Actor and ‘Bigg Boss’ 7’ contestant Ajaz Khan, who is known for his blunt nature and huge social media following, has advised prospective grooms of the country saying that if they want to call them themselves as a true man then they should not demand dowry in their marriages and harass brides and their families.
Ajaz Khan was interacting with the News Helpline to promote ‘Dabangai’ along with the film’s cast and crew in Mumbai.
On February 25, 23-year-old Ayesha Banu Makrani died by suicide by jumping into the Sabarmati river in Ahmedabad in Gujarat soon after recording a video on her mobile phone. Ayesha’s husband, Aarif Khan, a resident of Rajasthan, was subsequently arrested from Pali.
Police have recovered Aarif’s mobile phone that revealed Ayesha spoke to him for 70 minutes before jumping to death. In the 70-minute audio recording that police have recovered, Ayesha and Aarif can also be heard talking about the dowry case.
As per Ayesha’s family member’s statement, he also pressurised her to withdraw this dowry case. As per latest development, he has been sent to judicial custody in Sabarmati Central Jail on Saturday upon completion of the police remand.
After the unfortunate death of Ayesha, Ajaz released a video on social media expressing his disappointment over the unfortunate incident, at the press conference; he again talked about it, he said, “I just want to urge a few media portals not to spread wrong details of that case. I feel really sad when I see such news reports because her parents are in deep pain at this moment. I also want to urge women of this country to talk with your parents if you are going through any kind of issues in your life because your parents have raised you by making a lot of sacrifices in their lives.”
He added, “You shouldn’t give up on your life for any third person because it’s not a right thing to do. You should talk with your parents or your friends but don’t lose your hopes because of one guy. I would also want to urge all the parents that talk with your daughters if she is going through any kind of issues in her life without thinking about what society, neighbours or relatives will think about the situation.”
Slamming men who demand dowry in their marriages, Ajaz said, “I want to ask every guy of this country that if you are a man in true sense then don’t demand dowry. Demanding dowry and torturing a girl and her family for dowry is a biggest criminal offense and I don’t think God will forgive you for it. When I saw that video, it broke my heart. I have six sisters and I felt very bad for her parents.”
Talking about how he became part of ‘Dabangai’, Ajaz said, “Sajan Agarwal (director) is like my brother. He is a brilliant director and he is like a Rohit Shetty for me. Both of us share really good chemistry. Surjeet Singh Rathore (co-actor) is also like my brother. Both Surjeet and Sajan approached me for this role as they thought that I would be a suitable actor to play the role of a person who belongs to the Gujjar community. I really like my character in the film. I have a deep respect for the Gujjar community and I have a lot of friends from that community, so I am dedicating this role to them.”
Talking about his role in ‘Dabangai’, Ajaz said, “He is a gangster and he is a larger than life kind of personality. My character in the film doesn’t listen to anyone so, there are a lot of similarities between him and me. In the film, he has killed many people and he is planning to kill a few more people. Surjeet Singh Rathore is playing the role of an emerging gangster and his (Surjeet Singh Rathore) character looks up to my character but because of a girl, our characters lock horns with each other in the film. Pallavi Singh is playing my love interest in the film and she is the reason for feud between Surjeet’s and my character.”
Ajaz’s look in ‘Dabangai’ looks similar with Sanjay Dutt’s look from 1999 released critically acclaimed film ‘Vaastav: The Reality’, when asked Ajaz about comparison between two characters, he said, “I have a huge respect for Sanjay Dutt and I am glad that he has recovered from his illness. He is a great actor. I hope that one day I would get an opportunity to work with him in a film. If people are finding similarities between my character in this film and his character in ‘Vaastav’ then, I think that it’s a huge compliment for me as an actor.”
‘Dabangai’ is directed by Sajan Agarwal and produced by Gyanchand Devpati under the Banner of SSR films.
It stars Surjeet Singh Rathore, Ajaz Khan, Pallavi Singh, Javed Haider, Rajkumar Kanojia & Rajesh Desai in key roles. ‘Dabangai’ will be released on MX player.