Ajay Devgan (born Vishal Veeru Devgan on 2 April 1969), also credited as Ajay Devgn, is an Indian film actor, director and producer. He is widely considered as one of the most popular actors of Hindi cinema, who has appeared in over a hundred Hindi films. Devgan has won numerous accolades, including two National Film Awards and four Filmfare Awards. In 2016, he was honoured by the Government of India with the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian honour of the country.
Devgan began his professional career with Phool Aur Kaante in 1991 and received a Filmfare Award for Best Male Debutfor his performance. He then starred in successful films such as Jigar (1992), Dilwale (1994), Suhaag (1994), Naajayaz (1995), Diljale (1996) and Ishq (1997). In 1998, he appeared in a critically acclaimed performance in Mahesh Bhatt’s drama Zakhm and he received his first National Film Award for Best Actor for his role in the movie. In 1999, his most-talked-about film was Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam in which he played Vanraj, a man who tries to unite his wife with her lover.
In the early 2000s, he gave critically acclaimed performances in Ram Gopal Varma’s fictional expose of Mumbai underworld Company. He played the character of a gangster, for which he won Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor. The same year he gave another critically acclaimed performance in Deewangee for which he received the Filmfare Best Villain Award. In 2003, he won his second National Film Award for Best Actor 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 commercially successful films including Raincoat (2004),” Gangajal, (2004), Yuva (2004), Apaharan (2005), Omkara(2006), Golmaal: Fun Unlimited (2006), Golmaal Returns (2008), All the Best: Fun Begins (2009), Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai (2010), Golmaal 3 (2010), Raajneeti (2010), Singham (2011), Bol Bachchan (2012), Son of Sardaar (2012), Singham Returns (2014) and Drishyam (2015). He has starred in more than hundred Hindi films. Having done so, he established himself as one of the leading actors of Hindi cinema.
In addition, Devgn owns a production company Ajay Devgn FFilms which was established in 2000. In 2008, he debuted as a film director with U Me Aur Hum. He is married to film actress, Kajol since 1999 and the couple have two children. In August 2009, Devgn changed his surname from Devgan to Devgn on the request of his family
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Early life and marriage
Devgan was born to a Punjabi family of Delhi and originally of Amritsar. The family has connections to the Hindi film industry in Mumbai. Devgan’s father, Veeru Devgan, is a stunt choreographer and action film director and his mother, Veena, is a film producer. His brother, Anil Devgan, is a filmmaker and screenwriter. Devgan graduated from the Silver Beach High School in Juhu and then studied at Mithibai College.
In 1995, Devgan’s relationship with his wife, Kajol, began whilst they were co-starring in Gundaraj.The media called them “an unlikely pair” due to their contrasting personalities. On 24 February 1999, the couple married in a traditional Maharashtrian ceremony at the Devgan home.
The couple has two children. Their daughter was born in 2003 and their son was born in 2010. Devgan and Kajol stored their newborn son’s umbilical cord blood and tissues to act as a source of stem cells in case of serious ailment. In August 2009, Devgan changed his surname to a new spelling, Devgn, at the request of his family. Devgan was the first Bollywood personality to own a private jet for transport to shooting locations, to promotions and for personal trips
Devgan’s production company, Ajay Devgn Films, was established in 2000. The company’s first film was Raju Chacha (2000) starring Devgan and Kajol. In 2008, Devgan made his directorial debut and co-produced U Me Aur Hum. Devgan was part of the 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 film critic, described it as “a well-made, absorbing love story that’s high on the emotional quotient.”
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 ninth highest grossing Bollywood film of 2009
In 2012, Devgan starred in Rohit Shetty’s romantic action comedy film, Bol Bachchan which was a joint production with Shree Ashtavinayak Cine Vision Ltd. It also featured Abhishek Bachchan, Asin and Prachi Desai. The film, made with a budget of ₹70 crore (US$11 million),is an official remake of Gol Maal (1979). The 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 office. The film had record advance bookings. Bol Bachchan was one of the highest-grossing Bollywood films. It took ₹158 crore(US$25 million).
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 released on 13 November 2012. Despite competition with Yash Raj’s film Jab Tak Hai Jaan, Son of Sardaar was a financial success. It made ₹150 crore (US$23 million)