Many artistes have believed in the quality of films and not quantity. Ajay Devgn believes exactly that, and recently he directed the film ‘Shivaay’ (2016) after 8 years. He feels he will direct a film only if it moves him.
According to Hindustan Times, the actor cum filmmaker said, “Firstly, I was busy doing too many films between U, Me Aur Hum, (2008); his last directorial) and Shivaay. Then, whatever story I’m supposed to direct, should first have some kind of connection with me. With Shivaay, when I was writing it, I wanted to convey a thought. At that particular time, which was two years back, I was feeling a very strong emotion with children. That is the only form of unconditional love you will find and I wanted to explore something on those lines: the bond between a parent and his child. In this case, between a father and his daughter.”
He continued, “I still have that feeling. But about two years ago, I got the idea and I started writing down the thought. It was woven into a simple story, but the way I designed it was pretty difficult to make. I wanted it to have a certain impact on the audiences.”
Even though the film did not do well at the box office, Devgn does not worry about the outcome when the film is made, “I’m never scared about that. If anything, I am anxious to see how people react, and that’s it.” He added, “It took me one year to crack the casting. If it’s a performance oriented script, then one should focus on the casting from the script’s point of view”.
Devgn worked with Abigail Eames and Erika Karkuszewska for ‘Shivaay’. He commented on the importance of casting, “It took me one year to crack the casting. If it’s a performance oriented script, then one should focus on the casting from the script’s point of view. In this case, the script demanded foreign actors and that’s how we went ahead with Abigail and Erika.”
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