Thursday, December 27, 2007


Name :Kajol Devgan/ Mukherjee , born :August 5, 1975 in Mumbai, India, popularly known as Kajol, is an award-winning popular Bollywood actress.
Kajol made her acting debut with Bekhudi (1992) and had her first hit with her second film Baazigar (1993) along with Shahrukh Khan, with whom she later went to deliver some of the biggest Bollywood hits like Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge (1995) and Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998). Her performances in both the films were praised and earned her two Filmfare Best Actress Awards. After the successful Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham released in 2001, she took a sabbatical from full time acting for five years. She made a successful comeback with Kunal Kohli's Fanaa (2006), for which she received her fourth Best Actress award at the Filmfare ceremony.

During her career years, she has been part of many critically and commercially successful films, and is regarded as one of India's most successful actresses.



Kajol left school and started her career at the age of seventeen. Although her debut film, Bekhudi (1992) was not a great success at the box office, her performance was noticed and she went on to work with big production houses in India.

In 1993, she shot to fame with her second film Baazigar, opposite Shahrukh Khan. The film was her first major hit, and her pairing with Khan proved to be appreciated. She later went on to make a popular pairing with him in a number of films, all of which were box office successes.

Her first release in 1994, Udhaar Ki Zindagi, was a box-office failure. Despite that, her performance in the film was much appreciated by critics, and she won the BFJA Best Actress Award for this film. She next starred in her first Yash Raj Film, the romantic drama Yeh Dillagi, co-starring opposite Akshay Kumar and Saif Ali Khan. The film was a box office success and her performance earned Kajol her first nomination forBest Actress award at the Filmfare.

1995 proved to be a very good year for Kajol. She went on to star alongside in two of the year's biggest hits. Her first release was Shahrukh KhanRakesh Roshan's Karan Arjun, The film dealt with reincarnation, which was the second biggest of that year eventually. While three of her next releases that year failed at the box office, her last release, Aditya Chopra's directorial debut, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, was not only the biggest hit of that year, but one of Bollywood's biggest hits of Hindi cinema ever. The film has entered its twelfth year in Mumbai theaters, grossing over 12 billion rupees overall, making it one of the biggest film blockbusters in Bollywood. Kajol's performance in the film was praised, and she received her first Filmfare Best Actress Award.

Kajol had only one release in 1996, Bambai Ka Babu, opposite Saif Ali Khan, which was a major box office failure.

In 1997, Kajol she starred in Gupt: The Hidden Truth. Co-starring actors Bobby Deol and Manisha Koirala, the film was one of the highest grossing films of that year. Apart from that, her performance was a significant development for female actors in Bollywood; she was the first female actor to win the Filmfare Best Villain Award. She next starred in Hamesha. Like Karan Arjun, the film dealt with the topic of reincarnation. However, unlike the latter, it was a box office failure. She next starred in her first Tamil film, Minsaara Kanavu. The film was a major critical success and Kajol won her first Best Actress award at the Filmfare Awards South ceremony. Her last release that years was the romantic-comedy Ishq, where she was paired with her then future husband, Ajay Devgan; the film did well.

Kajol had further success in 1998, as she starred in three of the year's biggest hits. She first starred opposite Salman Khan in the comedy Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya. The film was the fouth highest grossing film of the year. Her next release, Dushman alongside Sanjay Dutt, did moderately well at the box office. She had a double role in the film, and won her first Star Screen Award Best Actress for her performance. She next starred opposite Ajay Devgan in the romance Pyaar To Hona Hi Tha, which was the second biggest hit of that year. However, her biggest success that year came with her last release, Karan Johar's directorial debut, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. Starring opposite Shahrukh Khan, the romance went on to become the biggest hit of the year in both India and overseas. Additionally, she won her second Filmfare Best Actress Award for her performance.

Kajol's first release in 1999 was the drama film Dil Kya Kare. She played the supporting role of Nandita Rai, which was well received, yet, the film flopped. She had a hit with her second release, the family drama Hum Aapke Dil Mein Rehte Hain. Starring alongside Anil Kapoor, Kajol received a Best Actress nomination.

She had an unsuccessful year in 2000, as her only release that year, Raju Chacha went unnoticed.

