It was a moment indeed when Ajay Devgn entered filmdom on two bikes in Phool Aur Kaante (1991). Though not the traditionally good looking hero, Devgn’s rugged appearance and heroics more than made up for it. He let his fists and kicks do the talking, and baddies always ran for cover when he was around.
Despite stiff competition from Akshay Kumar, Devgn was never bothered about his position in the industry. After all, few can balance on two jeeps while in motion (remember Golmaal?).
As he turns 47, we pick some of Devgn’s best badass action avatars.
Phool Aur Kaante (1991)
Man, you should watch your tongue before challenging our ‘desi’ He-Man. This shower room fight scene is one of the most well choreographed action scenes in the history of mainstream Bollywood. Yes, it is inspired from a Jean-Claude Van Damme (JCVD) film, but somebody had to enact this in Indian cinema, no?
This was another JCVD inspired-film. And if you’re an action star, you’d swear by his films. Farogh Siddiqui’s Jigar takes a leaf out of Bloodsport. But Devgn-Siddiqui transformed it into an emotional saga of revenge and retribution. This final clash with the sadist villain is bloody and good.
Hindustan Ki Kasam (1999)
Directed by Ajay’s father Veeru Devgan, Hindustan Ki Kasam was one of the most anticipated films of 1999 as it had promised actions of the superlative degree, and the team behind the film didn’t disappoint. Just focus on how Ajay balances himself on the door of a fast moving helicopter.
Kachche Dhaage (1999)
This is worthy of an inclusion as it gets so many action elements together in one sequence, and masterfully so. It starts with running, goes on to set a time frame before taking the final leap of faith.
No Ajay Devgn list can be complete without Singham. The daredevil police officer Bajirao Singham shows Goa goons what it takes to be a man of honour. Shot in typical Rohit Shetty style, it gets your adrenaline pumping in no time.