Ajay Devgan (born Vishal Veeru Devgan on 2 April 1969), is an Indian film actor, director and producer. He is widely considered as one of the most popular actors of Hindi cinema, who has appeared in over a hundred Hindi films. Devgan has won numerous accolades, including two National Film Awards and four Filmfare Awards. In 2016, he was honoured by the Government of India with the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian honour of the country.
Devgan, the son of film director Veeru Devgan, began his professional career with Phool Aur Kaante in 1991 and received a Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut for his performance. He then starred in several successful films such as Jigar (1992), Dilwale (1994), Suhaag (1994), Naajayaz (1995), Diljale (1996) and Ishq (1997). In 1998, he appeared in a critically acclaimed performance in Mahesh Bhatt’s drama Zakhm, which earned him his first National Film Award for Best Actor. In 1999, his most-talked-about film was the romance Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam in which he played Vanraj, a man who tries to unite his wife with her lover.
In the early 2000s, he gave critically acclaimed performances in Ram Gopal Varma’s fictional expose of Mumbai underworld Company—his role of a gangster in the film won him the 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 he has performed in many critically and commercially successful films including Raincoat (2004),” Gangajal, (2004), Yuva (2004), Apaharan (2005), Omkara (2006), Golmaal film series (2006–2010), All the Best: Fun Begins (2009), Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai (2010), Raajneeti (2010), Singham (2011), Bol Bachchan (2012), Son of Sardaar (2012), Singham Returns (2014) and Drishyam (2015). He has starred in more than hundred Hindi films. Having done so, he established himself as one of the leading actors of Hindi cinema.
In addition, Devgn owns a production company Ajay Devgn FFilms which was established in 2000. In 2008, he debuted as a film director with U Me Aur Hum. He is married to film actress, Kajol since 1999 and the couple have two children. In August 2009, Devgn changed his surname from Devgan to Devgn on the request of his family.