The moment ONCE UPON A TIME IN MUMBAAI was announced and it was declared that Ajay Devgn would be reprising the role of Haji Mastan (as Sultan), the obvious question that came to the mind was - 'Whether Ajay had any doubts about playing this character, considering the fact that he had already delivered a knock out memorable performance as Mallik in Ram Gopal Varma's COMPANY?'
'Of course I had doubts as well as fears. The first one was that how would I approach a role differently since I didn't want to repeat COMPANY. I was very clear about that. This is where the character detailing came in handy because it was clear that there were number of scenes that brought to fore a different side of Sultan', says Ajay, 'While Mallik in COMPANY was one track and had a one dimensional way of thinking, Sultan came with far varied ranges of emotions.'
Elaborating his characterisation in ONCE UPON A TIME IN MUMBAAI, Ajay reveals, 'Unlike Mallik who was very cold, Sultan is a very emotional guy. In fact he is like Robinhood in Bombay. He doesn't want the city to be harmed and loves to make a statement that 'Bambai meri jaan hai'. He is anti-establishment, not anti-people.'
Given the fact that he is the senior most amongst cast and crew members of the film with an author backed character to boast, he can be expected to totally rock the show, isn't it?
'I hope so', laughs Ajay, 'Having said that, it is a balanced role for Emi (Emraan Hashmi) also. His character has been etched out very well which brings in a balance that was required to keep the film's narrative exciting and engaging.'