Ajay Devgn before known as Vishal Devgan (born 2 April 1969), is an Indian film actor, director and producer. He is widely considered as one of the most popular and influential actors of Hindi cinema, who has appeared in over a hundred Hindi films. Devgn 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.
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2 April 1969 (age 49)
New Delhi, India
|Occupation||Actor, producer, director|
|Spouse(s)||Kajol Mukherjee (m. 1999)|
|Parent(s)||Veena and Veeru Devgan|
Ajay Devgn 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), Sangram (1993), Vijaypath (1994), 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.
Ajay Devgn 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 exposé of the 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), Cash (2007), 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), Singham Returns (2014), Drishyam (2015), Shivaay (2016), Baadshaho (2017),Golmaal Again (2017) and Raid (2018).
Ajay Devgn has starred in more than a hundred Hindi films. Having done so, he has established himself as one of the leading actors of Hindi cinema.
In addition, Ajay 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, Ajay Devgn changed his surname from Devgan to Devgn on the request of his family.
Ajay Devgn Personal Life
Ajay Devgn was born to a Punjabi family from Delhi but originally from Amritsar (Punjab). The family has connections to the Hindi filmindustry in Mumbai.
Ajay Devgn ‘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. Ajay Devgn graduated from the Silver Beach High School in Juhu and then studied at Mithibai College.
Ajay Devgn began a relationship with the actress Karisma Kapoor while filming Jigar, however, the couple ended their relationship in 1995.That same year, Devgn’s relationship with the actress, Kajol Mukherjee, 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 Hindu ceremony at the Ajay Devgan home.
The couple has two children. Their daughter, Nysa, was born in 2003 and their son, Yug, was born in 2010. Ajay Devgn 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, Devgn changed the spelling of his surname Devgan to Devgn, at the request of his family.
He is a practicing Shaiva Hindu who prominently wears a Rudraksha which, along with other religious themes, features in his films.Devgn was the first Bollywood personality to own a private jet for transport to shooting locations, to promotions and for personal trips.
In 2018, Ajay Devgn released his first Marathi production Aapla Manus. The movie was in Marathi language. It was directed by Satish Rajwade and starred Nana Patekar, Iravati Harshe, and Sumeet Raghavan. The film was produced by Ajay Devgn, Nana Patekar, Abhinav Shukla, Manish Mishra, & Rohit Choudhary and released on 9 February 2018. The story was a dramatic thriller and written by Vivek Bele. The film was distributed by Viacom 18 Motion Pictures.