Actor Ajay Devgn has been appointed as the goodwill ambassador for Smile Foundation, the national organisation that works to provide education for underprivileged children and promotes women’s empowerment. Ajay has been associated with many activities of the organisation for the past five years. When asked if there was any particular incident that made him take up these causes, he said, “One doesn’t need incidents to support such causes. I have always understood concepts from a woman’s perspective”.
“I have grown up mostly around women. From my mother, my aunt and my sisters to Kajol, and now my daughter Nysa — I have always understood their point of view. I have maintained that I respect women. They are better than men. That’s because women evolve, men don’t. When a girl is born, she becomes a daughter, a sister, a sister-in-law, a mother, etc. She keeps moving on. But a man always remains a man,” Devgn added.
Ajay Devgn also stressed the importance of celebrities being a part of social causes. “Celebrities need to be part of such initiatives because people will listen to them. Only when people get together can things change. The Smile Foundation can only do something up to a point. We can support such initiatives, but it is the media’s job to take them forward,” he said.
Shivaay which he has both, acted in, and directed is set to release on 28 October, during the Diwali weekend. The film will clash with Karan Johar’s Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, and Devgn was embroiled in a controversy around Kamaal R Khan’s allegations that Karan Johar paid him to create negative publicity about Shivaay.