Has Ajay Devgn won over Akshay Kumar?
You win some, you lose some. It seems this time Bollywood SINGHAM Ajay Devgn has won over the new age poster boy of on screen patriotism - Akshay Kumar.
It is learnt from the market sources that Akshay Kumar who was interested in a film based on the 1989 Raniganj coal disaster some time back in which the Khiladi Kumar was supposed to play the role of the fearless engineer Jaswant Singh Gill - the mastermind of the Raniganj coal disaster rescue operation.
JASWANT SINGH GILL, AJAY DEVGN AND AKSHAY KUMAR
Now it is rumored in the market that Akshay Kumar has decided to back off following reports of Ajay Devgn playing the same role in a film inspired from the same incident to be directed by RUSTOM fame Tinu Suresh Desai.
Jaswant Singh Gill the former additional chief mining engineer, who evacuated 65 coal miners, trapped in a flooded mine in Raniganj, West Bengal. Gill was awarded the ‘Sarvottam Jeevan Raksha Padak’ by President Ramaswamy Venkataraman in 1991.
According to a report by Mumbai Mirror, the makers have obtained the rights of the yet-untitled film and work on the script has already begun.
Jaswant Singh Gill was also awarded the Bhagat Puran Singh Award for Service to Humanity in 2016.
This is the second time Ajay Devgn and Akshay Kumar have clashed. Earlier both of them where keen to make a film based on the 1897 battle of Saragarhi. Rajkumar Santoshi also stepped in making it a three dimensional conflict starring Randeep Hooda.
At present Santoshi has done the mahurat and shot some parts but now some differences between the producers and Santoshi has brought the shooting to a halt. Whereas Ajay and Akshay’s film on the same has not moved further from the announcement stage.
With the reported rights being taken by Devgn’s team, and the market buzz on Akshay backing off after Ajay Devgn stepping in the same shoes of Jaswant Singh Gill but with a more firm foot, it seems this particular round has gone to Ajay Devgn.
Yes, we are also waiting for Akshay Kumar’s response on this.