Monday, June 13, 2005

Kajol going strong with hubby Ajay!

by Debasis Jana

Few days back, at 'Main Aisa Hi Hoon' premiere, Kajol was seen with hubby Ajay Devgan. After a long self-imposed hibernation, she was caught in her ever-charming posture with husband Ajay. Kajol is not a party animal, and not often attains social dos like others. But whenever she goes out, she is seen to have accompanied with none but hubby Ajay Devgan.
We have heard of Karishma's marriage with industrialist Sanjay Kapoor is on the rock. Fed up Karishma doesn't want to stay with him any more and wants divorce.
However, Kajol-Ajay is truly an exception. As per latest, Kajol-Ajay is attending this year's Asian Lifestyle Show in the UK. It will take place at The Grand Hall at London Olympia, and will continue from 8th to Sunday 10th July 2005. Not only Kajol and Ajay, Kareena Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan are also joining them to grace the show, happening in July.

'DDLJ' comes to the small screen

Max Maha movie brings to its viewers the film of the millennium - Dilwale Dulhania Le jayenge (DDLJ). Viewers can catch the film on their telly screen on 11 June at 9 pm.

During its Maha Movies, MAX has started this unique feature of having the stars of the film talking about memorable incidents during the making of the film. So during the telecast of DDLJ the host of the show will share Shahrukh and Kajol's experiences with their fans. This is an opportunity for the fans to see Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol reminiscing about DDLJ.

Comments the producer of the film, Yash Chopra, "I was so overcome I had tears in my eyes because of the story of the film, the way Adi had written out the dialogues, the entire screenplay. And also because of great pride and satisfaction that my young son, only 22 years old, had come up with such a remarkable story of modern-day love and romance steeped in respect for elders and traditional values."

"Both, my wife and I were so surprised at the depth of Adi's emotion, his feelings, his reverential respect for elders, for family name and honour, for tradition and values... it was an eye opener. I was amazed by the soul of my son's story, and his vision and the kind of research he put into his first film. In fact, my wife always says she discovered her son through Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge!," he laments.

Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge has won ten Filmfare Awards, two Screen Awards and the National Award for Best Film for Popular and Wholesome Entertainment


Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge Celebrating

The Film

Raj Malhotra (Shah Rukh Khan) and Simran Singh (Kajol) are two British NRIs (non-resident Indians) living in London. The only son of liberal, wealthy businessman Dharamvir Malhotra (Anupam Kher), Raj is a care-free slacker who has just failed his exams and sets off with his pals for a tour of Europe at the encouragement of his father who promises him a job at his office when he returns. Joining him on the train journey from London is Simran, the reserved-yet-quirky daughter of strict Punjabi shopkeeper Chaudhry Baldev Singh (Amrish Puri) and his wife Lajwanti (Farida Jalal). Deciding to tour Europe with friends before she and her family move to India for her arranged marriage to her father's friend's son, Simran is repulsed by Raj's laddish behaviour upon meeting him. In France, after missing a train to Zurich and getting separated from their companions, Raj and Simram eventually get closer and begin to subconsciously develop feelings for each other. Raj is shocked when Simran reveals to him that she is engaged to be married to a man she has never met back in Punjab and, after eventually making their way home to England, Raj decides to pay Simran and her family a visit to confess his love for her. But it's too late – Raj finds an empty house and discovers they have already left for India. Raj decides to follow them and reunites with Simram outside her Punjabi village, who tells him that her wedding preparations are already in full swing. Refusing Simran's plea to elope in secret, Raj instead offers to hatch a plan to win her family over and marry his bride honestly.


Written and directed by the debuting Aditya Chopra (son of legendary Bollywood filmmaker Yash Chopra) and starring the popular on-screen couple of Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge ('Braveheart Will Win The Bride') is one of the most loveable and phenomenally successful Hindi musicals ever made. Now in its tenth straight year running in Indian theatres, it has surpassed even 1975's Sholay's record-breaking five-year run and with cinema halls continuing to fill up with DDLJ fans waiting to see the film for the umpteenth time, it looks likely to stick around for quite a while. There is no single reason why the movie has endured for such a long time – there have been other Bollywood hits before and since that have had better music, slicker direction or equally as good performances. However, DDLJ just has that magic combination of all the right ingredients that make it so loved among its viewers, Asian and non-Asian alike. Everything comes together so beautifully that the film as a whole stands tall.

