Ajay Devgn: ₹100 or ₹200 crore club, it’s all rubbish! Questions about it began to irritate me

How their films fare at the box office is something that matters to actors, but Ajay Devgn is not someone to have unrealistic expectations from his projects. He had a great 2017, with Golmaal Again grossing almost ₹300 crore worldwide, but that doesn’t mean he expects his following films to meet or surpass that benchmark.

Ajay gets talking:



With your latest film Raid, do you feel any pressure to live up to a successful last release? In Bollywood, people like to measure the success of a film in terms of if it makes it to the ₹100 crore club, ₹200 crore club and so on. Do you see it as a target?

You never think like this. Raid and Golmaal Again are completely different; you can’t expect this film to be a Golmaal. Every film has its own result, and reasons [for an actor] to do [it]. So, if you say that this one will do ₹250 or ₹300 crore, it is not what we are looking at, any which way. A good number is appreciated, that’s what matters to us.

Such films [like Raid] are not very expensive films, and when they do well, it make us feel very happy and appreciated. [Also] There’s no such thing as a club, that’s all rubbish! It actually began to irritate me when people asked questions about it. It started like a joke, therefore I don’t know why people are so dumb to take it so seriously. You want your film to do well, and it will do well, but what I’m saying is that there are two different zones we are talking about here.

I am not saying [Raid] won’t do ₹100 or ₹150 crore, or whatever it does. Every script has an audience and range, so if it works within that, it makes us satisfied.

Golmaal Again !!! grossed Rs 300 crore worldwide.

Last year, you were seen in a heist-thriller Baadshaho, followed by a goofy act in Golmaal. And in Raid, your character is a no-nonsense income tax officer. Was playing these diverse roles a conscious decision?

I have been doing different kind of films since the 1990s… practically since the time I started my career, I started getting offers for different kinds of films, from Zakhm (1998) and so on. People have just started doing it, but I have been doing it since then! I’m happy that what I was doing, other people are doing now. Rather than experimenting, it’s part of my job