Starting his career as a child actor in Pyari Behna, he began his professional career six years later with Phool Aur Kaante in 1991 and received a Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut for his performance. Devgan then starred in successful films such as Jigar (1992), Dilwale (1994), Suhaag (1994), Naajayaz (1995), Diljale (1996) and Ishq (1997). Early in his career he was recognised as an action starDevgan was quick to break the stereotype by picking out a variety of roles that allowed him to experiment with his talent. In 1998, he gave critically acclaimed performances in the in Mahesh Bhatt's drama Zakhm and Devgan received his first National Film Award for Best Actor for his performance in the movie. In 1999, his most-talked-about film was Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam in which he played Vanraj.
In the early 2000s he starred in Raju Chacha (2000), Lajja (2001) and Tera Mera Saath Rahen (2001). In 2002, Devgan gave critically acclaimed performances in Ram Gopal Varma's fictional expose of Mumbai underworld Company.Devgan played the character of a gangster called 'Malik' for which he won Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor. The same year he gave another critically acclaimed performance in Deewangee for which he received the Filmfare Best Villain Award. 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 Devgan has performed in many critically and commercially successful films including Raincoat (2004), Yuva (2004), Apaharan(2005), Omkara (2006), Golmaal: Fun Unlimited (2006), Halla Bol (2008), Golmaal Returns (2008), All the Best: Fun Begins (2009), Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai (2010), Golmaal 3 (2010), Raajneeti (2010), Singham (2011), Bol Bachchan (2012) Son of Sardaar (2012) and now in 2013 in satyagraha.Ajay has starred in more than 80 Hindi films. Having done so, Devgan has established himself as one of the leading actors of Bollywood.
In addition, he owns a production company, Ajay Devgn Films, which was established in 2000. In 2008, he debuted as a film director with U Me Aur Hum.
Ajsy has been married to Indian film actress, Kajol since 1999. They have two children, a daughter, Nysa, and a son, Yug. In August 2009. was the first in Bollywood to acquire a six-seater private jet for transport to shooting locations, promotions and personal trips.
On 24 February 1999. The couple has two children. Their daughter Nysa was born on 20 April 2003 and their son Yug was born on 13 September 2010. Devgn and Kajol chose to store their newborn 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, he's surname was changed to its current spelling from its more well-known "Devgan", at the request of his family.Devgan became the first personality to acquire a private jet for transport to shooting locations, promotions and personal trips.Ajay is the first Indian to own a
In 1991, Devgn made his debut as an actor in Phool Aur Kaante. The film grossed 11,000,000 and was the fourth highest grossing movie of the year and earned him a Filmfare Award for Best Male Newcomer. Phool Aur Kaante clashed with Yash Chopra directed Lamhe at the box office.
In 1992, Ajay starred in Bollywood martial arts action romantic film alongside Karisma Kapoor, which grossed 70,000,000 and it was seventh highest grossing movie of the year at boxoffice., It was released in Diwali weekend and proved to be successful. It was Ajay second success after Phool Aur Kaante.
In 1993, he starred in which focused on love triangles, romantic themes, little action and the most common being revenge. he's next release was Sangram. The film is a story of enimity between 2 fathers Danny and Amrish Puri somewhat similar to QSQT but here the main story is the love triangle between Karisma, Ajay and Ayesha Jhulka. It was an average film. Then Devgan worked with director Deepak Bahry in action film Ek Hi Raasta . Other releases that year were Shaktiman, and Bedardi. is a romantic love triangle with Devgan, Karisma Kapoor and Manisha Koirala.In 1994, he starred in 's action romantic movieDilwale. Ajay played mentally retarded character "Arun Saxena". His next release was Kanoon. Ajay then starred in director Kuku Kohli's Suhaag with Akshay Kumar. The movie was about two friends and the life of Devgan character's Ajay Sharma/Malhotra. It was the 7th highest grossing movie of the year.Ajay then chose to work in after refusing because shooting dates were clashing with Vijaypath. The film was the 11th highest grossing of the year.
