When Jaya Bachchan Predicted Ajay Devgn Would be a Superstar… 10 Facts You Didn’t Know About the Star
Ajay Devgn turns 50 today. We take a look back at his journey in films and dig out facts from his personal and professional life
1. All his life Ajay Devgn has been a warrior. Ajay Devgn’s father Veeru Devgan is one of the leading action directors of Bollywood. Ajay inherited the penchant for action from his dad.
2. Most of his closest friends are from outside the film industry from his college days. Apart from Abhishek Bachchan, Sanjay Dutt and Rohit Shetty, Ajay Devgn has no friends from the industry.
3. After Devgn’s debut in Phool Aur Patthar in 1999, Abhishek’s mother Jaya Bachchan was the only one who had predicted that Ajay Devgn would be a superstar. Devgn’s debut defeated Yash Chopra’s Lamhe at the box-office.
4. Ajay Devgn can’t get along with the Khan superstars, especially Shah Rukh Khan who is wife Kajol’s favourite co-star. There is no friction at home over Kajol’s loyalty. She would happily give up her friendship with SRK for her husband’s sake. She distanced herself from buddy Aditya Chopra when her husband warred with the Chopras. Devgn demands unconditional and complete loyalty from those close to him.
5. Ajay’s rapport with Salman Khan during Sanjay Bhansali’s Hum… Dil De Chuke Sanam was politely cordial. Salman wanted to ‘get’ Aishwarya Rai at the end. He got Sooraj Barjataya to talk to Bhansali to change the ending. But Bhansali stuck to his guns. Through all this naatak of one-upmanship, Devgn remained indifferent.
6. Ajay has never worked with Yash Raj Films or Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions. Ajay once fired the hell out of Karan Johar for allegedly passing snide comments. Kajol stood by her husband in the war with Karan.
7. Best friend and favourite director Rohit Shetty’s dad was also a stuntman, the renowned Shetty. Ajay and Rohit’s one binding factor is their mutual affinity to upping the ante with the action with each film. Predominantly an action hero, Ajay Devgn played romantic roles in Prakash Jha’s Dil Kya Kare (opposite his wife Kajol) and in Harry Baweja’s Main Aisa Hi Hoon. Both bombed miserably.
8. Ajay is one of the biggest pranksters in the film industry. With him around, his co-stars are always on red-alert regarding their missing shoes, cell-phones and spectacles.
9. Ajay suffers from an eye ailment that doesn’t allow him to watch too many films.
10. Ajay is a terrible singer. He can’t carry one single note properly. But we don’t mind singing Happy Birthday to Ajay Devgn as he turns a year older.