For those of us who were born and brought up in the 90s, it is impossible to imagine the era without Kajol. She was the quintessential bubbly, chirpy romantic lead who filled any frame of a movie with radiance whenever she stepped in it. Her on-screen presence and chemistry with her co-actors, especially with Shahrukh Khan is magical to date. After all, who can ever forget their warm embrace in Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge?
She experimented with dramatic roles to stupendous results and movies like Dushman, Gupt, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Fanaa, U Me Aur Hum and We Are Family are testament to the fact.
She also holds the record for the most nominations for an actress at the Filmfare Awards and is tied with her aunt, Nutan.
We wish her a happy birthday with some of the best melodies from her repertoire:
1. Tujhe Dekha To Yeh Jaana Sanam
The definitive romantic song for a whole generation, this had all the hallmarks of a Yash Chopra fantasy.
2. Ho Gaya Hai Tujhko To Pyar Sajna
Another one from DDLJ, this melody has us humming to this day!
3. Mere Khwabon Mein Tu
Kajol’s much lauded performance in ‘Gupt’ was just a cherry on top!
4. Aawara Bhawren
The magic of A R Rahman’s music and Hema Sardesai’s voice resonates with music lovers till date!
5. Aawaz Do Humko
This soulful melody from ‘Dushman’ is a treat to the ears.
6. Suraj Hua Maddham
Another timeless classic that still feels fresh as new, every time you listen to it.
7. Mere Haath Mein
Kajol+Aamir Khan+Jatin-Lalit = Magic!
8. Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
The late 1990s brought along another one of Kajol’s dramatic gems and the melodious music to accompany it.
9. Ajnabi Mujhko Itna Bata
Kajol and Ajay Devgn shared incomparable chemistry in this comic caper-cum-romantic drama.
The magic of SRK and Kajol returned to enthrall us with ‘Dilwale’. And guess what? The magic is still there!
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