Ajay Devgn is a famous actor of Bollywood. He is also a director and producer. Ajay is one of the actors, which are not short of work. The serious looking actor has played a romantic hero, villain, angry man, and comedian on the screen. He is one of the versatile actors Indian Cinema has.
Name: Vishal Veeru Devgn, Ajay Devgn
Born: 2nd April, 1969
Occupation: Actor, Producer, Director
Years Active: 1991- Present
Spouse:Kajol (1999- Present)
Ajay Devgn was born to Veeru Devgn, a action director and Veena Devgn on April 2, 1969 in New Delhi, India. The actor was named Vishal Veeru Devgn. Ajay Devgn, is his other name. His brother Anil Devgn is a film director in Bollywood. Devgn is a graduate of Bapu School, Juhu and Mithibai College.
As an actor
Since 1992 till date, Ajay has given at least 2 movie releases every year. There have been years when he has given 5 or more movie releases too.
Ajay was first seen on screen as Master Chotu in the movie PYAARI BEHNA (1985).
Devgn made his debut with Dinesh Patel’s PHOOL AUR KAANTE (1991). He was paired opposite Madhoo in the movie. The movie was declared a hit and Ajay won the Filmfare- Best Male Debut Award.
JIGAR (1992) was Ajay’s only release of the year 1992. He played Raj Verma in the movie.
Ajay had 8 movie releases in the year 1993. He was seen playing Ajay in DIL HAI BETAAB (1993), Prashant in DIVYA SHAKTI (1993), Raju in PLATFORM (1993), Raja S.Singh Singh Kanwar in SANGRAM (1993), Amar in SHAKTIMAN (1993), Karan singh in EK HI RASTA (1993), Vijay Saxena in BEDARDI (1993), and Kashinath in DHANWAN (1993).
The then upcoming star was paired with Raveena Tandon in DILWALE (1993), Urmila Matondkar in KANOON (1993), Tabu in VIJAYPATH (1993) and Karishma Kapoor in SUHAAG (1993).
The actor played Jay Bakshi opposite Juhi Chawla in the movie, NAAJAYAZ (1995). HULCHUL (1995), GUNDARAJ (1995), HAQEEQAT (1995) were his other releases in 1995. Ajay was nominated for Filmfare-Best Actor Award for the movie NAAJAYAZ.
In 1996, Ajay was seen in JAAN (1996) as Karan, JUNG (1996) as Ajay Saxena, DILJALE (1996) as Shyam. The movies didn’t do very well at the Box Office.
The year saw two releases of the actor. One was Raj Kanwar’s ITIHAAS (1997) where he was paired with beautiful Twinkle Khanna and other was, ISHQ. ISHQ was Ajay Devgan, Amir Khan, Juhi Chawla, Kajol were three actors Ajay shared the screen with in the movie ISHQ. ISHQ was highest budget Indian film until, JEANS (1998).
MAJOR SAAB (1998), PYAAR TO HONA HI THA (1998), ZAKHM (1998) were the movies in which Ajay appeared as a lead. He had special appearance in SAR UTHA KE JIYO (1998). Ajay got number of awards for Mahesh Bhatt’s ZAKHM. The awards he won were, National Film Awards for Best Actor, BFJA Awards-Best Actor, Star Screen- Best Actor Award, Bollywood Movie Award- Critics Award Male. He was nominated in Filmfare for Best Actor category for ZAKHM.
DIL KYA KARE (1999), KACHCHE DHAAGE (1999), HOGI PYAAR KI JEET (1999), HUM DIL DE CHUKE SANAM (1999), HINDUSTAN KI KASAM (1999), GAIR (1999), THAKSHAK (1999) were Ajay’s releases in the year. In HUM DIL DE CHUKE SANAM he was co-starred with Aishwarya Rai and Salman Khan. Ajay’s role, as caring husband and a good human got him a nomination for Filmfare-Best Actor Award.
Ajay played a double role in DEEWANE (2000). He shared the screen with Urmila Matondkar and Mahima Chaudhry. The same year also saw Ajay in RAJU CHACHA (2000). The movies failed commercially.
YEH RAASTE HAIN PYAAR KE (2001), LAJJA (2001), TERA MERA SAATH RAHEN (2001) were three movies Ajay did in 2001. He was nominated for Filmfare-Best Supporting Actor Award for LAJJA.
COMPANY (2002), HUM KISI SE KUM NAHIN (2002), THE LEGEND OF BHAGAT SINGH (2002), and DEEWANGEE (2002) were Ajay’s four releases of the year. He got nominated for Filmfare-Best Actor Award and won Star Screen’s Best Actor Award, Stardust Star of the Year Award – Male for COMPANY. He won National Film Awards- Best Actor Award and BFJA Awards’ Best Actor Award for THE LEGEND OF BHAGAT SINGH. Devgn collectively won Filmfare Critics Award for Best Performance in COMPANY and THE LEGEND OF BHAGAT SINGH. He also won Filmfare-Best Villain Award, Star Screen-Best Villain Award, Bollywood Movie Award for Best Villain for his movie DEEWANGEE.
