- Ajay Devgan
name = Ajay Devgan
imagesize = 200px
birthdate = birth date and age|1969|4|2
New Delhi, India
yearsactive = 1991 - present
birthname = Vishal Devgan
children = Nysa Devgan
website = [www.ajaydevgan.net]
filmfareawards = Best Debut "
Phool Aur Kaante" Best Villain2003 " Deewangee" Best Actor (Critics)2003 " Company" and " The Legend of Bhagat Singh"
nationalfilmawards=Best Actor "
Zakhm"Best Actor2003 [The Legend of Bhagat Singh] " (2003)
nationalfilmawards=Best Actor1999 "
The Legend of Bhagat Singh"
Vishal Veeru Devgan,
Hindi:विशाल देवगन, born (April 2, 1969 in New Delhi, India), popularly known as Ajay Devgan is a National Film Award-winning actor who appears in Bollywoodfilms. Beginning his career as an action hero in the early 1990s, Devgan has since established himself as one of the serious actors in Bollywood. In 2008 he ventured into directing as well with " U, Me Aur Hum", which saw him starring in the lead role alongside his wife, popular actress Kajol.
Devgan is from Punjab, of Sikh
Ramgarhiaorigin. His father is Veeru Devgan, a stunt choreographer, his mother Veena Devgan produced one film and his cousin, Anil Devgan, is a Bollywoodfilm director. He is a graduate of bapuschool in Juhu& Mithibai College. He married popular actress Kajolon February 24, 1999. Their daughter Nysa Devgan was born on April 20, 2003.
Devgan made his film debut with "
Phool Aur Kaante" (1991), in which he played the son of antagonist Amrish Puri. His performance won him a Filmfare Best Debut Award. Many of his earlier movies were of the action genre and he worked with director Deepak Bahryon the action film "Ek Hi Raasta" opposite Raveena Tandon. However he soon began starring in comedy films such as "Ishq" in 1997.
In 1998, he was the leading actor in "
Pyaar To Hona Hi Tha", one of the biggest hits of that year. He next starred in Mahesh Bhatt's " Zakhm". The film was highly acclaimed, as was his performance. He won several awards for his performance, including the coveted National Film Award for Best Actorand Star Screen Award Best Actor.
Devgan saw further success in 1999 when
Sanjay Leela Bhansalicast him opposite Salman Khanand Aishwarya Raifor the film " Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam", which was a critical and commercial success.Fact|date=April 2008 Devgan's performance in the film earned him a nomination for Best Actor at the Filmfare.
Devgan went on to be notably recognised for his association with filmmaker
Ram Gopal Varma, resulted in several successful projects, which was particularly noticed in 2002, with the drama "Company", which earned him his second Star Screen Award Best Actor. 2002 proved to be a good year for him, as his performance in Rajkumar Santoshi's " The Legend of Bhagat Singh" won him his second National Film Award for Best Actor.
In 2004, he starred in several critically appreciated films, including
Mani Ratnam's " Yuva", Rituparno Ghosh's "Raincoat"; thse projects did not do well at the box office. In 2006, he played the title role in the critically acclaimed adaptation of Shakespeare's " Othello", titled "Omkara".
In 2007, Devgan starred in "
Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag", which was the remake of the Indian cinema's landmark " Sholay". The film was a major failure critically as well as commercially.Fact|date=April 2008
Devgan's first 2008 release, "
Halla Bol", was not a box-office success,Fact|date=April 2008, but Devgan's performance won appreciation from critics.Fact|date=April 2008 Next came "Sunday", which performed below average at the box office.Fact|date=April 2008
Devgan's directorial debut, "
U, Me Aur Hum", in which he starred opposite his wife, was released on April 11, 2008. The film performed well at the box office and received positive reports, approving his work as a debuting director.
Awards and nominations
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