At the time of its release, DDLJ was a deceptively progressive movie. Though its romantic boy-meets-girl plot may seem pedestrian on the surface, underneath it is chock-full of subtexts and characterisations that were quite novel to Bollywood epics ten years ago. For example, the portrayal of the two NRI leads, Raj and Simran; Bollywood had always depicted Indians living abroad as rich, heartless villains who'd been corrupted by the "evil and materialistic ways" of the West. DDLJ did away with this stereotype and Raj and Simran are shown to be perfectly normal, good-hearted people who still value their Indian roots despite having grown up in Britain. DDLJ aimed to show that Westernisation need not affect a different culture negatively and as such was as huge a hit with Bollywood's NRI audience as it was with the one back home. DDLJ can also be considered the genesis of Hindi cinema's modern age where films are now made with educated, well-off NRI cinema-goers just as much in mind as the working class audience in India is.

Another innovative plot device is Raj's refusal to elope with Simran and his attempt to win her parents over instead. Under normal circumstances in a mainstream Indian musical, the young couple would have defied their evil parents and eloped before perhaps reuniting with them in the end in an unconvincing, over-heated fashion. In DDLJ, however, there are no bad guys - only antagonists to help move the story forward. Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge does feature the Bollywood conventions of broad comedy, plenty of melodrama, energetic musical numbers and, of course, lots of crying. But at its heart, it is a smart, intimate film with believable characters and mature dialogue. Only an out-of-place, dreadfully filmed and amateurishly edited fight scene during the movie's closing minutes spoils things somewhat, but after three hours of otherwise unadulterated entertainment, you'd be hard pressed not to forgive it.

Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol are known for sharing fantastic chemistry and, among the five movies they have made together, it is arguably at its most evident here in Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, their third appearance together as an on-screen couple. DDLJ was a departure for both of them, however, as their previous films had been (as amazing as it seems now) violent, bloody thrillers. Khan in particular was more known for his roles as bad guys in gory action movies such as 1993's Baazigar ('Magician') and 1994's Darr ('Fear') than he was for the cheeky lover boys he's since almost exclusively played thanks to success of movies such as these. Both Shah Rukh and Kajol do seem best suited to romantic comedies and their chemistry together certainly comes alive in DDLJ. It's hard not to fall in love with both them and Raj and Simran as the performances are bursting with such youthful energy, freshness and exuberance that any potential naff lines and/or plot holes are nullified as the viewer is too caught up in the enjoyment of it all to notice or care.

Kajol charms the most early on the film thanks to her sexy dance in the rain (a Bollywood tradition), her gawky pair of Deirdre Barlow specs and her hilarious portrayal of Simran's frustration at Raj's insufferable pranks. Also notable is that Kajol is a highly unique performer not only among Bollywood stars but all actresses in that, photogenically, she's no beauty queen (in DDLJ she has a chubby physique and a partial monobrow) yet still remains utterly delightful and hugely attractive thanks to her expressiveness and acting talent. In the movie's second half, stealing the show is undoubtedly Shah Rukh Khan. Scenes ranging from comedic to heart-breaking all see Khan excel with convincing enthusiasm. While he's been known to often ham it up on screen, in Dilwale... his performance is always natural and never phoney despite his occasionally hyperactive antics. Though most of the film's 189 minute running time is devoted to Khan and Kajol, the supporting cast also leave their mark thanks to the three-dimensional shaping of their characters by the actors and writers. The late Amrish Puri (best known to Western audiences as Mola Ram, the baddie in The Temple Of Doom) in particular is brilliant as Simran's overpowering, but loving father.

The superb music of the film is provided by Jatin-Lalit, Bollywood's two most popular songwriters of the 90s. Their seven songs in DDLJ are peppy and melodic, but differ from their later, more pop work in hits such as 97's Yes Boss, 98's Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and 2001's Kabhi Kushi Kabhie Gham. Here, everything is kept fairly traditional with a synth-less orchestral sound. All tracks are wonderful (some immediate, some growers), but among the now legendary hits is the notable 'Mehndi Laga Ke Rakhna' ('Make Sure You're Painted With Henna'), a boisterous wedding song picturized fabulously with simplistic, but lively choreography.

No recommendation for Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge will be needed for most Indian film fans as it is a Hindi classic that cemented its status long ago and they've doubtlessly all seen by now anyway - probably more than once. For those who haven't, however, it should be high on their must-see list and would make a fine introduction to commercial Hindi cinema for anyone yet to discover Bollywood.


