Hema Malini, the dream girl of millions of Indians was born on 16thOctober 1948 into a Tamil Iyenger family in Tiruchirappalli to parents V.S. Ramanujan Chakravarthy and Jaya Chakravarthy, a film producer. She completed her education from Andhra Mahila Sabha in Chennai despising all subjects except history.
Being too thin was the reason for which she was rejected at the age of 15 for a Tamil film by director C.V. Sridhar. But in 1965, she got an opportunity to act in a short episode as dancer in Pandava Vanavasam. She was later on offered a role in ‘Sapno ka Saudagar’ in 1968 opposite raj Kapoor which defined her status as the ‘Dream Girl’ of Bollywood.
Then in 1970 she was casted in ‘Johnny Mera Naam’ which became a blockbuster and she became a mega star because of the challenging role she adapted herself into which most of the other heroins of that time would have declined.
Then she did ‘Andaaz’ !1971) and ‘Lal Patthar’ (1971). Her double role movie ‘Seeta aur Geeta’ is one of the best films of her career and won her the Filmfare Best Actress Award. In 1970 she starred in ‘Dream Girl’. Her movies ‘Sanyasi’, ‘Dharmatma’ and ‘Pratigya’ were also successful.
But the biggest blockbuster of her career was ‘Sholay’ which showed her as a bubbly and lively girl ‘Basanti’. Her pair with Dharmendra was highly acclaimed and accepted due to the back to back hits that they delivered. They starred in twenty eight films together before marrying. In late 1970s she also did women centric movies ‘Kinara’ (1977) and ‘Meera’ (1979).
This beautiful lady was proposed by Bollywood actors ‘Sanjeev Kumar’ and ‘Jeetendra’ but after almost accepting Jeetendra’s proposal she backed out. The agony of her rejection haunted Sanjeev Kumar throughout his life and died unmarried in 1985 after getting addicted to alcohol. During the filming of ‘Sholay’ this Basanti fell in love with her co-star Dharmendra and eventually married him in 1980 after the couple converted to Islam.
Her marriage did not affect her work. She did films like ‘Kranti’, ‘ Naseeb’, ‘Satte Pe Satta’ and ‘Rajput’. Her marriage made their couple even more desirable and they were casted together in ‘Alibaba aur 40 chor’, ‘Bhagvat, ‘Samrat’ and ‘Razia Sultan’. She also starred in ‘Andha Kanoon’ in 1983 which was Rajnikant’s Bollywood debut.
Other multi starrers starring this beautiful woman were ‘Bhagvat’ and ‘Raj Tilak’. In addition to acting, she also directed a film ‘Dil Aashna Hai’ which failed commercially. After this she took a break from films in the 1990s and early 2000s but made a comeback with ‘Baghban’ (2003) opposite Amitabh Bachchan. She also played a cameo in 2004 in ‘Veer-Zara’. She also directed her second feature film ‘Tell Me O Khuda’ which released in 2011.
She has also been an active Bharatiya Janta Party member and was eventually elected to the Rajya Sabha. In March 2012 she was made general secretary of the BJP. She is also the brand ambassador of Kent, mineral water purifier system and also of Pothys, a textile showroom in Chennai.
Born on 27thDecember 1965, Abdul Rashid Salim Salman Khan, popular as ‘Salman Khan’ is the eldest son of the Muslim screen writer Salim Khan and his Maratha Hindu wife Salma. Originally the inhabitants of Afghanistan, the family settled in Indore, Madhya Pradesh before moving to Mumbai. Salman finished his schooling from St. Stanislaus High School in Bandra, Mumbai and so did his two siblings Arbaaz and Sohail. His love for his sisters Alvira and Arpita is quite evident through newspaper reports.
This charitable man made his acting debut with a supporting role in the movie ‘Biwi ho to aisi’ in the year 1988 and the first leading role in Sooraj R. Barjatya’s ‘Maine pyaar kiya’ in 1989. His actor career flew off with his nomination for Filmfare best actor award and his win of the Filmfare Best Debut Award. The years 1990 and 1991 were a boon for Khan with five of his films namely ‘Baaghi’, ‘Patthar Ke Phool’, ‘Sanam Bewafa’, ‘Kurbaan’ and ‘Saajan’ becoming box office hits. This success was followed by failures in 1992-1993.
