Mumbai: Actor Ajit, known for his distinctive performance and dialogue delivery in the audience, had to struggle a lot in the initial stages to achieve a different place in Bollywood. Born on 27 January 1922 in Golconda, Hamid Ali Khan alias Ajit was fond of acting since childhood. His father Bashir Ali Khan worked in the Nizam's army in Hyderabad. Ajit did his early education from Warangal district in Andhra Pradesh.
In the forties, he turned to the film industry to become a hero and started his acting career with the film Shahey Egypt in 1946. From 1946 to 1956, Ajit struggled to make his place in the film industry. In 1950, director K. Amarnath advised him to shorten his film name.
After this, he changed his film name to Ajit in place of Hamid Ali Khan and acted as a hero in the film 'Beksoor', directed by K. Amarnath. In the year 1957, he appeared in the role of a villager in BR Chopra's film Naya Daur. His role in the film was Gray Shades. The film was entirely centred on actor Dilip Kumar. Nevertheless, he managed to leave his mark on the audience. The year 1973 proved to be a major milestone in Ajith's Bollywood career. That year, films like his Zanjeer, Yaadon Ki Baraat, Samjhauta, Kahaani Kismat Ki and Jugnu were released, which set new records of success at the box office. He died on 22 October 1998.