Distributor Yash Raj Films have unfortunately provided only an average transfer for DDLJ on this DVD, which is in NTSC format and is progressively encoded. The film is presented in its original widescreen aspect ratio of 2.35:1 and is anamorphically enhanced. The picture is rather grainy with dirt and speckles cropping up regularly and image steadiness is slightly shaky. Sharpness is adequate, though it could be better, but thankfully there is little or no edge enhancement to be found. Colours are extremely faded and have a rusty red tint to them at times. Contrast rendition is fine, however some dark scenes lack detail. This is certainly a less-than-ideal presentation on DVD for such a beloved movie as DDLJ, but going by Bollywood's low standards for DVD transfers, it's certainly no disaster and can be enjoyed well enough if you tinker with your TV settings a little.


The film was originally released with four-track surround audio, which has been remixed on this DVD to a 5.1 Dolby Digital track. The results aren't too pleasing as the audio is very echoey with very little in the way of bass to be heard, giving a tinny sound. On the plus side, clarity is splendid with minimal crackles, pops or other distortions to be heard.

Special Features

Probably the most extra-packed Bollywood DVD set on the market, DDLJ's second disc has numerous special features on offer - some interesting, some filler…

'The Making' is a 23-minute documentary that originally aired on Indian television to promote the film’s release - the first TV special of its kind in India. The entertaining piece sees the cast and crew interviewed on location and in studio with behind-the-scenes footage of the movie, incuding some bloopers and general larking about.

The eight-minute 'Success Story' shows clips from the film's star-studded premiere in 1995 before fast-forwarding to 2001 for its 300 week anniversary with comments from fans about DDLJ's enduring success in theatres.

Sixteen minutes worth of highlights from the 1995 Filmfare Awards (the Indian Oscars) see Dilwale… pick up an unprecedented ten trophies, including for Best Film, Director and Actor and Actress for Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol.

Three interviews lasting around twenty minutes each, conducted in 2001 for DDLJ's 300th week celebrations, are featured with Kajol, Shah Rukh Khan and producer Yash Chopra. All three are a good watch while they last, though it is Shah Rukh as usual who has most insightful and witty comments to offer. The same interviews are also rather pointlessly condensed for the 21-minute highlight package '300 Weeks Celebration' included on the same disc.

Finally, rounding off disc two's special features are seven brief deleted scenes (with optional commentary from director Aditya Chopra) as well as the original theatrical trailer and four TV promos. Barring the trailer which is presented in 16:9 format, all of the DVD's extras are in 4:3 aspect ratio with varying degrees of VHS quality.

Subtitles included for the film are in English, Arabic, Spanish, French, Malay, Japanese and Hebrew. The English subtitle track is happily one of the best I've seen on an Indian DVD with no spelling errors and perfect grammar and punctuation. The translations are occasionally slightly different from what is actually being spoken, but the meaning is always perfectly intact. No subtitles are included for any of the DVD's special features, although the extras feature English speech for the most part.


Kajol Open To Film Offers With Ajay

By: Abid

Kajol´s last film ´Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham´ , won her numerous awards but after that she took a break for reasons that are well known . She is now back to films and is there in Kunal Kohli´s film opposite Amir Khan. When asked about any new projects with her hubby Ajay ( specially after endorsing the ´Whirlpool´ range together), Kajol says " No , nothing as of now but let´s see if anything interesting comes up , we´ll definately work together , " and to hammer in the point Ajay adds with a smile , " Let some director come up with a nice script for both of us , then you will see the two of us again on the silver screen."



The popular Indian actress Kajol is attending this year's Asian Lifestyle Show in the UK alongside her real-life husband Ajay Devgan. They will be joined by Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor. The Grand Hall at London Olympia is the venue for the event, which takes place between Friday 8th to Sunday 10th July 2005. The Asian Lifestyle Show 2005 is brought to you by Tony Lit, Managing Director of Sunrise Radio Group, the world's leading Asian radio station, and Vijay Saggar, Managing Director of Excel Café Bars Limited. Last year, approximately £6 million was spent by the public making the show one of the busiest events since the days of the Clothes Show Live. It exceeded all expectations and received the highest accolade when Earls Court and Olympia Group Chief Executive, Anthony Lyons, praised the event as one of the most successful launch shows ever to be staged at his venue.



Kajol is very happy these days. One, because her movie with Shah Rukh Khan titled ‘Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jaayenge’ has established a record of completing five hundred weeks at a theatre in Mumbai. Second, her sister Tanisha has recently got an offer from Yash Chopra banner. The movie is untitled yet but Chopras have decided to get it directed by Arjun Sablok of the ‘Na Tum Jaano Naa Hum’. Kajol is excited indeed as her younger sister Tanisha had been feeling frustrated because of no film offer for quite some coupled with her three consecutive flops. Now, both the sisters have heaved a sigh of relief. Tanisha is looking forward with high hopes from the Chopra camp. Interestingly, Tanisha will play opposite Uday Chopra of the ‘Dhoom’ fame in the untitled movie.