Kajol had only two films released in 2001. She first played a double role in the drama Kuch Khatti Kuch Meethi, which was a major commercial failure. However, she reinvented her success in her second venture with Karan Johar, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, which was one of the biggest hits of the year, and for which she won several Best Actress awards, including her third Filmfare Best Actress Award and her second Star Screen Award Best Actress. Critic, Taran Adarsh, wrote of her performance in the film, "Kajol is first-rate in the role of a typical Chandni Chowk lass. Her Punjabi dialect will win her immense praise. The sequence when she seeks Amitabh's aashirwad, without him knowing about it, is terrific.Following the success of Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, Kajol took a sabbatical from full time acting for five years. She gave birth to her daughter Nysa in 2003.

She made a successful comeback in 2006 with Kunal Kohli's drama Fanaa, one of the highest grossing films of the year. Portraying a blind Kashmiri girl who falls in love with a Kashmiri independence fighter in the film, she won her fourth Filmfare Best Actress Award, which placed her at par with other famous Bollywood actresses, Meena Kumari and Madhuri Dixit, each of whom holds 4 Best Actress awards from Filmfare. Kajol's late aunt, Nutan currently holds the record for five such awards.

Currently, Kajol is working on her husband Ajay Devgan's directorial debut U, Me Aur Hum which is set for release this year. She is also set to make a guest appearance in Farah Khan's Om Shanti Om.


In 2005, she appeared on the TV show Kaun Banega Crorepati (the Indian version of Who wants to be a millionaire?) hosted by Amitabh Bachchan. She was paired with her husband Ajay Devgan. They won 1 crore (10 million) rupees and donated them to a cancer hospital in Chennai. She has also appeared on Indian Idol, seasons one and two, as a guest judge.

She also appeared on Karan Johar's talk show Koffee with Karan with Shahrukh Khan on the first episode. Back again with Season 2 of Koffee with Karan, Karan's first episode started with Kuch Kuch Hota Hai reunion. After almost a decade since his directoral debut Karan invited her along with Shahrukh and Rani Mukerji. In 2006, She was a guest judge in the singing contest show Indian Idol 2. In that same year, she modeled and walked the ramp for Manish Malhotra's fashion display Fashion Week 2006, titled Freedom, along with actress Preity Zinta.


Filmfare Awards


  • 1996, Filmfare Best Actress Award, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge
  • 1998, Filmfare Best Villain Award, Gupt: The Hidden Truth
  • 1998, Filmfare Best Actress South, Minsaara Kanavu
  • 1999, Filmfare Best Actress Award, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
  • 2002, Filmfare Best Actress Award, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham
  • 2007, Filmfare Best Actress Award, Fanaa


  • 1995, Filmfare Best Actress Award, Yeh Dillagi
  • 1999, Filmfare Best Actress Award, Dushman
  • 1999, Filmfare Best Actress Award, Pyaar To Hona Hi Tha
  • 2000, Filmfare Best Actress Award, Hum Aapke Dil Mein Rehte Hain

Star Screen Awards


  • 1999, Star Screen Award Best Actress, Dushman
  • 2002, Star Screen Award Best Actress, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham
  • 2002, Star Screen Award Jodi No. 1, with Shahrukh Khan, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham


  • 1995, Star Screen Award Best Actress, Yeh Dillagi
  • 1996, Star Screen Award Best Actress, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge
  • 1999, Star Screen Award Best Actress, Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya
  • 1999, Star Screen Award Best Actress, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
  • 2000, Star Screen Award Best Actress, Hum Aapke Dil Mein Rehte Hain
  • 2000, Star Screen Award Best Supporting Actress, Dil Kya Kare
  • 2007, Star Screen Award Best Actress, Fanaa
  • 2007, Star Screen Award Jodi No. 1, with Aamir Khan, Fanaa

Zee Cine Awards


  • 1998, Zee Cine Award Best Actor in a Negative Role, Gupt: The Hidden Truth
  • 1999, Zee Cine Award Best Actor- Female, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
  • 2002, Zee Cine Special Award for Outstanding Performance- Female, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham
  • 2007, Zee Cine Award Best Actor- Female, Fanaa


  • 1998, Zee Cine Award Best Actor- Female, Dushman
  • 1998, Zee Cine Award Best Actor- Female, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
  • 1998, Zee Cine Award Best Actor- Female, Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya
  • 1999, Zee Cine Award Best Actor- Female, Hum Aapke Dil Mein Rehte Hain
  • 2002, Zee Cine Award Best Actor- Female, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham

Bollywood Movie Awards


  • 1999, Bollywood Movie Awards - Best Actress, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
  • 2002, Bollywood Movie Awards - Best Actress, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham

