Filmmaker Prakash Jha dismisses the rumours of a fallout between him and actor Ajay Devgn,who will be seen in his upcoming socio-political drama Satyagraha.
Prakash Jha said: “Any director-actor collaboration that lasts beyond 2-3 film is talked about. People have been talking about difference between Karan Johar and Shah Rukh Khan for quite some time. It has made no difference to their association. Ajay and I will continue to be friends and collaborators.”
There are hushed rumours of a fall-out between Prakash and Ajay and a reconciliation only after the assurance of hefty remuneration.
Prakash Jha also said: “My films Gangaajal,Apaharan and now Satyagraha are important to Ajay’s career. I wouldn’t be bold enough to call them turning points. But each of my films with Ajay has given him a chance to hone his talent.”
In fact Prakash Jha has already offered Ajay Devgn his next film Satsang.
The film also saw a reconciliation of sorts between Amitabh Bachchan and Kareena Kapoor. The Bachchan and Kapoor families had fallen out over Abhishek Bachchan and Karisma Kapur’s broken engagement. And it was no coincidence that Kareena was not seen in any film starring Big B between Karan Johar’s Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham in 2001 and Satyagraha in 2013 barring Govind Nihalani’s Dev in 2004.
A source close to the two families said: “Nihalani’s film was the exception that Bachchan Saab couldn’t resist. It was the film’s politics that convinced him to do the film in spite of Kareena’s presence in the cast. And look at the coincidence. Satyagraha is also a political drama!”
While Ajay Devgn,Manoj Bajpayee and Arjun Rampal have worked in a number of films with Prakash,and Amitabh Bachchan has done the anti-reservation film Aarakshan before,it is a first for Prakash with Kareena Kapoor.
The director said: “There were talks about other leading ladies opposite Ajay. But I was adamant on Kareena. I feel she is at a stage in her career where she needs to pamper herself as an actress. She doesn’t need to prove anything in the glamour zone. She has done it all. I wanted her to play an investigative journalist,a socio-politically aware woman of today. Kareena surprised me with her understanding of present day politics. There are very few contemporary actresses who could have played the role as forcefully as her.”
Prakash Jha is profoundly impressed by Big B’s dedication to his role. “He is the most prepared actor I’ve worked with. He goes through his lines the night before. And yet when he faces the camera there is no rehearsed quality in his performance. His performance in Satyagraha is tremendous. I couldn’t have done this film without him. No one else could play the Gandhian idealist.”