It looks like the political situation in India is bringing forth a lot of hidden animosities. With Deepika Padukone’s JNU visit garnering a lot of interest and headlines, the focus is on other stars who have lent support or stayed away from the ongoing agitations. One such star under the scanner is Ajay Devgn, whose Tanhaji was in direct conflict with Deepika’s Chhapaak at the box office.
Ajay took a neutral stand which hasn’t gone down well with Anubhav Sinha, the director of critically and commercially acclaimed films like Article 15 and Mulk. Anubhav is a strong opponent of the current government but the recent fracas at JNU has given him an opportunity to criticise Ajay Devgn as well.
It is common knowledge in the film industry that Ajay and director Anubhav Sinha can’t stand one another since they worked together in a flop caper named Cash in 2007. And now the war is in the open. It started this time when Devgn tweeted about the recent mob violence on the JNU campus in Delhi, “I have always maintained that we should wait for proper facts to emerge. I appeal to everyone- let us further the spirit of peace and brotherhood, not derail it either consciously or carelessly #JNUViolence.”
To this Anubhav Sinha taunted, “Exactly!!!! I am still waiting. You done waiting????”
This is Ajay and Anubhav’s history. After they worked together in a film called Cash in 2007, the actor and director had a massive fallout .Such was the intensity of their animosity that Ajay Devgn went on to declare that he was glad the film flopped.
Like they say, an old enmity takes just a little provocation to get pushed back into the forefront. It remains to be seen how Devgn, never known to take insults lightly, retaliates .
A close friend of Devgan says, “At the moment he is playing his cards close to his chest. His film Tanhaji has just released. Anything he says about the JNU situation can and will backfire. Look at the way Deepika Padukone’s visit to the JNU is being used as a political statement . Ajay doesn’t want any harm to come to the film. He has every right to protect Tahnaji from harm. It is not just his film. Hundreds are involved.”