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Ajay Devgan

Ajay Devgn

Ajay Devgn

Ajay Devgn is an Indian Bollywood film actor, director, and producer who made his first screen appearance as a child artist in Bapu’s Pyari Behna (1985). This versatile superstar has a body of work that is possibly the most impressive in its range and caliber.

Born in Delhi on 2nd April 1969 to Veena and Veeru Devgan, Ajay Devgan was exposed to films at a very young age and post his graduation, he began directing video films. Ajay’s brother, Anil Devgan, is a Hindi film director. Devgan’s first ever introduction on celluloid saw him make a jaw-dropping entry on two motorcycles, a feat one could only expect from the son of legendary action director, Veeru Devgan. The film was Phool Aur Kaante and it marked the arrival of Hindi cinema’s new ‘angry young man’ a title bestowed earlier on Amitabh Bachchan post Zanjeer. Ajay quickly solidified his position as the angry young man with several action films.

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Son of Veeru Devgan and Veena Devgan. Brother of Anil Devgan. Son-in-law of Bollywood actress Tanuja Mukherjee. Spouse: Kajol (24 February 1999 – present)

Being the son of a master action director, it was only obvious that Ajay would excel in action, but he surprised the industry and audiences alike with his superb comic performance in Inder Kumar‘s Ishq and his emotionally moving performance in Sanjay Leela Bhansali‘s Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, exhibiting a range that was truly rare. By then Ajay had proven that there was no genre of cinema which was alien to him and he continued to excel in each of his roles. His stellar performance in Mahesh Bhatt‘s Zakhm fetched him his first ever National Award. His subtle yet hard-hitting performance in Company made him a Ram Gopal Varma favorite. Ajay later worked with Ramu on Bhoot.

His first attempt at non-commercial cinema earned him rave reviews for his performance opposite Aishwarya Rai in Rituparno Ghosh‘s Raincoat. In his personal life, he married leading actress Kajol on 24th February 1999. The couple has two children, a daughter, Nysa Devgan, and a son, Yug Devgan. Contrary to his on-screen image, Ajay is a rather quiet personality but yet a master prankster on the sets of his films.

The last two years have seen Ajay grow in stature. In 2009, he had some lovely films on hand, like Vipul Shah‘s London Dreams, which had shades of ‘Amadeus‘ and the laugh riot All The Best. The year 2012 has turned out even better for Ajay with releases like Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge, Rajneeti, Once Upon A Time in Mumbai and Aakrosh. And in Diwali, he had seen in a comic caper, Rohit Shetty‘s Golmaal 3. The best is definitely yet to come for this actor. The last two years have seen Ajay grow in stature.

In December 2010, he starred along with wifey Kajol in India’s first live action animation, Toonpur ka Superr Hero. His first release in 2011 was Madhur Bhandarkar‘s widely promoted, Dil Toh Bachcha Hai Ji, in which he’s paired with Shazahn Padamsee. Bhandarkar’s first foray into comedy also features Emraan Hashmi, Omi Vaidya, and Shruti Haasan.

Subsequently, he was the narrator in Yamla Pagla Deewana and did a cameo role in the Salman Khan-starred Ready. Devgan’s film Singham proved to be a milestone for him. The film grossed 100 crores net in India, making it the 7th film to do so. Devgn’s film Rascals released in December 2011. He paired up with Sanjay Dutt, in this film directed by the King of Comedy, David Dhawan. In the year 2012, his first release has been the multi-starrer thriller Tezz, which was helmed by Priyadarshan. He was last seen in the Rohit Shetty film ‘Bol Bachchan’ which has done exceedingly well at the box office. His Diwali release Son Of Sardaar, directed by Ashwni Dhir and also starring Sonakshi Sinha, Sanjay Dutt, and Juhi Chawla, opened to huge numbers at the box-office and will surely turn out to be a big blockbuster.

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