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which he won Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor.

The same year he gave anothe

r critically acclaimed performance in Deewangee for which he received the Filmfa
re Best Villain Award. In 2003, he won his second National Film Award for Best A
ctor for his portrayal of Bhagat Singh in Rajkumar Santoshi's biopic The Legend
of Bhagat Singh. Throughout his career he has performed in many critically and c
ommercially successful films including Raincoat (2004)," Gangajal, (2004), Yuva
(2004), Apaharan (2005), Omkara (2006), Golmaal: Fun Unlimited (2006), Golmaal R
eturns (2008), All the Best: Fun Begins (2009), Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai (201
0), Golmaal 3 (2010), Raajneeti (2010), Singham (2011), Bol Bachchan (2012), Son
of Sardaar (2012), Singham Returns (2014) and Drishyam (2015). He has starred i
n more than hundred Hindi films. Having done so, he established himself as one o
f the leading actors of Hindi cinema.[12][13][14]
In addition, Devgn owns a production company Ajay Devgn FFilms which was establi
shed in 2000. In 2008, he debuted as a film director with U Me Aur Hum. He is ma
rried to film actress, Kajol since 1999 and the couple have two children. In Aug
ust 2009, Devgn changed his surname from Devgan to Devgn on the request of his f
Early life and marriage
Devgan was born to a Punjabi family[16] of Delhi and originally of Amritsar.[16]
The family has connections to the Hindi film industry in Mumbai. Devgan's fathe
r, Veeru Devgan, is a stunt choreographer and action film director and his mothe
r, Veena, is a film producer. His brother, Anil Devgan, is a filmmaker and scree
nwriter. Devgan graduated from the Silver Beach High School in Juhu and then stu
died at Mithibai College.
Devgan with his wife Kajol
In 1995, Devgan's relationship with his wife, Kajol, began whilst they were co-s
tarring in Gundaraj.[17] The media called them "an unlikely pair" due to their c
ontrasting personalities.[18][19] On 24 February 1999, the couple married in a t
raditional Maharashtrian ceremony at the Devgan home.[20][21]
The couple has two children. Their daughter was born in 2003[22] and their son w
as born in 2010.[23][24][19] Devgan and Kajol stored their newborn son's umbilic
al cord blood and tissues to act as a source of stem cells in case of serious ai
lment.[25] In August 2009, Devgan changed his surname to a new spelling, Devgn,
at the request of his family.[26][27][28] Devgan was the first Bollywood persona
lity to own a private jet for transport to shooting locations, to promotions and
for personal trips.[29]
Acting career
Further information: Ajay Devgan filmography
In 1991, Devgan began his professional career in Phool Aur Kaante and received a
Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut.[30][31] He costarred with Madhoo.[32] In hi
s opening scene, Devgan performed a split while balancing between two motorcycle
s, in the style of an action hero. His next film was Jigar (1992), a Bollywood m
artial arts film co-starring Karisma Kapoor. It was released on Diwali weekend a
nd became the seventh highest-grossing movie of that year, taking ?7 crore (US$1
.1 million) at the box office.[32]
In 1993, Devgan starred in Dil Hai Betaab, a movie about a love triangle and rom
antic themes such as revenge. He next featured in Divya Shakti[33] and then Sang
ram, the story of the enmity between two fathers.[34] Devgan then worked with De
epak Bahry who directed the action film Ek Hi Raasta,[35][36] and with Deepak Pa
war who directed Platform. Other releases that year were Shaktiman, Dhanwan and
In 1994, Devgan starred in Harry Baweja's romantic action movie Dilwale. He play
ed the part of Arun Saxena, a man with intellectual impairment. The movie was th
e tenth highest-grossing movie of the year.[37] His next release was Kanoon and
then Kuku Kohli's Suhaag with Akshay Kumar. The movie was about two friends. Dev
gan played Ajay Sharma/Malhotra. Suhaag was the seventh highest-grossing movie o
f the year.[37] His next film was Vijaypath. Shooting dates for Vijaypath clashe
d with those of Karan Arjun which Devgan declined. Vijaypath was the eighth high
est-grossing film of the year.[37]
In 1995, Devgan appeared in Mahesh Bhatt's movie Naajayaz and then Hulchul direc
ted by Milan Luthria. Kajol co-starred.[38] Devgan and Kajol then appeared in Gu
ndaraj which did not perform well at the boxoffice.[38] His next release was Haq
eeqat[38] costarring with Tabu. This film was the eleventh highest-grossing movi
e of the year.[38]
In 1996, Devgan starred in an action movie Jung with Mithun Chakraborty, Rambha
and Aditya Pancholi. His next release was an action movie called Jaan[39] with T
winkle Khanna. He then starred in Harry Baweja's film, Diljale where he played a
terrorist character called Shaka.[39]
In 1997, Devgan starred in a poorly received movie, Itihaas with Twinkle Khanna.
