After 30 years of the release of Ajay Devgn’s debut Phool Aur Kaante, the actor revealed why he had to change his name for the film. The film was the beginning of stardom for the actor. Even after decades, fans remember his grand entry scene as he did a split between two bikes.

Ajay Devgn is a household name who not only has delivered multiple hits but also led two successful franchises- the Golmaal series and Singham. However, the actor made his debut with ‘Ajay’, which was not his real name. The actor would have made his debut with his real name ‘Vishal’ had there been lesser competition at the time of his debut.

Speaking in an old interview Ajay, said that at the time of his launch, there were three other men with the name Vishal, who were entering the film industry with him. “I had no choice but to change my name to Ajay so I wasn’t lost in the crowd. My old friends still call me VD (yeah, I know it sounds weird) and I changed the spelling of my surname at the behest of my mother, Veena, who has asked me to do it for many years. It makes her happy,” the actor said.

In another interview, Ajay said that it was his father Veeru Devgn’s dream to launch his son as an actor. He just had to focus on releasing the dream. The actor said that initially, he did not worry whether he would be successful or not. He just complied with what he was told to do. The actor said that stardom cannot be planned.

“You have to work hard and pray your destiny carries you forward. When Phool Aur Kaante became the craze it did, I was catapulted to stardom. Every daredevil youngster in the country wanted to make his way through life doing a split on two motorcycles! I was immature, young, unprepared for stardom. God, my parents’ blessings and the blessings of the industry and fans gave me the adulation a star receives,” the actor recalled.

On completing his journey of 30 years in the industry, Ajay Devgn has been receiving congratulatory messages from friends and well-wishers. Akshay Kumar, his wife Kajol, Amitabh Bachchan, Esha Deol and several other stars too wished the actor on social media.

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