In 1995, he appeared in Mahesh Bhatt's critically acclaimed movie Naajayaz, for which he was nominated as a Best Actor by Filmfare. His next venture was Hulchul with new director Milan Luthria alongside Kajol. Upon the initial meeting of Ajay and Kajol, Kajol was angry at the producer for bringing an actor like he and not an actor like Shah Rukh Khan. Ironically Ajay Devgn and Kajol would date for five years and eventually get married. Devgan then appeared in Gundaraj with Kajol and movie didn't perform at boxoffice. The film was 11th highest grossing movie of the year
In 1996,Ajay starred in action movie Jung with Mithun Chakraborty, Rambha and Aditya Pancholi. His next release was an action movie called Jaan with Twinkle Khanna which was successful. Devgan then starred in director Harry Baweja's film Diljale where Ajay played a terrorist character Shaka.
In 1997 he starred in Itihaas with Twinkle Khanna which was flop. His next release was Indra Kumar's romantic comedy Ishq alongside , Juhi Chawla and Kajol, in which he played he , a rich boy in love with a poor girl, played by Kajol. Upon release, the film emerged as a commercial success. The film grossed 300 million and was the fourth highest grossing film of the year. a.
In 1999,Ajay Devgan starred in the romantic drama Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam,in which he played Vanraj, a man who tries to help his wife(Aishwarya Rai) get back together with her lover (Salman Khan). The film, an adaptation of Maitreyi Devi's Bengali novel Na Hanyate, was directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and co-starred Salman Khan and Aishwarya Rai.Ajay Devgn was highly praised for his performance.Rediff quoted "Ajay's role reminds you of one he did in another film. But intense scenes are his forte and Ajay Devgan does well here. Ajay Devgan's particularly good in the scene where he gets exasperated with his wife's stubbornness and strives to keep his cool." .after then Ajay Devgan appeared in with amitabh Bachchan and Sonali bendre which took best opening at that time in the same year he worked with director Milan Luthria in with Saif ali khan and Manisha koirala and the movie was hit at boxoffice next movie of ajay devgn in this year was Hogi Pyaar Ki Jeet which was romantic comedy and it was successful at boxoffice Ajay Devgan then starred his home production movie with director Prakash jha's film Dil Kya Kare with wife Kajol and himself in lead roles. The film was acclaimed critically. his other movies include this year was Gair and Thakshak this movie's was praised fo, silent man was one of the highlights of the movie In 2000, Ajay Devgan worked in Harry Baweja's , one as a thief and the other as a police officer. The film flopped at the box office. The same year, Devgn starred in his first home production Raju Chacha opposite wife Kajol. The film also bombed at the box office.Devgn with Prachi Desai and Abhishek Bachchan at the Premier of Bol Bachchan
In 2001, Ajay Devgan starred in with Madhuri Dixit and Preity Zinta. This film was an average grosser at the box office. His next release Lajja, alongside Manisha Koirala, , Jackie Shroff and Anil Kapoor, earned him a nomination for the "".Ajay Devgan then worked in Mahesh Manjrekar's Tera Mera Saath Rahen. In 2002, Ajay Devgan was featured in Ram Gopal Varma's fictional expose of Company. In this film he played the character of a gangster called 'Malik'.Company received critical acclaim and performance of Devgn was highly praised by critics.Taran Adarsh concluded about his performance "Ajay Devgan enacts his role to perfection. A controlled performance, the actor takes to this complex character like a fish takes to water. Ajay Devgan underplays his part with admirable ease".Ajay Devgan was nominated for the Filmfare Best Actor Award and won the . His next release was Hum Kisise Kum Nahin alongside Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjay Dutt and Aishwarya Rai.The same year, he also starred in Rajkumar Santoshi's biopic The Legend of Bhagat Singh. in the title role. His performance was well received by critics. Taran Adarsh concluded "Ajay Devgan has lived the role. To state that he is excellent would be an understatement, besides fetching awards". Film was released on 7 June 2002 and went on to win two National Film Awards, including the , and three Filmfare Awards, including the .The film didn't fare well at the box office. Ajay Devgan then starred in Anees Bazmee's Deewangee. The film was partially inspired by William Diehl's English language novel Primal Fear and earned Devgn several awards for his negative role including, "", "" and "". The film was a success at the box office.In 2003, he starred in Ram Gopal Verma's Bhoot opposite .Ajay Devgan then starred in action thriller opposite debutante Neha Dhupia which was huge commercial success.Ajay Devgan then worked in Milan Luthria's romantic film Chori Chori opposite Rani Mukherji and . This film did not succeed at the box office.In that same year Ajay Devgan featured in Prakash Jha's Gangaajal,The movie as a sidetrack also mentions the blinding incident at Bhagalpur. Gangaajal was declared above average at Indian box-office. His performance was well received by critics, rediff noted "Ajay Devgan pulls up an ace with a part tailormade to reinforce his seething-under-the-surface angry hero image. To his credit (and the director's), righteous protagonist. To a great extent, his presence covers up the film's patchiness in the second half".Ajay Devgan was also nominated for the . Ajay Devgan then worked in Rohit Shetty's directional debut Zameen and J. P. Dutta's war film LOC Kargil.
