12 lesser known facts about the bubbly and versatile actress Kajol
Kajol is born to actress Tanuja and film director Shomu Mukherjee. She is a granddaughter of Shobhna Samarth and great granddaughter of Rattan Bai. Her sister Tanisha Mukherjee is also an actress. She is the niece of legendary actress, Nutan. Monish Bahl, Rani Mukerji and Ayan Mukerji are her cousins. Now she is the wife of actor Ajay Devgn.
Kajol made her acting debut with 'Bekhudi' (1992) while still in school. The actress was only 16 then.
Tamil movie 'Minsaara Kannavu'
Kajol did a Tamil film 'Minsaara Kannavu' opposite Prabhu Deva and Arvind Swamy. However, the actress found it really difficult to dance along with Prabhu Deva.
Kajol 'Bollywood Legends'
Kajol was one of the four Bollywood stars, alongside Priyanka Chopra, Hrithik Roshan and Shahrukh Khan, whose miniature dolls was launched as 'Bollywood Legends' in Harrods Knightsbridge, London.
Kajol studied at the St Joseph Convent boarding school in Panchgani, where she was appointed as the head girl. During her school days, the actress began to form an active interest in reading fiction, as it helped her "through the bad moments" in her life.
The actress considers her role in ‘Gupt’ as the toughest role till date as she had to play a mean character. She also became the first actress to win a Filmfare for a negative role.
Kajol & Karan Johar's friendship
Kajol and Karan Johar are BFFs. Karan considered her as his lucky mascot. If Kajol did not act in his films, she appeared in cameo roles.
Marrying Ajay Devgn
Kajol tied the knot with co-star Ajay Devgn in 1999. For her marriage, the actress give all credits to an over-active professional front. She said, “I was doing four to five films a year. I didn’t want to do only that and to only live like that. That wasn’t what I had set out for. So I assumed that I would get married and do one film a year. I’ll be happier and be more settled."
Suffered a miscarriage
According to the reports, Kajol suffered a miscarriage in 2001. She was six-weeks pregnant when complications occurred. She also underwent surgery in Breach Candy Hospital, Mumbai. Post this, Ajay had said, "Both of us were thrilled when we learnt of the pregnancy. If not today, tomorrow we will look forward to starting a family. Kajol will be back on her feet before you know it. We're happy together and that's all that matters."
Kajol's photo shoot with Rekha for a magazine wearing only a sweater raised many eyebrows. Indian audiences also disliked it.
Kajol is involved with Shiksha, an NGO that works in the field of children's education. She is also an international goodwill ambassador and patron of The Loomba Trust, a non-profit organisation that supports widows and their children around the world. In 2012, the actress was appointed as the brand ambassador of Pratham, a charity organisation for children.
Om Diamond Studded Ring
Kajol is a devotee of Lord Shiva and always wears an OM diamond studded ring.