One of Bollywood’s highest grossing film ever ‘Hum Aapke Hain Koun’ starring Madhuri Dixit and Salman Khan is the fourth grossing earner of all time which sent Khan’s career a step ahead. In 1998 this bodybuilder worked in five different films with his first release opposite Kajol ‘Pyaar Kiya to Darna Kya’ becoming the biggest commercial success of that year. The year 1999 came with three pleasant movies and a best actor filmfare nomination. This social worker acted in the movie ‘Chori Chori Chupke Chupke’ which addressed the issue of surrogate childbirth. His relationship with actress Aishwarya Rai gave him the unwanted negative attention from media who accused him of harassing his girlfriend.
His box office successes continued with films ‘Mujhse shaadi Karogi’ (2004) and ‘No Entry’ (2005). Voted as the seventh best looking man in the world and the best looking man in India in 2004 by People magazine, this superstar accepted the offer of a wax replica of himself in Madame Tussauds Wax museum in London in 2007. His first Hollywood movie ‘Marigold: an Adventure in India’ told the love store of an Indian man and an American woman.
2009 rejoiced his fans beyond limit when he made his small screen debut by hosting the second season of ‘10 ka dum’ which gained higher TRPs than the first season for Sony Entertainment Television. Controversies have always haunted our confident star. Arrest in 2002 for rash and negligent driving on 28th September 2002, Salman Khan shocked his fans and another on 17thy February 2006 for hunting the Chinkara, an endangered species. His 2010 release Dabangg, produced by his brother Arbaaz Khan broke box office records and was declared an all time blockbuster. The 2011 release Ready is currently the fourth highest-grossing bollywood film of all time. His next ‘Bodyguard’was highly appreciated by critics and is the second highest grossing bollywood film.
2011 was also the year in which his love life became public and his then girlfriend Katrina Kaif admitted in an interview that she was in a serious relationship with Khan until 2010. His charitable works are not hidden from the world and Salman definitely does his bit of supporting underprivileged children through his NGO ‘Being Human’ which sells T-shirts and other products online and in stores. Currently the brand ambassador of travel website ‘Yatra.com’, this facial nerve disorder sufferer has etched his mark in every field.
Bhanurekha Ganesan, better known as “Rekha” was born on 10th October 1954 to tamil actor Gemini Ganesan and telugu actress Pushpavalli. Her father refused to help in her upbringing and her unmarried mother was forced to take up her responsibility solely. The child star who appeared in the Telugu film ‘Rangula Ratnam’(1966) was compelled to leave school and take up a career in acting at an early age due to financial constraints.
Her debut as a heroine left the audience spellbound in her successful Kannada film ‘Goa Dalli CID 999’ in 1969. However her next movie ‘Anjana Safar’ ran into a controversy because of the kissing scene in which Rekha claimed she was tricked into did not pass the censor board.
Acting was a forced rather than a desired profession for this actress who faced language problems in Hindi film industry because of her upbringing in Chennai. 1970 was the golden year which made her an instant star with her Bollywood debut ‘Saawan Bhadon’. Her looks still invited contempt and her roles were mostly restricted to that of a ‘glamour girl’.
Called the ‘Ugly Duckling’, Rekha was inspired to change her way of clothing and choice of roles after her commercially successful films ‘Raampur Ka Lakshman’(1972), ‘Kahaani Kismat Ki’(1973) and ‘Pran Jaaye Par Vachan Na Jaaye’(1974). She rigorously worked on her personality and acting abilities and the audience was stunned in the transformation in her movie ‘Do Anjaane’. Her first critic acclamation came with her performance in ‘Ghar’ where she portrayed the role of a rape victim in 1978. This was a stepping stone for this always young woman because she received the best actress Filmfare Award.
‘Muquaddar ka Sikandar’ too gave her the critic approval and set her in the category of the Most Successful Actress of that time. In 1980, she came across a role specially written for her in ‘Khoobsurat’ and played a young vivacious woman.
