>Kajolleft her school St. Josephs convent at Panchgani and started her career at the age of seventeen. Her debut film was 1992’s Bekhudiwhich was a box office failure.In 1993, she shot to fame with her second film, Abbas-Mustan’s thriller Baazigar. The film saw her co-starring alongside Shahrukh Khan, with whom she later went on to make a popular pairing in a number of films, all of which were box office successes.
Her first release in 1994,Udhaar KiZindagiwas a box-office failure, but her performance in the film won the BFJA Best Actress Award. She next starred in her first collaboration with Yash Raj Films, the romantic drama Yeh Dillagi(1994) Her performance as Sapna a strong dreamy girl who leaves her paternal home to make her own life in the big city, earned her a first nomination for Best Actress at the Filmfare Awards.
In 1995 Kajol appeared in the two biggest hits of the year in India. Her first release was Rakesh Roshans Karan Arjun The film, which dealt with reincarnation, became the second-highest grossing film of the year. While her next three releases that year failed commercially, her last release Aditya Chopra’s directorial debut, the romance Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, was not only the biggest hit of that year, but one of Hindi cinema’s most successful films.In 2008, the film entered its twelfth year in Mumbai theaters, grossing over 12 billion rupees overall making it one of the biggest blockbusters in Bollywood.Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge was also a major critical success; it won ten Filmfare Awards, and Kajols performance as a young NRI who falls for Shahrukh Khan’s character was praised, earning her a first Filmfare Award for Best Actress. In 2005,Indiatimes Movies ranked the movie amongst the 25 Must See Bollywood Films,citing it as a trendsetter of sorts In that same years retrospective review by Rediff,Raja Sen stated Aditya Chopra]wisely picked Kajol to play Simran, the real-as-life actress bringing warmth and credulity to the initially prudish and reluctant Simran. Not to mention the on-screen chemistry that has become the stuff of legend.
Kajol had only one release in 1996 Bambai Ka Babu opposite Saif Ali Khan, which was a box office failure In 1997 Kajol starred in Gupt: The Hidden Truth. Co-starring actors Bobby Deol and Manisha Koirala the film was one of the highest grossing films of that year.Apart from that her performance was a significant development for female actors in Bollywood; she was the first female actor to win the Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Negative Role. Her next film release that year was Hameshaa Like Karan Arjun the film dealt with reincarnation, but unlike the latter it failed at the box office. She next starred in her first Tamil film, Minsaara Kanavu. The film won Kajol her only Best Actress award at the Southern Filmfare Awards ceremony Her final release of that year was the romantic-comedy Ishq where she was paired with her then-future husband Ajay Devgan It performed well at the box office.
Kajol had further success in 1998, as she was the main lead starred in three of the years biggest hits. She first starred opposite Salman Khan in the comedy Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya. The film was the fourth highest grossing film of the year. Her next release Dushman alongside Sanjay Dutt did moderately well at the box office. She had a double role in the film, and won her first Star Screen Award for Best Actress for her performance. She next starred opposite Ajay Devgan in the romance Pyaar To Hona Hi Tha, which was the second biggest hit of that year. However, her biggest success that year came with her final release, Karan Johars directorial debut Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, which paired her again with Shahrukh Khan and went on to become the biggest hit of the year in both India and overseas.She played the role of Anjali a young college student who is secretly in love with her closest friend, and many years after breaking contact meets him again after the death of his wife. She won her second Filmfare Best Actress Award for her performance.
Kajols first release in 1999 was the drama film Dil Kya Kare. She played the supporting role of Nandita Rai which was well received. She had a hit with her second release, the family drama Hum Aapke Dil Mein Rehte Hain Starring alongside Anil Kapoor Kajol received another Best Actress nomination at the Filmfare.
