Name: kajol devgan
Date of birth: 5th august 1974
Name of movie: Bekhudi (1992), Baazigar (1993), Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge (1995), Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998), Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham… (2001), My Name Is Khan (2010), Dilwale (2015).
Mighty, commanding, self-confident, and long-familiar in and out of the movie industry for being someone who doesn’t believe in softening her words – Kajol walks into the studio, dot on time, fix to roll, and quickly announces, ‘Let’s get this began’. It’s pouring, a typical monsoon day in Mumbai, but the actor’s given her word and will keep it come hail or thunderstorm, literally. She’s looking bedazing – face scrubbed clean of makeup, clothed simply in black pants and a striped top. She’s gotten better looking over the years, and two children later. Generally, for the shoot, she importuned on tout ensemble she knew work for her. Confidence could be her middle name. Says Kajol, ‘You are either born a solid person or you’re not… It’s not something I’ve educated over time; it’s who I am.
Taking tough conclusions
She has a straight take on life and vaults kajol ajay devgan, that may come one’s way: ‘You just manage one contravene at a time, take one day at a time, one problem at a time, and deal with it the best you can. I don’t think I’ve ever felt, oh god! how am I going to face my life or 24-hour interval…’ The trick, she says, is in not arriving stressed, but taking a situation objectively, and working it. ‘I take life with a arrest of salt… Having a sense of humour is crucial, and not taking life too earnestly helps. It works for me.’ A bit of advice from the star: ‘You have to earn that life doesn’t come to an end just since you’ve made a misapprehension. Things happen… not always goodness, but that’s life. Deal with it!
Talking of decisions, Kajol agreed actor Ajay Devgn when he wasn’t the adept he is today. At that time there were two evident trends among actresses: Either they married outside the film industry and settled happily abroad or they married a coactor and constantly the marriage staggered… Kajol stepped out-of-the-way and married Ajay, then “just an action hero”, in 1999. Thirteen years later, the duo are kajol-ajay devgan, together and have two children – Nypa (who’s 9 years old) and Yug (now almost 2 years old). ‘I think everything in life needs work to make it work, even marriage. If you want it badly enough, you will put in the effort towards making it happen, going far work, and keeping it in place… ‘ She flavors Ajay and she get along as citizenry, as friends, and that’s important to sustain a lifetime of being together. In order to work at a marriage, she feels it’s important to take make time to be together. ‘For any two cultivating individuals, it’s incessantly difficult to take out time to be with each other – it’s a bit taking exception because you have your own set of things to do for the day – and more so if you have children. But I guess, because I know how it is to be in the same line of work – “equaled there and coiffed that” – it’s more promiscuous for me to maybe look at the situation more objectively and give him a little margin.
Physical fitness – A Path
Looking fitter than she has in many years, Kajol, unlike many other actors who lose the glow when trying to get rid of post-gestation weight, looks great. ‘We have a gym at home. I have to say I am obsessed with it – I love my workouts. I enjoy the two hours at the gym. It’s a grand time.’ The well-toned histrion believes that working out is a way to give your body, mind and yourself something that’s purely and selfishly for yourself. ‘It’s the best way to burn off all the excess energy, and to feel good about yourself,’ she adds. At 38, Kakatoe shows no ajay devgan and kajol children, sign of ripening. ‘Food habits and modus vivendi – both contribute to it actually, and so do the products you use on your skin. You should take care of your skin, no matter how interfering you may be. I never starve myself, work out like a madman, go to sleep on time, and wake up on time – all of this cultivates for me.
When Ashy Dhir, the director of Ajay’s film Son Of Sardar was casting for the movie, he approached Kajol. She declined the project saying she had responsibilities towards her family. In fact, it was she who recommended Sonakshi Sinha, who eventually did the role. The supporting wife is excited about the approaching movie. ‘The film’s looking fabulous. The trailer is good, but the film is even better!’ she says. This wife can step back and provide a forthrightly assessment of her husband. ‘Ajay’s developed exceedingly as a person. He’s become much more disciplined and a better actor… Today, he’s able to get into matters he wasn’t comfortable with earlier, such as comedy. I don’t think there’s any persona he won’t be able to rationalize. Nearly actors just stay in their comfort zone, instead of stepping out and trying things out of their realm. He’s changed his entire point of view towards life and his career, and I am genuinely proud of that!
Kajol’s been on our cover before with close admirer and confidant, Karan Johar, who she shares a limited bond with. In a recent commentary made by Karan about her cameo in his soon to dismissal Educatee Of The Year, he said that she’s such a dear friend that he had to just catch the phone and call her, and she was ready to do it for him.
‘It’s practically just a 30-second role – I come, do one dance step, and go back in – barely anything. And what do I say? We are friends – and that’s what admirers are for! I don’t have many friends and can literally count them on the fingers of my one hand. I know that doesn’t make me a very popular person, but it does make myalgic encephalomyelitis a happy person. And I really ante meridiem happy with my friends. I put a lot of time and ef fort in my relationships, and therefore don’t have leftover feelings to invest in new human relationship. I love the few friends I have, and I will have them hopefully till the day I die. And I cognize they think of me the same way.
