Ajinkya Deo

  • Actor, Director, Writer, Screenplay, Dialogue Writer

May 03, 1963  in Shirgaon, Maharashtra, India

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Ajinkya Ramesh Deo is an Indian actor who works mostly in Marathi films but has also appeared in several Bollywood movies. Ajinkya made his acting debut in the year 1985 with the Marathi movie, Ardhangi. Just two years after he made his debut, Ajinkya went on to win the much coveted National Award for his part in the movie Sarja (1987).

Early Life
Although, Ajinkya grew up in a family which had a noted Marathi actor in his father, Ramesh Deo, he was never interested in acting and wanted to become a pilot. The actor went to the United States of America to study Computer Science. However, his good looks and attractive personality ultimately led him into the entertainment industry. Ajinkya made his debut in Bollywood, with the movie Sansaar (1987) that starred Anupam Kher, Rekha, andRaj Babbar. However, with no meaty roles coming his way in Bollywood, Ajinkya concentrated on acting only in Marathi movies and went on to become one of the most successful actors in the Marathi film industry with several hits to his name.

Personal Life
Ajinkya is married to Aarti Deo and has two children. He once admitted that he loves to work on multiple projects at a time and is also fond of his work, as it allows him to have a lot of fun. The handsome actor shares a good rapport with all his co-stars he has worked with in both Marathi as well as Hindi movies.

Movie Career
Ajinkya made his acting debut with the movie Ardhangi (1985). However, it was only two years later that the actor shot to fame for his brilliant role in the super hit movie Sarja (1987). The film not only won him the National Award but also got him a huge fan following. Since, then there was no looking back and Ajinkya went on to star in numerous Marathi movies. He was also a part of the Blockbuster Marathi movie Maaherchi Saadi (1991), which was one of the highest grossing Marathi language film at that time. The film starred veteran actor Vikram Gokhale in the lead role.

Ajinkya has played crucial roles as second-lead in several Marathi films. Some of the notable roles that Ajinkya played include that of a romantic hero in the movie Vaajva Re Vaajva (1992) that also starred established actor Ashok Saraf and that of an action hero in the thriller Marathi movie Bajrangachi Kamaal (1994) featuring the Marathi super-starLaxmikant Berde in the lead role.

After achieving success in the Marathi film industry within a short span of time, Ajinkya tried his hand in Bollywood and acted in several Bollywood films. He made his debut in the Hindi feature film with Aan: Men at work (2004) where he portrayed a negative role of a corrupt police officer. The film, directed by Madhur Bhanarkar featured an ensemble cast including Akshay KumarJackie Shroff, Sunil Shetty, Shatrughan Sinha, Raveena Tandon, Lara Dutta, Paresh Rawal and Irrfan Khan.

After his debut movie, the following year, Ajinkya starred in the Bollywood comedy film, Mr Ya Miss, which was written and directed by Antra Mali. The film, which follows the life of a womanizer who is reincarnated as woman after being killed by one of his girlfriends featured Antra Mali, Aftab Shivdasani and Riteish Deshmukh in the lead roles. After the film flopped at the box office, the actor went back to acting in Marathi films and he had no Bollywood films to his name until 2013 when director Bejoy Nambiar cast him in his action-thriller film David. The film starring Vikram, Neil Nitin MukeshVinay Virmani,Tabu, Lara Dutta Monica Dogra and Isha Sharvani, upon release got negative to mixed reivews. Times of India described the movie as “May be David needed more ‘D’ of ‘Depth’ in the story to make this more ‘Delightful’.”

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