Sansui Viewer's Choice Awards


  • 1999, Sansui Awards Best Actress, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
  • 2002, Sansui Awards Best Actress, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham

International Indian Film Academy Awards


  • 2002, IIFA Best Actress Award for Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham
  • 2007, IIFA Best Actress Award for Fanna

Stardust Awards


  • 2007, Stardust Star of the Year Award - Female, Fanaa

National Honours

  • 2002, 5th Annual Rajiv Gandhi Award (Excellence in active field)

Other Awards

  • 1995, Bengal Film Journalists' Association Awards, Best Actress (Hindi Movies), Udhaar Ki Zindagi[1]
  • 1996, Giant International Award, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge
  • 1999, Style Awards Most Stylish Heroine
  • 1999, Aashirwad Awards Best Actress, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
  • 2002, Valenciennes International Festival of Action and Adventure Films Best Actress, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham
  • 2006, European Bollywood Awards Best Actress, Fanaa[2]
  • 2007, AIFA Awards Best Performance of 2006 (Editor's Choice), Fanaa
  • 2007, Hawa Productions Awards Best Actress, Fanaa
  • 2007, Hawa Productions Awards Best Jodi Award, with Aamir Khan, Fanaa
  • 2007, Radio Sargam Awards Best Actress, Fanaa
  • 2007, Annual Bollywood People's Choice Awards, Best Actress, Fanaa

Film Background

Touted as one of the best actresses in Bollywood, Kajol, who is of Bengali-Marathi descent, in fact belongs to a family tree with a long respectable history in the Indian cinema. Her mother Tanuja is a renowned award-winning actress, whilst her father Shomu Mukherjee is a film producer. Her late maternal aunt, Nutan, was one of the most acclaimed actresses, and is the record holder for the most (five times) Filmfare Awards for Best Actress. Late maternal grandmother Shobhna Samarth and great grandmother Rattan Bai had both been influential figures in the early stages of Hindi cinema.

Her paternal uncles are film producers; Joy Mukherjee and Deb Mukherjee. paternal grandfather, Kajol'sSashadhar Mukherjee, was a filmmaker. His wife Satirani Devi, Kajol's paternal grandmother, was the sister of three famous film personalities, Ashok Kumar, Anoop Kumar and Kishore Kumar. Kajol's cousins Rani Mukerji, Sharbani Mukherjee and Mohnish Behl are also Bollywood actors. Kajol's younger sister Tanisha Mukherjee has recently started a film career.

Kajol married Bollywood actor Ajay Devgan on February 24, 1999. In April 2003, she gave birth to a daughter named Nysa, which means Goddess of purity.


Year Film Role Other notes
1992 Bekhudi Radhika
1993 Baazigar Priya Chopra
1994 Udhaar Ki Zindagi Sita
Yeh Dillagi Sapna Nominated, Filmfare Best Actress Award
1995 Karan Arjun Sonia Saxena
Taaqat Kavita
Hulchul Sharmili
Gundaraj Ritu
Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge Simran Singh Winner, Filmfare Best Actress Award
1996 Bambai Ka Babu Neha
1997 Gupt: The Hidden Truth Isha Diwan Winner, Filmfare Best Villain Award
Hamesha Rani Sharma/Reshma
Minsaara Kanavu Priya Winner, Filmfare Best Actress Award South
Tamil film
Dubbed into Hindi as Sapnay
Ishq Kajal
1998 Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya Muskaan Thakur
Special appearance
Dushman Sonia/Naina Saigal Nominated, Filmfare Best Actress Award
Pyaar To Hona Hi Tha Sanjana Nominated, Filmfare Best Actress Award
Kuch Kuch Hota Hai Anjali Sharma Winner, Filmfare Best Actress Award
1999 Dil Kya Kare Nandita Rai
Hum Aapke Dil Mein Rehte Hain Megha Nominated, Filmfare Best Actress Award
Hote Hote Pyar Ho Gaya Pinky
2000 Raju Chacha Anna
2001 Kuch Khatti Kuch Meethi Tina/Sweety Khanna Double role
Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham Anjali Sharma Raichand Winner, Filmfare Best Actress Award
2003 Kal Ho Naa Ho
Special appearance in song Maahi Ve
2006 Fanaa Zooni Ali Beg Winner, Filmfare Best Actress Award
Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna
Special appearance in song Rock N Roll Soniye
2007 Om Shanti Om
Special appearance in song Deewangi Deewangi
2008 U, Me Aur Hum Piya Releasing on April 11, 2008

An enigma. That's what she is even after four years in the industry, know-alls still can't figure her out. How do you explain an actress who didn't suffer a nervous breakdown when she had to sit at home for six months with no offers and her first film stalled? She blithely depleted the neighbourhood library, sleeping peacefully when not buried in historical romances.

