Bollywood actor Ajay Devgn has been in the industry for more than 25 years. In a recent media conversation, the actor said that his generation of actors was lucky to have a dedicated fan following, which is a rarity today.
“I think we were very lucky because when we had started work, the kind of fan following we got at that point of time, they were very loyal fans. Till today they maintain that and watch our films. The new generation who is watching films, they have become very sensible, smart and intelligent. They go by the content, film to film. This will keep on changing. They will decide if the film is good or not, it won’t matter who is in the film,” he added.
Ajay Devgn faced some failures in recent years till the blockbuster Golmaal Again came. However the actor said there was never a phase in his career where he felt lost.
“I’ve been very lucky in that sense. Everybody goes through a phase when films don’t do well but someone analysed it for me that in my whole career, except for a year or two, there has never been a year when I didn’t have a hit. Maybe if there are two or three flops, there has always been a hit. I’ve luckily never had a phase where I was struggling.”
Currently, Ajay is awaiting the release of his next, Raid. Directed by Raj Kumar Gupta, the film is set against the backdrop of the 1980s and features Ajay as an Income Tax officer hailing from Uttar Pradesh.
“I’ve been raided once in the ’90s. I didn’t encounter it because I was shooting out of town. It went on for a day or two and in the end, they got nothing.”
“I like rotating my genres, doing different things. I did Golmaal now Raid, then a rom-com and then Dhamaal. I think I’ve been lucky. I’ve tried most of the genres and they all have worked. Otherwise an actor starts struggling. He wants to break out of a genre and then it gets very difficult. It (trying new genres) has got nothing to do with stereotype. It’s about me enjoying my work and not getting repetitive and bored,” he added.