Born to famous Bollywood stuntman, fight master and director Veeru Devgan on April 2, 1967, Vishal alias Ajay Devgan began his film career by stepping into Bollywood in the early 1990s as an action hero.
He came into the limelight in 1991 with the release of “Phool aur Kantee” which won him the Filmfare Best Debut Award. It is said that he used to follow his father to the film sets and shootings which proved instrumental in developing his interest in the field.
Originally a resident of Punjab, Ajay completed his graduation from Silver Beach High School in Juhu and Mithibai College and then stepped into the Hindi film industry. Apart from his father, Ajay’s cousin brother – Anil is also into Bollywood film direction. He married renowned Bollywood actress Kajol in February 24, 1999. Kajol gave birth to their daughter Nysa on 20th April 2003. There second child- a boy was born on 13th September 2010 in Mumbai. The celebrity parents have named him Yug.
Ajay learnt to perform stunts right from his childhood after his stunt man father. Hence the initial films portray Ajay more as an action hero. Soon he shifted from action movies to romantic comedies like “Ishq” in 1997. Films like “Hum Dil de Chuke Sanam” in 1999 saw Ajay deliver one of his best performances. Ajay gave some critically acclaimed performances in movies like ‘Zakhm’ (1998), ‘Dil Kya Kare’ (1999), ‘Company’ and ‘The Legend of Bhagat Singh’ (2002), ‘Bhoot’ (2003), ‘Kaal’ (2005) and ‘Omkara’ (2006).
The versatile actor has a long film career. Some of the movies he acted in are listed below:
Singham Returns, Action Jackson
Son of Sardaar
Dil Toh Bachcha Hai Ji
Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge
Once Upon a Time in Mumbai
All the Best
U, Me Aur Hum
Ram Gopal Verma ki Aag
Main Aisa Hi Hoon
Yeh Raaste Hain Pyaar Ke
Raju Chacha ( Devgan’s own in-house production and direction)
Pyar To Hona Hi Tha
Ek Hi Raasta
Dil Hai Betaab
Throughout his career as a successful actor, Ajay earned critical acclaim and several awards were showered on him. Some of the prominent ones are
National Film Awards
Best Actor for “Zakhm” in 1999 Best Actor for “The Legend of Bhagat Singh” in 2003.
Film fare Awards
Best Actor in Supporting Role for “Lajja” in 2001 Best Performance in Negative Role for “Deewangee’ in 2002 Best Actor Critics for “Company” and “The Legend of Bhagat Singh” in 2002.
Star Screen Awards
Best Actor for “Zakhm” in 1998 Best Actor for “Company” in 2002 Best Villain for “Deewange” in 2002, Best Performer for “Golmaal-3.”
Besides, Ajay has to his credit numerous other awards for excellence in Indian Cinema and his significant contribution to Bollywood.