Bollywood actress Kajol, who will be seen next in Helicopter Eela is ringing in her 44th birthday on Sunday.After making her acting debut with 'Bekhudi' in 1992, Kajol had her first commercial success with the 1993 thriller 'Baazigar'. She rose to prominence by featuring as the female lead in several top-grossing romantic flicks. From a conservative NRI in 'Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge' to a tomboy in 'Kuch Kuch Hota Hai', the actress has been immensely appreciated for her films.
On the special occasion of Kajol’s birthday, let’s have a look at the some of her best films that showcased her acting skills.
Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
While Kajol was a part of the super hit band wagon, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai went on to become an all-time blockbuster in India and overseas. Starring alongside Shah Rukh Khan and her cousin Rani, Kajol plays an unattractive fun-loving tomboy, who later transforms into a feminine and beautiful girl, and is secretly in love with her best friend, played by Shah Rukh Khan.
Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jaayenge
Words can’t really do justice to the magic of DDLJ. Its iconic, it’s a classic and every Indian girl’s dream! And who thought missing a train could be so romantic? Raj and Simran’s love tale became a rage that made Shah Rukh and Kajol one of the most loved on screen jodis of hindi cinema. DDLJ set the record at its time for the most Filmfare awards won by a single film. Kajol won the award in the Best Actress category.
Who could have thought that your favourite actress can actually turn into a vamp? Well, Kajol proved just that with her movie, Gupt. The movie is a suspense thriller starring Manisha Koirala and Bobby Deol in the lead. This was one of the first movies of its time where an actress plays an unabashed negative role.
Kajol's performance managed to elevate the film's climax and take it to a popcorn-friendly crescendo. We would love to see her get off mainstream cinema and take up a contrasting nail-biting role like this.
Kajol was seen in a double role for the first time in her 1998 release Dushman. The film was a remake of An Eye For An Eye. Kajol and Ashutosh took their performances to dizzy heights. The scene, in which the villain is victimizing one sister whereas the other one is listening to her painful and panicked shrieks on the other side of the telephone, is the best scene in the film. Though her blockbuster film Kuch Kuch Hota Hai was released this same year, the critics praised Kajol’s performance in Dushman equally.
Fanna marked the comeback of Kajol to the silver screen after a gap of 5 years post K3G. And boy was it worth the wait! She essayed the role of a Kashmiri blind girl torn by love and fear of her lover with such finesse that it makes one agree that this kind of complex work is only her cup of tea! It was also the first time we saw Mr. Perfectionist, Aamir Khan and Kajol romancing each other. Their crackling chemistry set the screen ablaze and this tale of tragic love became an instant hit.