His next release was Indra Kumar's romantic comedy, Ishq with Aamir Khan, Juhi
Chawla and Kajol. In this successful film, Devgan played Ajay, a rich boy in lov
e with a poor girl (Kajol).[40] The film grossed ?30 crore (US$4.6 million). The
film was the fourth highest-grossing film of the year.[40][41]
In 1998, Devgan gave a critically acclaimed performance in Mahesh Bhatt's drama,
Zakhm and received his first National Film Award for Best Actor. In 1999, in Hu
m Dil De Chuke Sanam, Devgan played Vanraj, a man who tries to unite his wife wi
th her lover. Devgan then starred in Major Saab with Amitabh Bachchan and Sonali
Bendre where he played the character of an army officer. The movie was successf
ul and was the tenth highest-grossing film of the year.[42] He next starred with
Kajol in Anees Bazmee's second film, the romantic comedy Pyaar To Hona Hi Tha,
a remake of the Hollywood hit French Kiss. It grossed 302,500,000 Indian rupees.
[42] Devgan's next release was Mahesh Bhatt's Zakhm. The plot examines communal
tension in Mumbai during riots. Devgan played a man who is fed up with religious
conflict. Devgan won several awards for his performance, including the National
Film Award for Best Actor and the Star Screen Award for Best Actor.[43]
In 1999, Devgan starred in the romantic drama Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, in which h
e played Vanraj, a man who tries to help his wife (Aishwarya Rai) reunite with h
er lover (Salman Khan). Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam marked a significant turning poin
t Devgan's career. The film, an adaptation of Maitreyi Devi's Bengali novel Na H
anyate, was directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and co-starred Salman Khan and Ais
hwarya Rai. Devgan was highly praised for his performance. Rediff said, "Ajay's
role reminds you of one he did in another film, Pyar Tho Hona Hi Tha. There he i
s searching for the boyfriend of the girl he secretly loves. But intense scenes
are his forte and he does well here. He's particularly good in the scene where h
e gets exasperated with his wife's stubbornness and strives to keep his cool."[4
4] The movie was successful and Devgn was nominated for the Filmfare best actor
award. After that, he appeared in Hindustan Ki Kasam with Amitabh Bachchan and S
onali Bendre.[45] He then worked with the director Milan Luthria in Kachche Dhaa
ge with Saif Ali Khan and Manisha Koirala. The movie was a box-office hit.[45] H
e then performed in the successful movie Hogi Pyaar Ki Jeet, a romantic comedy[4
5] and then in his home production movie with Kajol and the director, Prakash Jh
a. The film was titled Dil Kya Kare. His other movies in 1999 were Gair and Thak
shak in which he played a strong, silent man.
Devgan during the promotions of All the Best: Fun Begins (2009)
In 2000, Devgan performed in Harry Baweja's Deewane. The film did not do well at
the box office.[46] In the same year, Devgan starred in his first home producti
on Raju Chacha with Kajol. The film was moderately successful.[46]
In 2001, Devgan starred in another moderately successful film, Yeh Raaste Hain P
yaar Ke with Madhuri Dixit and Preity Zinta.[47] His next release was Lajja, wit
h Manisha Koirala, Madhuri Dixit, Jackie Shroff and Anil Kapoor. He was nominate
d for the Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award. However, the film was not popula
r with the public.[47] Mahesh Manjrekar's Tera Mera Saath Rahen followed.
