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Age is just a number: Ajay Devgn proves it all over again with Maidaan; he is not scared of any competition nor is he scared of making mistakes

en Bollywood News Age is just a number: Ajay Devgn proves it all over again with Maidaan; he is not scared of any competition nor is he scared of making mistakes

The final trailer of Maidaan—dexterously cut, let us state right away—is every bit a cliff hanger in the most ruminative definition of the word. Cliff hanger, although it does not try to hang on to any cliff except the one that materializes when a writer and director, not to mention the lead actor, know their job.

Age is just a number: Ajay Devgn proves it all over again with Maidaan; he is not scared of any competition nor is he scared of making mistakes

Age is just a number: Ajay Devgn proves it all over again with Maidaan; he is not scared of any competition nor is he scared of making mistakes

And boy, do they do it well!

Ajay Devgn turned 55 on April 2 even as the trailer of his new film demonstrates that he is easily among the best star-actors of the country. In Maidaan we can see he plays a man in his 50s. His body language conveys exactly what his character is meant to: this is a man who has devoted his life to sports, football to be more precise, and is aging with grace and aplomb.

And yes, Devgn looks like a footballer in Maidaan: lean athletic sinewy and focussed. Which, with due respects, Amitabh Bachchan failed to do in Jhund.

In recent years, no Bollywood A-lister has evolved the way Ajay Devgn has. And we don’t have to look too far behind for proof of his constantly mutating craft. In Luv Ranjan’s De De Pyar De, a goofy rom-com where he was sandwiched between two beautiful wives, he sportingly made fun of his own growing years and his coupling with a much younger co-star Rakul Preet Singh by comparing his love life with Saif Ali Khan and Kareena.

In his two recent cameo appearances in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Gangubai Kathiawadi and Rajamouli’s RRR Devgn redefined on-screen ruggedness with an underhand coolness that cannot be acquired. You either have it or you don’t.

Devgn has it. He is a fearless actor. He is not scared of any competition and he is not scared of making mistakes. “I want to grow as an actor. And the only way to grow is to take risks,” he once said to this writer.

Age is just a number: Ajay Devgn proves it all over again with Maidaan; he is not scared of any competition nor is he scared of making mistakes

This is why he was the first Bollywood superstar to take the leap onto the streaming platform with Applause Entertainment's riveting Rudra, a remake of the Idris Elba-starrer successful British series Luther, Rudra was a web series, which brought Devgan closer to the audience than ever before.

Now there is Maidaan, which is looking like winner from word goal. Amit Sharma is one of the most accomplished contemporary directors. Lest we forget, he directed the clutter-breaking Badhaai Ho in 2018. Maidaan has taken five years to be completed.

That’s okay. Mughal-e-Azam took 16 years.

Ajay Devgn is for my money the most dependable star-actor in Mumbai. Maidaan will make the cash registers ring and sing again. When a producer invests in a film starring Ajay Devgn he knows he won’t lose money. Ajay has a very staunch fan following. His audience doesn’t change every Friday.

A word on Devgan’s co-star in Maidaan , the lovely Priyamani. She has just two moments in the trailer with Devgan.Priyamani proves, it’s not the length, it’s the performance. To begin with ,this Amit Sharma directorial was to feature Keerti Suresh opposite Devgn. But she decided the role was not substantial enough to do her justice. So she opted out. Her loss. The talented Priyamani shares a mellow mature chemistry with Devgn in this sports biopic.Tabu wala pyar.

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Also Read: “Maidaan’s all yours to shine. May the Singham in you raid and smash all the box office records,” says Aamil Keeyan Khan as he wishes superstar Ajay Devgn on his birthday

More Pages: Maidaan Box Office Collection , Maidaan Movie Review


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