As you turn the page
of your diary from July to the glorious month of August, our calendar reverts
back; rapidly flipping pages to another August forty years ago, where a
talented actress of Bollywood, Kajol Mukherjee Devgn, celebrated her first
birthday. From the baby steps of growth to the giant leaps of success, we at
BollyCurry will cast a light on the cine journey of this amazing actress
through our latest edition of Stars: Then and Now.
Hailing from a long
line of actresses, Kajol kept the legacy alive by stepping onto the silver
screen at a tender age of
seventeen with Rahul Rawail's film Bekhudi
Though the movie was a commercial failure, Kajol's talent as an actress was
recognised and soon she was offered the lead role in the film Baazigar
The movie ended up being her first stepping stone to success in the world of
Kajol was then nominated
for the Filmfare Best Actress Award for Yeh Dillagi (1994). But it was the award breaking Dilwale
Dulhania Le Jeyenge (1995) that not only went on to be the
highest grosser and longest running film in the Indian cinema's history but
also earned Kajol her first Filmfare Best Actor Award.
Taking a bold step on
an unthreaded path, Kajol played the role of an antagonist in Gupt (1997)
and once again, the actress proved her mettle by earning a Filmfare Award for
the portrayal of a villainous character. The year 1998 saw her in a lead role
of three successive hit films Pyaar To Hona Hi Tha, Pyaar Kiya To Darna
Kya and Dushman. Her biggest success was Karan Johar's
directorial debut, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998) which emerged as
a blockbuster worldwide. Thereafter, Kajol has starred in numerous movies
including Dil Kya Kare (1999),
Hum Aapke Dil Mein Rehte Hain (1999), Raju Chacha (2000), Kabhi
Khushi Kabhie Gham (2001), Fanaa (2006), My Name Is Khan (2010) and
cameos in various other movies.
The beautiful actress
is married to actor Ajay Devgn and she is the mother of two children, Nysa and
Yug. Kajol has devoted a great amount of time to her children's upbringing and
her family life. During this period of being an ideal wife and mother, Kajol
has taken various social works under her wing. These include Shiksha, an NGO that encourages children's
education, The Loomba Trust, an organization
that supports widows and their children, Cancer
Patients Aid Association and Pratham,
a charity organization for children.
Over the years, her
hard work and dedication outside and inside of the industry were acknowledged and
thus, she was awarded with the Karamveer Puraskaar Award in 2008 and the Padmi
Shri Award in 2011 for her contribution respectively.
Creating the perfect
balance between her career, personal and family life, Kajol embodies everything
a woman ought to be. She is all set to make her fans swoon once again by teaming
up with her all time favourite co-star, Shah Rukh Khan for Rohit Shetty's Dilwale. The movie is slated to be
released on December 18th, 2015.
From a spunky
tomboy with a bouncy bob in Kuch
Kuch Hota Hai to the serene blind beauty in Fanaa, Kajol has proved
her determination over and over again in her all her films. She has not only
set a benchmark with her fabulous acting but also walked on unpaved paths and
left a trail. We at BollyCurry wish her all the success and hope that she
continues stealing breaths and hearts in the years to come.
Writer: Aditi P.
Editors: Shikha A. and Mohini N.
Graphics: Shikha A.
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