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Ajay Devgn, born Vishal Veeru Devgan on 2 April 1969,[1] is an Indian film actor, director, and producer.



He made his film debut with Phool Aur Kaante in 1991 and received a Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut for his performance in the film. He then starred in films such as Jigar (1992), Dilwale (1994), Suhaag (1994), Naajayaz (1995), Diljale (1996) and Ishq (1997).
In 1999, Devgan received his first National Film Award for Best Actor for his performance in Mahesh Bhatt's drama Zakhm. Some of his later films of the decade are Pyar To Hona Hi Tha, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam and Kachche Dhaage.

In the early 2000s, he starred in Lajja (2001) and Company (2002). 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 given many critically and commercially successful films including Raincoat (2004), Yuva (2004), Omkara (2006), Golmaal (2006), Golmaal Returns (2008), All The Best: Fun Begins (2009), Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai (2010), Golmaal 3 (2010), and Raajneeti (2010).


Biography

Devgan's father, Veeru Devgan, is a stunt choreographer, and his mother Veena Devgan, has produced one film. Anil Devgan, his brother, is a Hindi film director. He is a graduate of Bappu School in Juhu and Mithibai College. On February 23, 1999, he married Hindi film actress Kajol. The venue for the wedding was changed from a Gurdwara at Andheri in northwest Bombay to the Devgan residence, after a newspaper revealed the location.[3][relevant? – discuss] The couple has two children. Daughter Nysa was born in April 2003 and son Yug was born in September 2010.[4] In August 2009, Devgan changed his last name to Devgn on the request of his family.[5][6] He became the first Bollywood personality to acquire an aircraft for transport to shooting locations, promotions and personal trips.[7]

Career

Ajay Devgn made his debut with the film Phool Aur Kaante (1991), which grossed Rs.9,50,00,000[8] and for which he won a Filmfare Best Debut Award[9] In 1992, he starred in Jigar alongside Karishma Kapoor, which grossed Rs.7,00,00,000.[10] In 1993, he worked with director Deepak Bahry on the action film Ek Hi Raasta,[11] and with Deepak Pawar in Platform.

In 1994, Devgn worked in Harry Baweja's Dilwale, Suhaag and Vijaypath".[12]


In 1995, he appeared in Mahesh Bhatt's "Naajayaz", for which he was nominated for "filmfare best actor award".[13] In 1996, he continued with "Diljale".[14]

Devgn began starring in comedy films, such as Ishq in 1997.[15]
In 1998, he starred in "Major Saab" and Pyaar To Hona Hi Tha. He next starred in Mahesh Bhatt's Zakhm. He won several awards for his performance, including the National Film Award for Best Actor and the Star Screen Award for Best Actor[citation needed][16]
Devgn's 1999 work included Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam as well as "Hindustan ki kasam" and "Kachche dhage".[17]

In 2000, he worked in Harry Baweja's "Deewane". In this film, he essayed the role of two persons, where one is thief and another is police officer. The film was a flop at the box office.[18] In the same year, he starred in his first home production "Raju Chacha" opposite wife Kajol. The film also bombed at the box office.[18]

In 2001, he starred in "Yeh Raaste Hain Pyaar Ke" co-starring Madhuri Dixit and Priety Zinta. This film was an average grosser at the box office.[19] His next release "Lajja", alongside Manisha Koirala, Madhuri Dixit, Jackie Shroff and Anil Kapoor, earned him a nomination for the "Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award". The film did not perform as expected at the box office.[19] He then worked in Mahesh Manjrekar's "Tera Mera Saath Rahen".

In 2002, he featured in Ram Gopal Verma's fictional expose of Mumbai Underworld "Company"(film). He was nominated for "Filmfare Best Actor Award" and won "Filmfare Critics Award for Best Performance".[citation needed] The film fared well at the box office.[clarification needed][20] His next release was "Hum Kisi Se Kum Nahin" alongside Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjay Dutt and Aishwarya Rai.[20]
In the same year, he starred in Rajkumar Santoshi's biopic "The Legend of Bhagat Singh".[21] The film didn't fare well at the box office,[clarification needed].[20] However, he won the "Filmfare Critics Award for Best Performance" as well as his second "National Film Award for Best Actor" for his performance. He then starred in Anees Bazmee's "Deewangee". The film was partially inspired by William Diehl's English Language novel "Primal Fear". He won several awards for his negative role including, "Filmfare Best Villain Award", "Star Screen Award Best Villain" and "Zee Cine Award Best Actor in a Negative Role". This film was a mild success at the box office.[20]
In 2003, he starred in Ram Gopal Verma's "Bhoot" opposite Urmila Matondkar. The film was appreciated critically & performed very well at the box office.[22] He then starred in action thriller "Qayamat: City Under Threat" opposite debutant Neha Dhupia which was huge commercial success.[22] He then worked in Milan Luthria's romantic film "Chori Chori" opposite Rani Mukherji and Sonali Bendre. This film did not succeed at the box office.[22]

In that same year he featured in Prakash Jha's "Gangaajal", for which he was nominated "Filmfare Best Actor Award". He then worked in Rohit Shetty's directional debut "Zameen",[23] which grossed Rs.16,00,00,000.[22] followed by J. P. Dutta's war film "LOC Kargil".

