Ileana D’Cruz and Ajay Devgn’s chemistry was much applauded last year when they appeared together for the first time in the commercial potboiler Baadhshao. Now the hit pair is back again in Raj Kumar Gupta’s Raid. Ileana will be seen playing Ajay’s wife in the film.
She shared the experience of working with Ajay in an exclusive chat with Filmfare, “If you take my last one, Baadshaho, which I did with Ajay, it was a complex character, a completely different genre. Raid is more real. There’s an easygoing,
She further adds, “I love Malini and Amay’s (Ajay Devgn) equation, the relationship that they share on screen is lovely. It’s been easy working with Ajay as far as this film is concerned.”
Ileana was surprised with the graph in Malini’s character. She said, “I expected the wife of an income tax officer to be conservative, quiet, subdued but Malini is kind of a little bit of ahead of her time. That is something I love about her. Amay’s equation with her is not that of the typical husband-wife. He fights with her, he talks to her about stuff, he appreciates what she feels as well. She is this strength behind him. They have an easy-going equation. They are equal in the relationship. I really liked that. That was ahead of its time. She was a lovely character to play.”
That’s the reason she said yes for Raid? She answers, “Not only my character, I loved the story in totality. It’s an interesting story. Content is the most important. Raid is based on a true story. When I heard the story, I was like I can’t believe this man did that. For me, it was an honour to be a part of this film.”
Raid is based on one of the highest profile raids the country has ever known. Set in the ’80s, a fearless IT officer carries out a non-stop raid at the mansion of the most powerful man in Lucknow despite all the attempts by the latter to get him removed.
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