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Kajol Devgan, born August 5, 1975 in Mumbai, India) popularly known as Kajol, is a popular Bollywood actress.

Background

Kajol comes from a Bengali family with a long history in Indian cinema. Her mother Tanuja was an actress; Her father is Shomu Mukherjee; her cousins Rani Mukerji, Sharbani Mukherjee and Mohnish Behl are also part of the industry. Her aunt Nutan, grandmother Shobhna Samarth and great grandmother Rattan Bai have all been influential figures in the Bollywood film industry. Her younger sister Tanisha recently started a film career. Kajol is married to actor Ajay Devgan. Her uncles are Joy Mukherjee and Deb Mukherjee. (See Mukherjee-Samarth family)

Kajol's paternal grandfather Sashadhar Mukherjee was a film director and producer who had left a great achievement in the Bombay film industry. His wife Satirani Devi, Kajol's grandmother was the sister of three great film personality Ashok Kumar, Anoop Kumar and Kishore Kumar. Kajol is of Bengali-Marathi descent.

Career

She left school and started her career at the age of sixteen. Her debut film was Bekhudi in 1992.

By industry standard, Kajol has not appeared in many movies since her debut. From 1992 to 2006, she had acted in only twenty-six movies and had her share of flops, however some of her movies are some of Bollywood's most successful movies.

After the successful Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham in 2001, for which she bagged several Best Actress Awards, she took a break from acting for five years. During which time, she gave birth to her daughter Nysa. She only re-appeared on the screen for merely seconds in a special appearance in the movie Kal Ho Naa Ho in 2003. However, she made a comeback in the film Fanaa which released in May 2006, with a critically acclaimed performance.

Kajol is known for her screen chemistry with Shahrukh Khan. In fact, all five movies which starred them as a lead couple have become successful: Baazigar (1993), Karan Arjun (1994), Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995), Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998) and Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (2001).

She is the first female actor to win the Filmfare Best Villain Award, for her performance in Gupt: The Hidden Truth (1997). She is also the first actor to receive the same award for the same film from the Zee Cine Awards in 1998.

She has also 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. Also, she has appeared on Indian Idol, seasons one and two, as a guest judge.

Personal life

Kajol married actor Ajay Devgan on February 24, 1999. She is the mother of a baby girl, Nysa, who was born in April 2003.

Awards

1996, Filmfare Best Actress Award, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge
1997, Filmfare Best Actress Award South, Minsaara Kanavu
1998, Filmfare Best Villain Award, Gupt: The Hidden Truth
1998, Zee Cine Award Best Actor in a Negative Role, Gupt: The Hidden Truth
1998, Star Screen Award Best Actress, Dushman
1999, Filmfare Best Actress Award, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
1999, Zee Cine Award Best Actor- Female, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
1999, Aashirwad Awards Best Actress Award, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
1999, Bollywood Awards Best Actress Award, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
1999, Sansui Viewers' Choice Awards Best Actress Award, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
2002, 5th Annual Rajiv Gandhi Award, Excellence in active field
2002, Star Screen Award Jodi No. 1, with co-star Shahrukh Khan for the film Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham
2002, Filmfare Best Actress Award, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham
2002, Star Screen Award Best Actress, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham
2002, Zee Cine Special Award for Outstanding Performance- Female, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham
2002, Valenciennes International Festival of Action and Adventure Films, Best Actress, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham

Filmography

2006 Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna Special appearance in song Rock N Roll Soniye
2006 Fanaa Zooni Ali Begum
2003 Kal Ho Naa Ho Special appearance in song Maahi Ve
2001 Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham Anjali Sharma Raichand Won, Filmfare Best Actress Award
2001 Kuch Khatti Kuch Meethi Tina/Sweety Khanna
2000 Raju Chacha Anna
1999 Hote Hote Pyar Hogaya Pinky
1999 Hum Aapke Dil Mein Rehte Megha Nominated, Filmfare Best Actress Award
1999 Dil Kya Kare Nandita Rai
1998 Kuch Kuch Hota Hai Anjali Sharma Won, Filmfare Best Actress Award
1998 Dushman Sonia/Naina Saigal Nomination, Filmfare Best Actress Award
1998 Duplicate Girl at train station Guest appearance
1998 Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya Muskaan Thakur Nomination, Filmfare Best Actress Award
1998 Pyaar To Hona Hi Tha Sanjana
1997 Ishq Kajal
1997 Minsaara Kanavu Priya Tamil film (Sapnay is the Hindi version)
Won, Filmfare Best Actress Award South
1997 Gupt: The Hidden Truth Isha Diwan Won, Filmfare Best Villain Award
1997 Hamesha Rani Sharma/Reshma
1996 Bambai Ka Babu Neha
1995 Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge Simran Singh Won, Filmfare Best Actress Award
1995 Gundaraj Ritu
1995 Taaqat Kavita
1995 Hulchul Sharmili
1995 Karan Arjun Sonia Saxena
1994 Yeh Dillagi Sapna Nominated, Filmfare Best Actress Award
1994 Udhaar Ki Zindagi Sita
1993 Baazigar Priya Chopra
1992 Bekhudi Radhika

Television appearances

The Manish Malhotra Show, 2006.
Kaun Banega Crorepati, 2005.
Koffee with Karan, 2004-2005 (appeared November 19, 2004 and May 27, 2005 in Episode#1.1 and Episode#1.24.
Indian Idol, Season 1 and Season 2, Guest Judge for both seasons' Finals.


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