What's more, she didn't turn maniac depressive even when Bekhudi was written off in the first week. With unconcerned abandon she plunged into Udhar Ki Zindagi with a little heard of producer and a hero who was never heard of again. Even after she landed a surprise superhit — Baazigar — and had top banners lining up for her approval, she picked up films with a careless nonchalance which defied all logic. Top banners and stars were thumbed down for relative newcomers because Kajol believed in following her instincts.

But that didn't explain why she would turn down a Yash Chopra film opposite Shah Rukh Khan because she didn't want to be second best to Madhuri Dixit and then happily play second fiddle to Ajay Devgan in formula films like Hulchul and Goondaraj. And that's not all. Kajol will unselfconsciously walk into an awards function in everyday wear minus her lenses and won't think twice about slipping on her glasses to read out the winner's name — in full view of gawking star-gazers. In a world of non-conformists, Kajol stands out as an unfathomable oddity.

Sensational on screen and distinctly unstarry off it. Cossetted by the sugar daddies and yet uninterested in any calculated moves. Away from the camera, temperamental, and in front of it, tempestuous. Maybe that's why Kajol scores. While the industry analysts continue with their post-mortem of this intriguing actress, her fast-growing fan club quickly lap up her special magic, waiting expectantly for her films even if they may come once in six months or even after a year, something which would well drive another actress right over the edge. Kajol however is delighted she doesn't have to work round-the-clock. "She wants to enjoy life and not get bogged down by 100 films at a time and that I think is a clever career move," applauds Naresh Malhotra, the director of Yeh Dillagi.

There're others like him who'll forgive her what her rivals would call foolish fickleness and an unflinching faith in that kindergarten adage, "All work and no play makes Jack (read Jill) a dull boy (read girl).

However, not everyone will pardon her that disinterested, unglamorous look. Says ace lenser Gautam Rajadhyaksha, Kajol's friend, philosopher and guiding light, "She is totally indifferent to hairstyles and clothes. They just drive her up the wall. She would be most happy if she were allowed to go for days in jeans, a white shirt and a scarf thrown on for colour. She agrees to photosessions because she can't often say no to Mickey and me but has to be bribed with chocolates." He further adds, "I don't think any of these Maharashtrian girls are overly concerned with glamour. Nutan, Smita Patil and Padmini Kolhapure have mainly relied on their talent to make an impact on screen. But I feel stars have a public persona which also has to be addressed and its high time Kajol paid attention to that."

It's a view seconded by another good friend, Karan Johar, who's now directing a film with her and Shah Rukh. "She may not be a conventional good looker but she has a natural beauty which can take her a long way. A little more glamour can do wonders for her career and I've told her that often enough. But Kajol gets so charged up with her role that she completely forgets that make-up is also an essential part of acting. While doing her make-up if someone comes across to tell her the shot is ready, she drops everything and dashes to the sets, her make-up man and hair-dresser chasing after her," Karan confides with an exasperated sigh.

Way back in Baazigar ,she proved that she was an exceptional actress but lost to Shilpa Shetty in the glamour department. While Shilpa who was hurled out of the film just before the interval concentrated wholely and solely on looking good, Kajol who had the spotlight on her all through the second half came out looking dull and drab because she logically presumed that since she was mourning her sister's death, the audience wouldn't expect her to be fitted out in couture stuff and caked in Estelle Lauder. It didn't take her long to realise that such deductions didn't carry much weight in this fantasy world. The audience like their heroine to look glamourous whether they are celebrating or grieving. And when she landed a `model' role in Yeh Dillagi, she made every effort to turn from the girl-next-door to a beauty extraordinaire. However, she frankly admitted that she wouldn't be caught dead wearing some of the Yeh Dillagi dresses in real life.

However, despite her best intentions, Naresh Malhotra remembers how during the making of the film she'd have her make-up man running up and down with her, begging her to let him finish her face. And Kajol would wave him away dismissively with, "Enough, I'm looking nice." With Yeh Dillagi and Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge Kajol worked towards a metamorphosis everyone was advising, a metamorphosis which has transformed her into Rajiv Menon's dream girl. "In the trailers of Sapnay she's bewitching. Rajiv must have really worked hard on her," Malhotra says with a naughty twinkle.