In 2002, Devgan performed in Ram Gopal Varma's fictional examination of the Mumb
ai underworld in the film Company. Devgan played a gangster named Malik. Both Co
mpany and Devgan's performance received critical acclaim. Taran Adarsh reviewed,
"Ajay Devgn enacts his role to perfection. A controlled performance, the actor
takes to this complex character like a fish takes to water. He underplays his pa
rt with admirable ease."[48] Devgan was nominated for the Filmfare Best Actor Aw
ard and won the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor.[49] Devgan's next release
was David Dhawan's comedy Hum Kisise Kum Nahin, with Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjay D
utt and Aishwarya Rai.[49] The same year, he played the role of Bhagat Singh, in
Rajkumar Santoshi's biopic The Legend of Bhagat Singh.[50] His performance was
well received by critics. Taran Adarsh said, "Ajay Devgn has lived the role. To
state that he is excellent would be an understatement. His performance is bound
to win admiration from cinegoers, besides fetching awards."[51] The film was rel
eased on 7 June 2002 and went on to win two National Film Awards, including the
National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi, and three Filmfare Awards, i
ncluding the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Movie. Despite these awards, and De
vgan winning his second National Film Award for Best Actor for his performance,
the film was not popular with the public.[49] Devgan went on to perform in Anees
Bazmee's Deewangee. The film was partially inspired by William Diehl's novel, P
rimal Fear. The film earned Devgan several awards for his role including a Filmf
are Best Villain Award, the Star Screen Award for Best Villain and the Zee Cine
Award for Best Actor in a Negative Role. The film was a success at the box offic
In 2003, Devgan starred in Ram Gopal Verma's horror film Bhoot, opposite Urmila
Matondkar. The film was appreciated critically and performed well at the box off
ice.[52] He then starred in the action thriller Qayamat: City Under Threat with
the actress debutante, Neha Dhupia. The film was a commercial success.[52] Devga
n next performed in Milan Luthria's romantic film Chori Chori opposite Rani Mukh
erji and Sonali Bendre. This film did not succeed at the box office.[52] Devgan'
s next release of the year was Prakash Jha's Gangaajal. The film was set in the
time of the blinding incident in Bhagalpur, Bihar. said, "Ajay Devgan
pulls up an ace with a part tailormade to reinforce his seething-under-the-surf
ace angry hero image. To his credit (and the director's), he brings style and gr
ace to a largely stereotypical, righteous protagonist. To a great extent, his pr
esence covers up the film's patchiness in the second half."[53] Devgan was nomin
ated for the Filmfare Best Actor Award for this performance. He then worked in R
ohit Shetty's directional debut Zameen[54] and J. P. Dutta's war film LOC Kargil
In 2004, Devgan was cast with Amitabh Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai and Akshay Kumar i
n Rajkumar Santoshi's action thriller Khakee. The film was released on 23 Januar
y 2004. It received positive reviews and became one of the highest-grossing film
s of 2004.[55] In Khakee, Devgan once again played a villain. His performance as
a police officer turned murderer was well received by critics. Taran Adarsh sai
d, "Ajay Devgan adds yet another feather in his cap with a performance that coul
d've been played only by a master performer. His confrontations with Amitabh Bac
hchan are exemplary."[56] Later in 2004, Devgan appeared in Indra Kumar's Masti:
Sanam Teri Kasam. He also starred in Yuva.[57][58][59]
Devgan next collaborated with Rituparno Ghosh in the relationship drama Raincoat
with Aishwaraya Rai. The film is an adaptation of O. Henry's The Gift of the Ma
gi. Raincoat met with wide critical acclaim and won the National Film Award for
Best Feature Film in Hindi.[60][61] Devgan was praised for his performance. Redi
ff said, "Hesitation, desperation, humiliation Ajay Devgn conveys them eloquentl
y. His Manoj is no cool dude, but just another lower middle-class guy in misery,