Friday, April 29, 2005



Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Kajol Family Background With Photos

Like Mother,Daughters

That's Shobhana Samarth for you: legendary beauty, actress of yesteryear, mother of Nutan and Tanuja, grandmother of Kajol and Mohnish Behl. She is at the head of a family that has produced filmstars for three generations. "Actually, it's the fourth generation," clarifies Shobhana, "because my mother too had acted a bit. I think I got my creative genes from her just as I inherited my father's business acumen."

In her heyday, Shobhana was often referred to as a beauty par excellence. This, along with the fact that she came from an elite family of bankers, gave her a unique status in the film industry.

"There wasn't much competition in those days and we were really pampered. I just had to cry and my producers would give me what I wanted," she reminisces. "Durgabai Khote came from a lawyer's family and my father was the owner of Shilotri Bank. So the two of us led a charmed life in the industry."

But her entry into films was not simple. In those days, acting was looked down upon and no one from illustrious families got into films. But young Saroj (that was her name before marriage) loved to act and had decided that was what she would to do.

But when her father passed away, Shobhana and her mother had to depend on her maternal uncle. He vehemently opposed the idea of Shobhana becoming an actress. She loved to rehearse with theatre people, but "I knew that if I actually went up on stage, there would be another dramas as my uncle would have dragged me off the stage. So I kept my peace," she says.

Her uncle -- whose daughter Nalini Jaywant later went on to became a well-known actress -- justified his stand by saying that nobody would marry Shobhana if she became an actress. Then one day, her mother brought a proposal for her to marry one of their distant relatives, Kumarsen Samarth, who had just returned from Germany having studied cinematography there.

Shobhana was contemptuous. She was much too self-willed to get into an arranged marriage and spoke her mind. "Then one day, I returned home to find this devastating looking man sitting in my house," she recalls. "He was extremely handsome and I fell for him immediately," she smiles now, confessing her weakness for good-looking men.

"When I found that this was the man mummy had chosen for me, I didn't object," she adds. "He was good-looking and had a wonderful sense of humour. Fate was presenting me with an opportunity to act. When I asked him if he would object to my acting, he said, 'not at all.' He was all set to do cinematography himself."

So the two got married and thus began Shobhana's film career. Her first film, Nigahen Nafrat released in 1935, a few months after she was married. Her first daughter Nutan was born in June, 1936.

"I came in after the era of silent films. My first film was in 1935 while the talkies had come to India in 1931. Those were the days of Vanmala, Shanta Apte, Durga Khote, Leela Chitnis, Akhtari Bai, Husn Bano," says Shobhana.

She narrates her experiences from those days. "My first film was made in Urdu and Marathi. I did not know any Urdu. When I was given my dialogues, I was so naive that I used to learn the whole sentence and deliver it proudly," she smiles. "The rest of the unit used to be in splits. I worked hard and learnt some Urdu later."

After Nigahen Nafrat in which she starred with Master Vinayak and B Pendharker, she acted in about 50 films, including Do Deewane (with Motilal and Yakub), Kokila (with Motilal and Sabita Devi), Pati Patni (with Wasti and Yakub), Sadhana (with Premadeeb), Apni Nagariya (with Nazir), Mata (with Chandrakant Kardar), Nayi Duniya (with Jairaj), Savera (with Aroon who is actor Govinda's father), Shobha (with Shahu Modak). The last was directed by her husband Kumarsen.

But Shobhana is best known for her portrayal of Sita in Ram Rajya. So evocative was this performance that she became the eternal Sita in the audience's minds. This was ironical because Shobhana was one of the most unconventional actresses of her time. She was noted for her lifestyle and disregard for convention. Her relationship with famous actor Motilal became the talk of the entire country.

With engaging candour she says, "I wasn't going out of my way to do mythological films, it was what the producers offered me. I must admit that my favourite co-star was Motilal, but that was because he was also my friend."

Despite her acting career, she decided to have a family. "After Nutan's birth in 1936, we couldn't afford another child. So I had Tanuja after seven-and-a-half years. We wanted a son, but we had a third daughter Chatura. Finally we had a son Jaideep. Today, I have seven grandchildren and one great grandchild, Mohnish's daughter," she declares proudly.

Shobhana and her husband Kumarsen parted ways amicably. Their relationship became strained possibly because he couldn't take her success, even though he played a pivotal role in her joining films. He made some films for her too. His biggest success was a Marathi film titled Saibaba. He was a good and professionally capable person. He visited his children and kept in touch with them till he passed away in the mid '70s.


