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Kajol at the promotion of VIP 2 in 2017
Born Kajol Mukherjee
(1974-08-05) 5 August 1974 (age 43)
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Occupation Actress
Years active 1992–present
Spouse(s) Ajay Devgan (m. 1999)
Children 2
Parent(s) Shomu Mukherji
Tanuja Samarth
Family Mukherjee-Samarth family
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Kajol (born Kajol Mukherjee; 5 August 1974), 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. One of India's most successful and highest paid actresses in the 90s, Kajol is the recipient of numerous accolades, including six Filmfare Awards, among twelve nominations. Along with her late aunt Nutan, she 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.

After making her acting debut in the 1992 romance Bekhudi, with her mother, Kajol had her first commercial success with the 1993 thriller Baazigar. She rose to prominence by featuring as the female lead in five of India's annually top-grossing romances— Yeh Dillagi (1994), Ishq (1997), Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya (1998), Pyaar To Hona Hi Tha (1998) and Hum Aapke Dil Mein Rehte Hain (1999)—and received wide critical recognition for playing against type in the 1997 mystery film Gupt: The Hidden Truth, that earned her a Filmfare Award for Best Villain, and the 1998 psychological thriller Dushman. Her acclaimed portrayal of a conservative NRI in the blockbuster romance Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995), a tomboy in the blockbuster romance Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998), a lower middle class Punjabi woman in the blockbuster melodrama Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham... (2001), a blind Kashmiri woman in the romantic thriller Fanaa (2006) and a divorced, single mother in the drama My Name Is Khan (2010) garnered her five Filmfare Awards for Best Actress. Following a five-year sabbatical from full-time acting in 2001, Kajol received praise for portraying the lead female roles in the dramas U Me Aur Hum (2008) and We Are Family (2010), and the comedy Dilwale (2015).

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.

Early life and background

Kajol with her mother Tanuja (center) and sister Tanishaa (right)

Kajol was born in Mumbai to the Mukherjee-Samarth film family of Bengali- Marathi descent. Her mother, Tanuja, is an actress, while her father Shomu Mukherjee was a film director and producer. [1] Shomu died in 2008 after suffering cardiac arrest. [2] Kajol's younger sister, Tanishaa Mukherjee is also an actress. Her maternal aunt was actress Nutan and her maternal grandmother, Shobhna Samarth, and great grandmother, Rattan Bai, were both involved in Hindi cinema. Her paternal uncles, Joy Mukherjee and Deb Mukherjee, are film producers, while her paternal and maternal grandfathers, Sashadhar Mukherjee and Kumarsen Samarth, were filmmakers. Kajol's cousins Rani Mukerji, Sharbani Mukherjee and Mohnish Behl are also Bollywood actors; whereas another cousin of hers, Ayan Mukerji is a director. [3] [4] [5]

Kajol describes herself as being "extremely mischievous" as a child. She added that she was very stubborn and impulsive from a very young age. [6] Her parents separated when she was young; but according to Tanuja, Kajol was not affected by the split as "we never argued in front of [her]". [7] In the absence of her mother, Kajol was looked after by her maternal grandmother, who "never let me feel that my mother was away and working". [8] According to Kajol, her mother inculcated a sense of independence in her at a very young age. Growing up between two separate cultures, she inherited her " Maharashtrian pragmatism" from her mother and her "Bengali temperament" from her father. [8]

Kajol studied at the St Joseph Convent boarding school in Panchgani. Apart from her studies, she participated in extra-curricular activities, such as dancing. [9] 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. [10] 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". [8]

Other Languages
العربية: كاجول
azərbaycanca: Kacol
تۆرکجه: کاجول
भोजपुरी: काजोल
български: Каджол
català: Kajol
Deutsch: Kajol
español: Kajol
Esperanto: Kajol
فارسی: کاجول
français: Kajol
ગુજરાતી: કાજોલ
한국어: 카졸
Հայերեն: Կաջոլ
Bahasa Indonesia: Kajol
italiano: Kajol
עברית: קאג'ול
Basa Jawa: Kajol Devgan
ಕನ್ನಡ: ಕಾಜೊಲ್
Kurdî: Kajol
lietuvių: Kajol
मैथिली: काजोल
മലയാളം: കാജോൾ
मराठी: काजोल
მარგალური: კაჯოლი
Bahasa Melayu: Kajol
Baso Minangkabau: Kajol
Nederlands: Kajol
नेपाली: काजोल
日本語: カジョール
ਪੰਜਾਬੀ: ਕਾਜੋਲ
پنجابی: کاجول
پښتو: کاجول
polski: Kajol
русский: Каджол
Scots: Kajol
shqip: Kajol
Simple English: Kajol
کوردی: کاجۆل
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Kajol
suomi: Kajol
svenska: Kajol
தமிழ்: கஜோல்
తెలుగు: కాజోల్
Türkçe: Kajol
українська: Каджол
vepsän kel’: Kadžol
Tiếng Việt: Kajol
吴语: 卡哟儿
粵語: 卡祖兒
डोटेली: काजोल