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Happy Birthday Kajol: Looking Back at Some of Her Most Memorable Performances

As Kajol turns a year older, we get you some of her most unforgettable performances.


Updated:August 5, 2017, 3:39 PM IST
Even though more than two decades have passed since Kajol made her Bollywood debut with Bekhudi, the mania surrounding her just refuses to fade away. During her highly successful career, she has won over a legion of sincere and loving fans thanks to her confident screen presence, charismatic personality and above all unparalleled acting abilities.

Today, as Kajol turns a year older, here is a look at some performances which prove the Bollywood’s resident Dulhania is indeed one of Indian cinema’s greatest performers.

Yeh Dillagi: Touted as a romantic-comedy, Yeh Dillagi boasted of a hilarious storyline and captivating screenplay. Working alongside Akshay Kumar and Saif Ali Khan, Kajol delivered a mesmerising performance bagging a Filmfare nomination. Interestingly, Yeh Dillagi was a runaway hit at the box office. Moreover, it also featured some memorable songs.

Dilwale Dulhaniia Le Jayenge: Best remembered for the crackling chemistry between the ‘golden pair of Hindi cinema’ Kajol and Shah Rukh Khan, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge is regarded as the actress’ passport to superstardom. Touted as a romantic-drama, the film proved to be a huge commercial and critical success, helping Kajol win a Filmfare award.

Gupt: Captivating and compelling is perhaps the only way to describe this Rajiv Rai-directed thriller. Released in 1999, Gupt featured Kajol in a negative role, giving her a perfect opportunity to showcase her acting prowess to the fullest. Boasting of some extremely catchy songs, the film set the box office on fire, receiving rave reviews along the way. Needless to say, Kajol handled her role with tremendous maturity and delivered an awe-inspiring performance.

Fanaa: Directed by Kunal Kohli, Fanaa created quite a stir in the industry courtesy its bold storyline which dealt with the sensitive topic of terrorism. Essaying the role of a blind woman who falls in love with a Kashmiri insurgent, Kajol shared a crackling rapport with ‘Mr Perfectionist’ Aamir Khan and floored movie buffs with her gripping performance.

My Name is Khan: Yet another extremely brave movie, My Name is Khan touched upon the discrimination faced by US-based Muslims post the 9/11 terror attacks. Reuniting the much loved Shah Rukh-Kajol pair, it managed to floor critics and audiences alike, helping the actress take home the coveted ‘Black Lady’ yet again.

Kuch Kuch Hota Hai: A shining example of engaging storytelling, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai marked the directorial debut of Karan Johar. Touted as a romantic-comedy, the film, just like DDLJ, saw Kajol paired opposite King Khan. A critical and commercial success, it still enjoys numerous re-runs on TV. Interestingly, the posters of Boman Irani’s 2012 release ‘Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi were inspired by situations from Kuch Kuch Hota Hai.

Dushman: An attempted remake of An Eye for An Eye’, Dushman is regarded as Kajol’s most challenging role till date. Featuring the actress in a double role, it floored critics and audiences alike courtesy a bone-chilling climax in which Kajol pulled off some action scenes.
| Edited by: Kriti Tulsiani
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