What about the not-so-great equation that her husband Ajay and her close friend Shah Rukh Khan share? Does it bear upon her friendly relationship with SRK? ‘Ajay and Shah Rukh don’t know each other well. They do not socialise with one another, and I believe that’s all right. A friendly relationship between two people is among them. It’s what you say to that person and how he responds to you that matters. I don’t think it has anything to do with anyone else really, even if that individual is your husband.
Movies & Me
We last saw Kajol in My Name Is Khan in 2010, a role that won her the “best actress” title at a number of award mappings. The “deary” actor of the masses, also added the Padma Shri, awarded to her by the government of India last year, to her list of many achievements. Afterward then, a number of designs have been extended to her, but she has denied them all. ‘I most certainly didn’t want to work after my son Yug was born. I needed to take time out for myself and my little one. And I feel every woman should be able to do that – you merit it!
Frank about lack of good work now, she says that she’s been holding off for the perfect project to come by. ‘If a fantastic project comes to you – a superb script, wonderful role and a great director – then it’s very difficult to say no… but I haven’t found that lately. So it’s not been a witting decision really’, she laughs. So what’s her resolution of the “right” script? Shef the “right” script? She responds, ‘ Something that has meaning to it. I don’t think you get those very often, and I am not going to do something that’s frivolous; just for the sake of doing a movie. If I take time out away from my kids, I have to believe that the project will give me that kind of personal satisfaction, and” script? She responds, ‘ Something that has meaning to it. I don’t think you get those very often, and I am not going to do something that’s frivolous; just fresponds, ‘ Something that has meaning to it. I don’t think you get those very often, and I am not going to do something that’s frivolous; just for the sake of doing a movie. If I take time out away from my kids, I have to believe that the project will give me that kind of personal satisfaction, and will really be worth the forfeiture. There should be a reason for me to be on the set.’ As an actor, Kajol feels that at the end of the day, it’s the script that is the king. ‘All the compositions of the bedevil should come together well. And the role you essay has to be a part the entire puzzle, and should put it together.
It’s not good in isolation. I have never insisted on being the main character in a film. I believ meaning to it. I don’t think you get those very often, and I am not going to do something that’s frivolous; just for the sake of doing a movie. If I take time out away from my kids, I have to believe that the project will give me that kind of personal satisfaction, and will really be worth the forfeiture. There should be a reason for me to bI don’t think you get those very often, and I am not going to do something that’s frivolous; just for the sake of doing a movie. If I take time out away from my kids, I have to beliehink you get those very often, and I am not going to do something that’s frivolous; just for the sake of doing a movie. If I take time out away from my kids, I have to believe that the project will give me that kind of personal satisfaction, and will really be worth the forfeiture. There should be a reason for me to be on the set.’ As an actor, Kajol feels that at the end of the day, it’s the script that is the king. ‘All the compositions of the bedevil should come together well. And the role you essay has to be a part the entire puzzle, and should put it together.
It’s not good in isolation. I have never insisted on being the main character in a film. I believe you should be able to stand out no matter how big or small the role. And that’s the biggest challenge – even if you have three lines to say in a film, they should get people to say, “my god!”‘ She pauses, and adds, ‘I would like to be a part of the film and not be apart from the film. So yes, I am picky and choosy, and I’ve gotten pickier and choosier as I have grown older… Sometimes I feel that the right man is easier to find than a good script!’ she laughs.
Give Yourself Enormousness
With so much to do… time always seems like it’s on a fast track. So how does she unwind we ask? ‘I have to forcibly take out “me-time”. I am very insistent when I want it. I like to be with myself, to read, watch television, knit, work out, and do things I like. I go to the room at times and shut the door. I tell everyone, “I desire out!” and I just go chill… And I ask them not to call me out unless the house is on fire,’ says she. The actor loves to read in her spare time. And tells us that she’s just completed Ashok Bankers’s Ramadan series. ‘I pick up a book whenever I find the time – between burgeons or when possible. I love my lamiae and werewolves. My daughter Nysa is also very fond of reading – both of us plonk ourselves on the sofa and spend hours reading.’ A lot of people ask the actor if she misses work, ‘And I tell them that I have a life that is full of a lot more things that I am behaving than just acting. Yes, work is fun, and I would like to get it on till the day I die, but at my own step and time, and that’s how I will keep it,’ she gives up.
Kajol’s “Me-clock time” Bakshises For You
‘The first thing I would say to all the women, every where in the country, is that you have to be able to forgive yourself. It’s okay if everything is not perfect — you have to be able to say that it’s all right, the world’s not going to come crashing down just because I haven’t equaled able to do a certain thing right. Also, never feel guilty about that one hour you’ve taken out for yourself on a certain day. You too have a right to unwind and let your hair down. Don’t keep thinking about some chore you could have been able to complete in that one hour of indulgence. Think of infotech this way: Maybe such one hour is going to refresh me and make me perform those hundred other things better. I think that is it! Just take time to do things you like, so that you don’t lose your identity… And don’t become just someone’s wife or just individual’s mother or daughter-in-law – commemorate to be yourself.