Extremely vivacious and a talented, Kajol is one of the most versatile actresses of the Hindi film industry. Known for her supreme acting skills and enigmatic screen presence, Kajol was born on 5th August 1975 in Mumbai. Kajol comes from a flamboyant family of renowned personalities of Indian cinema including her mother Tanuja, a popular actress, her father late Shomu Mukherjee, a film producer.
The distinguished actress Nutan was her aunt while her maternal grandmother Shobhna Samarth was a renowned figure in the Indian cinema. Kajol’s sister Tanisha and cousin Rani Mukherjee are also well known Bollywood actresses.
Kajol is married to the notable actor and director Ajay Devgan for around 11 years. Their seven year lovely daughter is named Nyasa.
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Kajol attended the St. Joseph’s Convent at Panchgani and was an avid reader. She joined the Hindi film industry at an age of seventeen. Though her debut film ‘Bekhudi’ released in 1992 did not fare well at the box office, her performance was appreciated. Her first commercial success was ‘Baazigar’ opposite Shahrukh Khan released in 1993. After ‘Bazzigar’ Kajol was flooded with offers from the best of banners and directors.
Kajol’s first Filmfare nomination came with Yash Raj Films’ ‘Yeh Dillagi’, a romantic drama opposite Akshay Kumar and Saif Ali Khan. However she won her first Best Actress Filmfare Award for ‘Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge’ directed by Aditya Chopra. ‘Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge’ also featured Shahrukh Khan and became one of the highest grossing films of Indian Cinema. Kajol’s performance and her pairing with Shahrukh Khan was admired and the leading couple gave a number of blockbusters later. Her next film ‘Karan Arjun’ opposite Shahrukh Khan became the second biggest hit of the year.
After a couple of flops, Kajol did extremely well in the year 1997 with smash hits like ‘Gupt: the Hidden Truth’, ‘Minsaara Kanavu’, ‘Ishq’ and ‘Hamesha’. Kajol became the first female actor to receive Filmfare Best Villain Award for ‘Gupt: the Hidden Truth’. She also won Filmfare Awards (South) Best Actress award for her first Tamil film ‘Minsaara Kanavu’. She appeared with her husband Ajay Devgan in romantic comedy ‘Ishq’ also starring Aamir Khan and Juhi Chawla.
Kajol continued her journey of success with superhits like ‘Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya’ opposite Salman Khan, ‘Dushman’ opposite Sanjay Dutt and ‘Pyaar To Hona Hi Tha’ with Ajay Devgan. However she reached the pinnacle of her career with Karan Johar's ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’ opposite Shahrukh Khan. Karan’s directorial debut ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’ did phenomenally well in Indian as well as overseas markets and also won her another Filmfare Best Actress Award.
She was highly commended for her brilliant performances in ‘Dil Kya Kare’, ‘Hum Aapke Dil Mein Rehte Hain’ and ‘Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham’. Kajol chose to take a break from bollywood with the birth of her first child in 2003.
Kajol made a comeback in 2006 when she appeared in Kunal Kohli’s ‘Fanaa’ opposite Aamir Khan. ‘Fanaa’ became a huge success at the box office and earned her fourth Filmfare Best Actress Award. Her performance in husband Ajay Devgan’s directorial debut ‘U, Me Aur Hum’ got her another Filmfare nomination.
Kajol was recently seen in Karan Johar’s ‘My Naam is Khan ‘opposite Shahrukh Khan. ‘My name is Khan’ is supposed to be based on real life post 9/11 tragedy. The movie is doing great business in India as well as overseas. Kajol is currently working on ‘Toonpur Ka Superhero’ – an animated film and Karan Johar’s remake of Hollywood film ‘Stepmom’.
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