'It was one of the most tempestuous relationships ever. We were forever fighting -- out of 365 days, we would fight 360 days. He reacted by drinking -- he had to drink because we had had a fight and he had to drink because we were happy. When I decided to quit Bombay and live in Lonavala, he objected. I went anyway. He had a flying licence and he hired a plane and flew over my cottage, throwing stones with letters tied to them saying 'I love you.'

It was a wonderful relationship. He resembled my father in many ways -- the way he walked, the way he talked, the way he held his hat, his generosity, his principles. If we had a party, he would order things in bulk. Everything about him resembled my father so much that I couldn't stop loving him," adds Shobhana.


'We had our differences, but towards the end of her life we came very close and for the last few years had a great rapport. She knew she was dying and she was preparing me for it. She gave me a copy of the Gita and asked me to read the chapter on death first.

We had developed such mental telepathy that I just had to think of her and the doorbell would ring and she would be standing in front of me. She sang beautifully and wrote beautiful bhajans during the last years of her life. I grieve for her and remember her often, but I tell myself that perhaps she is happier.

It is strange but in death, she has made me a better human being. I was a fiery and intolerant person -- after Nutan's death, I am able to bear most things. I feel no loss will be as great as losing her, and that has made me more tolerant.'


'She is an extremely unpredictable girl, but with a golden heart. Even with me, she can be very rude at times and I never know what to expect from her. But she's never fake -- she is what she seems, just like her daughter Kajol is.

Tanuja is a natural actress while Nutan had groomed herself as a performer. Chatura, my third daughter, is very artistic. My only son Jaideep though, is a different kettle of fish altogether. I find I have a better rapport with his wife than with him, but he's a caring son in his own way.'


'Fate has strange ways. Kajol was a very naughty child, quite uncontrollable. When she used accompany me in a car, she would jump up and down so much that I had to insist that either she got off or I did.

She was born after a long time, so she was quite a pet in the family. She has grown up to be a fine human being. She had accompanied her cousins to photographer Gautam Rajyadhaksha, but Kajol is the one who was picked up by the industry. Look, where she has reached today.

I find myself fulfilled through my children and grandchildren. When I was acting, I was given a lot of support by my mother and my husband and I did well too. But in those days, the films were black and white. Technically, we couldn't do a lot and there was no conception of awards, so I missed out on those things.

But then through my daughters and now through Kajol and Mohnish, I feel completed when they get awards and recognition. If my family were not in the film industry, I probably would have felt a sense of deprivation -- that we missed out on all these things. I thank God that He has given me such talented children. Tanuja might not have been able to play Nutan's role in Bandini, but it doesn't mean she's not a good actress.'

Today, even though Shobhana chooses to live alone in her cottage in Lonavala -- with her three dogs and a domestic help -- she is in touch with the film industry through her grandchildren. Thanks to her shrewd business sense, she was able to present each of her children with a flat in Bombay and a bungalow in Lonavla. In their absence, she keeps their houses in good order.

Shobhana lives on her own earnings, with the money she had invested wisely. "I like to feel free," she says. "My children would give me whatever I asked for, in fact I needn't even ask. But I like to live within my means."

Laughingly, she relates an anecdote. "I recently wanted to buy a remote control for my TV and wanted some money from Tanuja. I rang her up to take permission. Kajol happened to pick up the phone and when she heard my request, she laughed, saying, "Of course you can buy it. If I had a granddaughter like yours, I'd buy anything." And I retorted, "But not if you had a grandmother like me!"

Shobhana is thankful to God that she can still drive herself around. A few years back, the late Gulshan Kumar offered her a film role and asked her to name her price. "But," she says with a touch of humour, "At this age, I'm either priceless or valueless."

You stare at this 83-year-old great grandmother in amazement. She still has gorgeous, dark hair and sharp senses. She attributes this to a clean mind. "I've taught all my children that it is important to sleep with a light heart, a guiltless mind. All my children are good human beings and that's of primary importance according to me," insists Shobhana.

Her independent spirit is what sets her apart. One of the highest paid actresses of her time, she later started her own production called Shobhana Pictures and produced four films in which she launched both Nutan and Tanuja. Today she can look back at her life and say with justifiable pride that she's done it all.

09 February 2000
A legend bids goodbye!
Sharmila Taliculam

Shobhana Samarth, the actress known for her legendary beauty, succumbed to cancer today. Born Saroj Shilotri, she was 84 when she passed away at a private hospital in Pune after a prolonged illness.

