Ajay Devgun: 'Oscars not far off now'


By Hindustan Times

MUMBAI, March 5 -- Be it his first blockbuster Phool Aur Kaante (1991), or the hilarious Golmaal or his recent release Son Of Sardaar (2012), action has always been an integral part of Ajay Devgn's films.

The actor with versatile talent is currently shooting for Prakash Jha's Satyagraha in Bhopal, but will also be promoting Himmatwala there. And after finishing his Bhopal schedule, Ajay will return to Mumbai to start an untitled Prabhudheva film and Rohit Shetty's Golmaal 4, both of which are slated to release in 2014.

What is your take on the Indian presence at the Oscars?

I won't say the Oscars are a far off thing now. Over the years, we have created better cinema, we have grown a lot technologically and are still growing. Indian films fetching Oscars will take time, but not much.

How do you juggle being a movie star and a family man? And how much support do you get from your wife, Kajol?

I would say if you are happy at home, you will be happy and satisfied at work. I have balanced my work and my family. I don't work 20 hours a day, don't get up at 6 am and start working. I maintain a nice balance. I must thank Kajol for this. She's been a great support. I am very lucky to have her as a friend and wife. When I am working, I am out of all family worries. She has made me very comfortable in both my professional and personal life. And my kids are my best critics.

What made you accept a film like Himmatwala? It doesn't seem to be your type of cinema.

When Sajid (Khan, director) approached me with the concept, I told him that we need to have a fabulous script to keep up with the old one. It is an entertaining masala movie with lots of emotions, action, drama, songs and everything that caters to the Indian audience. We also wanted today's generation to see what films were like in the '80s.