With two National Film Awards and four Filmfare Awards, Vishal Veeru Devgan aka Ajay Devgn has always won us through his spectacular acting. In addition to these awards, the actor also holds the fourth highest civilian award in this country, Padma Shri. With his debut in “Phool Aur Kaante” in 1991, he came a long way by acting in more than 100 films throughout his career.
Born in a Punjabi family in Amritsar, he had various connections with Bollywood. His father choreographed stunts and directed films, his mother produced films and his brother performed screenwriting and filmmaking.
“The Singham” of Indian cinema did some extraordinary hits, such as the Golmaal series of 4 films, Singham, Singham Returns and more. He even owns “Ajay Devgn FFilms”, a production company. After the COVID-19 pandemic, as the economy recovers, this actor is recovering faster than anyone else. From “Bhuj: The Pride of India” in 2021 to “RRR” in 2022, his growth was exemplary. Ajay lined up himself with a few more movies this year itself. Let’s take a look at his movies released as the pandemic situation improved:
Bhuj: The Pride of India
Based on a real-life incident, Bhuj: The Pride of India follows the story of a leader of the Indian Air Force, Vijay Karnik, who was in charge of the Bhuj Air Force base. He reconstructed the landing strip in around 72 hours with the help of three hundred women. Directed by Abhishek Dudhaiya, the film released on Disney+ Hotstar on the 13th of August 2021. Though 90% of the filming was completed in March 2020 and the movie was set to release on the Independence Day weekend but due to the pandemic, the shooting halted and the movie had to be released a year later on OTT. It features Ajay Devgn as a protagonist along with supporting actors, Sanjay Dutt, Nora Fatehi, Sonakshi Sinha, Ammy Virk, Sharad Kelkar, Pranitha Subhash and Ihana Dhillon.
During the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971, the enemies destroyed the airstrip at the Bhuj Base, which facilitated the supply of reinforcements from mainland India. A crew of soldiers defended Bhuj while 300 women along with Vijay reconstructed the airstrip. Meanwhile, the Pakistani army officer’s wife, an Indian spy, who sought revenge for his brother’s murder loses her life too. The movie portrays the love and devotion in an individual’s heart for the country. This story of guts and glory itself is an inspiration for the citizens of India.
A Rohit Shetty film, which means definitely some flying cars and action scenes will appear. The film released on the big screens on 5th November 2021, coinciding with Diwali. It stars Akshay Kumar pairing with Katrina Kaif and includes Jackie Shroff, Jaaved Jaaferi and others as well. The two great actors, Ajay Devgn and Ranveer Singh appear in extended cameo scenes. Rohit has previously worked with Ajay in the blockbuster hits, “Singham” and “Singham Returns” and with Ranveer in the film “Simmba”. At the end of Simmba, Akshay appeared in the role of Sooryavanshi. It indicated that Sooryavanshi will come out as a separate film. Both Ajay and Ranveer play the role of policemen Singham and Simmba respectively in Sooryavanshi.
The film revolves around the story of a DCP named Veer Sooryavanshi, an Anti-Terrorism Indian Squad’s chief. By a threat of a terrorist attack in Mumbai, Veer sets on a mission to find the missing 600 kgs of RDX hidden in India by terrorists. Simmba and Singham join him in this hunt and solves this conspiracy. This film inspired by the story of Maharashtra cadre IPS officer Vishwas Nangre Patil in the 1997 batch earned around Rs 300 crore, making itself a blockbuster hit.
A real-life story inspired by the novel “Mafia Queens of Mumbai” features the story of Gangubai Kothewali who rose from the city of Kathiawad. This Sanjay Leela Bhansali film casts Alia Bhatt as the lead actress. It also casts Shantanu Maheshwari, Vijay Raaz, Seema Pahwa and Indira Tiwari. Ajay Devgn appears in an extended cameo in the film. The movie released on 25th February 2022 in theatres.
