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Ajay Devgn on Tanushree Dutta’s allegations: I don’t see why an attempt is being made to single me out
Bollywood actor Ajay Devgn enjoys a very clean image, on and off the screen. The ‘Singham’ actor has always kept a low profile despite being a celebrity. Now, Ajay Devgn has hit back at Tanushree Dutta for attacking him regarding #MeToo accused Alok Nath’s presence in ‘De De Pyaar De’.
Tanushree Dutta in an open letter called the film industry “full of liars, showoffs and spineless hypocrites.” The actress bashed Ajay and wrote as, “Overrated actors and human beings who have created a clout by clever PR machinery and careful manipulation of public sentiments, old stuffy morons who can’t tell the difference between what’s right and wrong and what is the need of the hour!”
Ajay Devgn had enough of this and released an official letter regarding this matter. The ‘Golmaal’ actor said, “When the entire #MeToo Movement happened, I along with many of my film industry colleagues categorically expressed that I respect every single woman at the work place and I would not stand for any unfairness or atrocity against them. Nothing about my stand has changed. Coming to the question of having worked with Mr Alok Nath in my upcoming film ‘De De Pyar De’, here I must put certain things in perspective.”
Ajay went on to add that the film was finished in September 2018 and allegations against Alok Nath came out in October. “This film was supposed to be an October 2018 release. The shoot of the film got over by last September. The portions with Mr. Alok Nath were canned by August in Manali. The said portions were shot over 40 days across various sets and an outdoor location with a combination of over 10 actors. By the time the allegations came out (in October 2018) the actors in the film including me had already started work on other films. It would be near impossible to get all the dates and combinations of the several actors in the film and attempt a re-shoot with some other actor replacing Mr Nath. It would also have been a huge monetary loss for the producers. Everyone is aware that film-making is a collaborative process. The decision to replace Mr Alok Nath could never have been mine Alone. In this case, I would have to go with the joint-decision of the entire unit. Not to forget, I could not have brought the entire combination of actors back or put up sets again for a 40-day re-shoot because this would mean doubling the budget, which again wasn’t my call to make. It would have to be the call of the makers. Had circumstances played out even slightly differently, I would have pushed for a different combination of actors. Unfortunately, this was not to be.”
“I reiterate I am extremely sensitive to the #MeToo movement. But when circumstances are beyond me, I don’t see why an attempt is being made to `single’ me out as being insensitive. This is untrue..”
Hopefully, Ajay Devgn’s explanation can settle this matter once and for all. Coming back to ‘De De Pyaar De’, this film also stars Tabu and Rakul Preet in lead roles.
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