In 2004 he was cast alongside Amitabh Bachchan, and Akshay Kumar in Rajkumar Santoshi's Khakee. The film was released on 23 January 2004 to positive reviews and went on to became one of the highest-grossing film of 2004., Taran Adarsh concluded "Ajay Devgan adds yet another feather in his cap with a performance that could've been essayed only by a master performer. His confrontations with Amitabh Bachchan are exemplary." Later that year he appeared in director Indra Kumar's and also starred in the critically acclaimed movie Yuva
Ajay Devgn next collaborated with director Rituparno Ghosh's, in the relationship drama Raincoat, an adaptation of O. Henry's The Gift of the Magi. Also featuring Aishwaraya Rai, Raincoat met with wide critical acclaim and among other wins, won the .his performance in Raincoat was highly praise by critics,rediff noted "Hesitation, desperation, humiliation – Ajay Devgan conveys them eloquently. just another lower middle-class guy in misery, with whom none would like to switch place. Ajay Devgan particularly stands out in the scenes where he cries in the bathroom, or begs Neeru not to marry someone else" Ajay Devgan was also seen in a cameo appearance in .
-:2006–2009: Golmaal and other projects:-
AjayDevgnwithRohitShettypromotingBolBachchanonthesets of , July2012In 2006's he portrayed the character of Othello in Omkara, the Hindi adaptation of William Shakespeare's Othello. Directed by Vishal Bhardwaj, the film is a tragedy of sexual jealousy set against the backdrop of the political system in Uttar Pradesh. It premiered at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival and was screened at the Cairo International Film Festival.,Rediff concluded about his performance"Othello is a tricky role, a leading man eclipsed by the villain. Yet the Moor is a brooding and compelling character, and Ajay does valiantly with his material. Omkara strips Othello of the racism. Ajay's best bits are when restrained, and while there is a bit of a seen-that feel to his character, by the time the film is over, you realise just how unflinchingly solid he's been. The serious look that Ajay carries suits him to the T. Of course, he is exceptional in the film and looks every inch the character he portrays". In same year, Ajay starred in Rohit Shetty's . It proved to be a sleeper hit. The latter film was soon to be followed by two super hit sequels and Golmaal 3. In the same year he also featured in a short documentary about the named The Awakening.
In 2007 he starred in two movies, directorAnubhav Sinha's action thriller Cash and .In 2008's Ajay worked in social film Halla Bol with and was cast with Pankaj Kapoor and Vidya Balan. The film was based on the life of activist Safdar Hashmi, who was killed by political rivals while performing on a street play (by the name of Halla Bol) in 1989.Devgan then starred in director Rohit Shetty's third film Sunday,
Ajay next starred in his directorial debut film, U Me Aur Hum (2008) with wife Kajol. Devgn described Kajol's participation in the project by saying, "he is always thorough with the nitty-gritties of her character before she begins shooting, Kajol was present for all the sittings and even gave her inputs." Upon release, the film performed moderately well at the box-office and earned positive critical reviews for his performance as well as for direction.Rediff concluded about his performance "his character grows, discovers both shirt-buttons and subtlety, delivering an intense acting job. Speaking almost entirely in platitudes – pithy at first, profound as he goes on – this grows into an extraordinarily well-written character, replete with flaws and relatability, is superbly handled, as is his guilty struggle to delineate his life experience from his professional opinion".Ajay also had a cameo appearance in his brother Anil Devgan's film Haal–e–dil. Devgan starred with long-time friend Sanjay Dutt and actress Manisha Koirala in Afzal Khan's Mehbooba.
