In a jungle where the Khans roar, Kapoors howl and Bachchans purr, Ajay Devgn has toiled hard to compose a song for himself. This he has done with perseverance and a god-given knack to make the right move at the right moment…
After three back-to-back flops in ‘Son Of Sardar’, ‘Himmatwala’ and ‘Satyagraha’, Ajay hopes to rewrite box-office records with the recent release of ‘Singham Returns’.
Ajay Devgn is the son of stunt choreographer, Veeru Devgan.
Ajay made his debut in ‘Phool Aur Kaante’ (1991).
Best of Ajay Devgn
Must-see movies of Ajay: ‘Phool Aur Kaante’, ‘Ishq’, ‘Zakhm’, ‘Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam’, ‘Company’, ‘The Legend Of Bhagat Singh’, ‘Gangaajal’, ‘Khakee’, ‘Yuva’ , ‘Kaal’ , ‘Apaharan’, ‘Halla Bol’ and ‘Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai’.
Ajay’s upcoming movies are ‘Singham Returns’ and ‘Action Jackson’
‘In ‘Singham Returns’, we have kept the central character a lot more real; here he gets beaten up as well,’ Ajay Devgn told Mid-Day.
Ajay Devgn’s Mantra
‘There is no success mantra as to why we all are still liked and doing well. I think when the audience accepts one actor it is for life, till you stop working. The kind of films that have worked well at the box office in the recent past you can’t cast boys in it,’ said Ajay.
Ajay on Choosing Roles
‘We have to choose roles depending on the age. We can’t do college, romantic hero kind of a film today. No one will come to me with this kind of role and neither will I accept it. Meaty roles are for men and not for kids,’ said Ajay.
Ajay on Acting
‘I always believed that acting shouldn’t look like acting and the first step towards that is to be normal while saying your dialogues. I’ve been doing this ever since I joined the industry,’ said Ajay.
Ajay-The Family Man
Ajay married Kajol on February 24, 1999. They have two children – Yug and Nysa.
ACTORS SHOULD TAKE DISCREDIT TOO: AJAY DEVGN
“When a film works, every actor tries to take the credit for the film, but when it does not work, you should take the discredit too because filmmaking is a teamwork,” says Ajay Devgn…
Filmmaking is team work and when a film doesn’t work, actors should take discredit for the failure, suggests actor-filmmaker Ajay Devgn. “Singham Returns”, his ninth film with director Rohit Shetty, was released recently. Currently director Sajid Khan, a college friend and colleague of Ajay, is in the line of fire for the “Humshakals” fiasco. His cast is blaming him for its box office debacle. “When a film works, every actor tries to take the credit for the film, but when it does not work, you should take the discredit too because filmmaking is a teamwork,” said the 45-year-old in a group interview.
The actor-producer, who has come a long way since his first film “Phool Aur Kaante” in 1991, admits that the director is the captain of the ship and as a result the onus is on him. “Yes, the director gives maximum inputs. Sometimes he says, ‘Trust me’. But somewhere it’s your mistake too. If you felt the script wasn’t right, then why did you do it? I accept my fault in ‘Himmatwala’, because I thought it would be made in a different way, but it was made differently. But I won’t blame the director for it because everyone is equally responsible,” said the actor.
Recently Saif Ali Khan described his stint in “Humshakals” as a “mistake”, while his co-actor Bipasha Basu has declared that she will never work with Sajid again. But the failure of “Humshakals” had no repercussion on Ajay and Sajid’s friendship. “If the film didn’t work that does not mean we won’t remain friends. We are very good friends even now,” said Ajay when asked about his bonding with Sajid post the failure of “Himmatwala”, a remake of the 1983 Jeetendra and Sridevi starrer. “I have known Sajid since college days… What is important is that you have a friendship that goes on.”
More than directors, actors should give priority to script. “I think most important is the script. When a director narrates the script, there comes an understanding and you know you will be able to pull it off,” said Ajay, adding that with each new film actors want to push the bar for themselves. “You should go one step ahead of what you have done in the past,” he said. He also clarifies that failures do no cast a shadow on the career of established actors. “We have crossed that stage where we think that if one film of ours flops, we will stop getting work because we have been here for about 25 years. Hits and flops are there in everybody’s life. But, yes, for yourself, you want to push the bar.”
His association with Sajid may not have been fruitful, but Shetty and Ajay’s team have churned out maximum hits, including “Golmaal” franchise. Talking about their camaraderie, Ajay said: “It’s been 25 years with Rohit. It’s very difficult to say how our friendship has evolved, but I would like to say he has grown and worked hard. He is one of the most hardworking directors I have ever worked with and he knows his job fabulously.”
Also, “Singham Returns” is not a remake, says Ajay and adds that the film’s theme is fresh and “topical”. “We have involved a lot of youths and women in the film. Women will be inspired by the film,” he said.