She is survived by two daughter, (her elder daughter, Nutan, passed away a few years ago), a son and seven grandchildren, including Mohnish Bahl and Kajol, who recently married Ajay Devgan.

Her surviving daughter, Tanuja, and son Jaideep were at her bedside when the end came a little before noon. Shobhana had been suffering from cancer and had been admitted to the Inlaks And Budhrani Hospital in Pune a month ago. However, her condition continued to deteriorate despite the operation she underwent 15 days ago. The cancer had progressed to her spine, say family sources.

The only daughter of banker P S Shilotri, Shobhana made her first foray into the celluloid world at the age of 18 with a Marathi film, Vilasi Ishwar (1934). This was followed by Do Deewane, a film in Gujarati and Hindi, where she co-starred with Motilal. After the birth of her eldest daughter, Nutan, she acted in Hindi films like Kokila and Pati Patni.

Best known for her various enactments as Sita, Shobhana played the character first in 1941 in the Marathi film, Bharat Milan, which was directed by Vijay Bhatt. She also played Sita in Ram Rajya, which also produced and directed by Bhatt. It is said Ram Rajya was the only film Mahatma Gandhi had ever seen in his life. Ram Ban and Ram Vivah were some of the other films where she played Sita.

She also acted with other top stars like Prithviraj Kapoor, with whom she co-starred in Nala Damayanti. The era of mythological films ended around 1950. Shobhana then took to producing her own films. She launched Nutan in Hamari Beti and then produced Chabili for Tanuja. Shobhana's last rites were held in Pune at 1700 hours, IST. Gautam Rajadhyaksha, a close family friend who could not make it for the funeral, recalls a few moments from her life…

"Shobhana came from a very cultured and well-to-do family. In those days, people like her did not act in films. But she thought that if Durga Khote could enter films and still maintain her respect and dignity, she could do the same. She wasn’t an actress of substance, but she was known for her beauty."

"I've even heard that Gandhiji had seen only one film in his entire life and that was Shobhana's Ram Rajya, where she plays Sita. She launched her daughter Nutan in Hamari Beti. In fact, both her daughters acted in the film, but its main aim was to launch Nutan who was only 14 then."

"Shobhana helped groom Nutan's career. She helped her choose films. Which is why Nutan did films with people like Amiya Chakravarty and Bimal Roy. Tanuja entered films when she was 21, but she was a natural and didn’t need much help from Shobhana."

"Shobhana was known to never squander her money. Instead, she invested it wisely. She did the same with her daughters's money."

"She was never judgmental about morals. She was a very liberal and open-minded person and would practise what she preached. She gave herdaughters the same freedom she had, but she also taught them to take responsibility for their actions. "

"Many of the actresses in those days smoked, but never did so openly. Shobhana, on the other hand, was never known to hide anything. Even her affair with Motilal wasn't never hidden. They were considered a sterling couple since he was also very erudite and cultured."

"Despite separating from her husband, her relations with him were good and friendly. In fact, when he passed away, she was right by his side, looking after him. He was present during the weddings of both her daughters; even their kanyadaan was done by him."

"She preferred living alone in her home in Lonavala. She hated Bombay, saying it was like a prison. That is one of the reasons why she shifted to Pune when she fell ill."

Kajol & Ajay Devgan Made For Each Other

This is an article
courtesy of Stardust Magazine

She was glowing like a bulb, radiant and luminous in her
beauty. Chanting her marital vows, loving every single moment of the occasion. Her dream was turning to reality. She had every reason to look like the happiest bride in the world.And he? He was loving every bit of it too. Only he seemed a little nervous, a little hassled. After all, he was biding adieu to his much-loved bachelorhood.

The 24th of February, 1999 witnessed the culmination of Ajay Devgan and Kajol Mukherjee’s five-year-old long courtship as they tied the knot in a simple family wedding held on the terrace of Ajay’s plush residence. Just when
the entire industry and the media world waited with bated breath expecting it to be one of the most lavish ceremonies to be held this side of town, it turned out to be quite a personal affair, where just about a hundred people were invited. Only the two families (both have big families), and very close friends of Ajay’s and Kajol’s were part of the celebration.

What was most amazing was that except for the Bachchan family, i.e. Amitabh, Jaya and Abhishek, there weren’t any actors or actresses present. However, there were a few directors and filmmakers who made it to the occasion.Rahul Rawail, the man who launched Kajol in Bekhudi and of course her best pal Karan Johar, the director of the latest mega-hit Kuch Kuch Hota Hai were present. Amongst the others present was Kajol’s cousin Sharbani Mukherjee. Strangely, Kajol’s other cousin, Rani was missing.