with whom none would like to switch place. He particularly stands out in the sc
enes where he cries in the bathroom, or begs Neeru not to marry someone else."[6
0] In 2004, Devgan was also seen in a cameo appearance in Taarzan: The Wonder Ca
2005 was a less successful year for Devgan. His movies were not financially succ
essful. They included Insan, Blackmail, Main Aisa Hi Hoon, Tango Charlie and Shi
khar. However, the films Kaal and Apaharan did well. For his performance in Apah
aran, Devgn was nominated for the National Film Award for Best Actor and the Fil
mfare Best Actor Award. His performance as a villain in Kaal also earned him a n
omination for the Filmfare Best Villain Award.[62]
Devgan with Kangana Ranaut at success party of Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai in 20
In 2006 Devgan played Othello in Omkara, an Hindi adaptation of William Shakespe
are's Othello. It was directed by Vishal Bhardwaj. The film is a tragedy of sexu
al jealousy set against the backdrop of the political system in Uttar Pradesh. I
t premiered at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival and was screened at the Cairo Inter
national Film Festival.[63][64] Omkara was well received by critics. Rediff said
, "Othello is a tricky role, a leading man eclipsed by the villain. Yet the Moor
is a brooding and compelling character, and Ajay Devgn does valiantly with his
material. Omkara strips Othello of the racism, exchanging his black skin for sur
prisingly inconsequential half-Brahminism. Ajay's best bits are when restrained,
and while there is a bit of a seen-that feel to his character, by the time the
film is over, you realise just how unflinchingly solid he's been."[65] Taran Ada
rsh said, "Ajay makes a stirring and powerful interpretation of a man haunted by
uncertainty about his lover's faithfulness. The serious look that Ajay carries
suits him to the T. Of course, Ajay is exceptional in the film and looks every i
nch the character he portrays."[66]
In 2006, Devgan also starred in Rohit Shetty's Golmaal. It had two sequels Golma
al Returns and Golmaal 3. In the same year, Devgan was featured in a short docum
entary about the Mumbai floods of 2005 titled The Awakening.[67]
In 2007 Devgan starred in two movies, director Anubhav Sinha's action thriller C
ash and Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag.
In 2008, Devgan performed in the social film Halla Bol, directed by Rajkumar San
toshi. Also in the cast were Pankaj Kapoor and Vidya Balan.[68][69] The film is
based on the life of activist Safdar Hashmi, who was killed in 1989 by political
rivals while performing in the street play, Halla Bol.[70] The film received ha
rsh reviews.[71]
In 2008, Devgan also performed in Rohit Shetty's third film Sunday. He then took
the lead role with Kajol in his own directorial debut film, U Me Aur Hum.[72] T
he film performed moderately well at the box-office and earned positive critical
reviews for his performance as well as for his direction. Rediff said, "His cha
racter grows, discovers both shirt-buttons and subtlety, delivering an intense a
cting job. Speaking almost entirely in platitudes pithy at first, profound as he
goes on this grows into an extraordinarily well-written character, replete with
flaws and relatability. The way he treats his remorse, drunkenly pointing every
finger at himself around a dinner table, is superbly handled, as is his guilty
struggle to delineate his life experience from his professional opinion."[73] De
vgan also made a cameo appearance in his brother Anil Devgan's film Haal e dil. He t
hen starred in Afzal Khan's Mehbooba.
Again in 2008, Devgan performed in Rohit Shetty's comedy Golmaal Returns, a sequ
el to the 2006 film Golmaal: Fun Unlimited about a mistrustful wife who believed
her husband was unfaithful. The Indian Express said the screenplay was derivati
ve, concluding, "There is nothing particularly new about a suspicious wife keepi
ng tabs on her husband, and there is nothing particularly new in the way Ajay-Ka
reena play it."[74] Golmaal Returns was a financial success with global revenues
of ?79.25 crore (US$12 million).[75]
In 2009, Devgan produced his third film, All the Best, directed by Rohit Shetty.
