Revealed! Why Ajay Devgn Chose to Work with Tollywood Director SS Rajamouli
Ajay Devgn plays a pivotal role in SS Rajamouli's upcoming film RRR that also stars Alia Bhatt
The association between Bollywood and Tollywood goes back a long way. Of late, these collaborations have increased. SS Rajamouli is one of the most sought-after names in Bollywood, especially after the super success of Bahubali 1 and 2. No wonder his next films RRR (we don't know what it stands for!) is much awaited especially since he has signed on big stars from Bollywood like Alia Bhatt and Ajay Devgn, along with Tollywood superstars Ram Charan and NTR Jr.
But how did Ajay Devgn come into the picture. Ajay and SS Rajamouli actually have known each other for years. And it’s surprising that it’s taken them so long to finally work together in Rajamouli’s eagerly awaited RRR. Devgn and Rajamouli have been planning to collaborate for the last nine years, say sources. In 2012, for the Hindi version of Rajamouli’s Eega the director met Ajay Devgn and Kajol amd hit it off instantly.The star-couple readily did the voiceover for the Hindi version of Eega (Makkhi).
Speaking to me about finally getting to work with Ajay Devgn, the extremely humble and incontrovertibly brilliant Rajamouli said, “Ajay Sir’s character is extremely important for the film. I needed an actor whose face and every word he utters oozes honesty and integrity. I needed an actor the whole country would believe in what he says or does.”
Elaborating on why only Devgn fitted the bill Rajamouli says, “I think if I spell out the requirement and ask who is the best actor to play the role, 9 out 10 people would say Ajay Devgn. We are extremely happy and grateful that he accepted the role and played it to utmost perfection.”