Shivaay, by all means, is easily the biggest film to release in 2016. While there have been biggies like Sultan and successes like M.S. Dhoni – The Untold Story, Airlift and Rustom at the Box Office, nothing can really beat the scale at which Shivaay has been set. That by itself is an experience to cherish for Ajay Devgn who has been a part of the industry for 25 years now and has delivered quite a few hits and super hits in on a regular basis. However with Shivaay, which Ajay confesses to being a passion project, it is a different ballgame altogether as the biggie readies to arrive this Diwali.
Exactly as what you are saying! The reactions are same all over. I am extremely happy because this is something that I am hearing not just in India but also abroad. Recently I went to the U.S. and met quite a few foreign technicians and big directors. They are talking about it, finding it outstanding and exclaiming that they have not seen something like this before. That is gratifying.
Exactly. We have shot for 105-106 days and 50% of that has been action. We were still able to keep the budget right because we planned it all very well. People are saying that the film looks like a Rs. 150-160 crore affair. However, that is not true. That’s because usually if a film’s budget is X then half of it goes to the actor, director and other artists. Here I have put all the money into production. There is no budget for actor or director. We have saved even producer’s fee. I have sold the film at a price in which my other normal films are sold. Due to this there is no load on distributors either.