Ajay Devgn to direct again

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Ajay Devgn’s fourth directorial, Bholaa, will release March 30, 2023. Photo: Universal Communications

Unofficially, he has contributed creatively on many of his own films in diverse departments, including his productions in which he did not always star. Ajay Devgn has been involved also in technology, in which field he has also begun the post-production company, NY VFX, named after his children Nysa and Yug.

Like all actors who go into that zone, however, Ajay Devgn has specially loved being the captain of the ship—that is, being the director. He began with U Me Aur Hum in 2008, an offbeat subject on Alzheimer’s disease. In 2016, he directed the stylized actioner Shivaay, for which he also was the man who visualized its heavy-duty action. This year, he gave us the unforgettable Runway 34, inspired by a true story and India’s first aviation thriller. The gaps between his two directorial ventures were long, but now, he gets immediately into direction again.

Accolades that have been pouring in for Ajay show that direction seems to be in his DNA.  And, while he has many milestones as an actor (including two National Awards), Runway 34 has also got him high praise and gone on to consolidate his position as a director of repute.  In fact, the film has been invited by two reputed educational institutions with young minds wishing to study Runway 34 both for content and technique!

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Devgn is now helming the high-octane emotional drama Bholaa starring Tabu and himself in the lead, a remakeB of the Tamil blockbuster Kaithi, which starred Karthi in the lead. Directed by Lokesh Kanagaraj, the 2019 action thriller told the story of a prisoner who helps the police when they are attacked by smugglers. The cops in turn help him reunite with his daughter.

Ajay is set to finish principal photography by August 20. The film is set to release March 30, 2023. Asked how he has managed to shoot the film so quickly, Ajay says, “Well the preparation was done earlier on. It was just a question of getting behind the camera again and saying the three magic words, ‘Lights, camera, action!’.”

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