Ajay Devgan A.K.A. Ajay Devgn was born on 2 April 1969, New Delhi India and here are few unknown facts about Ajay Devgn everybody should know.
If there is any star after Salman Khan whose presence in a film is a surety of Rs 100-crore, then he is Ajay Devgn. The actor, who has spent more than 22 years in the industry, is celebrating his 44th birthday today. Known for his action scenes and brilliant comic timing, Ajay’s first film was Phool Aur Kaante (1991). The film was a blockbuster and Ajay became a star overnight.
His entry stunt on the top of two moving bikes in the movie is still a hit amongst his fans.He married actor Kajol in the year 1995 and the couple has two kids. As a producer, his first film was Raju Chacha that came in the year 2000.
He’s an actor par excellence whose career in Bollywood, spanning over two decades, has established him as one of the top stars in his own right. A father, actor, director and producer, Ajay Devgn is known for his intensity, action sequences and his comic timing. Married to actress Kajol, he’s blessed with two kids. While fans may think they know their favourite actor, there are some interesting facts about Ajay that are lesser known. On his birthday today, we bring you tit-bits from Ajay Devgn’s life.
Change of Names
Born as Vishal Veeru Devgan, he changed his name to Ajay Devgn for the Hindi film industry. Ajay’s father Veeru Devgn is a well-known stunt choreographer and his mother Veena Devgn is a film producer. Ajay changed the spelling of his surname from Devgan to Devgn on the insistence of his family. He was born in Delhi, but studied at Silver Beach High School and went to Mumbai’s famous Mithibai College. Has a cousin brother called Anil, who is also a producer. Ajay played a cameo in Anil’s film Haal-e-Dil. The two are often mistaken to be real brothers.
Ajay made his debut in Phool Aur Kaante in 1991, but is mistaken for child artist Master Chotu who appeared in the film Pyari Behna in 1985. Interestingly, Ajay was the first choice for Rakesh Roshan’s Karan Arjun where he was considered for Salman Khan’s role. Even in the film Darr, after Aamir Khan refused to play SRK’s role, Ajay Devgn was considered for the part which eventually went to Shah Rukh Khan. He made his directorial debut with wife Kajol in the film U Me Aur Hum.
Secret Love Life
According to a report on koimo(dot)com, the actor was allegedly dating Raveena Tandon, but apparently left her for Karisma Kapoor when he fell madly in love with her. The report further states that Raveena and Ajay had many spats regarding this, but finally seemed to sort out the issue. He was also reportedly linked to Kangna Ranaut as per several media reports, and allegedly when things turned ugly, he distanced himself from her.
Ajay and Kajol
Ajay met his future wife Kajol on the sets of Hulchul but only started dating her during their second film Gunda Raj. They were termed as an unlikely couple due to their contrasting personalities. According to an interview in The Tribune, Devgn was quoted saying, “We never resorted to the usual ‘I Love you,’ routine. A proposal never happened. We grew with each other. Marriage was never discussed, but it was always imminent.” Ajay is known to be a prankster on sets. He is also known for his stunts and action in his films.
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Shelved and Unfinished Projects
While he did the critically acclaimed film Zakhm opposite Pooja Bhatt, the duo was also meant to do Girvee which was supposed to be directed by Mahesh Bhatt. But the film got shelved after 20% of the shooting was completed. The story of his films being shelved does not stop here. It is alleged that a film called Singer starring Ajay Devgn was completed, but never saw the light of day due to its producers being implicated in the 1993 Mumbai bomb blast case. In 1999, Devgn was to star in Feroz Khan’s Qurbaan Tujh Pe Mere Jaan along with Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Fardeen Khan, but that film too got shelved.
Rigged Film Awards
According to an interview in Hindustan Times, Ajay said that he feels all awards in India are rigged. “You know how the business operates, it’s a money making thing. They have to sell the function to the TV channel, promising that big stars will turn up. So, whichever star says they’ll come and perform, gets the award. I haven’t been to an award function in 15 years. Even Aamir (Khan) doesn’t go. They are such a farce,” he was quoted saying in the interview.
Has won 3 Filmfare awards and has been nominated several times. Ajay considers himself to be lucky as he did not have to struggle in Bollywood, except for putting in some hard work. He derives strength from his parents. In an interview to The Times of India, he said, “My parents are my source of strength, especially my father. He worked very hard and my mother showed me the right way. Upbringing is very important for children. Also, a person of strength is one who makes the right decision at the right time and can stick to it.” Ajay enjoys films from the 1970s (Hindi). He would visit Jeetendra on the sets of the original Himmatwala (1983).
Obstacles and Criticism
Due to his dark completion and lean body, Ajay Devgn faced criticism in starting of his career. But he over came all those obstacles by his outclass acting and on screen performance and turn out to be one of the biggest super star in Bollywood industry.