Ajay Devgn On ‘Drishyam 2’ Success And ‘RRR’ Oscar Chances

Ajay Devgn On ‘Drishyam 2’ Success And ‘RRR’ Oscar Chances

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“Drishyam 2” headlined by Ajay Devgn has brought some much needed cheer to the beleaguered Bollywood box office with a strong opening weekend gross of INR 890 million ($11 million).

The suspense thriller, which also stars Tabu and Akshaye Khanna, is a sequel to the 2015 hit ‘Drishyam’. The Hindi-language films are remakes of the Malayalam-language “Drishyam” films (2013 and 2021). Bollywood is going through a slump at the box office in 2022 and “Drishyam 2” serves as a tonic to revive it.

“Speaking of tonic, I feel like it needs three or four ‘Drishyams’ – that’s what it takes, I hope this is the start,” Devgn shared Variety. “The bottom line is that it’s all about entertainment. And when I watch a movie, I really have to enjoy it, whatever kind of emotion is in it. I feel like it’s not that easy to make entertaining movies – you have to keep the audience entertained for two and a half hours. And the public has gotten really smart, so you can’t just tell them nonsense. Even if you talk about entertainment in commercial cinema, you have to give them something new.”

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“Drishyam 2” will be screened at the ongoing International Film Festival of India, Goa, on Monday. Devgn believes that festivals should balance art house fare and commercial films in their programming. “For a bit of glamor and reach you also need some commercial cinema – it’s a good balance. It’s good for the festival and also good for our souls,” said Devgn.

Devgn starred in and co-produced the historical film “Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior” which was the biggest Indian blockbuster of 2020. He now plans to advance the franchise with films and series based on the concept of the unsung warrior. .

“I want to pick up characters who have done great things and made great sacrifices, and people don’t know much about them. So we have two or three scripts that we are working on,” said Devgn. “And unsung warrior doesn’t mean sacrifices from that era to me, it could be in today’s society. There are many people who amaze you by the kind of work they do and sacrifices. So it could be from today’s society, it could be from a small town, it could be from anyone who is making a difference. I want to go further – in fact, I’m thinking about making a series about it – pick up a character, tell his story, because not every movie and every story can be told on the big screen. If we can find a good balance, we can make it a good franchise and tell stories about these big sacrifices.”

Devgn is also one of the stars of SS Rajamouli’s global blockbuster “RRR”, which is currently in the midst of its Oscar and BAFTA campaigns. “It’s something different and something new for the Oscars because the kind of drama and melodrama that really works in our country is something very new to the audience there. I think that could work.”

Next up for Devgn is “Bholaa”, a remake of the 2019 Tamil language hit “Kaithi”, which he is also directing. The movie is in post and will be released in March 2023. Also due for release is ‘Maidaan’, a historical biographical film with a backdrop of football due for release in February 2023.

Filming on ‘Singham 3’, the next installment in Rohit Shetty’s hugely successful Singham franchise, will begin early next year. There are also plans for another season of Disney+ Hotstar’s hit “Luther” adaptation “Rudra: The Edge of Darkness,” starring Devgn.

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