Anil Devgan, the son of Prem Prakash Devgan and first cousin of actor Ajay Devgan, was an Indian filmmaker and screenwriter who was born on May 25, 1969. Films like Raju Chacha and Blackmail were directed by him. On October 5, 2020, at the age of 45, he died of heart arrest in the middle of the night.
He attended Delhi’s Kendriya Vidyalaya. He had a creative mind that was attracted by stories and had a desire to tell them from an early age. He was a huge music fan who also dabbled in Tabla and Martial Arts. After graduating from Shaheed Bhagat Singh College in New Delhi in 1989, he went into the film industry after being pushed by Ajay Devgan and worked as an assistant director on many films with Sunil Agnihotri, Anees Bazmee, and Raj Kanwar until making his directorial debut in 2000. He was married and blessed with a baby boy.
He is most recognized for directing groundbreaking films such as Raju Chacha (2000), Blackmail (2005), and Haal-e-Dil (2008). In Raju Chacha, he collaborated with his brother Ajay Devgan, and in Blackmail, he collaborated with his sister-in-law Kajol. Raju Chacha was one of the most expensive films of the time, and it featured a lot of animation for the first time in Bollywood history.
It had a huge global debut, with the largest premiere for a film at the time in Los Angeles. Raju Chacha won the Screen Award for Best Animation, as well as nominations for Best Action, Best Film, and Best Art Direction.
The music was groundbreaking since it was unlike anything else on the screen at the time. According to reports, the film was a big flop, grossing only Rs 10.7 crores against a budget of Rs 25 crores. It garnered mixed reviews, with the majority praising Anil’s work.