An unconventional beauty who broke the standards of vanity and emerged as a superstar in the ‘90s, Kajol is an actor who has redefined movies with her defiance. She started out in 1992 with Bekhudi and did not take long to make a place for herself in the industry soon after. From girl-next-door characters, to villainous twists in her tale and iconising several roles she played on the big screen, Kajol was a force to reckon with twenty years ago and she continues to hold a similar grip on the audiences even today.
As the actress turns 45 today, we take a look at her long career that has given us roles and dialogus that still hold relevance today. Her gimmicky Anjali or naïve Simran will forever stay in the hearts of movie buffs as some of the most iconic characters of Hindi cinema. Take a look at 7 roles Kajol owned in her successful career.
Priya from Baazigar
A film that changed Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol’s career, Baazigar was the first time Kajol blew people’s mind with her acting. Playing the innocent young girl who falls suspicious after her sister’s sudden death, Kajol complemented Shah Rukh Khan’s charm and owned the film with her acting. An obvious feather to her soon-to-be-full hat.
Simran from Dilwali Dulhania Le Jayenge
You don’t need description of how big this character is for Hindi cinema. DDLJ is one of the biggest romantic films ever made in Bollywood and Simran’s character and her nuances still hold the same relevance they did years ago. Playing in Maratha Mandir for over 25 years now, we are out of count of the number of times, “Jaa Simran jaa, jile apni zindagi,” is used regularly even today and the credit for the role goes to Senorita Kajol.
Isha from Gupt
If you haven’t seen this film, you have missed Kajol at her best. She’s not the good girl she was in her film before; she’s the bad guy now. Playing a negative role for the first time, Kajol aced the portrayal of the obsessive and murderous Isha. The film plays out such that you might dislike her character, but you can’t help but love the actor Kajol is.
Anjali from Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
A short bob, thick hairbands, atheleisure and a best friend, Kajol made every girl want to be Anjali. If India had Hindi Cinema conventional, we can bet most girls would dress us as Anjali in her white suit and bandhini dupatta. Kajol channelled all her boisterous energy into Anjali in the first half and then transformed into the feminine grown up version in the second. We couldn’t help but be convinced by her portrayal of Anjali in KKHH.
Anjali in Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham
What looks like an extension of Anjali from KKHH, Kajol’s character, also named Anjali in K3G is famous for her quirky behaviour and extremely funny dialogues. “Bade mazaki hai,” “Rahul, take a chill pill,” and many more, Kajol has a list of dialogues that are still used by women today.
Zooni in Fanaa
Kajol came back to the silver screen after a break with Fanaa. She played a blind girl in the film who falls in love with a terrorist but isn’t aware of it. The nitty-gritties of a character like this are hard to get but Kajol was so convincing that this sure marks for one of her best roles ever.
Mandira in My Name is Khan
The film holds a very special place in many people’s hearts. Kajol’s character Mandira is the support sister that Rizwan needs to fulfil his wish to meet the President. Going from an ordinary hairdresser to a mother who lost her child and wants justice, Kajol’s character arc in the film is deep and strong. Mandira has to be her most hard hitting roles ever.