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2 April 1969
|Other names||Ajay Devgn|
He is widely considered as one of the finest actors of Hindi cinema. 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. 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.
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. He was the first person in Bollywood to acquire a six-seater private jet for transport to shooting locations, promotions and personal trips.
Film production and direction
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".
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.
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 70 crore (US$11 million), 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 The film supposedly created a record for its advance bookings. Bol Bachchan has become one of the highest-grossing Bollywood film of all time in India. Box Office India declared the film as a "hit". where it grossed 158 crore (US$26 million) worldwide.
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. It went on to gross 150 crore (US$24 million) worldwide.
Ajay Devgn began dating actress, Kajol, in 1994, while filming for Hulchul. Members of the media, however, labelled them as an "unlikely pair" due to their contrasting personalities. 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". They subsequently got married on 24 February 1999 in a traditional Maharashtrian style ceremony at the Devgn house. 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". 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.
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. 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."
In 2001, Kajol was pregnant with her first child. However, due to an ectopic pregnancy, she suffered a miscarriage. On 20 April 2003, Kajol gave birth to a daughter. In September 2010, she gave birth to a son.
Awards and honours
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