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Pilot is a demi-god for passengers, says Runway 34 director Ajay Devgn

The film also stars Rakul Preet Singh and Amitabh Bachchan.

Ajay Devgn in Runway 34

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Ajay Devgn donned khaki in Gangaajal (2003), Singham (2011) and Singham Returns (2014). But in his upcoming film Runway 34, he will be seen in a pilot’s uniform for the first time. 

“I have always been drawn to men in uniform,” said Devgn in a statement. “Be it my cop avatar in Gangaajal and the iconic Singham, uniforms have a special significance. Of course, the pilot’s uniform has more glamour associated with it. But believe me, along with the glamour comes a huge responsibility.” 

The actor added, “A pilot is actually a demi-god for the passengers who repose blind faith in him or her while they fly. I was fully aware of what this uniform brings with it. Neither Rakul Preet Singh (my co-pilot) nor I took the uniform lightly.” 

Devgn, who has also directed the film, and Singh underwent training to get into their respective characters. “We had a real pilot on set to coach us. We familiarized ourselves with the cockpit and learnt the use of the numerous buttons on the panel. It was a mini-coaching class and we did not take it lightly. We also got lessons from the ATC [air traffic control]. Runway 34 is a film based on true incidents and we needed to keep the authenticity.” 

Runway 34 also stars Amitabh Bachchan as Devgn’s senior. Produced by Ajay Devgn Ffilms and distributed by Panorama Studios, the film will be released in theatres on 29 April.