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Ajay Devgn turns 41

entertainment Updated: Apr 02, 2010 12:44 IST

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Ajay DevgnTwo-time National Film Award winner actor Ajay Devgan turns 41.

Born in 1969, he was originally named Vishal Devgan. He began his career as an action hero bashing up the bad guys left, right and center but with age he has mellowed down to become a mature, intense and a sensitive actor.

After his debut action flick, Phool Aur Kaante in the year 1991 he became a runaway hit he followed it up with a flurry of such films until his definitive career move came in late 1990’s with films like Ishq, Zakhm and Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, where Zakhm fetched him a National Award in 1999.

After that he has done a variety of roles and has won accolades for most of them, be it a silent lover cum con- in Pyar To Hona Hi Tha (1998), an underworld don in Company (2002) or real life patriot in The Legend of Bhagat Singh (2002).

He won his second National Award in 2003 for the portrayal of Bhagat Singh on celluloid. Amongst the elite and most dependable performers in the film industry, he married fellow actress and co-star Kajol on February 24, 1999 and has a seven-year old daughter called Nysa.

Devgan made his directorial debut with U, Me Aur Hum (2008), in which he starred opposite his wife. All his last releases - Golmaal, Golmaal Returns (sequel of Golmaal) and All the Best - were comic capers and superhits at the box-office too.

However, his London Dreams, in which he co-starred Salman Khan second time after mega hit Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, failed at the box-office despite good performances.

In August 2009, Devgan changed his last name to Devgn. Ajay already has his hands full with a diverse set of films releasing this year including like Ashwni Dhir’s Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge?, Prakash Jha’s Raajneeti, Kireet Khurana’s Toonpur Ka Superhero, Priyadarshan’s Garam Hawa, Bunty Lutharia’s Once Upon a Time and Rohit Shetty’s Golmaal 3.