Rekha’s on screen and off screen romance with Actor Amitabh Bachchan was clearly evident but her off screen relationship with the actor was highly criticized due to his married status. Her last movie with her love ‘Silsila’ was the most scandalous of their films together and ended the much reproached relation. Her portrayal in ‘Umrao Jaan’ (1981) is considered to be one of her best acting performances. ‘Jeevan Dhara’ (1982) and ‘Muje Insaaf Chahiye’ (1982) gave her more Filmfare nominations. Wishing to expand her range, Rekha worked with independent directors, mostly under Shashi Kapoor’s production.
The adventurous and bold woman was one of those early actresses who played lead in ‘heroine-oriented’ films such as ‘Khoon Bhari Maang’. The 1990s saw a dip in her career with many unsuccessful films. She chose her roles with more care in the 2000s and appeared in fewer films.
The actress’s married life with Delhi based industrialist Mukesh Aggarwal was a brief one due to the suicide attempt of her husband. She did not marry again and chose to live alone in her Bandra house. The ninth greatest actress of all time is an ageless and timeless beauty.
With Hindi, English, Tamil, Telugu and Bengali films in her kitty, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is one most the most versatile and successful actresses of Bollywood. Born on 1st November 1973 in an ethnic Bunt family in Mangalore Karnataka to Krishnaraj, a biologist and his wife Brindya, Rai has an elder brother Aditya Rai, an engineer who also takes keen interest in films. This generous woman was eager to pursue a career in medicine because of her love for zoology. She went to-
· Jai Hind College, Mumbai
· DG Ruparel College, Matunga
· Raheja College for architecture.
But all her plans of becoming an architect or take up medicine lost its charm in front of modeling.This trained classical dancer was offered her first modeling contract in ninth standard by camlin pencils.Vohue magazine has been a favourite with Rai with her first pictures being published in Vogue after the Ford Supermodel Contest in 1991. Her modeling with big names and for big companies gave her instant popularity.
A star fell upon our actress in the year 1994 and she won both the Miss India World and Miss World title along with the Miss Photogenic award. Her studies took a setback ans she focused primarily on acting. Rai made her acting debut in Mani Ratnam’s Tamil film ‘Iruvar’, a critical success. Her Bollywood debut was opposite Bobby Deol in an unsuccessful film ‘Aur Pyaar Ho Gya’(1997).Her critical acclaimation came with the tamil movie ‘Jeans’(1998). Success touched her feet with Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam’(1999) and the Filmfare Best Actress Award. She also participated in a world tour called the ‘Magnificent Five’ along with Amir Khan, Rani Mukherji, Akshay Kahnna and twinkle Khanna.‘Taal’91999), ‘Josh’(2000) and ‘Devdas’(2002) portrayed different personalities and Rai took all of them with ease winning another Filmfare Best Actress Award for Devdas.
Her Bengali film ‘Chokher Bali’(2003) did well at the box office and her performance was critically praised. This Longines ambassador of elegance became the global brand ambassador of L’oreal in 2003. In 2004, Rai played her first negative role in ‘Khakhee’ and her performance received rave reviews. Her other movies in 2004 and 2005 were unsuccessful and received negative reviews. However her seven minute dance sequel in ‘Bunty aur Bubli’ was highly popular. 2005 was the year of charitable works for Rai and she became the brand ambassador of Pulse Polio and a spokesperson for the Internation Year of Microcredit. She also performed with Bollywood stars at the HELP Telethon Concert to raise money for Tsunami victims.
This enthralling woman made her next blockbuster with ‘Dhoom2’ with a sensual role. ‘Guru’(2007) and ‘Last legion’(2007) were again a flop. But ‘Provoked’(2007) was screened in the Cannes Film Festival. Her ‘Sarkaar’(2008) was a critical and commercial success and ‘Enthiran(2010) is the highest grossing Indian Film. She laid the foundation of a school for underprivileged girls in Uttar Pradesh along with the Bachchan family. She is also the Goodwill Ambassador of Smile Train.
Married to Abhishek Bachchan on 20th April 2007 accoding to traditional Hindu rites of the Bunt community, Rai lives peacefully with the Bachchan family and her daughter Aradhya Bachchan, born on 16 November 2011.
The Indian-American astronaut Kalpana Chawala was born on July 1, 1961 in Karnal, Haryana in a middle class family. She did her schooling from Tagore Public School and acquired her bachelor of engineering degree in Aeronautical engineering from Punjab Engineering College.
