you are deported and become a part of the film. That could be action, emotion, comedy….any genre. When that happens with the audience, they are fine.
Today, most actors are deeply involved with the entire process of filmmaking. Do you also pay attention to every detail of making a film?
It has changed over the years. The films that I am doing in future also are all different. I am really concentrating on how are they making it, what is the detailing of the script? I think all of this has become important now. Most of the audience feels that we as actors have made these films. They look at you and say, ” Tumne vo picture bohot achi banayi ya kharab banayi... So many of them do not know that who is making the film and who is acting in it. Somewhere we have started feeling that it is your responsibility that what you are doing should be good enough.
Speaking of your last film, Baadshaho did very well at single screens but didn’t have a stronghold at the multiplex. Do you think the disparity between single screens and multiplexes are widening?
I think it is getting shorter now. I have noticed this that if the film has opened very well at a single screen, it will open well at a multiplex as well and vice-versa. The exposure is happening for everyone. Even the masses have an exposure to the internet and everything that others are watching. They are also evolving so there will be a time when it will be equal.
Speaking of the same film, the climax of the film did not match the tone of the film we were watching. What happened?
I spoke to the director about the same thing too. We had shot the portion but last minute he removed it.