Ajay Devgan is one of the most talented heroes in the industry and we used the term hero instead of an actor as he is a great combo of awesome looks and incredible acting skills. He’s been contributing in Bollywood for almost 25 years now and with every single movie; his idolization has elevated and his movies these days are weighing tight rivalry even to the Khans. With his swayed head while voicing out his dialogues, his daredevil stunts upon bikes and cars, giving his signature dance steps to the audience, Ajay Devgn has performed it all. Having tried his hand at almost every genre ever since the actor-turned-producer-turned-director has certainly come a long way. Today 2nd of April is his birthday and this year he is going to turn 47, so let us take a look at ten of the best performances given by Ajay Devgan over these years.
1. Company (2002)
Now we are sure, if there is one actor who can play a crime lord in the Indian films, it IS Ajay Devgn! What he did in ‘Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai’ was an extension of his role in ‘Company’. Superb acting as Malik and some unforgettable scenes, Ajay Devgn took the movie a notch higher than it was meant to reach. Inspired by dreaded Mafiosi Dawood Ibrahim’s character, Devgn breathed fire and life into Malik’s role and it’s tough to imagine ‘Company’ without him!
2. Gangaajal (2003)
Based on the nexus between politicians and criminals in the Indian state of Bihar and also loosely revolving around the infamous “Bhagalpur blinding cases” in the state, ‘GangaaJal’ became an instant hit amongst masses. The movie delved into the crime of politics and Ajay Devgn’s act as the SP of Tezpur District was top notch. What ‘Chori Chori’ and ‘Qayamat: A City Under Threat’ couldn’t do for his career in the same year, ‘Gangaajal’ came as a respite for him.
3. Omkara (2006)
This Vishal Bharadwaj film was adapted from Othello – one of the best works of The Bard – and Ajay Devgn’s performance in the multi-starrer was highly appreciated. The crime drama set against the backdrop of political warfare involved deceit, tragedy, obsession, and lust and the desi reincarnation of Othello grabbed most of the awards. Though Ajay Devgn did not win an award for the film, his performance as the hardened gunda was certainly instrumental in the film’s success.
4. Once Upon a Time in Mumbai (2010)
Loosely based on the life of the sympathetic smuggler Haji Mastan, the film received rave reviews at the box office for its true-to-life characterizations. Ajay Devgn got his teeth into the role firmly and brought Mumbai’s first ever underworld don alive on the big screen, much to the delight of his fans and naysayers alike. Luck favored him and we are thankful enough, for Ajay Devgn’s role was offered to Sanjay Dutt initially!
5. Drishyam (2015)
A remake of the Malayalam film of the same name featuring Mohanlal, Ajay Devgn’s ‘Drishyam’ was a huge hit commercially and critically. Along with the surprise climax and the different storyline that was lauded by one and all, praises were showered upon Ajay Devgn too, for his outstanding performance. His ‘2nd Oct Memes’ are on everyone’s lips even two years after its release!
6. Deewangi (2002)
Playing the role of a person who suffers from Multiple Personality Disorder was a great challenge and Ajay not only took this challenge but also portrayed a role that can’t be easily forgotten. The performance by Ajay in the movie was hauntingly beautiful and some critics still regard it as his finest performance till date.
7. Legend of Bhagat Singh (2002)
Even after so many years we are still in debt and will always be for the sacrifice that Bhagat Singh made for the country and to play the role of such a great personality was a thing of great pressure but Ajay played it really well. For the performance of Ajay in this movie; my only suggestion is to go and enjoy the movie and you will understand why it deserves to be on the top.
8. Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999)
Ajay Devgn had played the unconventional lover boy roles in his previous films, but ‘Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam’ marked him as a serious actor. His performance as the reticent, newly-married man, on his way to reunite his new bride with her paramour, was an act par excellence.
So these were the 10 best performances that were made by Ajay Devgan till date and it looks like that even in the coming years; he will keep giving us some great performances with which more and more fans could get their share of dose for the entertainment