Initially, since the media was informed that the wedding
venue was to be a gurudwara in Juhu, many press cameras were seen crowding at that venue.There were many Ajay-Kajol fans ardently waiting for a glimpse of their favourite young couple. But sadly, both, the press and the crowd were left high and dry since the venue was changed at the last moment. Two reasons for that: One, that Ajay’s grandmother passed away a few days earlier. Thus it couldn’t be a grand occasion. And two, both the families knew that since the venue was publicly declared earlier, there would be huge crowds that wouldn’t be able to be managed later. So, the wisest decision was to change the venue at the last moment and keep it secret.

The preparations began from early morning. But the actual marriage started only in the evening. Ajay was dressed in a sherwani with a sword hanging by his waist (typical sardar attire), while Kajol was dressed in a green coloured, golden embroidered Maharashtrian saree. With gajra on her head, nathni in her nose, and make-up by Mickey Contractor, she looked stunningly beautiful. The wedding began in Punjabi style,both sitting in front of the holy pyre, chanting the mantras after the pundit. Also to be later interspersed with some Maharashtrian rites like the anterpat where the two stood on each side of the cloth. And as the cloth went down, the two exchanged garlands.

One couldn’t describe Kajol’s happiness as she
was going through the rituals to become Mrs. Ajay Devgan. Mom Tanuja and sister Tanisha (who flew down from Australia, where she’s studying, for the occasion) too looked very happy for Kajol. Definitely the fact that Kads would not live in Usha Kiran anymore bothered the mother. But marriage and parting is a bittersweet fact of every girl’s parents’ life.

After the marriage ceremony was over, there was a small pleasant party on the same terrace. Simple but delicious food, soft music and softer people... The party went on till midnight. The next evening, the newly married couple left for their honeymoon for about fifteen days to visit exotic places in Europe and Central America. The two are said to be traveling by road to all the places since that’s far more romantic. You bet it is!

After they’re back, both Ajay and Kajol will be holding a grand reception where the entire who’s who of the industry will be invited.And after all this, the two will be seen doing what they’re best at, acting. Shooting for Ajay’s, Prakash Jha-directed, Dil Kya Kare. True love surmounts all odds, for sure. For instance many in the industry felt that it was a wrong move on Kajol’s part to get married at her peak. But both Ajay and Kajol have always let their hearts rule their lives, and not be bothered by the rules of the society. For both, love precedes anything. We, at Stardust, salute people like these and wish them the very best in life.Always.

Kajol Mukherjee Profile

Kajol Mukherjee/Devgan Biography

Born on 5th August 1975. Kajol is a fourth-generation actress: her mother Tanooja, maternal aunt Nootan, maternal grandmother Shobhna, and maternal great grandmother Ratan Bai were all movie stars in their day.

Kajol stepped into filmdom with Rahul Rawaail as her director and Kamal Sadaana as her co-star in a film titled Bekhudi. The film flopped but Kajol's draw continued to rise. Yeh Dillagi established her credentials as an actress. Her performance in the film made people sit up and notice the spontaneity and confidence she oozed.

She had an affair with Ajay Devgan and got married to him. It was that simple. After marriage, she joins Ajay Devgan's production company, a dotcom enterprise and a distribution company.

In future, Kajol will be seen in projects of her home production company and in a select few ventures from outside.

Written By GOHER IQBAL PUNN (Bollywood Analyst)

We've heard of enough actresses settling down to matrimony having passed their prime. But who would have thought that the girl who had the entire film industry at her feet would suddenly throw it all up for the love of her life and tie the knot at the peak of her career?

Well, that's exactly what Kajol did when she married Ajay Devgan, her boyfriend of several years, last February. Following the quiet wedding, Kajol has had just two releases. The first was a non-starter called 'Hote Hote Pyaar Ho Gaya'. The second was a small role in the Devgan home production, 'Dil Kya Kare', where she was content playing second fiddle to Mahima Choudhary.

And now she's doing one more Devgan production, 'Raju Chacha', in addition to Rahul Rawail's 'Khatta Meetha' and favourite director Karan Johar's next. That's all this bundle of talent has left her heartbroken fans to look forward to. For, she says, films are not her bread and butter, so why compromise on quality? The good news is that she's not planning to quit the industry (as was rumoured) either.

For, that's where her roots are deeply sunk. Shobhana Samarth's grand daughter, Tanuja and Shomu Mukherjee's daughter and Nutan's niece. This is the legacy Kajol inherited when she made her first screen appearance with Rahul Rawail's 'Bekhudi' (1992). And straightaway, the bubbly teenager displayed tremendous potential and enough promise to make her illustrious family proud.