Ajay then appeared in 's comedy , the sequel to the 2006 film . Part of an ensemble cast which included Kareena kapoor, Arshad Warsi and Tusshar Kapoor, Movie was about a mistrustful wife who believed her husband was unfaithful, concluding: "There is nothing particularly new about a suspicious wife keeping tabs on her husband, and there is nothing particularly new in the way Ajay-Kareena play it." Golmaal Returns was a financial success with global revenues of 792.5 million (US$13 million).
In 2009 he produced his third film also directed by Rohit Shetty. The film did good business and was a semi-hit. Later in the year he starred in Vipul Shah's with Salman Khan and Tamil film star Asin. The film was declared a flop.
In 2010 he featured in the comedy Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge? alongside Paresh Rawal and Konkona Sen Sharma which was a success. same year, he featured in Prakash Jha's multi-starrer political thriller Rajneeti, Raajneeti was released in theatres worldwide on 4 June 2010, as well as issues about the national anthem.film was Made on budget of 600 million (US$9.6 million) was released on June 2010, The film opened to positive reviews and was declared a "blockbuster", Devgan starred in Milan Luthria's which was among the top grossers of 2010. The film and 's performance was well received by critics. Taran Adarsh noted " Devgn is splendid as Sultan. The actor had enacted a similar role in Company, but it must be said that his interpretation is so different in Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai. Ajay adds so much depth to the character, which only goes to prove his range and versatility. This is, without a trace of doubt, he's finest work so far". Another critics Komal nahta concluded "Ajay is simply fantastic in the role of Sultan Mirz. Devgan was born to play this role. Right from his look to his acting including dialogue-delivery, everything is fabulous. Indeed, an award-winning performance!".Ajay was then starred in 's action-thriller film, Aakrosh.The movie is based on the topic of honour killings.Aakrosh mostly garnered positive reviews from all critics but was a huge disaster at the box office.At the end of the year,Ajay reunited with director Rohit Shetty for his sequel Golmaal 3 to the 2008 release Golmaal Returns. Although (like its predecessor) the film received mixed reviews it was the most successful entry in the Golmaal series, earning more than 1.07 billion (US$17 million) domestically. he later lent his voice to the animated film . Ajay he Meets Jawan at Army base during promotion of Son of Sardar
In 2011 he teamed up with for 's comedy Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji. Ajay was a narrator in Yamla Pagla Deewana and also did a cameo role in Ready.Ajay also featured in Rohit Shetty Singham. Taran Adarsh said about his performance "The title means 'Lion' and Ajay is in the centre of the battle between good and evil, Ajay enacts the central character of a righteous, hardhearted cop with flourish.Devgan brings alive on screen a larger-than-life hero character with determined conviction, which renders you thunderstruck. One of the few actors who underplays his part admirably, Ajay returns to the over-the-top-action genre of films with this one".Singham was a huge success earning 1 billion (US$16 million) domestically. Ajay then starred David Dhawan's Rascals. The film also starred Arjun Rampal, Sanjay Dutt and Kangana Ranaut.The film received mixed to negative response from critics. Despite opening strongly, it was a box office flop.
In 2012,Ajay Devgan featured in Tezz directed by Priyadarshan along with Anil Kapoor, Boman Irani, Kangna Ranaut, Sameera Reddy and .The movie received mixed reviews from critics and was a disaster at the boxoffice. Then Ajay featured in Rohit shetty's multi-starrer Bol Bachchan, where he acted alongside Abhishek Bachchan and , Bol bachchan also reached hit status.
