Ajay Devgn is undoubtedly one of the best actors of Bollywood. Right from his debut film till today, Ajay’s career graph has always been steady. The reasons for that are his amazing acting skills and he always selects films which have strong scripts. Devgn’s intense eyes add brilliant power to his acting. From serious films, unique topics, social messaging to entertaining movies, there’s nothing this versatile actor has not done.
As Ajay Devgn’s career is expanding, the list of his best performances is increasing too. I have listed down his top performances which stood out and made a golden contribution to Bollywood and Indian cinema.
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Malik, the leader of an underworld gang and his story has been enacted so brilliantly by Ajay Devgn that made Ram Gopal Varma’s ‘Company’ a masterpiece in gangster film genre. Ajay is always an ace actor when it comes to serious roles. The way he handles his gang, his enemies and that signature intense look is a sheer treat to watch. His chemistry with Vivek Oberoi was effective. Company is one of the best films of Bollywood ever.
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Ajay Devgn’s heavy eyes speak volumes and when he gets the role like an honest Police officer in Bihar, you know the wonders he can do. A splendid portrayal of the reality that happened in Bihar and how a police inspector cleaned the district with a legal justice system and telling people that revenge and justice are not the same, was carried exceptionally by Devgn. His dialogues like, “Samaj ko police waise hi milti hai jaisa samaj khud hota hai,” were potent. He delivered the role pretty honestly to show how corruption makes the job of a police harsh and threatening.
Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (HDDCS)
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I am not a big fan of romantic films but if it offers something different then I am all in for it. Now, HDDCS made a big buzz because of Aishwarya’s ‘Nimbooda’ song and Salman-Aishwarya’s then going on affair but when the film actually released, it was Ajay Devgn who stole the show all the way. That’s the power of a genuine acting. Ajay was a lawyer who gets married to Aish but upon realizing that she loves another man (Salman), he decides to take her to him. His expressions were deep with those dialogues like, “Dono taraf se haar meri hi hai”, “Ek baat kahu….kuch nahi”, wins the film. By the end of the film, no matter even if you are a Salman Khan fan, you will end up praising Ajay Devgn.
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A common man, trying to do something with his life but corruption destroys his life and then he becomes a kidnapper. This has to be a special performance from Devgn as there are two different roles he had to portray in one film and he excels effortlessly. His dilemma whether to lead an honest life like his activist father or to make his hands dirty to get what he wants was realistically displayed. Boy, that scene of Ajay Devgn with Nana Patekar where he says, “Jaan le bhi sakte hain,” is a statement how perfect Ajay Devgn delivers the punches. His rise to the top kidnapper in the region and then his redemption to make things right, is what makes Apaharan a cinematic treasure, thanks to Devgn.
Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai
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I don’t think anyone could have made this film as commanding as Devgn did. Sultan Mirza, always in whites and his walk, attitude and the best thing, his dialogues conveyed are top-notch. “Dua mein yaad rakhna,” “Jab dost banake kam hota hai to dushman kyu banana?” “Maine zindagi jine ka tarikha badal hai, tevar nahi,” I mean these punches are a benchmark in itself. This is a proof of Ajay Devgn’s versatility as an actor. Did I mention his intense eyes that do half the job?
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I know I have been saying this a lot of times, but in Zakhm too, Ajay’s eyes immerse you into his role. His pain for his mother and his entrapment in communal violence has been enacted powerfully by him. Just look at those hospital scenes, man. What a compelling performance! I won’t take anything away from Kunal Khemu as he has delivered an exceptional role. Zakhm is Ajay Devgn’s way to tell that he is a genius in roles that require a depth in acting.
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When I watched Primal Fear (1996), I loved Edward Norton’s performance. Then came the film Deewangee, which took the same story with some tweaks and Ajay Devgn’s portrayal of a split personality literally had me in splits. Wow, is there a better way to show an insane person and his monstrous ways to get the love of his life? His dialogues, “56 baar chaaku chal jata hai aur pata bhi nahi chalta,” “Gale mein patta kya pehen liya, kutte jaisa bhoke hi ja raha hai” made the film hell exciting and crazy. It takes a great actor to pull two conflicting roles in the same film. One is where Ajay is an innocent guy and a great singer and another one is where he is a cunning murderer who will go to any depth to get the love of his life. Again, Ajay’s intense eyes come into play. Deewangee sealed the fact that Ajay Devgn is unbeatable in serious acting.
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A common man; has a sweet family but when an evil storm tries to hurt his family, to what extent will he go to save them, is Drishyam’s storyline. One of the best roles of Ajay in recent times, his clever tactics to outsmart the entire justice system and his quest to save his family from the giant hurdle was commendable. The way he uses visual symbols to convince people of his narrative, his silent face which hides a bigger secret made Drishyam a highly interesting film and Ajay was at the driving seat.
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Ajay Devgn never really tried or even succeeded in comedy until when his friend director Rohit Shetty cast him in films like Golmaal and Sunday. Quick grasper, Ajay Devgn then offered us a blissful blend of his efficient acting, comic instinct and powerful punches in Singham and it became a modern benchmark of content driven entertainment films. The display of an honest and aggressive police officer who uses the same cunning ways of bad guys to catch them and eradicate them from society was fun. Ajay and Prakash Raj’s rivalry was highly enjoyable. “Ata majhi satakli,” “Ali re ali, ata tujhe bari ali,” all these dialogues became desi favorite. Another milestone for Ajay Devgn in his acting!
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Diljale is not a great film but Devgn’s bang on performance as a college guy and then his becoming a rebel, tagged as a terrorist was a mention-worthy role. I loved how he carries the role of a righteous person in his college days and then becoming a rebel after his father dies and is denied justice. His command over the screen, his romance with Sonali Bendre and then his aggressive bearded look as Shaka was a hint that Ajay Devgn is rising as a versatile actor during that time.
I always consider Ajay Devgn a genuine actor who never tried any controversies to sell his movies. He believed only in a good contribution to cinema and that’s why his movies are strong in content. We hope he keeps giving such mind blowing performances to make our cinema experience better and better.
(Original Published Date: 23rd October, 2016.)