Still high on the success of his 2011 blockbuster hit ‘Singham’, Ajay Devgn continued to enjoy good times this year with two massive hits - ‘Son of Sardaar’ and ‘Bol Bachchan’. Ashwini Dhir’s ‘Son of Sardaar’ was a Diwali release that clashed with Yash Raj’s ‘Jab Tak Hai Jaan’, but that did not hamper the box-office collections of the movie as it managed to make a decent business.
Tussle with Yash Raj Films
It wasn’t all smooth sailing though. Ajay served legal notice to Yash Raj Films for unjustly using their dominant position in the industry and putting pressure on the exhibitors to give prominence to their film, ‘Jab Tak Hai Jaan’. The complaint was filed before the death of Yash Chopra and eventually the Competition Commission rejected Devgn’s plea, saying it had no merit.
Ajay, as Jassi the funny sardar
Though the critics called ‘Son of Sardaar’, a mindless comedy, the audience seemed to love Devgn’s hysterics. He played the character of Jassi, an unemployed sardar who resides in London and goes back to India to deal with land disputes. Devgn entertained audiences with his gravity-defying antics and lame jokes. The film also starred Sonakshi Sinha, Sanjay Dutt and Juhi Chawla in significant roles.
Ajay’s witty one-liners in ‘Bol Bachchan’
Earlier in the year, Rohit Shetty’s ‘Bol Bachchan’ saw Ajay Devgn delivering hilarious one-liners. Ajay played the character of wrestler Prithviraj Raghuvanshi, who struggles to speak in English. He tickled the audiences’ funny bone and played macho man at the same time. Viewers were left in splits when Devgn’s characters translated lines like "Tujhe paakar meri chhaati aur bhi choudi ho gayi hai" to "My chest has become blouse".
Bigger and better times ahead!
2013 will only see Brand Ajay become bigger. He will replace Akshay Kumar as host in the reality show ‘Khatron Ke Khiladi’, will be seen in the remake of the 1983 film ‘Himmatwala’ and we wish him as much success as he enjoyed in 2012!
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