Phool Aur Kaante Then vs Now: Ajay Devgn, Madhoo to Raza Murad; what actors are upto after 32 years

Ajay Devgn's debut film Phool Aur Kaante recently turned 32 years old. On this occasion, let us take a look at some of the actors of this gem and where they are now. Read on.

Updated on Nov 23, 2023  |  09:36 PM IST |  97.1K
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Ajay Devgn made his acting debut with Kuku Kohli's action romance film Phool Aur Kaante, released on November 22nd, 1991. The film recently clocked 32 years since its release, and it makes everyone born in the 1990s feel old. At the time of its release, the film created much buzz nationwide. Some of the film's dialogues, music, and Ajay's entry scene on two bikes have become iconic. The entry scene, in particular, has reached a certain level of popularity and has been replicated many times by Rohit Shetty. 

Apart from Ajay, the film also marked the debut of Madhoo, who is Hema Malini's niece. Upon release, Phool Aur Kaante turned out to be a major critical and commercial success and garnered many awards. Even after so many years, the film is still fresh in everyone's mind. On the occasion of its 32nd anniversary, here's a look at what the film's star cast has been up to all these years.

Phool Aur Kaante: Then and Now

Ajay Devgn as Ajay Salgaonkar


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At the time of Phool Aur Kaante's release, newbie Ajay Devgn was merely known as action director Veeru Devgn's son. However, over the years, the actor has cemented his name as one of the most successful and popular actors in Bollywood. In the film, he plays the role of Ajay Salgaonkar, the only son of a criminal lord. Ajay's performance was well received when the film came out.


Madhoo as Pooja Salgaonkar

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Madhoo made an explosive debut with Phool Aur Kaante, where she played the role of Pooja. Her character is married to Ajay, and the story revolves around the two. Despite achieving overnight stardom, Madhoo could not make it big in Bollywood. After some years of work in films like Roja, Yodha, and Zaalim, she decided to quit the industry and got married.

The actress revealed recently that she was unhappy with the work offered in the 1990s as her role was reduced to a love interest. Currently, Madhoo is enjoying a married life and is also active on social media.

Raza Murad as Shankar Dhanraj

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In Phool Aur Kaante, Raza Murad plays the role of Shankar Dhanraj, who helps kidnap Ajay and Pooja's baby. Before this film, Raza had done several films since he started acting in 1972. The actor has been known for mostly portraying villainous characters. After the success of Phool Aur Kaante, he continued to play character roles and villains in various films and television shows.

Anjana Mumtaz as Lakshmi Salgaonkar

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Anjana Mumtaz plays the role of Laxmi Salgaonkar, Nageshwar Don's late wife and Ajay's late mother. Despite having a brief role, she makes an impact. She started her career in the 1970s and starred in movies like Bandhe Hath, Do Phool, Tridev, and Mahabali Hanuman, among others. After Phool Aur Kaante, she continued to appear in films like Dhadkan and Koi Mil Gaya.

Aruna Irani as Professor Batliwala

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Aruna Irani plays the role of Professor Batliwala, who has several funny scenes with the character of Professor Bihari (played by Jagdeep). Her role and her sense of humor were well received. Irani remains one of the most respected and revered actresses in showbiz. In a career spanning over five decades, the actress has played all kinds of roles and is still actively working. 

Apart from the above-mentioned names, several actors from the film have passed away since its release. The name includes Amrish Puri (who played Ajay's father, Nageshwar Salganokar), Satyendra Kapoor (who played the College principal), Goga Kapoor (who played Jagga Dhanraj), and Suresh Chatwal, who played Brijlal Tiwari. 

Over the years, Phool Aur Kaante has achieved a special place in people's hearts and still enjoys a solid fan base among the younger generation. Thanks to Devgn's entry stunt, the film is still remembered across the board. Its music, dialogues, and performances are still part of the popular discourse. Its massive success catapulted Devgn into superstardom, a status which he continues to enjoy to this date. 


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