Mumbai: Now that the war between Ajay Devgn and Yash Raj Films has thickened over the number of screens alloted for the release of 'Son of Sardaar' and late Yash Chopra's 'Jab Tak Hai Jaan', the actor-producer insists that he is waging a "fair" fight and knew he would be painted as a villain after he serves a legal notice on the issue. (Agencies)
Ajay Devgn Films (ADF) has filed a complaint in The Competition Commission Of India (CCI) alleging that Yash Raj Films (YRF), headed by the legendary filmmaker, had used its dominant position following which Devgn's movie is not finding enough single screen theatres for his film's exhibition.
The 43-year-old actor said that he had filed the notice much before the demise of Yash Chopra (October 21). "I had filed the complaint much before the demise of Yash Chopra. When this happened I was like people are going to target me and nobody is going to understand my point of view. I was a villain on both sides. I couldn't withdraw it (notice) from the Competition Commission. It is not a normal court," Ajay told.
"I respected Yashji as much anybody else does. We have grown up watching his films," he added. Both are awaited movies of the year, given the fact that 'JTHJ' is late filmmaker Chopra's last directorial before his sudden death last month, marking the union of Chopra with powerbrand Shah Rukh Khan after eight years, and 'SoS' is ADF's trademark Diwali entertainer high on comic expectations.
Ajay claims that YRF has 'armtwisted' exhibitors to dedicate more screens to 'JTHJ', than his 'SoS', both which are up for release on November 13.He insists that he has been fighting for his right and asking only for a fair view on the matter.
"I am fighting for my right. I am not asking anyone to stop the release of a film, I am not asking for compensation, I am asking them to be fair," he said. "I want both the films to do well. Even by filing this I don't think I have done anything that will harm anyone. If I lose then it won't be my benefit but if I win also it won't be a loss to anyone," he added.
Ajay also said he has no grudges against anyone as he is fighting for his rights as a producer."I have put forward my grievances. I don’t have issues with anyone. Tomorrow if this thing gets solved we will be like one big family.I will not keep any grudges against anyone," he said.
Though the controversy came to light recently but the issue has been going on for almost three months."We have been fighting on this with the exhibitors and distributors to a point where they cannot do anything. And then we decided to go to Competition Commission which took us more than a month as there is a lot of paper work involved.
Its been almost going on three months," Ajay said. "I was like how easily and smoothly we can solve it. It is good. It is eventually negative publicity and I don't want that. Even if I want to fight with them I will try to make my product better," he added.
Ajay also reveals that before taking the legal step, he tried to convey his message to Yash Raj Films on the matter, but as nothing fruitful came out he resorted to filing a notice. "Through people messages were sent and things were spoken. Directly I haven’t met them, I don’t share that rapport with them. And through exhibitors themselves we tried to manage things but when it did not happen then," he said. "In my 20 years of career I am not like someone who would get involved into any controversy. I hate controversy and I tried to be away from it. But what has to be done it has to be done," he said.
Earlier, YRF in a statement had claimed to have booked less than 1,500 single screens out of the 10,500-plus single screens available on all-India basis.
Mumbai: Now that the war between Ajay Devgn and Yash Raj Films has thickened over the number of screens alloted for the release of 'Son of Sardaar' and late Yash Chopra's 'Jab Tak Hai Jaan', the actor-producer insists that he is waging a "fair" fight and knew he would be painted as a villain after he serves a legal notice on the issue.