Address: C Block, 1st Floor, Gandhi Gram Road, Juhu, Mumbai 400 049
Date of Birth: August 5, 1975
Debut Film: Bekhudi-1992
Kajol stepped into filmdom with Rahul Rawaail as her director and Kamal Sadaana as her co-star in a film titled Bekhudi. The film flopped but Kajol’s draw continued to rise. Yeh Dillagi established her credentials as an actress. Her performance in the film made people sit up and notice the spontaneity and confidence she oozed.
She married Ajay Devgan, her boyfriend of several years. Following the quiet wedding, Kajol has had just two releases. The first was a non-starter called ‘Hote Hote Pyaar Ho Gaya’.
Her fabulous performance in the small-budget family drama, ‘Udhaar Ki Zindagi’ (1994) for which she received rave reviews. The same year she had two hits _ ‘Karan Arjun’, which really wasted her talent, and ‘Yeh Dillagi’ where she displayed her full range of expressions in a breezy love-triangle along with Akshay Kumar and Saif Ali Khan.w
She was then paired with hubby-to-be, Ajay Devgan, in the action thrillers ‘Gundaraj’ and ‘Hulchul’ (1995) and in Indra Kumar’s romantic comedy, ‘Ishq’ (1997). Later, the gutsy actress changed tracks to take the daring decision of playing the villain in Rajiv Rai’s murder mystery ‘Gupt’ (1997). Fortunately for her, the gamble paid off and the film was a huge commercial success.
‘Pyaar To Houna Hi Tha’ had her romancing Devgan on screen, a spectacle movie goers were eager to lap up just then. But the biggest blockbuster of the year happened towards the end with Karan Johar’s ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’. Kajol played the tomboyish Anjali of the first half with as much ease as she slipped into lace blouses, trendy sarees and a demure look in the second.
No wonder then that Kajol is rated as, perhaps, the pick of her generation of leading ladies. What with her ability to lend credibility to all manner of roles. Hopefully, there are many more to come…