MUMBAI: Kajol, who will be seen with husband Ajay Devgn on screen after a gap of two years in the animation film Toonpur Ka Superhero, says the two cannot team up often because they hardly ever like the same script.
“Ajay and I will always take years to be together on screen because we hardly ever agree on a script. We actually don’t agree on most scripts,” Kajol, 35, told IANS in an interview.
“What he thinks as workable is something that I find does not work for me at all. So it’s very rare that we actually come across something that we both agree on and we both would like to work on,” she added.
The actors who tied the knot in 1999 have created onscreen magic with Hulchul, Pyar Toh Hona Hi Tha, Ishq and Dil Kya Kare. However, the last time they were seen together was in Devgn’s directorial debut U Me Aur Hum (2008), which was critically appreciated for its theme and performances but was a box-office dud.
But now the couple is once again set to create celluloid magic with the live action animation film Toonpur Ka Superhero slated to hit the screens December 24. Directed by Kireet Khurana, the film has been produced by Krishika Lulla and Kumar Mangat Pathak.
The film shows Devgn and Kajol playing humans who enter the world of cartoons. This is Kajol’s first animation film and she stresses that it was not an easy role.
“It was very tough working on the film. We even had to re-shoot a few scenes. Dubbing and shooting was equally frustrating. You had to keep so many things in mind and there were a few action sequences too where I had to do action in front of a green space, so I was smiling, scowling, laughing – all in the wrong places! However, our action director, Jack Gill, was very good and very patient with us,” she said.
The actor dismissed rumours that the film was releasing after a delay. “It’s releasing when we thought it would; animation takes time. We shot it in three-four months but then a lot more (work) has to be done on each character. Karan Johar’s animation film is still being made and Avatar took five years to make. This is simply because you don’t want to mess it up; there is so much at stake,” she said.
But Kajol enjoyed working on the project with her husband and said that over the years she has become more comfortable working with him.
“As the years go by, you get more comfortable and get used to the way the other person works; otherwise the process remains the same. It just becomes more of a team effort.”
After releasing two films this year, the working mother is ready for a break and has decided to take some time off to spend quality time with her family. “I’m not working on any film right now. It’s very difficult handling two kids. I don’t get time (to spend with them) and I want to give all my time to them for a while now,” she said.
The couple have two children – seven-year-old daughter Nysa born in 2003 and Yug, who was born this year.
Published in The Express Tribune, December 20th, 2010.