This was followed by a fabulous performance in the small-budget family drama, 'Udhaar Ki Zindagi' (1994) for which she received rave reviews. The same year she had two hits _ 'Karan Arjun', which really wasted her talent, and 'Yeh Dillagi' where she displayed her full range of expressions in a breezy love-triangle along with Akshay Kumar and Saif Ali Khan.

But Kajol's real moment of glory came in 1995 when she took the nation by storm along with Shah Rukh Khan in Aditya Chopra's maiden venture, 'Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge'. As the simple and lovable Simran, who meets her true love Raj, on a trip through Europe, Kajol brought to the screen a quality of freshness and charm that seemed long forgotten in the age of mindless violence.

She was then paired with hubby-to-be, Ajay Devgan, in the action thrillers 'Gundaraj' and 'Hulchul' (1995) and in Indra Kumar's romantic comedy, 'Ishq' (1997). Later, the gutsy actress changed tracks to take the daring decision of playing the villain in Rajiv Rai's murder mystery 'Gupt' (1997). Fortunately for her, the gamble paid off and the film was a huge commercial success.

But the same year, AVM's trilingual 'Sapnay', with Arvind Swamy and Prabhu Deva failed despite good performances from all three stars and some hummable music from A R Rahman.

However, that was all forgotten come 1998, 'the year of Kajol'. First there was the runaway hit, 'Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya' with Salman Khan. Then came Tanuja Chandra's 'Dushman', her first attempt at a double role which wowed audiences and critics alike. Kajol dazzled as the lively Sonia who dies a tragic death and her devastated twin Naina, who's desperate to bring her killer to book.

'Pyaar To Houna Hi Tha' had her romancing Devgan on screen, a spectacle movie goers were eager to lap up just then. But the biggest blockbuster of the year happened towards the end with Karan Johar's 'Kuch Kuch Hota Hai'. Kajol played the tomboyish Anjali of the first half with as much ease as she slipped into lace blouses, trendy sarees and a demure look in the second.

Even as she prepared herself for her much-awaited wedding, she added one more feather to her cap, Satish Kaushik's melodrama 'Hum Aapke Dil Mein Rehte Hain'. Such was Anil Kapoor's determination to do at least one film with this gifted actress, he did all he could to persuade her to work with

No wonder then that Kajol is rated as, perhaps, the pick of her generation of leading ladies. What with her ability to lend credibility to all manner of roles. Hopefully, there are many more to come…

Return Of Kajol in Bollywood


The director is hopeful to begin the shooting in August this year…

Radio Sargam News: Kunal Kohli is all set to start his third directorial untitled venture once again with Yash Raj Films. “I have a contract of three films with Yash Raj, so I am going to start my third project with Aamir Khan and Kajol”, Kunal spoke to this writer. Aamir Khan and Kajol have been finalized for the main leads and they have confirmed the dates to the director also. Kohli, who seems reluctant to depict the storyline and the title of the film, is hopeful to begin the shooting in August this year. “We have not decided the title yet, once we have done with it, will happily share with you”, Kohli uttered smilingly to this writer.

Written By GOHER IQBAL PUNN (Bollywood Analyst)

Kajol in Television Commercials

Kajol is the Asmi Brand Ambassadress

By IndiaFM

Saturday, 02 April , 2005, 10:30

Actress Kajol seems to make her comeback in more ways than one. She won't be just seen in more movies but also in more television commercials. Just recently she shot for the Whirlpool ad with husband Ajay Devgan. And now the actress has been signed as the brand ambassadress by the Diamond Trading Company to endorse the diamond brand - Asmi. She will be the Asmi's brand ambassadress for a period of two years.

Return Of Kajol In WelFare Cause

Education is important says Kajol

By IndiaFM

Monday, 11 April , 2005, 15:34

Kajol is promoting a noble cause this time. The actress launched 'Shiksha', an education campaign for under-privileged children that is commencing from April 15. The actress highlighted that basic education was important for everyone to become independent in life. Television actress Pallavi Joshi also came forward to offer her help through this campaign.

Shiksha is a joint effort by CRY and Procter and Gamble through which even the consumers can help for the cause by buying P&G products.

Saturday, March 19, 2005


KAJOL MUKHERJEE : Bollywood Princess


Date Of Birth : 8-5-75

Status : Married (with Ajay Devgan)

Mother: Tanuja

Sister: Tanisha

Cousin: Rani Mukherjee

Mailing Address: 14, Usha Kiran,

Altamount Road,Bombay 400026.