Bollywood actor Ajay Devgn, who is considered to be one of the most versatile and talented actors in the industry, turns 45 today. The 'Gangaajal' actor, who was last seen in 'Satyagraha' has won numerous awards for his outstanding performances. A look at the top 10 roles of the talented actor, who began his career with 'Phool Aur Kante' in 1991. (Photo: Express Archive)
Omkara (2006): Ajay Devgn gave one of his best performances in Vishal Bharadwaj's 'Omkara'. He played the titular role of Omkara Shukla in the movie which was an adaptation of Shakespeare's tragedy Othello.
Ajay Devgn's performance was considered to be the finest and it won him several awards and nominations including Screen Awards Best Actor and IIFA Best Actor.
Zakhm (1998): Ajay Devgn, who was always seen as an action star, surprised one and all with his sensitive portrayal in the Mahesh Bhatt film. Ajay Devgn played the role of a man affected by communal conflict in his and his mother's life. Thr actor bagged National Award for best actor in the year 1999 for his outstanding performance.
Company (2002): Ram Gopal Varma's gangster epic 'Company' had Ajay Devgn play a ruthless underworld don. The film received positive reviews from critics and a thumbs up from fans. Company won six out of the 11 awards it was nominated for at the Filmfare Awards. Ajay Devgn individually won Critic's choice Filmfare Best Actor Award.
Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999) : This romantic flick directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali saw Ajay Devgn play a sacrificing husband to Aishwarya Rai. Ajay Devgn's sacrificial husband act won him many fans and nominations for several awards too.
Gangaajal(2003): Ajay Devgn played the role of a tough and fearless police officer Amit Kumar in Prakash Jha's award winning 'Gangaajal'. It is also considenred as one of the finest and powerful performances by Ajay Devgn.
Raincoat (2004): Directed by Rituparna Ghosh, 'Raincoat', featured Ajay Devgn opposite actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. Ajay Devgn plays an unemployed Manu from a small town. He is in search of money to finance his new business as he has lost his earlier job at a jute mill. The film tells the story of two lovers, separated by destiny, who meet again one day. Raincoat won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi and was nominated for the Crystal Globe for Best Feature Film at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.
The Legend of Bhagat Singh (2002) : The Legend of Bhagat Singh was a historical biographical film about Bhagat Singh. Directed by Rajkumar Santoshi, it featured Ajay Devgn in lead role. Ajay Devgn was appreciated for playing Bhagat Singh to perfection. The film went on to win two National Film Awards, including the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi.
Apaharan (2005): Ajay Devgn played the role of an aspiring police officer but in the end turns a criminal owing to circumstances. Ajay Devgan's transformation from a simpleton to a criminal was seen as the high points of his performance in the movie.
Khakee (2004): Ajay Devgn played his first negative role in 2004 mulitstarrer action drama 'Khakee'. The actor was appreciated for his performance as a ruthless killer and former cop Yashwant Angre.
Singham (2011): Rohit Shetty's action film 'Singham' saw the return of Ajay Devgn to the action genre after a gap of eight long years. And the result was a blockbuste. Singham became one of the highest grossing movies of 2011.