To make Ajay Devgan talk is a challenge. The actor may be a powerhouse performer, but, unlike his vivacious wife Kajol, is not his best with interviews. Still, Patcy N managed to get him to talk about Omkara, and how he tackles Fridays. Excerpts:
I play Omkara. I head a gang of outlaws in Uttar Pradesh, and Saif Ali Khan and Vivek Oberoi are part of my team. The film is essentially about a conflict between Saif and myself.
I think Vishal Bharadwaj is the finest director we have. He has done a great job adapting Othello and adding his brand of dark humour. He had done his homework, but was also open to everybody's idea. We did a workshop to get comfortable with the dialogues, as they had a different flavour. I had to practice a lot and get into the habit of speaking it.
Apart from the language, everything else was easy. If you have director who is very clear about what he wants, it becomes easier. I am satisfied with the film. As an actor, I will always feel I could have done better, and this goes even for films like The Legend Of Bhagat Singh, for which I won a National Award. The day you start feeling you have achieved it all, it's time for you to leave your job.
Indian audiences are ready for adaptations because emotions are the same in every film. Othello is a love story, which has been made here numerous times. Love and jealousy are universal emotions.
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