Kajol pours out film after with spontaneous ease of an accomplished actress. Though severely lacking in looks and beauty than most other successful heroines, she is among the highest paid, in industry. It is her style, class and piquancy that sets apart Kajol, from the rest of her contemporaries.
Granddaughter of Shobhna Samarth, Kajol was born on August 5, 1975 to the producer-actress duo of
Shomu and Tanuja Mukherjee. Tanisha is her sibling in a family, which has great influence in the film world. Famous star of yesteryears,
Nutan is her aunt and Rani Mukherjee her cousin. Her childhood was laden with happiness and material prosperity. She got married to
Ajay Devgun in 1999 and the couple have a daughter too.
Kajol had taken up film making more out of passion than as a natural career choice. Kajol never had to compromise on the quality of films that she takes up due to her strong financial background. She had made her debut in Director
Paraish Rawaailís Kamaal Saadana, as her co-star in Bekhudi. Though Bekhudi failed miserably but Kajolís draw kept on rising.
She was discouraged for a while but when reality struck her, she continued doing
films like Udhaar Ki Zindagi and Bambai Ka Babu. The eventful journey from Bekhudi to
Dil Kya kare, shows the power of her versatility and as a matter of course she has won much more acceptance than her mother.
Abbas Mastanís Baazigaar, with a lot of help from co-star Shahrukh put her into final reckoning. Kajol became a sought after icon.
Yeh Dillagi, with Akshay Kumar and Saif Ali Khan established her credentials as an actress. Her performance made people sit up and notice the spontaneity and confidence she oozed. She displayed the same intuitive flair for acting, notably in
Udhar ki Zindagi and Rakesh Roshan's commercial blockbuster Karan
Arjun. She's been doing varied roles like that of murdering people Gupt, getting reincarnated
Hamesha and almost turning into a nun Sapnay after singing the hummable
Aawaran bhawnre. Her Dilwale Dulahaniya Le Jayenge, with Shah Rukh Khan set her in league with the legendry film stars of Bolly wood.
She won the best actress award from Filmfare for her performance in the film. She signed a string of ventures thereafter.
Though the film is more than eight years old, it continues to make waves in the popular cinema.
Another great performance came from Kajol in Dushman with Sanjay Dutt
where she had a double role, she again walked away with awards for this film.
Her performances in all these films gave the regular cine goers the new
uncrowned number one actress of the present era.
Kajol had more surprises in store, her acting abilities came to the forefront with
Pyar To Hona Hi Tha with Ajay Devgan, this film opened a new chapter in her career. Her potentials as an actress were further exploited by
Karan Johar in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai with Shahrukh Khan and
Rani Mukherjee, Kajol gave her best performances and walked away with the Filmfare Award for the Best Actress.
At the height of her film career she decided to get married to her co- star Ajay Devgun quite like what Hema Malini had done two decades back. When many thought that Kajol had moved out of camera lights, she jumped back into the industry after a brief sojourn with her husband, Ajay Devgun.
Latest addition to her brilliant performances is Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gam, for which she bags her third FilmFare award. But in the case of Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, the film is an entity in itself and has much more than Kajol. Yet she has managed to deliver a stunning performance and has enthralled the public despite other heavyweights like
Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Hrithik Roshan, Jaya Bachchan and the current heartthrob
Kareena Kapoor. But the bad news for the industry watchers is that she has declared, to quit the industry with this film and has got philanthropic plans for her future.