This is a story of a girl who elopes from her home to pursue acting as her career in Mumbai. But she locks herself up into a trap set by his boyfriend, which forced her to work as a sex worker in a brothel in Kamathipura. Gradually, she gains power in the area and appears for the post of President of Kamathipura. She aspired to work for the welfare of brothel workers who didn’t have any respect or social status in society. She fought for the rights of these workers to live with dignity in society. At last, she won the presidency and acquired equal rights for everyone. The story breaks the stereotypes that prevail in society regarding sex workers. The film earned around Rs 130 crore and it still runs in theatres.
Rudra: The Edge of Darkness
A crime thriller web series launched on Disney+ Hotstar on March 4th, 2022 records the highest viewership ever on the platform. Ajay Devgn’s debut on a digital platform is applauded by everyone, including some big film stars. The series also casts Esha Deol, Rashi Khanna and other stars. The series consisting of 6 episodes is based on the British series “Luther” by Neil Cross. Directed by Rajesh Mapuskar, the series stars the country’s favourite cop on screen, Ajay in the role of DCP Rudra Veer Singh.
The story is set on the crime streets of Mumbai, wherein Rudra is under the system’s radar despite having been one of the best officers. Also, the story is kept simple and straight and delivers the message easily it is supposed to. Each episode unveils a different part of the story of DCP Rudra. His marriage, his bonding with the seniors and juniors, his devotion to the job and his way to tackle criminals are discussed in the entire show. With a rating of 7.1 out of 10 by IMDb, the show is praiseworthy and is hitting the digital screens of many.
One of the most hyped and awaited films of 2022 broke the record of being the biggest opener ever both in India and worldwide, surpassing Baahubali 2. This film by S.S. Rajamouli broke various records in the history of Indian Cinema. The film casts N. T. Rama Rao Jr., Ram Charan, Olivia Morris, Alia Bhatt and Ajay Devgn. Other than these two Telugu film industry fames, this movie is a debut for the other three. Bhatt and Devgn who recently appeared together in Gangubai Kathiawadi, are making their debut in the Telugu film industry.
This is a story of two characters, played by Rama Rao and Charan, who fight against the Nizam of Hyderabad and the British Raj respectively. Komaram Bheem and Alluri Sita Ramaraju were two freedom fighters who have been introduced in the movie but the story is purely fictional as the two fighters never met each other in person but they did meet in the movie.
Ajay Devgn has a cameo, who appears after the interval during the flashback parts. Shriya Saran is paired opposite Devgn, who is reported to have a screen time of around 40 minutes. The film entered the Rs 500 club in just three days after its release on 25th March 2022 and is still continuing to break its own records.
Another real-life story based on a tragic incident that occurred in 2015. Directed and produced by Ajay Devgn, he casts himself in the film. It also features Amitabh Bachchan and Rakul Preet Singh. Inspired by the true story of the Jet Airways Doha-Kochi flight, the film showcases the story of Captain Vikrant Khanna, who saved 150 lives when things went wrong above 35000 feet above sea level. The film takes a look at the causes and aftermath of this unfortunate incident. The film releases on 29th April 2022.
An upcoming biological sports film based on the Indian football stars Ajay Devgn in the role of Football coach Syed Abdul Rahim. Directed by Amit Sharma, the film releases on the 3rd of June, 2022. The film portrays the golden era from 1952-to 1962 when Rahim served for football as a coach for 13 years. The supporting cast of this movie includes Priyamani, Rudranil Ghosh and Gajraj Rao. Keerthy Suresh will make her debut with this film. Often referred to as the architect of Indian football, Rahim built the careers of many.
A comedy-drama featuring Ajay Devgn, Rakul Preet Singh and Sidharth Malhotra releases on the 29th of July, 2022. This is a story of a couple of goofy and kind-hearted men as they try to reform society. Though much is not known about this film as the trailer or poster is also not yet launched. But watching Ajay in this comedy role after a series of serious roles would be fun.
Ajay Devgn is surely gonna rule hearts after signing up for back to back films. Within a year, he worked on eight big films. Out of which five were applauded by the audience and three are yet to be released.