Surprisingly, even in the looks department Kajol has her defenders. While admitting that she's no asmaan se utri hui pari, the writer-director of her Hulchul, Anees Bazmi insists that in her simplicity lies her beauty. "Ajeeb husn hai usme," he breathes in wonder.

Kajol has the Jaya Bhaduri kind of appeal which grows on you and makes it easy for the audience to relate to her, maintains producer Shabnam Kapoor. "She doesn't look like one of those extra-terrestrials who even sleep with their hair coiffured, their faces meticulously made up and their nails manicured," her Hulchul and Goondaraj producer points out.

Mukesh Bhatt is more vocal in his approval. "She's gorgeous!" "She may not have Smita and Shabana's earthy sensuality but she has that extra sparkle in her eyes and a kind of energy she generates on screen which make her incredible."

However despite the spirited defense, one has to admit that Kajol will never be able to carry off a Mamta Kulkarni or Karisma Kapoor kind of role despite her brilliance. She exudes simplicity, not smouldering sensuality and it's obvious her forte is teenage romances and family dramas.

If Kajol scores, it is due to her spontaneity. An overabundance of exuberance which she has obviously inherited from her mother Tanuja. But while Tanuja had the misfortune of arriving on the film scene 8-10 years before her time and in the era of carefully measured angles her spontaneity was looked upon as being "deviant behaviour" compounded by an obvious disinterest which was all too evident on camera, Kajol has arrived at the right time and her spontaneity is gushed over even by a veteran producer like G.P. Sippy. "I haven't seen another actress with her kind of spontaneity before. And if she can retain her style, she's one star who's going to shine the brightest of all," he prophesies.

The spontaneity which entices Sippy today is what endeared her to Rahul Rawail, puppy fat and all. "She had a kind of spark," he confesses."And one look at this spirited child and I knew I'd found my heroine for Bekhudi.

And the result of this spontaneity was a new school of acting. Marked by natural charm and easy grace. A school which doesn't want to follow any rules, doesn't imitate any methods. Ratan Jain, the producer of her first blockbuster Baazigar, agrees that when Kajol is on screen she doesn't seem to be acting. "She's so good she doesn't need to act," he adds.

Perhaps it is because of this special talent that Kajol has so quickly and with so few films shrugged off the tag of "Tanu's lil' daughter" and jumped to the top bracket. A born actress, she didn't need time to cultivate her histrionics. She arrived with her very first film and never felt the need to improve because she consistently came up with brilliant performances irrespective of how her films fared at the box-office. As Shabnam Kapoor puts it, "Kajol hasn't grown because she was magnificent to start with. She didn't need to grow." Kajol has the unique gift of keeping her audience glued to an otherwise drab film and, as Bazmi asserts, "whatever role she plays, her films carry weight".

So is she a good draw at the box-office? "Independently, a heroine has never been a big draw. But Kajol does add to a film's prospects," admits distributor Ramesh Sippy. "Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge wouldn't have been what it is today if it wasn't for her. And what is Sapnay without Kajol? Who wants to see a Prabhudeva or an Aravind Swamy film?"

So why isn't she numero uno yet when the crown is up for grabs? According to her detractors, one reason could be her temperamental streak. "Moody" is an adjective often associated with her. One moment she's warm and vivacious, the next moment Arctic cool, crib many. Friends don't have to ask her, "Where have you been?" because she makes it a point to be in touch. But with strangers Kajol takes a long time to open up. While her colleagues are always ready to give their fans a smile and a scrawl, Kajol can be very stingy with her autographs and photographs. "I can't let anyone and everyone click me," she grumbles. "Hey, they could misuse those pixs." Fact is she is a natural in front of the moving camera but absolutely freezes in front of a still camera. She hates photo-sessions and public relations sessions. She doesn't think they're necessary. If you want to see her, you can always watch her films, right? Not the best approach for a person who's considered "public property". But then Kajol has never aspired to be a star.

Lambe race ki ghodi, one of the best actresses of the country, a perfect all-rounder, are some of the compliments showered on her by the industry. But ask anyone if she's tomorrow's Queen Bee and you won't get a straight "Yes" or "No". What you'll get is, "More than being No. 1 or No. 2, actresses should be remembered and Kajol will go down in history as one of our best actresses." And that is the biggest compliment of all, wouldn't you say?