Vicky Kaushal’s father, Action Director Sham Kaushal, shares the story of his mentor Ajay Devgan’s father Veeru Devgan – who took him home wandering the streets hungry and fed him.
Action director Sham Kaushal has a long and successful career in Bollywood. The father of actors Vicky Kaushal and Sunny Kaushal is a stunt choreographer who made his debut in the early 90s and soon established himself as one of the leading action directors in the industry. However, Sham faced many struggles to get to this point. In a recent interview, he said that Veeru Devgan, senior action director and late father of Ajay Devgan, was his mentor and inspiration in the field. (Read more: Vicky Kaushal’s father Sham Kaushal is doing war rope training, Rakesh Roshan replied. See)
Sham started his career as a stunt actor in the late 70s, mostly under Veeru Devgan, who was already an action director. Sham recalls how Veer took himself under his wing in those days.
Speaking to Edims, Sham said, “I have been working with Ajay Devgan since I entered the film industry as a stunt man. I have been working with his father Veeru Devgan Ji. I think Ajay must have studied 4th or 5th grade. I do not know. To be honest, I worked with him as an assistant. “
In fact, there were times when Sham was out of work and it got to a point where he was wandering the streets hungry. Then Veeru Devgan also helped him. “When Veeru G died, I was filming in Kochi. I remember the days when we were together, especially when I was walking hungry in the streets, he took me to his house and fed me,” Sham recalled. (read more: ‘When I saw Masana, I realized that Vicky Kaushal is really an actor’)
Veeru Devgan has worked as an action director and later producer on over 200 films for 35 years. Apart from Amitabh Bachchan, Sushmita Sen and Manisha Koirala, he made his directorial debut with the 1999 film Hindustan Ki Kasam starring his son Ajay. He died in 2019 at the age of 84.
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