Sketching and painting airplanes took up most of her time and gave her the title of being ‘different’ from her peers. Her brother, Sanjay too shared her dream of flying into the heavens and experiencing the beauty of our universe but his medical report did not allow him to fulfill this dream and venture in the other world.
However Kalpana was determined to make her dream a reality and her brother proud. She therefore took up this challenge. Desiring of higher education, she went to the United States to obtain a M.S degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington.
She earned a second M.S. degree in 1986 and a Ph. D in aerospace engineering. The ambitious woman started working at the NASA Ames Research Centre as Vice President of Overset Methods. She also had a certificated flight instructor rating for airplanes, gliders and Commercial Pilot licenses for single and multi engine airplanes, seaplanes and gliders.
After joining the ‘NASA Astronaut Corps’ in March 1995, she was selected for her first flight in 1996. She was assigned her first space mission on November 19, 1997 as a part of six astronaut crew that flew the space shuttle Columbia flight STS-87. The first India born woman to fly in space travelled over 10.4 million miles in 252 orbits of the earth and spending more than 352 hours in the heavenly space. Her responsibility during this mission was to deploy the malfunctioned Spartan satellite.
The intelligent astronaut was appointed in technical positions in the astronaut office to work on the space station and her performance in the work was awarded by her peers. In 2000, she was selected for her second flight which got delayed due to technical problems such as the discovery of cracks in the space shuttle engine flow liners.
On 16th January, 2003 Chawla returned to space aboard Columbia on the STS-107 mission. The responsibilities given on her shoulders during her last mission included the microgravity experiments, for which the crew conducted approximately 80 experiments to study earth and space science, advanced technology development and astronaut health and safety.
She died on February 1, 2003 with the other six crew members when the space shuttle Columbia disintegrated over Texas while entering the earth’s atmosphere. The STS-107 was thus the last mission of the second Indian woman to venture into space after Rakesh Sharma who flew in 1984 in a spacecraft. She was honored posthumously with the Congressional Space Medal of honor and the NASA Distinguished Service Medal. She continues to live in our hearts.
Katrina Torquotte, born on 16 July 1984 is a British Indian actress and former model who presumably hails from London. Brought up by her divorced mother, Kaif has seven siblings and has been a nomad before finally settling into Mumbai. Born in Hong Kong, she moved to China and then Japan. France, Switzerland, Poland, Germany, Belgium, Hawaii and England are the countries she lived before coming to India
Her secular religious views have taken her to various religious places in India including Hindu, Sikh and Islamic places of worship. The beautiful actress began her modeling career at the age of fourteen for a jewellery campaign. Her continued modeling in London for big houses led her to London Fashion week where she walked the ramp. Kaizad Gustad, a London based filmmaker introduced her to the world of cinema and gave her a character in his film ‘boom’ which was a box office failure.
Moving to Mumbai, Katrina was offered a number of modeling assignments but not many film contracts because of her poor command over Hindi language. Ram Gopal Verma gave her the first breakthrough in 2005 in his film ‘Sarkaar’ opposite Abhishek Bachchan. Mentioned as the ‘complete revelation’ for her movie ‘Maine pyaar kyu kiya’, this British citizen managed to impress Taran Darsh, a prominent film critic. Her poor knowledge and pronunciation of Hindi forced directors to dub Katrina’s voice in movies like ‘Namaste London’ (2007) and ‘Singh Is King’ (2008). Her final film of 2007, ‘Welcome’ was declared a blockbuster in India. Abbas –Mustan’s action thriller ‘Race’ was her first film in 2008 and was proclaimed successful. Her next ‘Singh is King’ was again a blockbuster and marked the sexiest actress’s six consecutive successes at the box office.
2009 was the victory year for Katrina with her firth movie ‘New York’ acknowledging critical and commercial success and giving her the first Filmfare nomination in Best Actress category. However India’s first underwater thriller ‘Blue’ turned out to be a flop. Her final film for the year ‘De Dana Dan’ had a most promising opening and received the above average status.
