Biography|September 30, 2012 1:12 pm

Ajay Devgn Biography

Ajay Devgn, born Vishal Devgan on 2 April 1969, 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, Devgn received his first National Film Award for Best Actor for his performance in Mahesh Bhatt’s drama Zakhm.

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: Fun Unlimited (2006),Golmaal Returns (2008), All the Best: Fun Begins (2009), Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai (2010), Golmaal 3 (2010), Raajneeti (2010),Singham (2011) and Bol Bachchan (2012). Having done so, he has established himself as one of the leading actors of Bollywood. In 2008, he debuted as a film director with his starrer U Me Aur Hum which proved to be a moderate success at the box office. He then established the production house, Ajay Devgn Films.

Devgan was born in New Delhi to Veena and Veeru Devgan. Originally from Amritsar, Punjab, members of the Devgan family are all related to the Hindi film industry in Mumbai. His father, Veeru Devgan, is a well-known stunt choreographer, and his mother Veena Devgan, a film producer. Devgn’s brother, Anil, is a Hindi film director. Ajay Devgn is an alumnus of the Silver Beach High School in Juhu and Mithibai College. On 24 February 1999, he married Hindi film actress Kajol. The couple has two children. Their daughter Nysa was born on the 20 April 2003 and their son Yug was born on the 13 September 2010.] Ajay Devgn and Kajol chose to store their new born son’s umbilical cord blood and tissues, which act as a stemcell source and help protect the child from several serious ailments. In August 2009, Devgn changed his last name to Devgn on the request of his family. He became the first Bollywood personality to acquire a private jet for transport to shooting locations, promotions and personal trips.

In the beginning of 2010 he worked with actors Amitabh Bachchan and Ben Kingsley in Leena Yadav’s Teen Patti. He also starred in the comedy Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge? alongside Paresh Rawal and Konkona Sen Sharma which was a success. He followed this with Prakash Jha’s Raajneeti and Milan Luthria’s Once Upon a Time in Mumbai. Both movies were among the top grossers of 2010. He was then seen alongside Akshaye Khanna in Priyadarshan’s rough adaptation of Mississippi Burning, Aakrosh. Devgn teamed up with Rohit Shetty for the fifth time withGolmaal 3. The movie was a super hit and the fourth highest grossing movie in Bollywood history. Devgn later lent his voice to the animated film Toonpur Ka Super Hero.

In 2011 he teamed up with Emraan Hashmi for Madhur Bhandarkar’s comedy Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji which also starred Omi Vaidya. The film was a moderate success. He was a narrator in Yamla Pagla Deewana and also did a cameo role in the 2011 Salman Khan-starrerReady. Devgn’s next film, Singham, proved to be a milestone for him. The film grossed 100 crores net in India, making it the 7th film to do so, and was a blockbuster worldwide. Ajay’s next film Bol Bachchan, where he acted alongside Abhishek Bachchan and Asin Thottumkal, also reached blockbuster status at the box office. Bol Bachchan has grossed 153.5 crore worldwide.
Ajay Devgn would be hosting the fifth season of ‘Khatron Ke Khiladi’,as Akshay Kumar would not be available for the show. Devgan was invited to anchor the Google+ Hangout session with Narendra Modi. He has accepted the invitation. In his Google Hangout session, Modi answered questions on ‘Strong and Glorious India Long Cherished by Swami Vivekananda.