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Vishal Veeru Devgan (Hindi:विशाल देवगन, born 2 April 1969 in New Delhimarker, Indiamarker), popularly known as Ajay Devgan, is a National Film Award-winning actor who appears in Hindi (Bollywood) films. Beginning his career as an action hero in the early 1990s, Devgan has since established himself as one of the actors open to serious roles 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.

Biography

Devgan is from Punjab. His family is of Punjabi descent. His father is Veeru Devgan, a stunt choreographer; his mother Veena Devgan produced one film; and his brother, Anil Devgan is a Bollywood film director. He is a graduate of Bappu School in Juhu and Mithibai College. He married actress Kajol on 24 February 1999. Their daughter, Nysa Devgan, was born on 20 April 2003.

Career

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 early movies were of the action genre. He worked with director Deepak Bahry on the action film Ek Hi Raasta opposite Raveena Tandon. He soon began starring in comedy films, such as Ishq in 1997.

In 1998, Devgan 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 Actor and Star Screen Award Best Actor.

Devgan saw further success in 1999 when Sanjay Leela Bhansali cast him opposite Salman Khan and Aishwarya Rai for the film Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, which was a critical and commercial success. Devgan's performance in the film earned him a nomination for Best Actor at the Filmfare.

Devgan went on to be recognised for his association with filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma, resulting in several successful projects. In 2002, the drama Company earned him his second Star Screen Award Best Actor. In the same year, his performance in Rajkumar Santoshi's The Legend of Bhagat Singh won him his second National Film Award for Best Actor.

In 2004, Devgan starred in several critically appreciated films, including Mani Ratnam's Yuva and Rituparno Ghosh's Raincoat. Neither of these projects did 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, a remake of the classic film Sholay. The film was a major failure critically as well as commercially.

Devgan's first 2008 release, Halla Bol, was not a box office success, but Devgan's performance won appreciation from critics. Next came Sunday, which performed below average at the box office.

Devgan's directorial debut, U, Me Aur Hum, in which he starred opposite his wife, was released on 11 April 2008.

Devgan's latest project includes Golmaal Returns, a sequel to Golmaal and All the Best - Fun Begins.

Awards and nominations

Filmography

Actor

Year Film Role Other notes
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 Bhagat K. 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. Ranvir Singh Ranawat
LOC Kargil Lt. Manoj Kumar Pandey
2004 Khakee Yashwant Angre Nominated, Filmfare Best Villain Award
Masti Inspector Sikander
Yuva Michael Mukherjee
Taarzan: The Wonder Car Deven Chaudhary
Raincoat Manoj
2005 Insan Ajit Rathod
Blackmail Shekhar Mohan
Zameer Suraj Chauhan
Tango Charlie Havildar Mohammed Ali
Kaal Kali Pratap Singh Nominated, Filmfare Best Villain Award
Main Aisa Hi Hoon Neel
Apaharan Ajay Shastri
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
Mehbooba Karan
Golmaal Returns Gopal
2009 All the Best - Fun Begins Prem Chopra
London Dreams Arjun Released 30 October 2009
Rajneeti Releasing on 22 January 2010
Toonpur Ka Superhero Releasing on 11 December 2009
Naam Shekhar Post-production
Once Upon a Time in Mumbai Haji Mastan Pre-production


Producer

Year Film Other notes
2000 Raju Chacha
2006 The Awakening Documentary short
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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