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'Shivaay doesn’t have religion angle'

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Actor-producer Ajay Devgn says his upcoming film 'Shivaay' won't hurt any religious sentiments as the movie deals with human elements of Lord Shiva.

Ajay, who has also directed the movie, said he is not portraying Shiva but a common man, who is a devotee of the God. “There is no religion (angle in the film). I am not portraying Shiva. If you see my lines also, 'jiske bheetar basa Shivaay', (means) who has Shiva in his heart. In the film also, he is not sitting and meditating and praying. He has got tattoos of Shiva all over his body and he is called Shivaay in the film,” the 47-year-old 'Drishyam' star said in an interview on the sidelines of the film's trailer launch in Indore.

Ajay said Shiva was the only God who had flaws and that was an interesting concept to toy with.

“The thought is, man who believes in the supernatural power. Shiva, I feel, is the only God which also connects to today's youth. Every other God is flawless, Shiva is the only god with all the flaws.

“He smokes, drink 'bhang', when he gets wild he will kill randomly, then he will realise that he has made a mistake, people can fool him also. He is good by heart.. When he gets violent he is terrible. This is what humans are. Shiva, I feel is the only God which has all the elements,” the actor said.

This much-ambitious project took two years to complete and Ajay said the film needed special attention as he didn't want to make 'mediocre' stuff. “I am bored of making films which are mediocre. We have to raise the bar. Somebody has to make an effort. For that you have to make lots of sacrifices. I have not worked for the past two years in any other film.”

The actor cut his fee too for the movie as he believed the grand scale of 'Shivaay' needed sacrifices from him. “Technically, people will think I've lost so much of revenue because I've not worked. In a film like this, to make it on this scale, if I would've kept my remuneration as an actor and a director, I don't think that was possible. So, that also I sacrificed.”

When asked how did the idea to make 'Shivaay' struck him, Ajay said it was writer Sandeep Srivastava who came up with a thought which was inspired from a true incident.

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