Prakash Jha’s political thriller ‘Rajneeti’ won acclaims for Kaif in 2010.Her next ‘Tees Maar Khan’ received negative reviews as well but did moderately on the box office. Her dynamic and vibrant character in ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara’ (2011) was critically appreciated. Her next ‘Mere Brother Ki Dulhan’ also won this vivacious girl some positive notice. Voted as the sexiest woman in the world by Eastern Eye in 2008, 2009 and 2010, she has been honored by this title for the fourth time by Fashion magazine FHM. Her beautiful face has helped her bag many endorsements during her career. She was Coca-Cola’s brand ambassador in 2002 in Tamil Nadu.
Her flawless skin makes her the most desirable actress for skin products companies. She is currently endorsing Veet and several multinational brands such as Panasonic and is the brand ambassador of United Arab Emirates- Etihad Airways. Katrina is now regarded as one of the top most actresses in the Hindi film industry.
John Abraham in Christian and Farhan Abraham in Parsi is the hottest actor of the Hindi cinema. He was born on 17th December 1972 to a Malayali father who is an architect and Parsi mother. He also has a younger brother, Alan.
He did his schooling from Bombay Scottish School, Mahim in Mumbai and acquired a bachelor’s degree in economics from Jai Hind College and did his MBA from the Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies. He also received an MMS from Mumbai Educational Trust (MET).
His modeling career started with his appearance in the Punjabi singer Jazzy’s music video ‘Surma’. Later he joined the media firm Time & Space media Entertainment Promotions Ltd. which closed due to financial problems.
He then worked as a media planner for Enterprises-Nexus. Then came the turning point in 1999 when he won the Gladrags Manhunt contest and went to the Philippines for modeling. He also modeled in London, Hong Kong and New York City.
The commercials and music videos offered to him inspired him to improve his acting skills and he joined the Kishore Namit Kapoor acting laboratory and completed an acting course. He then made his acting debut with ‘ Jism’ in 2003 which was termed as an above average movie at the box office.
He next appeared in a paranormal thriller ‘Saaya’ (2003), Pooja Bhatt’s directorial debut ‘Paap’ (2004) and Ahmed Khan’s ‘Lakeer’ in 2004. In 2004, he was seen in ‘Dhoom’ which became the highest grossing film of that year.
2005 started with ‘Kaal’ and the comedy ‘Garam Masala’, both of which did well at the box office. He also did a role in the Canadian film maker Deepa Mehta’s ‘Water’ which was popular internationally and was also nominated for the 2006 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Then in 2006 he performed at the ‘Rockstars Concert’ along with actors Salman Khan, Zayed Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Esha Deol, Shahid Kapoor and Mallika Sherawat.
He also starred in ‘Zinda’, ‘Taxi No 9211’, ‘Babul’ and ‘Kabul Express’ which were considerably successful. In 2007, he did Nikhil Advani’s ‘Salaam-e-Ishq: A Tribute to Love’ which did not do well at the box office. In the same year he was also seen in the movies ‘No smoking’ and sports film ‘Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal’.
In 2008 his only release was ‘Dostana’ along with Abhishek Bachchan and Priyanka Chopra which was a super hit. In 2009, he appeared in Yash Raj Films’ ‘New York’ which did moderately at the box office. In 2010 he starred in ‘Aashayein’ and ‘ Jhootha Hi Sahi’. His ‘Desi Boyzz’ in 2011 with Akshay Kumar was a commercial hit and did well at the box office.
He ended his nine year relationship with actress Bipasha Basu in 2011 shocking the industry. In 2012, he made his directorial debut with the Ayushmann starrer ‘Vicky Donor’ which was a commercial and critical hit and received positive response. He also appeared in ‘Housefull 2’. The actor is currently working on his second production ‘Hamara Bajaj’ which is to go on floors in 2013.
He is now in a relationship with Priya Runchal, an NRI financial analyst and investment banker from USA. He is also an active PETA member and in 2009 led a group of Indian celebrities in the Mumbai marathon, an event to benefit the United Way.
Deepika Padukone, born on 5 January 1986 in Copenhagen, Denmark to parents Prakash Padukone, a former badminton player of international repute and his wife, a travel agent moved to Bangalore along with her parents when she was eleven months old.
She went to Sophia High School in Bangalore and did her pre-university studies from Mount Carmel College, Bangalore. Inspite of being a state level badminton player during her school years, she did not want to pursue a career in the sport.
Later she enrolled herself in Indira Gandhi National Open University for Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology. She pursued a career in modeling while in college and modeled for Indian brand names such as Liril, close-up toothpaste, Limca etc.
