Priyadarshan should move away from comedies and focus on other genres, says Ajay Devgan of his Aakrosh director who, he feels, is one of the few filmmakers equally adept at handling issue-based serious dramas and fun films.
Priyadarshan, who has given us classic rib-ticklers like Hera Pheri, is actually better with intense dramas, says Ajay.
“I think Priyadarshan is better with these kinds of films. He had earlier made films like Virasat, Kala Pani and also some southern films,” Ajay, who plays one of the main leads in Aakrosh, told
The actor couldn’t be more right. Priyadarshan, who is constantly moving base depending on what project he is working on, is the one director who has not only worked in different languages but also won critical acclaim for a varied range of films.
In 1988, Priyadarshan wielded the megaphone for the Malayalam films Vellanakalude Nadu about corruption and the land mafia with Mohanlal in the lead role as well as the action-based underworld drama Aryan.
In 2008, he highlighted the trials and tribulations of silk weavers with his National Award-winning Tamil film Kanchivaram.
“In fact, I have even told Priyadarshan that he should stop making comedy films and concentrate on such films, because I think he has a very good hold on action and drama. Even he feels that Aakrosh is one of the best films of his career,” said Ajay.
With Aakrosh, the director deals with the burning issue of honour killings. Set in Jhanjhar in Bihar, the film revolves around three Delhi University students who go missing in a village. Ajay plays a CBI officer who is called on special duty to help another officer, played by Akshaye Khanna, to solve the case.
The cast also includes Bipasha Basu, Paresh Rawal and Reema Sen. Releasing Oct 15, Aakrosh has been produced by Kumar Mangat Pathak under the banner Big Screen Entertainer.