Devgn appeared in 7 movies in 2003. The movies were BHOOT (2003), QAYAMAT: CITY UNDER THREAT (2003), CHORI CHORI (2003), GANGAAJAL (2003), PARWANA (2003), ZAMEEN (2003), LOC KARGIL (2003). BHOOT was a hit because of Urmila Matondkar’s role. Ajay was nominated for Filmfare-Best Actor Award for Gangaajal. Other movies flopped at the Box Office.
Ajay appeared in multi-starrer movies, KHAKEE (2004), MASTI (2004), and YUVA (2004). He was seen in s special appearance in TARZAN: THE WONDER CAR (2004), and he played lead opposite Aishwarya Rai in RAINCOAT (2004).
Ajay has continued working in multi-starrer movies. This year he did INSAN (2005), BLACKMAIL (2005), TANGO CHARLIE (2005), KAAL (2005), where he shared the screen with other actors too. ZAMEER (2005), MAIN AISA HI HOON (2005), APAHARAN (2005), SHIKHAR (2005) were his other releases of the year. He got nominated for Filmfare-Best Villain Award, International Indian Film Academies Award-Best Performance in Negative Role for KAAL and Filmfare-Best Actor Award for APAHARAN.
Ajay starred in multi-starrer GOLMAAL (2006) and OMKARA (2006) in this year. Both the movies were a hit at the Box Office and did well, commercially. Ajay’s performance was appreciated in both the movies. He bagged nominations for Filmfare Best Actor Award, International Indian Film Academies Award-Best Actor, Global Indian Film Awards-Best Actor, and all three for OMKARA. His third release of the year was Faruk Kabir directed, THE AWAKENING. Ajay was also the editor of the movie.
Ajay appeared again in multi-starrer movies CASH (2007) and RAM GOPAL VARMA KI AAG (2007). Both the movies bombed at the Box Office.
BENAAM (2008), HALLA BOL (2008), SUNDAY (2008), U ME AUR HUM (2008), HAAL-E-DIL (2008), MEHBOOBA (2008), GOLMAAL RETURNS (2008) were Ajay’s releases of the year. The movies didn’t do well commercially and were declared flop at the Box Office except GOLMAAL’s sequel, GOLMAAL RETURNS, which was declared a hit.
Ajay again appeared in a multi-starrer movie, ALL THE BEST: FUN BEGINS (2009). He was co-starred with Sunjay Dutt, Fardeen Khan, Bipasha Basu and Mugdha Godse. He was nominated for Star Screen- Best Comedian and Stardust Star of the year Award-Male for ALL THE BEST. He won Stardust Award-Best Actor in a Comedy Role and Apsara Film & Television Producers Guild Award-Best Actor in Comic role for ALL THE BEST.
So far, Ajay’s two releases of the year are, TEEN PATTI (2010) and ATITHI TUM KAB JAOGE? (2010), have failed commercially, whereas, RAJNEETI (2010), and ONCE UPON A TIME IN MUMBAI (2010) have been declared a hit and have received good comments and ratings. Devgn has got lots of compliments and appreciations for his role as Sultan Mirza in OUATIM.
Audience will get to see Ajay in three more movies this year, AAKROSH (releasing on 1st October 2010), TOONPUR KA SUPERHERO (releasing on 15th October 2010), and GOLMAAL 3 (releasing on 5th November 2010).
Priyadarshan’s BULLET TRAIN (releasing in June, 2011) is another movie in which Ajay will be seen with co-stars, Anil Kapoor, Kangana Ranaut, Sameera Reddy, Tushar Kapoor, Boman Irani.
As a Producer
Ajay made his debut as a producer from his movie RAJU CHACHA (2000). The next movie he produced was THE AWAKENING (2006). After two years he produced U ME AUR HUM (2008) where he was seen opposite wife, Kajol. The movie last produced by Ajay is ALL THE BEST-FUN BEGINS (2009).
He has been Technical supervisor for GOLMAAL: FUN UNLIMITED (2006), and Critical supervisor again for GOLMAAL: FUN UNLIMITED (2006), ZAMEEN (2003), RAJU CHACHA (2000).
As a Director/ Writer
Ajay wrote and directed U ME AUR HUM (2008).
As an Editor
Ajay edited THE AWAKENING (2006).
The talented actor of Bollywood was given Rajiv Gandhi Award for his Achievement in Bollywood in 2003.
He was also awarded “Achiever of the year” in 2003.
The brilliant actor won Jasrat Award in 2008.
Ajay Devgn, today, is a writer, director, editor, producer, actor, and etc.
Ajay, in past has dated Kapoor daughter, Karishma Kapoor before he married Bollywood actress, Tanuja’s daughter, Kajol, who herself is a successful actress. Reportedly, Ajay dated the Bengali beauty, Kajol for five years before the two, tied knot together on February 23, 1999. The Devgn family welcomed a new member, Ajay-Kajol’s daughter, named Nysa in April 2003.