New Delhi, Aug 5: Tanuja’s talented daughter and actress Kajol turns 43 years old. The feisty actress has always worked on her own terms, never tried being a size zero or a fashionable diva, the actress even sported an unibrow on the big screen for the longest time.
25 years into acting and still Kajol continues to be known as the talented actress fans can’t get enough of. She debuted in 1992 film Bekhudi opposite Kamal Sadanah, but her most popular pairing has been with Shah Rukh Khan.
During the 90s, she was the reigning queen of the film industry thanks to her superb performances in movies like Gupt, Dushman, Pyaar Toh Hona Hi Tha, Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge to name a few, before tying the knot with Ajay Devgn in 1999. Most of her hits are with Bollywood’s King of Romance, Shah Rukh Khan. Together they have created magic on screen with their palpable chemistry. As the actress turns a year older today (August 5), we bring to you a list of five of her best movies, that prove why she is considered one of the most versatile actresses of her generation.
Holding a record of the maximum number of wins in the Filmfare Best Actress category, five to be precise, Kajol has won 6 Filmfare awards in her career so far and has also been awarded the title of Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian honour of the country.
Happy being Mrs Ajay Devgn and mother of Nysa and Yug, the actress is rarely seen on the big screen. After pairing opposite SRK in Rohit Shetty’s 2015 film the actress will be seen in Dhanush’s Tamil film VIP 2 this year.
While her fans are eagerly waiting for her next film, where she plays another author backed role, here’s looking at 10 of Kajol’s most memorable movies that have all made her the star that she is:
This was the first time when Shah Rukh and Kajol shared the screen space. If Shah Rukh as a murderer made a strong impact in the industry, Kajol as a sister taking revenge for the murder of her own sister (Shilpa Shetty) appeared just about right to the audience. And who can forget her dancing to Baazigar O Baazigar in her pink, satin outfit?
Certainly one of her best performances, Dushman had Kajol in a double role, playing twin sisters. When one of the sisters is brutally raped and murdered, the other decides to take revenge from the rapist. To say that Kajol was excellent in both the roles would be an understatement. She perfectly depicted, first the contrast between the two sisters, and then the vulnerability and angst of the second sister.
Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge
This was a turning point in Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol’s life which instantly made them favourites among the audiences. DDLJ portrayed Kajol as Simran, a character who represented the set of girls who were born and brought up in an orthodox family. If not for Raj & Simran, we probably wouldn’t even know what it’s like to fall in love. DDLJ is also the film that won Kajol her first Filmfare Best Actress Award.
Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
One of the biggest films of Kajol’s career, Karan Johar’s directorial debut had her paired yet again with SRK. When Shah Rukh says ‘Pyaar dosti hai’, while it seemed a bit unbelievable, Kajol as Anjali proved that it’s true. One can find their life partners in their best friends.
Pyaar To Hona Hi Tha
A remake of French Kiss, this film brought out Kajol’s excellent comic timing, as she scored yet another superhit to her credit. The film had her joining hands with a stranger, who’s unknown to her is trying to steal a piece of jewellery using her bag, to make her boyfriend jealous. She shared a wonderful chemistry with Ajay Devgn in the movie.
Kabhie Khushi Kabhie Gham
This fim saw the Karan Johar-SRK-Kajol trio back with a bang as the film was an instant blockbuster. The family drama had Kajol playing an irreverent girl from humble beginnings falling in love with a millionaire’s son, that divides an entire family. She won her third Filmfare Best Actress award for this one.
Making her comeback after 5 years, Kajol played a blind girl in Fanaa who falls in love with a tourist guide who’s actually an undercover terrorist. The film also saw her romantically paired opposite Aamir Khan for the first time. The film was a major success and fetched Kajol another Best Actress award.
My Name is Khan
Yet another extremely brave movie, ‘My Name is Khan’ touched upon the discrimination faced by US-based Muslims post the ‘9/11’ terror attacks. Reuniting the much loved Shah Rukh-Kajol pair, it managed to floor critics and audiences alike, helping the actress take home the coveted ‘Black Lady’ (Filmfare Award) yet again.
Gupt: The Hidden Truth
This film is certainly one of the better whodunits to have come out of Bollywood. And Kajol’s shocking revelation as the killer was what totally owned the movie. Such was her impact as the negative lead that everyone came out of the film shell-shocked. Needless to say, she even won the Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Negative Role.
Her first major hit with then-boyfriend, now-husband Ajay Devgn, this multi-starrer had Kajol as the film’s emotional core. From slapstick comedy in the first half to melodramatic in the second, the film changes gears swiftly and Kajol aces both these turns like how!
WeForNews Wishes Bollywood’s favourite Simran and the heartbeat of a million fans a very Happy Birthday!