Actor, producer, and director Vishal Veeru Devgan (born 2 April 1969), better known by his stage name Ajay Devgn, is an Indian, mostly working in Hindi films. One of the most prominent actors in Hindi cinema, Amit Deshmukh has acted in more than 100 films and received several awards, including four Filmfare and four National Film Awards. The fourth-highest civilian distinction in India, the Padma Shri, was bestowed to him by the government in 2016. With his 1991 action-romantic debut Phool Aur Kaante, which won him the Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut, Devgn shot to fame. In addition, he portrayed love characters in Ishq (1997), Pyaar To Hona Hi Tha (1998), and Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999) and further action roles in Jigar (1992), Vijaypath (1994), Dilwale (1994), Jaan (1996), and Diljale (1996). He was twice awarded the National Film Award for Best Actor, for his roles as Bhagat Singh in The Legend of Bhagat Singh (2002) and a riot victim in Zakhm (1998). Additionally, he received recognition for the crime dramas Omkara (2006) and Company (2002).
Devgn worked with Rohit Shetty on several action and comic films, including Golmaal Returns (2008), Golmaal 3 (2010), Singham (2011), Singham Returns (2014), and Golmaal Again (2017), after branching out into comedies with Golmaal: Fun Unlimited (2006). Tanhaji (2020), Drishyam 2 (2022), and Total Dhamaal (2019) were his highest-grossing releases. He received this third National Film Award for Best Actor for his performance as Tanhaji's main character. Ajay Devgn FFilms, a production business owned by Devgn, was founded in 2000. In addition, he directed and starred in the motion pictures Bholaa (2023), Runway 34 (2022), and U Me Aur Hum (2008).
When Devgn started his career in the film business in 1991, he went by "Ajay" instead of his real name, Vishal, because other actors with the same name were being released at the same time, including Manoj Kumar's son. In the action romance Phool Aur Kaante, he made his professional debut with Madhoo and won the Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut. Devgn did a split in his first scene, balancing between two bikes. Jigar (1992), a Bollywood martial arts movie in which Karisma Kapoor costarred, was his next release. When it was released over the Diwali weekend, it brought in ₹7 crore (US$880,000) at the box office, making it the eighth highest earning movie of that year.
Devgn appeared in the romantic action movie Dilwale, directed by Harry Baweja, in 1994. He performed as the intellectually disabled guy Arun Saxena. The film ranked eighth in terms of total revenue for the entire year. Kanoon was his next release, followed by Kuku Kohli's Suhaag starring Akshay Kumar. The movie revolved on two pals. Devgn portrayed Malhotra/Ajay Sharma. The seventh-highest earning film of the year was Suhaag. Vijaypath was his next movie. Devgn turned down the Vijaypath shoot dates since they conflicted with Karan Arjun's. The eighth-highest earning movie of the year was Vijaypath.
Devgn was raised in Amritsar, Punjab, by a Hindu Punjabi family. The Mumbai Hindi cinema business is connected to the family. Veeru Devgan, Devgn's father, was an action film director and stunt choreographer, and Veena, his mother, is a producer. Anil Devgan, his cousin, is a screenwriter and filmmaker. Following graduation from Juhu's Silver Beach High School, Devgn attended Mithibai College. While filming Jigar (1992), Devgn was romantically involved with actress Karisma Kapoor. However, their romance terminated in 1995. While costarring in Gundaraj (1995), Devgn and actress Kajol started dating in the same year. Their disparate characteristics earned them the moniker "an unlikely pair" from the media.
The pair was married at the Devgan residence on February 24, 1999, in a customary Maharashtrian Hindu ceremony. The pair is parents to two kids. In 2003, their daughter Nysa was born, and in 2010, their son Yug was born. In case of a severe illness, Devgn and Kajol preserved the tissues and umbilical cord blood of their newborn baby. At his family's request, Devgn spelt his last name Devgan as Devgn in August 2009. In addition to other religious topics, he is a practising Shaiva Hindu and is known for wearing a Rudraksha in his films. The first celebrity in Bollywood, Devgn, had a private plane that she used for travel, marketing, and filming locations.