Kajol Devgan (born 5 August 1974), known mononymously as Kajol, is an Indian film actress who predominantly works in Hindi cinema.
Born into the Mukherjee-Samarth family, she is the daughter of actress Tanuja and late filmmaker Shomu Mukherjee. Through her Bollywood career, Kajol
has established herself as one of the most popular actresses in India. She is the recipient of numerous accolades, including six Filmfare Awards, among
twelve nominations, and along with her late aunt Nutan, holds the record for most Best Actress wins at Filmfare, with five. In 2011, the Government of India
awarded her with the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian honour of the country.
Kajol made her acting debut with the unsuccessful romantic drama Bekhudi (1992), while still in school. She quit her studies to pursue acting, and had her
first commercial successes with the thriller Baazigar (1993). She subsequently rose to prominence by playing the lead female role in several romantic
dramas, including Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge (1995), Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya (1998), Pyaar To Hona Hi Tha (1998), Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998), and
Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham… (2001). Kajol also garnered critical acclaim for playing against type in the 1997 mystery film Gupt: The Hidden Truth and the
1998 psychological thriller Dushman. Following a sabbatical from full-time acting in 2001, Kajol returned to films with the 2006 romantic thriller Fanaa, and
continued working infrequently thereafter, playing leading roles in the dramas U Me Aur Hum (2008), My Name Is Khan (2010), We Are Family (2010), and
the comedy-drama Dilwale (2015). She, thus, established herself as one of India’s most successful actresses.
In addition to acting in films, Kajol is a social activist and is noted for her work with widows and children, for which she received the Karmaveer Puraskaar in
2008. She has featured as a talent judge for Zee TV’s reality show, Rock-N-Roll Family and holds a managerial position at Devgn Entertainment and
Software Ltd. Kajol has been married to actor Ajay Devgan since 1999 with whom she has two children.
Following her marriage, Kajol moved in with Devgn and his parents at the latter’s ancestral house in Juhu. While media members speculated about a lack of
compatibility between her in-laws and her, Kajol clarified that they were “like parents to me” and encouraged her to continue working in films. Tabloids have
often romantically linked Devgn with other Bollywood actresses, and have reported about an imminent divorce. Refuting the rumours, Kajol stated, “I don’t
believe in those rumours because I know the way this industry functions. You cannot continue a marriage without the basic trust. Frankly, I don’t care for
In 2001, Kajol was pregnant with her first child. However, due to an ectopic pregnancy, she suffered from a miscarriage. On 20 April 2003, Kajol gave birth
to a daughter, Nysa. Seven years later, on 13 September 2010, she gave birth to a son, Yug. She described motherhood as “fab” and added that her
kids brought out “the best in her”.
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