Bollywood actor Ajay Devgn played the role of national hero Bhagat Singh in Rajkumar Santoshi’s The Legend of Bhagat Singh. Ajay Devgn won a National Award for his performance in that film.
In the summer of 2002, there was a slew of biopics established on the life of national hero Shaheed Bhagat Singh who was martyred on 23rd March 1931 along with Sukhdev and Rajguru. Amongst the many films that were released at the time, the one featuring Ajay Devgn in the lead role, The Legend of Bhagat Singh, directed by Rajkumar Santoshi, achieved a critical appreciation and also received a lot of love from the audience.
Showing Ajay in the role of the icon, the film chronicled Bhagat Singh’s life as he fought against the British and sacrificed his life in honour of the nation. In 2002, Ajay Devgn expressed in an interview that Bhagat Singh’s younger brother Kultar Singh stayed with the unit of the film in Pune while they were shooting and revealed some insights about his brother with the team of the film.
It was during Kultar Singh’s stay in Pune that an incident left Ajay with tears in his eyes. Ajay revealed with Rediff in 2002, Ajay stated that at Pune, someone told Kultar Singh that he should bless Ajay. To that Kultar replied, ‘How can I bless my elder brother?’ Ajay could not help crying.” Ajay further added that Kultar gave them deep insights into his brother’s life, facts that have not been revealed by history. Kultar Singh passed away in 2004 at the age of 86.
In the same interview, Ajay had said that Bhagat Singh had predicted many of the problems that the country was still handling. He said that this fearless freedom fighter was a great visionary. He had clearly stated our country would be besieged with problems like communalism and corruption. Isn’t that what’s happening today? May he sticks his neck out and say that if he had been living 15-20 years after Independence, our country would not be in the shambles it is in today, Ajay said at the time.
Meanwhile, The Legend of Bhagat Singh won two National Film Awards in 2003 – Best Feature Film in Hindi and Best Actor for Ajay Devgn. This marks Devgn’s second National Film Award after 1998’s Zakhm.