His forthcoming project ‘De De Pyaar De’ is creating a lot of interest, and being a film about Ajay Devgn playing a 50 year old man falling in love with a girl half his age, puts the question of older actors working opposite much younger actresses in the forefront. Talking to the media, Devgn revealed his own opinion on the matter.
When asked about older actors playing much younger roles to fit the hearing character, Times of India reports the actor expressing, “I think that phase is over. Everybody knows that we are 50; we are still here and working. Times have changed. Viewers are accepting different kinds of films, which actors couldn’t do earlier — right from a film like ‘Raid’ (2018) to many other movies, where age is not really the criterion. Today’s 50 is like yesterday’s 40 or even 35. We feel as fit as we felt 25 years ago. So, I don’t think that the age factor plays on the audience’s mind. “
He went on to add, “And in any case, I would always like to play characters that suit me. In fact, I get uncomfortable if I have to play a 30-year-old. If you see my last few films, I have never tried to play characters that are very young. Also, who doesn’t know that I am 50 and my colleagues are either older or younger than me?”
The film sees Devgn as a divorcee who introduces he new love to his family, including his ex-wife played by Tabu. Talking about what appealed to him in taking the film on, Devgn revealed, “It has an interesting script. It’s not just a romcom, it’s got depth to it. When you see the film, you’ll know that… especially Tabu’s character. The film is funny and real. You see people with huge age gaps falling in love, an older guy falling in love with somebody much younger and vice-versa. How it is a taboo in our society, which should not be the case. The story is beautifully told with a good dose of humour.”
Speaking of Tabu, Devgn explained how they share a very good rapport, “I don’t even know where to begin. We have been friends for more than 28 years, even before we joined films. If you see us together, you can sense that. We can talk about anything on earth, we can abuse each other, we can do what we want. It’s always been like that.”
Helmed by Akiv Ali, ‘De De Pyaar De’ is set to hit the big screens on 16th May.