The cosmetics company Maybelline made her its international spokesperson. Awarded the title ‘Model of the Year’ at the Kingfisher Fashion Awards, she was shortly chosen as one of the models of the Kingfisher Swimsuit Calendar (2006).
Later Kingfisher Airlines, Levi Strauss and Tissot SA were added to her long list of endorsements. She made her debut as an actress with the Kannada movie ‘Aishwarya’ in 2006 and then made her bollywood debut with Farah Khan’s ‘Om Shanti Om’ in 2007 which was a blockbuster.
Her first film in hindi cinema got her recognized by the critics as well as the audience and she won the Filmfare Best Actress Debut award and a nomination in the Filmfare Best Actress category. Her next release was ‘Bachna Ae Haseeno’ in 2008 which did moderately at the box office.
Then in 2009, she did a double role in ‘Chandi Chowk to China’ opposite Akshay Kumar ehich turned out poorly. Critically and commercially, the film flopped without gaining any positive reviews for Deepika’s performance.
Her romance with actor Ranbir Kapoor also started in this year and they seen as the new hot couple of Bollywood. She did ‘Love Aaj kal’ opposite Saif Ali Khan in 2009 which was one of the biggest hits of the year and earned her a nomination in the Filmfare Best Actress category but failed to leave a mark in the minds of the critics. But her break up with the ‘Saawariya’ actor was the hot topic of the news that year.
In 2010 her first film was ‘Karthik Calling Karthik’ which was a commercial failure. She next appeared in the multi-starrer ‘Housefull’ which was a big hit in India grossing over INR 95 crore in the first week. She next did ‘Lafange Parindey’ and made the audience cry and sympathize with her character. Her next release in 2010 was ‘Break Ke Baad’ which was a commercial failure but won her acclamations from critics.
Her final release of the year was ‘Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey’ was another flop. She also walked the red carpet at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival. 2011 started for her with a sizzling item number in ‘Dum Maaro Dum’ which received mixed reviews. She was next seen in ‘Aarakshan’ portrayed her great acting skills. She next appeared in ‘Desi Boyzz’ which was average at the box office.
In 2012 she appeared in ‘Cocktail’ in a totally different version of her. She played the role of a vivacious, bold and a naughty girl who solely handled the movie with her character. As a part of NDTV’s Greenathon Campaign, she adopted the village Ambegaon in Maharashtra. She also dated Vijay Mallya’s son Siddharth Mallya but broke up with him in 2012.
Sridevi was born on 13th august 1963 in Tamil Nadu to a lawyer father Ayyapan and mother Rajeswari. She started her acting career as a child actor in the Tamil movie ‘Kandan Karunai’ in 1967 and then on acted in many Tamil, Telugu, Hindi, Malayalam and kannada movies as the lead actress.
Her debut as the principal heroin came with the movie ‘Moondru Mudichu’ opposite Rajnikant and Kamal Hasan. She also has Telugu movies offered to her in addition to Tamil. Most of her Telugu movies were made by K. Raghavendra Rao. She debuted in Hindi cinema also as a child artist in ‘Julie’ (1975).
Then in 1979 she did her debut as an adult actress in ‘Solva Sawan’ which was a remake of her own movie ’16 Vayathinile’ but was a commercial failure. Her second Hindi film ‘Himmatwala’ (1983) was a big success and established her position in the Hindi film industry.
Her pairing with Jeetendra and the songs and trademark Southern style dances was popular and became a rage. She acquired her first critical acclamation for the movie ‘Sadma’ in 1983 in which she played the role of a young girl suffering from amnesia. She also had the privilege of being nominated for the Filmfare Best Actress award that year.
In 1986 she featured in ‘Nagina’ in an entirely different and challenging role as a woman who could take the form of a snake whenever she desired. Capturing the audience as a snake woman she went on to do bigger budget films like ‘Karma’ and ‘Aakhree Raasta’ in 1986.
Her next movie ‘Mr. India’ futher deepened her position in the industry establishing her as one of the top actresses. Her super hit ‘Chandi’ enchanted the audience and proved her status of a big star. In the same year she gave another hit ‘Chaalbaaz’ which won her the Filmfare Best Actress award. She was also seen in ‘Nigahen: Nagina Part II’.
