My fight not against Shah Rukh: Ajay Devgn

Actor-producer Ajay Devgn, who has filed a complaint with the Competition Commission of India (CCI) alleging that the makers of "Jab Tak Hai Jaan" have been blocking the release of his film "Son of Sardaar" in theatres, says his fight

Tuesday, November 06, 2012 | 1:28:18 PM IST (+05:30 GMT)
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Actor-producer Ajay Devgn, who has filed a complaint with the Competition Commission of India (CCI) alleging that the makers of "Jab Tak Hai Jaan" have been blocking the release of his film "Son of Sardaar" in theatres, says his fight is not against Shah Rukh Khan who is playing lead in the movie.

"The fight is not between Shah Rukh and Ajay Devgn and there is no fight between both of us. This is unnecessarily people has created. Both of us are actors. This is Ajay Devgn as a producer, fighting for his right with some other producer and if people are playing with it then it's wrong," said Ajay.

Directed by Ashwni Dhir, "Son of Sardar" features Ajay, Sanjay Dutt, Sonakshi Sinha, and Juhi Chawla, while "Jab Tak hai Jan" stars Anushka Sharma and Katrina Kaif along with SRK.

The complaint was filed before Yash Chopra's death and according to association's rule, one cannot back out after filing the complaint.

"We filed the case on Oct 18th when we hadn't even thought that Yashji will be hospitalised. Main problem was that the timing went wrong. We filed the case long back and as per the law you can't withdraw the case filed with the Competition Commission. My fight is not with them; it is just against right and wrong. Again I am talking about it, but I am not supposed to talk about it."

Ajay moved the CCI, claiming that YRF was using its dominant position to ask exhibitors to dedicate more screens to "Jab Tak Hai Jaan" instead of his movie "Son of Sardaar" - both are coming out on Diwali, Nov 13.

It's do and die situation for Ajay.

"If I release the film on the same day, then people will call me villain and if I don't release it, it's a major loss for us," he told IANS.

"Sadly, post Yashji's death many people pressurised me through media and said Ajay Devgn should delay his film. Till now Rs.80 to Rs.90 crore have been put in the film. Corporates are involved and they are answerable to share-holders. So with all due respect, I thought of releasing it on the same day," he added.

Once the release date is decided, it is not easy for anyone to change it. Ajay says that when he asked others to delay the release of their films, they said it's not feasible.

"When I said ask Aamir Khan to release his film ('Talaash') after two weeks and ask Akshay Kumar to release his film ('Khilade 786') on Christmas or ask Salman Khan to go for January release (for 'Dabangg 2'). So people said that's not possible. So, why only Ajay will have to sacrifice? I don't feel any pressure when I gave this option - sab chup ho gaye na."

Urging media to support him in his fight for justice, Ajay said he is very confident about SOS.

"It's not just a comedy, it's a balance of everything...once you see the film, you will say Sanjay Dutt is the highlight of the film," the 43-year-old said.

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Posted on: 07 November 2012 at 1:41pm
media is an assho*e their is no fight between ajay and srk but thats all they want they care about nothing else i don't think ajay is thrilled about not being able to change his date he would if he could but film making is a business and as a producer he is doing the right thing so the media just needs to back off

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Posted on: 07 November 2012 at 12:32pm
I forgot to mention that Aamir Khan is by far the most talented actor in BW...Love and Respect for that guy !

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Posted on: 07 November 2012 at 7:47am
i totally support u ajay
finally somone took a step !!

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Posted on: 06 November 2012 at 10:04pm
Heart Shahrukh, Akshay & Salman Heart
Love You So Much!Heart Heart

Just Noticed All 3 Are Tagged Yay! =D

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Posted on: 06 November 2012 at 4:29pm
my respect for ajay has just reach the sky he is fighting for justice and ppl should stop bashing him
cant wait to see both movies

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Posted on: 06 November 2012 at 3:25pm
Jab Tak Hai Jaan<'3
Love You SRK Ur Amazing Especially When U Collab Wiv YRF Its Jus Fabulous Like Ur Previosu Hits My Fav Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge,Darr,Dil Toh Pagal Hai, Mohabbatein
Im Sure This Film Will Rock Cant Waot To Watch It

RIP Yashji

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Posted on: 06 November 2012 at 1:36pm
I'm so glad that u r standing up for the right... Although yash chopra's death was def a big loss to the industry and yea his production house is very big but it does not mean that they should give more important to his movie when two movies r being released on the same day.. It's like being degraded for ajay's movie which is completely unfair...! And I totally support Ajay..!
And I don't think people would think that only srk is the star in b town.. Ajay has his own place in the industry and no one can match that..! It's coming from non-Ajay fan..! Although I do like his movies and respects him for the way he is..!

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Posted on: 06 November 2012 at 1:11pm
He knows it himself that his film is not going to stand a chance against JTHJ. l am not a SRK fan at all but l will be watching JTHJ because l want to and others will watch SOS. At the end it will be a word of the mouth thing. But looking at business wise has any film stood a chance against SRK films? and this is YRF collab too with Katrina's following too.

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Posted on: 06 November 2012 at 12:34pm
I can bet on anything, people would not have had a problem with Article If JTHJ & SRK Wasn't mentioned in it... Stern Smile

Well Done Ajay, you're doing the right thing :)
If two films are releasing at the same time, they should be given equal importance. And frankly speaking I ain't watching neither cuz I'm Katti with my local cinema...

And JTHJ Doesn't appeal to me even though im an SRK Fan .. SOS is looking good.

Hope both movies do well Smile

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Posted on: 06 November 2012 at 11:54am
as a producer you've taken the right step ajay...with so many people relying of him he has to take this step. It's so sad to see people bashing a a guy who's just trying to do the right thing. He's not disrespectful towards yash chopra or srk. He's so professional about this entire unfair situation. Don't worry ajay your film with rock with or without enough screens to show it. Good Luck!

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