The talk of the most iconic moments of Hindi cinema would not be complete without Ajay Devgan kicking his entry on two bikes in ‘Phool Aur Kaante’. The beginning of the emergence of action heroes in Bollywood from the 90s can be considered from that one Dhansu entry of Ajay. ‘Phool Aur Kaante’ was directed by Kuku Gulati, but the most talked about aspect of the film and Ajay’s action i.e. Veeru Devgan worked hard.
Ajay, son of Veeru Devgan, who had choreographed action in many big films from Amitabh Bachchan to Dharmendra and Mithun, was going to become a Bollywood hero himself with ‘Phool Aur Kaante’. Seeing ‘Phool Aur Kaante’ released on November 22, 1991, even today one can easily understand how innovative the action of this film was. But Veeru not only worked hard in preparing strong action in ‘Phool Aur Kaante’, but his unwavering dedication was also involved in making Ajay Devgan.
Veeru Devgan wanted to make Ajay a hero since childhood
In an old interview, Ajay Devgan’s father, late Veeru Devgan had told that he always wanted to make his son a hero. The reason was that becoming a hero was once his dream too, which was not fulfilled. He told, ‘Ever since he was born, I felt that he would definitely become an actor in life. It was also my hobby because I had also come to become an actor. So when I saw that I am not capable of this, I thought let’s see further. Since then I had this feeling that I should make him a hero.
In this interview on the sets of ‘Phool Aur Kaante’, Ajay also told that he grew up with the desire to do something in Bollywood. Ajay said, ‘Ever since I regained consciousness, this was the only thing in my mind. Was too good in studies, means too bad. Then this was the only thing, and it was decided that we have to stay in the industry, whatever we have to do, we have to do it here.
Action training of Ajay sleeping in air conditioned room
On working hard with Ajay to make him a hero, his father Veeru Devgan said, ‘It is difficult to wake up a child who sleeps in an air-conditioned room at 6 am, because he is not used to it. So it took me 2-4-6 months, a year to get used to that… that get up, go to Juhu (Beach). Made the gym special, do exercise in the gym. Dance sir will come, dance. We give training to all the fighters or whoever becomes a new hero at Juhu. So in the same way his training was also done. When Veeru ji was asked what he thought about Ajay as a hero, he said, ‘Malik kare kamyaab ho, ye toh duniya batayegi. It is my effort, it is hard work.
Veeru ji is no more with us, but the hard work put in by him in preparing Ajay has surely paid off. Today, not only is Ajay’s fan following all over India and actors consider him as their idol, but he is also counted among the most solid actors of India.