To state that Ajay Devgn is hurt due to ongoing imbroglio would be stating the obvious. However, one conversation with him and you know that the man is venting it out like never before. Always a balanced guy who stays to the point in each and every conversation of his, he is maintaining an emotional equilibrium even in current scenario though one can pretty much see that he isn't willing to take it lying down. Stating things as they are and only demanding a fair consideration of the current situation, Ajay makes himself heard and that too pretty strong.
How does the release stand in the current scenario?
See, matter is in the court but deep inside, everyone knows what is right and what is wrong. In a legal battle, you are not supposed to comment anything. But, all I can say is that at least, industry and trade people know what has transpired so there is no point getting into that debate. Whatever I say is something that you would write from my point of view and you would add from your point of view.
How has the industry reaction been so far?
(Smiles) Well, mera bhala ho yaa naa ho par kam se kam industry people are calling up to say that hamara bhala toh ho jaayega. They (Yash Raj Films) are talking about being fair and all, par...jo baatein ho rahi hain uske hisaab se toh sabko pata hai, that it is all rubbish. If you talk about fair, then I will give you a simple example. Main to yahi bol raha hoon that I don't want any compensation or their release to be stopped. I am not asking for any damages. I am being fair.
So what next?
I am asking the law to be fair. If they (YRF) give a statement that exhibitors can release at their will, then that's what I am also saying. Main keh raha hoon ki aaj saare exhibitors ko bolo ki jo aapne Ek Tha Tiger ke saath contract sign kiye hain usko bhool jaayo. Unki marzi hai ki kaunsi picture release karni hai aur woh haath ke haath decide kar lein ki jisko jiske saath jaana hai woh jaaye. Ab fair hai toh fair hai! Main kisi ko phone nahi karoonga ki meri picture lagaao aur woh kisi ko phone naa karein ki meri picture lagao. Bass...baat khatam! Jis exhibitor ko lagaani hai woh wahi picture lagaae!
You seem confident...
Today, even you know the situation, which exhibitor has to put which movie. You are from the trade, so you understand. I think you can't be fairer than that!
Any actor or producer would want to enjoy his film's release, be it Diwali or any other time of the year....
[Interrupts] I am not enjoying it all. In fact, this is all unnecessary. We have seen the film and are so happy and confident about what we have made. In such a scenario, we should be enjoying the moment, but we are not. In fact, given a chance, I would have wanted to celebrate before release itself but I am unable to do that.
Hasn't the current situation left a bad taste in your mouth?
Honestly, these are controversies you don't want to be in. I have never been into controversies for last 20 years but I have been in today. I would have been all the more excited about the film if not for such distractions. Aakhir hamaari film ka buzz sabko maloom hai.
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