She had an unsuccessful year in 2000, as her only release that year Raju Chacha went unnoticed
Kajol had only two films released in 2001. She first played a double role in the drama Kuch Khatti Kuch Meethi which was a commercial failure. However, she reinvented her success in her second venture with Karan Johar Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham which was a major grosser in India and the top-grossing Indian production of all-time in the overseas market until 2006. Kajols role was that of Anjali a young Punjabi woman from Delhi’s market Chandni Chowk who falls for the rich Rahul played by Shahrukh Khan. Her comic-dramatic performance won her several awards including her third Filmfare Best Actress Award and her second Star Screen Award for Best Actress. Critic Taran Adarsh wrote of her performance in the film,Kajol is first-rate in the role of a typical Chandni Chowk lass. Her Punjabi dialect will win her immense praise. The Hindu wrote, Kajol in only her second appearance this year, the first one being in a double role in Kajolsteals the thunder from under very high noses indeed. With her precise timing and subtle lingering expression, she is a delight all the way. This was Kajols last collaboration with Khan until they would be cast again by Johar as a lead pair in early 2010.
Following the success of Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham Kajol took a sabbatical from full-time acting for five years. She gave birth to her daughter Nysa in 2003. She made a successful comeback in 2006 with Kunal Kohlis drama Fanaa one of the highest grossing films of the year Portraying a blind Kashmiri girls who falls in love with a Kashmiri terrorist (played by Aamir Khan) in the film, she won her fourth Filmfare Best Actress Award.
U, Me aur Hum, which released on 11 April 2008, marked her husband Ajay Devgans directorial debut. For her performance as an Alzheimer’s patient in the film, she received her tenth Filmfare Best Actress Award nomination. Raja Sen wrote in his review Kajol can span through happy-breezy with her eyes closed, and so the first half doesn’t even pose her a challenge, but when Alzheimer’s strikes Piya and she begins to forget all that matters in her life Kajol raises the bar strikingly high.
Kajol was recently seen alongside Shahrukh Khan in Karan Johars drama My Name Is Khan, which is based on a true story, against the backdrop of perceptions on Islam post 11 September. Filming commenced in December 2008 in Los Angeles and ended in October 2009. Upon its release in February 2010, the film received mainly positive reviews from critics and became the highest-grossing Bollywood film of all time in the overseas market. Kajols portrayal of Mandira a divorced single mother who marries a Muslim autistic man was praised by critics, with Rajeev Masand writing, “Bringing emotional depth to what is essentially Rizwans story, Kajol is immensely likeable as Mandira using her eyes to convey volumes, topping the performance off with a powerful breakdown scene that literally puts her through the wringer.Kajol won her fifth Best Actress award at the Filmfare a record which she shares with her late aunt, actress Nutan
She next starred alongside Kareena Kapoor and Arjun Rampal in We Are Family, an Indian adaptation of the Hollywood movie Stepmom (1998) Directed by Siddharth Malhotra Hindustan Times critic Mayank Shekhar stated, The premise is stuff dry tissues are made for. Yet, the pathos here is produced not from moments, but from performances alone: a stunning Kajols in particular. She appears superior to Susan Sarandon I suspect.Her next film, Toonpur Ka Superhero, a live-action/animated film, was released in December 2010.
In 2005, she appeared on the TV show Kaun Banega Crorepati hosted by Amitabh Bachchan. She was paired with her husband Ajay Devgan. They won 1 crore (10 million) rupees and donated this to a cancer hospital in Chennai. She has also appeared on Indian Idol, seasons one and two, as a guest judge.
She appeared on Karan Johars talk show Koffee with Karan with Shahrukh Khan on the first episode. She also appeared on the last episode of the Season 1 together with Shahrukh Khan and Amitabh Bachchan. Back again with Season 2 of Koffee with Karan, Karan’s first episode started with Kuch Kuch Hota Hai reunion. After almost a decade since his directorial debut Karan invited her along with Shahrukh and Rani Mukerji.
She modeled and walked the ramp for Manish Malhotras fashion display Fashion Week 2006, titled Freedom, along with actress Preity Zinta.
In 2006, 4 miniature dolls under the name Bollywood legends were introduced. Besides Priyanka Chopra, Hrithik Roshan and Shahrukh Khan, she is one of the dolls.
In 2008, her husband Ajay Devgan and her mother Tanuja were jury members in the TV show RocrnRoll Family.
She appeared with Shahrukh Khan in the special anniversary issue of the Indian Vogue in October 2009