Ajay Devgan is a contemporary actor, director and producer in the Indian film industry. He is best known for his portrayal of brooding, dark characters. Ajay is also husband to another famous actor in the industry: Kajol.
Ajay was born on 2 April 1969 as Vishal Veeru Devgan. His schooling was from Bappu School and Silver Beach High School in Juhu, Bombay. His college years were spent at Mithibai College. Both his parents have had connections to the film industry. Father, Veeru Devgan is a stunt choreographer and mother, Veena Devgan has produced a film. Ajav Devgan’s brother Anil Devgan is also a film director.
Ajay Devgan debuted on celluloid in 1991 with Phool Aur Kaante, which won him the Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut. His first Filmfare Award for Best Male Actor was for Zakhm, directed by Mahesh Bhatt in 1999.
Ajay Devgan married actress Kajol in 1999 and they have a daughter, Nysa, who was born in 2003.
After Phool Aur Kaante, Ajay Devgan co-starred with Karishma Kapoor in the 1992 film Jigar. 1993 saw him acting in Deepak Bahry’s directorial venture Ek Hi Raasta, an action film; and Deepak Pawar’s Platform, where he acted with Tisca Chopra. 1994 saw Ajay Devgan starring in Diljale, Suhaag and Vijaypath.
From 1997, Ajay Devgan began to explore his comic side in movies like Ishq. In 1998, Ajay acted in Major Saab and in Pyaar To Hona Hi Tha. 1999 produced his hit film Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, in a supporting role alongside Salman Khan and Aishwarya Rai.
2003 was another big year for Ajay Devgan as Ram Gopal Verma’s supernatural thriller Bhoot released to an overwhelmingly positive audience response. The same year saw Prakash Jha’s critically acclaimed Gangaajal and J.P. Dutta’s LOC Kargil. Mani Ratnam’s Yuva saw Ajay Devgan starring opposite Esha Deol as a student politician and was also a big hit with the audiences. Rituparna Ghosh’s Raincoat, with an offbeat storyline also released the same year. Ajay Devgan’s role in Raincoat, opposite Aishwarya Rai was also praised by critics.
In 2006, Vishal Bharadwaj’s Omkaara marked a big milestone in Ajay Devgan’s career. An adaptation of Shakespeare’s Othello, Omkaara was a brilliant retelling of the story set in present-day rural North India and revolving around a world of corruption and politics. Ajay Devgan played the leading role in the film, co-starring with Kareena Kapoor, Saif Ali Khan, Konkona Sen Sharma, Naseeruddin Shah and other big names in Bollywood.
Ajay’s comic work in Golmaal and its sequel Golmaal Returns were big winners with the audiences. His films in 2009, All the Best and London Dreams also did fairly well commercially.
Ajay Devgan’s latest films include Once Upon a Time in Mumbai and Rajneeti, a hard hitting film about politics and corruption. Both films came out in 2010. He also did a comic film with Konkona Sen Sharma, Atithi Tum Kab Jaaoge which received a lukewarm response at the box office.
Awareds and Nominations
Gopal Verma’s Company got him the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Performance in 2002. Hiw first Filmfare Award was for Best Male Debut in 1991 for Phool Aur Kante. He has been a frequent nominee for the Filmfare Best Actor category and has won two National awards for Best Actor for Zakhm (1999) The Legend Of Bhagat Singh (2003).
Filmography (Ajay Devgan movie list)
- Phool Aur Kaante (1991)
- Jigar (1992)
- Ek Hi Raasta (1993)
- Platform (1993)
- Diljale (1994)
- Suhaag (1994)
- Vijaypath (1994)
- Ishq (1997)
- Major Saab (1998)
- Pyaar To Hona Hi Tha (1998)
- Zakhm (1998)
- Deewane (2000)
- Raju Chacha (2000)
- Company (2002)
- Hum Kisi Se Kum Nahin (2002)
- The Legend of Bhagat Singh (2002)
- Deewangee (2002)
- Bhoot (2003)
- Gangaajal (2003)
- LOC Kargil (2003)
- Yuva (2004)
- Raincoat (2004)
- Omkara (2006)
- Golmaal (2006)
- Golmaal Returns (2008)
- Raajneeti (2009)
- Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge (2010)
- Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai (2010)