Ajay Devgan & Ileana D’cruz. The rumour mills have been churning out story after story of how Ajay Devgn has taken a fancy to Ileana D’Cruz after working with her in Milan Luthria’s Baadshaho. Speculation is rife that he not only recommended her name for Raj Kumar Gupta’s Raid, which hits the screens later this month, but also his other projects, including Total Dhamaal.
However, in a conversation with Mid-Day, Ileana rubbished the reports. “I haven’t met anyone for Total Dhamaal, so it’s funny to hear these things,” she said.
Ileana added that she is not amused by such “malicious rumours”. “What upsets me is that people put out such malicious rumours. I have tremendous respect for Ajay and he has been nothing but respectful to me,” she said.
The actress admitted that she bagged Raid on Ajay’s recommendation, but maintained that no other film came her way because of him. “I have no qualms in saying that the only film he recommended me for was Raid. In fact, Arjun Kapoor [her co-star in Mubarakan] has also recommended a script to me, so it’s not only about one actor,” she said.
Raid is Ileana’s second collaboration with Ajay after Baadshaho. The film is scheduled to release on March 16.