Same year,ajay devgn starred in Ashwni Dhir's Son of Sardar which was hit at box office by grossing around 1.38 billion (US$22 million) despite underperforming.In 2013, he featured in the remake Himmatwala.which was released on 29 March and did not perform well on boxoffice and was a disaster critically and commercially. he will next feature in Prakash Jha's multi-starrer political Drama Satyagraha.
-:Film production and direction:-
In 2008 he co-produced the drama U Me Aur Hum which marked his directorial debut, sharing the screen with his wife Kajol.The film was also Written by he himself and three other writers.Critics' reviews towards the movie were positive, with Taran Adarsh giving the film 4 out of 5 stars and describing it as "a well-made, absorbing love story that's high on the emotional quotient". Movie could not attarct huge public but still it got success of running for more than 3 weeks in many theatres, This movie was best movie of Ajay & Kajol Together.In 2009,Devgn released his home production All the Best: Fun Begins.Which was directed by Rohit Shetty and starring Ajay Devgn, Sanjay Dutt, , Bipasha Basu and Mugdha Godse. The film was released on 16 October 2009, and received positive response from critics.It was rated a hit in India, and is the ninth highest grossing Bollywood film of 2009. The sequel will be released in 2013.
In 2012,he starred in Rohit Shetty's action comedy film, Bol Bachchan which was joint production by . The film, made on a massive budget of 700 million (US$11 million) is an official remake of the popular 1979 film Gol Maal.the film was released on 6 July 2012 in around 2575 screens worldwide with 2700 prints. It received mixed critical acclaim but had a good opening at the box office. Bol Bachchan has become one of the in India. declared the film as a "hit". where it grossed 1580 million (US$25 million) worldwide.The same year Ajay starred in Ashwni Dhir's romantic action comedy film, Son of Sardaar which was joint production by Viacom 18 Motion Pictures,also featuring Sanjay Dutt, and Juhi Chawla in lead roles.The film released on 13 November 2012. Whilst having competition with the Yash Raj film Jab Tak Hai Jaan, Son of Sardaar managed to do excellent business at the box office worldwide. Box Office India rated Son of Sardaar as Hit in India, and an Average grosser in the Overseas Markets. It went on to gross 1.5 billion (US$24 million) worldwide.
In 2014 he will produce Singham 2 .
-:In the media:-
Ajay says "I don’t believe in film awards. I have always made it a point to never take those awards,They (the organisers of private awards) need maximum number of stars to attend their ceremony, so they call you up and tell you that if you attend their event, they will give you an award. So what is the point of getting an award only if you will attend the show? And if you are unable to make it at the last minute … the chit with the name of the winner changes and another actor gets the troph". The actor last trophy was a National Award for the Best Actor, which
Ajay won in 2003 for .
Once in an interview, he states that "I don't talk too much, I let my work do the talking"
Ajay sting personalities. he explained their relationship by saying, "We never resorted to the usual 'I Love you' routine. A proposal never happened, but it was always imminent". They subsequently got married on 24 February 1999 in a traditional Maharashtrian style ceremony at the Devgn house. The wedding was subject to wide media scrutiny, as certain members of the media criticised Kajol's decision to settle down at the "peak of her career". However, it was later clarified by Kajol that instead of quitting films, she would cut down on the amount of work that did.
Following his marriage, Kajol moved into his, and his parents, house at the latter's ancestral house in Juhu, Kajol clarified that they were "like parents to me". Rumours have often romantically linked he with other Bollywood actresses, and have reported about an imminent divorce, "I don't believe in those rumours because I know the way this industry functions. You cannot continue a marriage without the basic trust. Frankly, I don't care for such talk."
In 2001, Kajol was pregnant with her first child. However, due to an ectopic pregnancy,
Ajay suffered a miscarriage. On 20 April 2003, Kajol gave birth to a daughter, Nysa. Seven years later, on 13 September 2010,
Devgan gave birth to a son, Yug.
Ajay described motherhood as "fab" and added that her kids brought out "the best in her".
In late 2012, he hosted Life OK's miniseries from 21 October 2012 to 18 November 2012. The show was narrated by he, who provided a prologue at the beginning of each episode or act.