Birth date: 5th August
Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge
"It was in the genes, and it was predestined. The
daughter of actors Shomu Mukherjee and Tanuja, the niece of unsullied
beauty, Nutan, and the grand-daughter of Shobhna Samarth, Kajol took
charge of her territory in the first few years of stardom; it was almost
like she had swallowed the secret gems of success right in the womb.
‘Bazigaar’ in 1993, followed by ‘Yeh Dillagi’ in 1994 established that
Kajol had inherited nothing but the best from her illustrious filmi
But, of course, what catapulted Kajol into the top
rung was ‘Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge’ in 1995, with Badshaah Khan –
Shah Rukh. With her self-effacing, endearing, and lifelike performance,
Kajol tiptoed into the hearts of millions of Indian fans.
At a time when most actresses in her league would evade any unconventional or negative role, Kajol made an unwavering move to tread onto the road less traveled. Her resplendent portrayal of a dark character in ‘Gupt’ made other actresses revise their own benchmarks. Then, again, her twin-role in ‘Dushman’ gave the audiences hair-rising entertainment.
Spontaneity and versatility are two virtues that have set apart Kajol from the rest of her kin. She could dissolve herself into the character of Simran in ‘Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge’, draped in chiffons, silks and saris, with as much dexterity she could transform in to the tom-boy Anjali in ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’, sporting sneakers, track-pants, caps and a short-crop hair-cut. Her stellar performance in ‘KKHH’ is indeed one of her best she has delivered so far."
Kajol was my second sweetheart in Bollywood films. She has yet to appear in a bad movie (that I've seen, anyway). I first saw her in Gupt, and she's constantly impressed me ever since. Her range is incredible - from psychotic to traumatized, from sheltered student to streetwise tomboy, she's believable in every role. As mentioned in the quote from India Times, DDLJ is one of the most entertaining Bollywood films I've ever seen. If you only see one movie of Kajol's, I'd make it that one.