‘Golmaal Again isn’t completely brainless’

Debarati Palit
Wednesday, 18 October 2017

During a recent media interaction, Ajay Devgn talks about his film, which is releasing tomorrow, Rohit Shetty, the changing taste of audience and trolling on social media 

With big-budgeted, multi-starrer movies not faring well at the box office this year, the film industry is not doing brisk business. However, trade pundits are hopeful that Rohit Shetty’s Golmaal Again and Aamir Khan’s Secret Superstar will give the much needed boost to the industry.

Golmaal Again, starring Ajay Devgn, Tabu, Arshad Warsi, Shreyas Talpade, Parineeti Chopra, Tusshar Kapoor, Kunal Kemmu, Johnny Lever and others, is the fourth in the Golmaal installment. The film releasing on October 20 has already created positive vibes among the audience.  

During the film’s promotion in Mumbai, Ajay, who plays an integral role, said that he always feels the pressure when his film releases. “The makers have put their money into the film and they should get their returns. But it’s not just about meeting the industry’s expectations, the audience too has been waiting for the film to release,” he said.

The pressure is not just as an artist but more as a team. “We realise that it’s our responsibility to give good content and that’s why it took us seven years. Rohit had narrated the story four years back and I had told him to work on it further. He took three-and-a-half years to work on the script. We want to give the audience a good quality film,” he said over a cup of tea.

The actor believes that the best part of Golmaal is the characters. “There are many popular films but we cannot make a franchise for all of them. You can only make a franchise if the characters are popular. Each and every character in Golmaal has a unique trait which needs to be retained and the rest can change with the script,” he said.

TV has added to the film’s popularity
The new film will get a new set of audience. Besides 18-to 19-year-olds, who have grown up watching the Golmaal series, children too can enjoy the film. “Our target now is 7-and 8-year-olds because they too have watched the Golmaal series on television. My son watches the films whenever they are screened because they are entertaining and humorous. Golmaal is alive because of television,” he said.

Not completely brainless
The tagline of the film says, ‘This Diwali sirf magic and no logic. But the actor-director-producer says that Golmaal Again is not completely brainless. “We are not asking the audience to keep their brains at home. In fact, it’s a kind of story that will require your brains. Having said that, when it comes to ghosts there’s no logic involved,” he said.

Equation with Rohit
Ajay’s association with the filmmaker goes a long way. He has been a part of Rohit’s ventures since his first film Zameen. The actor says that their association hasn’t changed. “That’s because we started on a different note. In my first film, Rohit was the assistant director. We have known each other for a long time and the level of  understanding has become better,” he said.

Changing taste of audience
The recent failure of commercial films like Raees, Tubelight, Jab Harry Met Sejal and others goes on to show the changing taste of the audience. “Audience wants to see large scale but sensitive films. They want to laugh and get entertained too. The films, which haven’t worked, are extremely bad films and that is a fact. Keeping the changing taste of the audience in mind we have scripted our film accordingly. It’s a fact that we cannot satisfy each and everyone. Only certain kind of stories are liked by all and it’s difficult to always make such films,” said Ajay.     
About Bollywood witnessing the emergence of movie-on demand platforms like Netflix and small-budgeted films, he said, “I too watch small-budgeted films on Netflix or at home. But the audience goes to the theatre for the cinematic experience.”   

Even the heroes are becoming more relatable and the audience is connecting with them. “They are changing but in a positive manner. Our heroes are becoming more like the common man. In addition to that, every character is getting grey like my character in Drishyam. He will go to any length to protect his family,” said Ajay.

Trolls on social media
Social media and trolling has become a big part of an actor’s life today. Every now and then, actors get trolled by users on Twitter and Facebook. However Ajay pointed out, “It only happens with those who share their opinion about anything and everything. I am not very active on social media and I only speak if I understand and feel for the issue.”  

Playing real-life characters on screen
Ajay is not working on one but two biopics. He has already announced Tanaji The Unsung Warrior based on Tanaji Malusare, who served as one of Shivaji’s generals in the 17th century.

“I am working on another biopic titled Capsule Gill. It’s based on Jaswant Singh Gill, the chief engineer who in 1989 saved the lives of 64 miners at the Mahabir Colliery of Raniganj in West Bengal. We will start working on it soon,” he said.

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