Yash Chopra’s ‘Lamhe’ starring Sridevi in 1991 failed at the box office but is considered a classic today. The movie won the Filmfare Best Film Award and Sridevi won her second Filmfare Best Actress award. In 1992 she appeared in ‘Khuda Gawah’ opposite Amitabh Bachchan.
Her Telugu skills won her the Filmfare Telugu Best Actress Award for Ram Gopal Verma’s Telugu movie ‘Kshana Kshanam’. The failure of ‘Roop Ki Rani Choron ka Raja’ in 1993 did not deter her demand as an actress. She next did ‘Gumraah’ (1993) and ‘Laadla’(1994). Her last major release was ‘Judaai’ in 1997.
In 1996 she married Boney Kapoor, a film producer and the couple has two daughters Jhanvi and Khushi. Since then this iconic actress has retired from her work. But she continues to appear in small roles. She is a member of the Board of directors at the Asian Academy of Film and Television. In 2009 she appeared on the reality show ’10 Ka Dum’ and has also walked the ramp a number of times in Lakme Fashion Weeks. In 2011 she announced her comeback delighting her numerous fans and she is currently working on a new film ‘English Vinglish’.
Born on 5th August 1974, Kajol Devgan is from a film oriented family of Bengali-Marathi descent. Her mother Tanuja is an actress and her father Shomu Mukherjee was a film director and producer. Her younger sister Tanisha Mukherjee is also an actress. Mischievous and obstinate from an early age, this star was not affected by her parents’ split.
She studied at the St Joseph Convent boarding school in Panchgani which offered her ample extracurricular activities. Her passion for reading fiction helped her through the bad moments of her life. She began working for Rahul Rawail’s film ‘Bekhudi’ at the age of sixteen and dropped out of school to pursue acting as a career.
Her performance in her film which was a commercial failure gave her ‘Baazigar’ (1993) which was declared a success. She won her first Filmfare Best Actress nomination for the movie ‘Yeh Dillagi’.
Her pairing with Shahrukh Khan was full of luck because their next two movies together ‘Karan Arjun’ and ‘Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge’ were commercial hits. Her ‘DDLJ’ is still counted in the best Hindi movies of all time and earned her a Filmfare award for Best Actress.
In 1995, she acted opposite Ajay Devgan in two unsuccessful films ‘Hulchul’ and ‘Gundaraj’. Playing a mean and negative role in her 1997 hit ‘Gupt: The Hidden Truth’ was difficult was her but was a turning point in her career. She won the Filmfare award for Best Negative role.
Her romantic comedy ‘Ishq’ was again a commercial success. In 1998 she appeared in her first hit of the year ‘Pyaar Kiya to Darna Kya’ and then in ‘Dushman’ which received critical appreciations and her first Screen Award for Best Actress.
Her biggest success that year was Karan Johar’s ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’ with Shahrukh Khan and Rani Mukherjee which was a blockbuster in India and overseas and fetched her Filmfare Best Actress Award. In 1999 her ‘Dil Kya kare’ was a failure but her next ‘Hum Aapke Dil Mein Rehte Hain’ was one of the few women centered films which were a success.
In 2000 after the failure of ‘Raju Chacha’ and ‘Kuch Khatti Kuch Meethi’, she appeared in ‘Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham’ which was a blockbuster in India. After this she became more selective about her movies to concentrate on her married life with Ajay Devgan whom she married in 1999 after much criticism about their pair.
She appeared in ‘Fanaa’ in 2006 which was again a super hit and won her a fourth Filmfare Best Actress award. In 2008 she was honored with the ‘Karamveer Puraskar’ for her social services. Her next was Devgan’s directorial debut ‘U Me aur Hum’ which did moderately at the box office but won Kajol critical praises for her role as an Alzheimer diseased woman.
Concerned about the literacy rate, she launched ‘Shiksha’ to support children’s education. In 2010, she did ‘My Name is Khan’ with Shahrukh khan’ which was an international success. She next did ‘We Are Family’ which did moderately. Her last venture of the year was ‘Toonpur Ka Superhero’ which was a critical and commercial failure. In 2003, she gave birth to a daughter Nysa and in 2010 to a son, Yug. She was appointed the brand ambassador of Pratham, a charity organization in 2012.