Ajay Devgan

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Ajay Devgan
Born Vishal Devgan[1]
2 April 1969
Other names Ajay Devgn[2]
Children 2

Ajay Devgn[1] also known as Ajay Devgan (born: Vishal Veeru Devgan on 2 April 1969[3]) is an Indian film actor, director, and producer.

He is widely considered as one of the finest actors of Hindi cinema.[4][5][6] Devgn has won numerous awards in his career, including two National Film Awards. He is the son of director and action director Veeru Devgan.

Devgan began his professional career with Phool Aur Kaante in 1991 and received a Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut for his performance.[7][8] 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 called 'Malik' 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), Yuva (2004), Apaharan(2005), Omkara (2006), Golmaal: Fun Unlimited (2006), Halla Bol (2008), 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) and Singham Returns (2014). He has starred in more than 80 Hindi films. Having done so, he has established himself as one of the leading actors of Bollywood.[9][10][11]

In addition, Devgn owns a production company, Ajay Devgn Films, which was established in 2000. In 2008, he debuted as a film director with U Me Aur Hum.

He married Indian film actress, Kajol in 1999 and the couple have two children. In August 2009, Devgn changed his surname from 'Devgan' on the request of his family.[12] He was the first person in Bollywood to acquire a six-seater private jet for transport to shooting locations, promotions and personal trips.[13]

Biography[edit]

Acting career[edit]

Film production and direction[edit]

Ajay Devgn with Sonakshi Sinha promoting Son of Sardaar at UTV STARS, Nov 2012

In 2000 Devgn selt up a production company known as Ajay Devgan Films Productions. Its first film was Raju Chacha. The movie was released in 2000, starring Devgn as the lead actor and his wife Kajol as the lead actress.

In 2008 he co-produced the drama U Me Aur Hum which marked his directorial debut. Devgn also played the lead role in the film, sharing the screen with his wife Kajol. The film was also Written by Devgn and three other writers and tells the story of a person who has very weak memory forgets the things even she forgets her husband.. Taran Adarsh gave the film 4 out of 5 stars and described it as "a well-made, absorbing love story that's high on the emotional quotient".[14]

In 2009, Devgn released his home production All the Best: Fun Begins which was directed by Rohit Shetty and starred Devgn, 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.[15]

In 2012, Devgn starred in Rohit Shetty's Bollywood romantic action comedy film, Bol Bachchan which was joint production by Shree Ashtavinayak Cine Vision Ltd, also featuring Abhishek Bachchan, Asin and Prachi Desai in lead roles. The film, made on a budget of INR70 crore (US$11 million),[16] is an official remake of the 1979 film Gol Maal. The film was released on 6 July 2012 in around 2575 screens worldwide with 2700 prints. It received mixed critical acclaim but had a good opening at the box office[17] The film supposedly created a record for its advance bookings.[18] Bol Bachchan has become one of the highest-grossing Bollywood film of all time in India.[19] Box Office India declared the film as a "hit".[20] where it grossed INR158 crore (US$26 million) worldwide.[21]

The same year he starred in Ashwni Dhir's Bollywood romantic action comedy film, Son of Sardaar which was joint production by Viacom 18 Motion Pictures. The film released on 13 November 2012. Whilst having competition with the Yash Raj film Jab Tak Hai Jaan, Son of Sardaar managed to do excellent business at the box office worldwide.[22][23][24] It went on to gross INR150 crore (US$24 million) worldwide.[21]

Personal life[edit]

Devgn with his wife and actress, Kajol, 2013

Ajay Devgn began dating actress, Kajol, in 1994, while filming for Hulchul.[25] Members of the media, however, labelled them as an "unlikely pair" due to their contrasting personalities.[26] Devgn explained their relationship by saying, "We never resorted to the usual 'I Love you' routine. A proposal never happened. We grew with each other. Marriage was never discussed, but it was always imminent".[27] They subsequently got married on 24 February 1999 in a traditional Maharashtrian style ceremony at the Devgn house.[28] The wedding was subject to wide media scrutiny, as certain members of the media criticised Kajol's decision to settle down at the "peak of her career".[29] Post marriage, there was news in the media claiming that Devgn didn't allow Kajol to work in films any more. However, it was later clarified by Kajol that instead of quitting films, she would cut down on the amount of work that she did.[30][31]

Following his marriage, Kajol moved into his, and his parents, house at the latter's ancestral house in Juhu. While media members speculated about a lack of compatibility between her in-laws and her, Kajol clarified that they were "like parents to me" and encouraged her to continue working in films.[25] Rumours have often romantically linked Devgn with other Bollywood actresses, and have reported about an imminent divorce. Refuting the rumours, Kajol stated, "I don't believe in those rumours because I know the way this industry functions. [...] You cannot continue a marriage without the basic trust. Frankly, I don't care for such talk."[32]

In 2001, Kajol was pregnant with her first child. However, due to an ectopic pregnancy, she suffered a miscarriage.[33] On 20 April 2003, Kajol gave birth to a daughter.[34] In September 2010, she gave birth to a son.[35][36]

Awards and honours[edit]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

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  22. ^ "Ajay Devgn takes on Shah Rukh Khan!". Daily News and Aanlysis. 23 January 2012. Retrieved 24 January 2012. 
  23. ^ "Jab Tak Hai Jaan SUPER HIT Son of Sardaar HIT". Box Office India. Retrieved 24 November 2012. 
  24. ^ "Jab Tak Hai Jaan BLOCKBUSTER Son of Sardaar AVERAGE". Box Office India. Retrieved 28 November 2012. 
  25. ^ a b "After motherhood, Kajol returns in a role designed to unsettle filmdom's reigning deities : FILMS - India Today". India Today. 22 May 2006. 
  26. ^ "The Happiest Marriages in Bollywood". Rediff. 23 March 2011. Retrieved 4 June 2012. 
  27. ^ "Bonding of the bubbly belle & the brooder". The Tribune. 27 April 2003. Retrieved 3 June 2010. 
  28. ^ Srnivasan, V.S. (25 February 1999). "Quietly were they wed". Rediff. Retrieved 4 June 2012. 
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  30. ^ "Getting candid with Kajol! - The Times of India". The Times of India. 
  31. ^ Gupta, Rakhee (22 February 2001). "Kajol decides to 'phase out'". The Tribune. Retrieved 4 June 2012. 
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  33. ^ "Kajol back home after miscarriage". The Times of India. 21 December 2001. Retrieved 4 June 2012. 
  34. ^ "Kajol delivers baby girl". The Times of India. 20 April 2003. Retrieved 4 June 2012. 
  35. ^ "Kajol, Ajay welcome baby boy". The Times of India. 13 September 2010. Retrieved 4 June 2002. 
  36. ^ "Mums, listen to your kids!". The Times of India. 9 May 2010. Retrieved 4 June 2012.