It had some financial success.[76][77] Next, Devgan starred in Vipul Shah's Lon
don Dreams with Salman Khan and the Tamil film star Asin. The film was not popul
ar with the public.[76]
Devgan at Dabboo Ratnani's calendar shoot in 2013.
In this decade, Devgan performed roles in Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai (2010), Go
lmaal 3 (2010), Raajneeti (2010), Singham (2011), Bol Bachchan (2012), Son of Sa
rdaar (2012), Singham Returns (2014) and Drishyam (2015).[78][79][80] In 2010, D
evgan featured in the financially successful comedy Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge? with P
aresh Rawal and Konkona Sen Sharma. He then featured in Prakash Jha's political
thriller Rajneeti. Raajneeti was released internationally on 4 June 2010, after
some controversies regarding similarities between actual people and the characte
rs in the film. There were also issues about the use of the national anthem in t
he film. The film was made with a budget of ?60 crore (US$9.3 million)[81] When
the film was released, it had positive reviews and was financially successful.[8
2] Again, in 2010, Devgan starred in Milan Luthria's Once Upon a Time in Mumbai
which was among the top-grossing films of that year.[83] Both the film and Devga
n's performance were well received by the critics. Taran Adarsh said, "Ajay Devg
n is splendid as Sultan. The actor had enacted a similar role in Company, but it
must be said that his interpretation is so different in Once Upon A Time in Mum
baai. He adds so much depth to the character, which only goes to prove his range
and versatility. This is, without a trace of doubt, Ajay's finest work so far."
[84] Komal Nahta said, "Ajay Devgn is simply fantastic in the role of Sultan Mir
za. So real is his performance that it looks like he was born to play this role.
Right from his look to his acting including dialogue-delivery, everything is fa
bulous. Indeed, an award-winning performance!"[85]
Devgan then starred in Priyadarshan's action-thriller film, Aakrosh. The movie e
xplores the subject of honour killings. Aakrosh received some positive reviews b
ut financially unsuccessful. At the end of 2010, Devgan worked again with Rohit
Shetty in Golmaal 3, a sequel to Golmaal Returns (2008). Although, like its pred
ecessor, the film received mixed reviews, it was the most successful of the Golm
aal series, earning more than ?107 crore (US$17 million).[86] Devgan also worked
as a voice artist in Toonpur Ka Super Hero, an animated film.
In 2011, Devgan performed with Emraan Hashmi in Madhur Bhandarkar's comedy Dil T
oh Baccha Hai Ji. He was a narrator in Yamla Pagla Deewana and also made a cameo
appearance in Ready. Devgan starred in Rohit Shetty's Singham. Taran Adarsh sai
d, "The title means 'Lion' and Ajay is in the centre of the battle between good
and evil. Ajay is well known for the lines, "aataa maajhi satakli". The embodime
nt of screen masculinity, Ajay enacts the central character of a righteous, hard
hearted cop with flourish. He brings alive on screen a larger-than-life hero cha
racter with determined conviction, which renders you thunderstruck. One of the f
ew actors who underplays his part admirably, he returns to the over-the-top-acti
on genre of films with this one. In a nutshell, his performance plays a pivotal
role in carrying the film to the winning post."[87] He then starred David Dhawan
's action comedy film Rascals.[88]
In 2012, Devgan starred in Tezz, directed by Priyadarshan. His co-stars were Ani
l Kapoor, Boman Irani, Kangana Ranaut, Sameera Reddy and Zayed Khan. Devgan then
starred in Rohit Shetty's film, Bol Bachchan.He then starred in Son Of Sardaar.
In 2013, Devgan featured in the critically and commercially unsuccessful remake
of Himmatwala.[89] Devgan next featured in Prakash Jha's political drama Satyagr
Devgan during promotions of Tezz (2012)
In 2014, Devgn featured in Rohit Shetty's Singham Returns , a sequel to Singham.
