Ajay Devgn: One of the most underrated Bollywood superstars

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Apr 02, 2016 13:03 IST
Ajay Devgn in a still from Singham. (YouTube)

From Phool Aur Kaante to Vijaypath to Singham and now Shivaay, birthday boy Ajay Devgn has always been an entertainer production houses can bank upon. The actor has had his share of struggle but he never stopped experimenting with his characters.

Much like the Khans in the film industry, Devgn too enjoys a loyal fan base, especially in the smaller cities. Here, we take a look at some of his best avatars on screen:

1. Ajay the saviour
Rohit Shetty’s Singham (2011) is one of the biggest hits of his career. It also brought to fore the righteous man who was ready to break rules and take on the establishment for the larger good. He was also seen as the saviour in critically-acclaimed films Lajja and Gangaajal.

2. Mr Funnybone
Golmaal Fun Unlimited (2006) began a comic era for Ajay Devgn. Since then the actor has done at least a dozen comedy films including Sunday, All The Best: Fun Begins, Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge and Bol Bachchan

3. The shades of grey
Ajay Devgn has not played too many negative roles, but when he does don the shades of grey, he does it with much elan. In Anees Bazmee’s Deewanagee (2002), Ajay played a murderer who fakes split personality disorder to convince his lawyer (Akshay Khanna) about his innocence. In Kaal (2007), Ajay was seen as Kaali Pratap Singh, the ghost of a dead tourist guide.

Read: Happy birthday Ajay Devgn: A superstar of a different kind

4. The Angry Young Man
When Ajay Devgn began his Bollywood career in the early ‘90s, it was the era of rebellion. He essayed the role of a typical angry young man in several films including Vijaypath, Suhaag, Najaayaz and Gudaraaj. In most of these movies, he played an unemployed young man who had been wronged by circumstances or a villaiin and his only purpose in life was to take revenge.

5. The Gangster
From Sultan Mirza (Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai, 2010) to Malik Bhai (Ram Gopal Varma’s Company, 2002), Ajay Devgn has slipped into the character of a gangster with such ease that they actually changed into heroes.

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