There was a time when Ajay Devgan and Prakash Jha were the Martin Scorsese and Robert de Niro of Bollywood. Devgan did five films with Jha ,beginning with the unexpectedly mushy Dil Kya Kare in 1999. Thereafter they collaborated on four hard hitting political dramas Gangajal , Apaharan, Raajneeti and Aarakshan .
But that was it. The last time Devgan and Jha worked together was in 2013.
All attempts by the director to get Jha on board for projects in recent years have been aborted by Devgan and his team.Once close friends, Devgan stopped taking Jha’s calls.
Now while speaking about his new starrer Matto Ki Saikal Prakash Jha has expressed his bitterness on the issue.
“The so-called A-list stars are busy doing gutka and paan masala ads. Why should they work with me when they are paid Rs 50 crores for a two-minute ad?” reasons Prakash Jha
He has a legitimate grievance. Conscientious star-actors like Ajay Devgan, Akshay Kumar and Shah Rukh Khan seem to be more keen on making the maximum money rather than living up to their image as national icons.