Bollywood actor Ajay Devgn is making his directorial comeback with Runway 34 that stars Amitabh Bachchan, Boman Irani, Rakul Preet Singh, and Angira Dhar. He made his directorial debut in 2008 with the drama U Me Aur Hum, followed it up with his 2016 actioner Shivaay.
Inspired by true incidents, Runway 34 is the story of Captain Vikrant Khanna, played by Devgn, a flying prodigy, whose flight takes a mysterious course after departing from an international destination.
During the trailer launch, Ajay Devgn said he was fascinated by the story when writers Sandeep Kewlani and Aamil Keeyan Khan approached him more than two years ago. He also mentioned that he constantly searches for challenging subjects that excite him as a filmmaker.
“I really wanted to make the film as I was fascinated by the story. When we began work, it started to shape up very well and within a month, we went on floors. When I want to make a film, I search for films that are not easy to mount. So, it was difficult to create new visuals, as the film is set on the ground and on air. But it was also exciting,” the 52-year-old actor said.
Ajay Devgn said he first came on board as the director and then decided to star in it. Eventually, he also decided to back the project under his banner Ajay Devgn Ffilms.
“In this film, for Mr Bachchan’s role, if he wouldn’t have agreed, I don’t even know if I would be able to cast (any other actor). I don’t think I would be making the film. The energy and dedication he works with is amazing. Even if he is facing any problem, once he’s on set, he forgets everything. I feel inspired to do better work when I look at him,” he added.
In 1998, Devgn had directed a schedule of Major Saab starring the 79-year-old actor, when its director Tinnu Anand fell ill.
Runway 34 is co-produced by Kumar Mangat Pathak, Vikrant Sharma, Sandeep Harish Kewlani, Tarlok Singh Jethi, Hasnain Husaini, and Jay Kanujia.
The movie will release on big screens on April 29th, 2022.
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