Singham Returns received mixed reviews from Indian critics.[91] Taran Adarsh of
Bollywood Hungama gave it 4 stars and said "The film is a complete mass entertai
ner with power-packed drama, hi-intensity dialogue and towering performances as
its aces. The brand value attached to it coupled with a long weekend will help t
he film reap a harvest and rule the box office in days to come.".[92] Singham Re
turns nett. Collection over ?32.09 crore (US$5.0 million) on the first day of it
s release in India. Domestic nett of Singham Returns are ?140.62 crore (US$22 mi
llion).[93] Devgan next featured in Prabhu Deva's Action Jackson which did not p
erform well at box office.[94]
In 2015, Devgan starred in Drishyam, directed by Nishikant Kamat. The film recei
ved positive reviews, Meena Iyer of The Times of India gave the film four out of
five stars, describing it as "A suspense drama with a nail-biting finish.praise
d Devgan performances, "Ajay, who is the prey here, shines in his role of the pr
otective father.".[95] The film was successful at box office, by the end of its
sixth week, the film had grossed about ?76.48 crore (US$12 million) at domestic
box office.[96]
In 2016,Devgn will be seen in his directorial mega project Shivaay.The film is s
et for release on Diwali 2016. Shivaay is a high octane action drama movie .[97]
Ajay Devgan also released the second official trailer of Shivaay. Meanwhile one
more news is coming that the movie Shivaay is not going to release in Pakistan.
Trade expert Komal Nahata confirmed this news via his Twitter account.[98]
In 2017,Devgan will feature in the sequel of Son Of Sardaar which is based on Ba
ttle of Saragarhi is slated for Diwali 2017 release.[99] He also confirmed that
he is working with director Milan Luthria in Baadshaho.[100]
Devgan's production company, Ajay Devgn Films, was established in 2000. The comp
any's first film was Raju Chacha (2000) starring Devgan and Kajol. In 2008, Devg
an made his directorial debut and co-produced U Me Aur Hum. Devgan was part of t
he drama film's team of four writers. The film tells the story of a woman (Kajol
) who has a very weak memory and even forgets her own husband. Taran Adarsh, a f
ilm critic, described it as "a well-made, absorbing love story that's high on th
e emotional quotient."[101]
In 2009, Devgan released his home production, All the Best: Fun Begins which was
directed by Rohit Shetty and starred Devgan, Sanjay Dutt, Fardeen Khan, Bipasha
Basu and Mugdha Godse. The film was released on 16 October 2009, and was the ni
nth highest grossing Bollywood film of 2009.[102][103]
Abhishek Bachchan and Devgan during the promotions of Devgan's produced film Bol
Bachchan (2012).
In 2012, Devgan starred in Rohit Shetty's romantic action comedy film, Bol Bachc
han which was a joint production with Shree Ashtavinayak Cine Vision Ltd. It als
o featured Abhishek Bachchan, Asin and Prachi Desai. The film, made with a budge
t of ?70 crore (US$11 million),[104] is an official remake of Gol Maal (1979). T
he film was released on 6 July 2012 in about 2,575 cinemas around the world and
had 2,700 prints. It received mixed reviews but had a good opening at the box of
fice.[105] The film had record advance bookings.[106] Bol Bachchan was one of th
e highest-grossing Bollywood films. It took ?158 crore (US$24 million).[107][108
Devgan also starred in Ashwni Dhir's romantic action comedy film, Son of Sardaar
which was a joint production with Viacom 18 Motion Pictures. The film was relea
sed on 13 November 2012. Despite competition with Yash Raj's film Jab Tak Hai Ja
an, Son of Sardaar was a financial success.[110][111][112] It made ?150 crore (U
S$23 million).[109]
Main article: Ajay Devgan filmography
Awards and honours
Main article: List of awards and nominations received by Ajay Devgn
See also
List of Indian film actors
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entMobile viewWikimedia Foundation Powered by MediaWikiAjay Devgan, born Vishal
Veeru Devgan, is a Bollywood actor, director and producer. he made his acting de
but with Phool Aur Kaante in 1991. He then starred in successful films such as J
igar (1992), Dilwale (1994), Suhaag (1994), Naajayaz (1995), Diljale (1996), Ish
q (1997), Zakhm (1998), Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999), The Legend of Bhagat Sing
h (2003), Raincoat (2004),
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