Kajol Mukherjee, also known by her married name Kajol Devgan, is an Indian film actress, who predominantly works in Hindi cinema. Born in Mumbai to the Mukherjee-Samarth family, she is the daughter of actress Tanuja Samarth and late filmmaker Shomu Mukherjee. Kajol is one of India’s most successful and highest-paid actresses.
Details of Kajol
|Born:||5 August 1974|
|Place:||Mumbai, Maharashtra, India|
|Children:||2, a son (Yug) and a daughter (Nysa)|
|Awards:||Padma Shri (2011)|
Kajol Carrier and Personal Life
Kajol studied at the St Joseph Convent boarding school in Panchgani. Apart from her studies, she participated in extra-curricular activities, such as dancing. It was in school that she began to form an active interest in reading fiction, as it helped her “through the bad moments” in her life. At the age of sixteen, she began work on Rahul Rawail’s film Bekhudi, which according to her was a “big dose of luck”. She initially intended to return to school after shooting for the film during her summer vacations. However, she eventually dropped out of school to pursue a full-time career in film. On not completing her education, she quoted, “I don’t think I am any less well-rounded because I didn’t complete school”.
|Udhaar Ki Zindagi, Yeh Dillagi||1994|
|Karan Arjun, Taaqat, Hulchul, Gundaraj, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge||1995|
|Bambai Ka Babu||1996|
|Gupt: The Hidden Truth, Hameshaa, Minsara Kanavu, Ishq||1997|
|Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya, Duplicate, Dushman, Pyaar To Hona Hi Tha, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai||1998|
|Dil Kya Kare, Hum Aapke Dil Mein Rehte Hain, Hote Hote Pyar Ho Gaya||1999|
|Kuch Khatti Kuch Meethi, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham||2001|
|Fanaa, Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna||2006|
|U Me Aur Hum||2008|
|My Name Is Khan, We Are Family||2010|
kajol Stage performance and television
In 2008, Kajol featured as a talent judge, alongside her husband, Ajay Devgn and mother, Tanuja, in Zee TV’s family reality show, Rock-N-Roll Family. She described her experience of working in television by saying, “Working on television is much, much tougher than films. But television has a great connect with a live audience which is a refreshing change for us actors”.
Kajol began dating fellow actor, Ajay Devgn, in 1994, while filming for Gundaraj. Members of the media, however, labelled them as an “unlikely pair” due to their contrasting personalities. Devgn explained their relationship by saying, “We never resorted to the usual ‘I Love you’ routine. A proposal never happened. We grew with each other. Marriage was never discussed, but it was always imminent”. They subsequently got married on 24 February 1999 in a traditional Maharashtrian style ceremony at the Devgan house.
Kajol with her husband Ajay Devgan
kajol Social Work
1. Kajol has been actively involved in several philanthropic endeavours related to women and children. According to her, “every child deserves education”, as “education is the basis of society”. In 2008, she was awarded with the Karmaveer Puraskaar, for her contribution in the field of social service.
2. Kajol is involved with Shiksha, an NGO that works in the field of children’s education. In 2009, she launched the Shiksha 2009 campaign, to support the cause.
3. In 2011, Kajol participated in a fashion show organised by the Cancer Patients Aid Association, to generate funds for the organisation.In 2012, Kajol was appointed as the brand ambassador of Pratham, a charity organisation for children. In April, she featured in a short film about education and literacy, with the children of Hanuman Basti Primary School in Mumbai, for the organisation.