Business

Power

He will invest in a 25 MW solar power plant in partnership with Mumbai based Roha Group. . The cost of the proposed project is estimated at Rs 400 crore.[24] Ramakant Tibrewala is Chairman of Roha Group.In Gujarat, a solar power project developer can claim 80% of the project cost as depreciation.There is also a scope to garner extra bucks through carbon credit in case of approved projects.

Awards and nominations

See also: List of awards and nominations received by Ajay Devgn
Among other awards and nominations, Devgn has won two National Film Awards and three Filmfare Awards.
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Year Film Role Awards
1991 Phool Aur Kaante Ajay Winner, Filmfare Best Debut Award
1992 Jigar Raj "Raju" Verma
1993 Dil Hai Betaab Ajay
Divya Shakti Prashant Varma
Platform Rajoo
Sangram Raja S. Singh Kanwar
Shaktiman Amar
Ek Hi Raasta Karan Singh
Bedardi Vijay Saxena
Dhanwaan Kashinath
1994 Dilwale Arun Saxena
Kanoon Vishal
Vijaypath Karan
Suhaag Ajay R. Sharma/Malhotra
1995 Naajayaz Jay Bakshi Nominated, Filmfare Best Actor Award
Hulchul Deva
Gundaraj Ajay Chauvan
Haqeeqat Shiva/Ajay
1996 Jung Ajay Bahadur Saxena
Jaan Karan
Diljale Shyam
1997 Itihaas Karan
Ishq Ajay Rai
1998 Major Saab Virendra Pratap Singh
Pyar To Hona Hi Tha Shekhar
Sar Utha Ke Jiyo Special Appearance
Zakhm Ajay R. Desai Nominated, Filmfare Best Actor Award,
Winner, National Film Award for Best Actor
1999 Dil Kya Kare Anand Kishore
Kachche Dhaage Aftab
Hogi Pyaar Ki Jeet Raju
Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam Vanraj Nominated, Filmfare Best Actor Award
Hindustan Ki Kasam Ajay/Tauheed
Gair Vijay Kumar/Dev
Thakshak Ishaan Singh
2000 Deewane Vishal/Arun
Raju Chacha Shekhar/Raju Chacha
2001 Yeh Raaste Hain Pyaar Ke Vicky/Rohit Verma
Lajja Bulwa Nominated, Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award
Tera Mera Saath Rahen Raj Dixit
2002 Company Malik Nominated, Filmfare Best Actor Award
Hum Kisi Se Kum Nahin Raja
The Legend of Bhagat Singh Sardar Bhagat Singh Winner, Filmfare Critics Award for Best Performance,
Winner, National Film Award for Best Actor
Deewangee Tarang Bharadwaj Winner, Filmfare Best Villain Award
2003 Bhoot Vishal
Qayamat: City Under Threat Rachit
Chori Chori Ranbir Malhotra
Gangaajal S.P. Amit Kumar Nominated, Filmfare Best Actor Award
Parwana Parwana
Zameen Col. Ranveer Ranawat
LOC Kargil Capt. Manoj Pandey
2004 Khakee Yashwant Angre Nominated, Filmfare Best Villain Award
Masti Inspector Sikander
Yuva Michael Mukherjee
Taarzan: The Wonder Car Deven Chaudhary (Special Appearance)
Raincoat Manoj
2005 Insan Ajit Rathod
Blackmail Shekhar Mohan
Zameer Suraj Chauhan
Tango Charlie Havaldar Mohammed Ali
Kaal Kali Pratap Singh Nominated, Filmfare Best Villain Award
Main Aisa Hi Hoon Neel
Apaharan Ajay Shastri Nominated, Filmfare Best Actor Award
Shikhar Gaurav Gupta
2006 Golmaal Gopal
Omkara Omkara "Omi" Shukla
2007 Cash Karan/Doc
Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag Hirendra Chavan (Heero)
2008 Halla Bol Ashfaq Khan/Sameer Khan
Sunday ACP Rajveer Randhawa
U, Me aur Hum Ajay
Meh****a Karan
Golmaal Returns Gopal
2009 All The Best: Fun Begins Prem Chopra
London Dreams Arjun
2010 Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge Puneet
Teen Patti Sunny (Special Appearance)
Raajneeti Suraj
Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai Sultan Mirza Nominated, Filmfare Best Actor Award
Aakrosh Pratap Kumar
Golmaal 3 Gopal
Toonpur Ka Super Hero Aditya
2011 Dil Toh Bachcha Hai Ji Naren
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Singham
Filming
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Year Film Other notes
2000 Raju Chacha
2008 U, Me aur Hum
2009 All The Best: Fun Begins



Director

Year Film Other notes
2008 U, Me aur Hum
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