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Ajay Devgn and David Dhawan have forgotten the past and with Rascals, it is turning out to be an all new beginning for them. More than a decade back though it was an altogether different scenario with the actor and the director at loggerheads with each other.
“Today’s generation is not aware about the problems that the duo had during the late 90s”, informs a senior industry insider, “Those were the times when Dhawan was the undisputed ‘baadshah’ of comic cinema with dozen odd hits with Govinda and Salman Khan. On the other hand, Ajay was miles away from comedy with Ishq being a sole exception. Those were the days when he used to do action flicks by dozens. Needless to say, there was no way that the two could have worked together since they excelled in genres that were poles apart.”
This was not the only reason which separated the duo. There have been legendary tales around how the two just couldn’t get along with each other and Ajay had even commented around how he could never be seen in the kind of cinema that Dhawan made.
“This is the reason why it was shocking for the industry when Ajay agreed to work with Dhawan in Amitabh Bachchan–Sanjay Dutt–Aishwarya Rai starrer Hum Kisi Se Kam Nahin (2002). No one could see that coming. The two never worked with each other again but Ajay decided to hit the comic route with a vengeance post the release of the film”, continues the insider.
Though Ajay and Dhawan never worked again for ages, in the new decade the actor found major success coming his way through films like Masti, Golmaal series, All The Best, Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge? and Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji – each of which has been comedies. No wonder this time around when he paired up with his Hum Kisi Se Kam Nahin team of David Dhawan and Sanjay Dutt all over again for Rascals, there weren’t many eyebrows raised.
“With Ajay I am enjoying a great director-actor relationship”, says Dhawan who is happy to have wrapped up a major schedule of Rascals with the actor, “Also, he shares a good camaraderie with Sanju; unka aapas ka taal-mel bahaut achcha hai. I don’t know how time just flew while shooting for the film in Bangkok. Sanju as well as Ajay’s comic timing are just superb.”
As Chunkey Pandey would love to say here, hope Dhawan is not joking!!