After getting just the right start in the film Phool Aur Kante, Ajay Devgn since then has been one of the most popular and trusted actors in Bollywood.
His acting skills and intensity has won him many accolades, including two national awards. His general appearance as a serious looking man has got him many plum roles to which he has always done justice. He is the son of action director Veeru Devgun.
Here are five of his earlier films which reveal his acting ability:
Phool Aur Kante (1991)
Cast: Ajay Devgn, Madhoo, Aruna Irani, Jagdeep, Amrish Puri, Raza Murad
Director: Kuku Kohli
Ajay (Devgn), son of a famous gangster Nageshwar (Puri), falls in love with Pooja (Madhoo) and they eventually marry. They have a son Gopal. However, Nageshwar feels that he has become too old and wishes to pass on his crime empire to Ajay.
The choice is not popular among other gang members. They hatch a plan and kidnap Gopal. Ajay and Pooja are devastated as latter hates crime and wants her husband not to get involved in it. Ajay has to find a solution.
Cast: Ajay Devgn, Sonali Bendre, Madhoo, Amrish Puri, Shakti Kapoor
Director: Harry Baweja
A patriotic young man Shaka (Devgn) turns terrorist to take revenge on the people who humiliated his father. He is being pursued by an army officer Ranvir (Parmeet) who falls in love with Radhika (Bendre).
The marriage is arranged but once Ranvir comes to know that Shaka is his rival, he postpones the wedding until he can capture the latter. However, terrorists kidnap a bus full of devotees which includes Radhika.
Cast: Ajay Devgn, Pooja Bhatt, Sonali Bendre, Nagarjuna, Kunal Khemu
Director: Mahesh Bhatt
Set around the Mumbai riots in 1992, the film deals with the Hindu-Muslim conflict which catches up with a family in the city. Ajay (Devgn) is a music director who cannot decide with his wife Sonia (Bendre) whether to have their baby in India or elsewhere.
Ajay then comes to know that his mother (Bhatt) was actually a Muslim who fell for a Hindu Raman Desai (Nagarjuna) and he marries her secretly but doesn’t acknowledge the union. Ajay comes to know about his mother’s story and when she dies he agrees to bury her as per her wishes but faces opposition from a communal politician.
Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999)
Cast: Ajay Devgn, Salman Khan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Zohra Sehgal, Vikram Gokhale
Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Nalini (Aishwarya) is a daughter of an Indian classical music maestro Pundit Darbar (Gokhale) who gets irritated when her father brings an uninvited guest Sameer (Salman) into the house.
Many tussles later Naliani falls for Sameer which enrages her father. Sameer is banished from the house and goes to Italy and Nalini will have to get married to according to her father’s wishes with Vanraj (Devgn). Nalini still remains in love with Sameer and once Vanraj realises this they both go looking for him. But Nalini has now fallen in love with Vanraj. Will love conquer all?
Cast: Aamir Khan, Ajay Devgn, Juhi Chawla, Kajol, Dalip Tahil, Sadashiv Amrapurkar
Director: Indra Kumar
Two wealthy businessmen Ranjit Rai (Amrapurkar) and Harbans Lal (Tahil) want their children Ajay (Devgn) and Madhu (Chawla) to marry into rich families. However, they fall in love with two poor people Kajal (Kajol) and Raja (Aamir).
The two businessmen have a nasty bent of mind and they try their best to put a wedge between the couple. At first they don’t succeed but eventually their scheming minds comes up with a clever plan. The love lives of the two couples is disrupted. But will truth prevail?