Mumbai — Actor Ajay Devgn feels that brand “Singham” can be carried forward for years in Bollywood as it has become a cult character.
"‘Singham’ has become a character which can go on and on, like in Hollywood we had 'Rambo.' 'Singham' can combat at the age of 50 or 60. It becomes lovable whoever plays it. It has become a cult character," Devgn said in an interview here.
The actor, who is back in action mode with “Singham Returns,” the sequel to his blockbuster “Singham,” feels doing action at the age of 45 is not difficult provided proper care is taken.
"It is fine (to do action) at the age of 45. Even after 40 it is ok. I think if you keep yourself fit and fine, it is ok. But there are a few things that you have to take care of, like the old injuries that we have had. When you do heavy-duty action, you have to take care of yourself," Devgn said.
Devgn feels there is a difference in the way action scenes are designed today. "Doing action scenes in films has definitely changed. It has become safer and easier because of cables. I feel if I can do action directly without using cables, then I do it. You enjoy doing real action. Action was tiring and difficult earlier; today it is easier," said the actor.
"I keep working out on a regular basis. In between, I had left workouts for a year or so and was eating a lot, so it took some time for me to get in shape. But, there were no special preparations that I did for the film," he added.
Director Rohit Shetty and Devgn have worked together on several films and share a good rapport. Shetty plans all the action scenes keeping Devgn in mind.
With “Singham Returns,” Devgn says everything is multiplied, from the script, to the body, to the scale of the film — he claims they have done better than the first installment.
A lot of films that released after “Singham” had more or less similar action scenes and Devgn says Shetty made sure new things were added to the sequel to make it interesting.
"I think people are tired of seeing typical stuff like people flying here and there in action scenes. For ‘Singham Returns,’ we have action which is real, the drama is different and the crux of the story is different," Devgn said.
The basic characteristics of “Singham” have been retained. There will be a national message in the film as “Singham Returns” is releasing Aug. 15, he said. The actor admits there is a pressure that comes along with a hit franchise like “Singham.”
"The pressure is there, but we took our time to come up with the sequel, otherwise we would have made it earlier also. We waited for the right script and made sure we do not make anything just for the heck of it. Rohit has taken one-and-a-half years for this film," said Devgn.
He feels children and women loved “Singham” more than men and are excited about the second part, too.
"Women and kids loved ‘Singham’ more than men. We have made sure that there is no blood bath in the film because kids loved the film. Women, too, enjoyed watching the film because
females all over the world are suppressed, so they are angry. This is what I gauged," he said.
"It (the film) is not buffoonery; it is just about an honest cop who is trying to fight for the right things. It is the same character in the sequel. There are some scenes where Kareena (Kapoor) has done something that women will enjoy. She doesn’t have action scenes, but her character has aggressive drama," he added.
In “Singham Returns,” Devgn will be seen fighting with actor-filmmaker Amole Gupte. The first part had Prakash Raj as the villain.
"He (Gupte) is a very good actor. He is a very talented person. Villains are important for a film as without them heroes are incomplete. People also want heroes to beat the villain. Today, people like gray characters and in reality we also have a gray shade," he said.