19 June 1985 |
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
|Residence||Mumbai, Maharashtra, India|
|Alma mater||K.C. College|
Kajal Aggarwal (born 19 June 1984) is an Indian actress, who predominantly appears in Telugu and Tamil films. Through her successful film career, Kajal has become one of the most popular celebrities in South India. In addition to her acting career, Kajal participates in stage shows and is a prominent celebrity endorser for brands and products.
Kajal made her film debut in the 2004 Bollywood film Kyun...! Ho Gaya Na and entered the Telugu film industry through the film Lakshmi Kalyanam (2007). She had her first commercial success with Chandamama (2007) and rose to prominence after her performance in Magadheera (2009), which remains her biggest commercial success in Telugu cinema and fetched her a nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Telugu Actress. Following further consecutive successes with Darling (2010), Brindavanam (2010), Mr. Perfect (2011), Businessman (2012), Naayak (2013) and Baadshah (2013) she established herself as one of the leading actresses in Telugu cinema.
She has also acted in Tamil films, Naan Mahaan Alla (2010) being her first notable project, but with Maattrraan (2012) and Thuppakki (2012), her biggest success in south Indian Cinema, she emerged as a leading actress in Tamil cinema as well. She made a comeback to Bollywood with Singham (2011) which was a blockbuster while her next film Special 26 (2013) was also declared a box-office success.
Kajal was born in Mumbai to Vinay Aggarwal, an entrepreneur, and Suman Aggarwal, a confectioner. She has a younger sister, Nisha Agarwal, who is also an actress appearing in Telugu and Tamil films. She studied at St. Anne's High School, Colaba, Mumbai and Jai Hind College, Mumbai. She graduated from K.C. College, Mumbai with a degree in Mass Media. She started her modelling career while she was still in college. She was planning on pursuing MBA in Brand Management before deciding to pursue acting.
Debut and struggles (2004–08)
Kajal made her acting debut in the 2004 Bollywood film Kyun...! Ho Gaya Na, in which she enacted a minor supporting role as the friend of Diya, following which she signed veteran Tamil director Bharathiraja's Bommalattam, alongside Arjun Sarja. The film, however, got delayed and released in mid 2008.
She made her debut in the Telugu film industry and played her first leading role in 2007 in Teja's Lakshmi Kalyanam alongside Kalyan Ram, which did not fare well at the box office. Later that year, she appeared in the Krishna Vamsi-directed film Chandamama, which opened to positive reviews and became her first major successful film. In 2008, she had her first Tamil film release, Perarasu's action entertainer Pazhani, co-starring Bharath. Following this film, she had two more Tamil releases that year with Venkat Prabhu’s comedy-thriller Saroja, in which she did a guest appearance, and Bharathiraja's investigative thriller Bommalattam. Although the former went on to become a commercial as well as a critical success, both films failed to boost her career as her roles were too insignificant. Both her Telugu releases, Pourudu and Aatadista opposite Sumanth and Nitin, respectively, neither received positive reviews while the former was successful at the box office.
Public recognition and success (2009–11)
Kajal had four releases in 2009. she first starred in another Tamil film Modhi Vilayadu, opposite Vinay Rai which garnered mixed reviews and was a financial failure, following which she appeared in the high budget Telugu historical drama Magadheera, alongside Ram Charan Teja, which saw her essaying double roles for the first time. The film, directed by S. S. Rajamouli, received universal critical acclaim, while Kajal, particularly, was praised for her portrayal of a princess in the film. Kajal was nominated for the Filmfare Award for Best Actress in Telugu and was also nominated for the award for Best Telugu Actress in the South Scope Awards for her performance in the film. The film was also highly commercially successful and broke several records, emerging as the highest-grossing Telugu film of all time. Magadheera's enormous success turned Kajal into one of the most sought-after actresses in Telugu cinema and catapulted her into the main foray of leading Telugu actresses. The film was released again in Tamil as Maaveeran in 2011, which was also successful at the box office. Her subsequent releases Ganesh Just Ganesh, opposite Ram and Arya 2 opposite Allu Arjun received mixed reviews from critics, while her performance garnered positive feedback.
Kajal's first 2010 release was A. Karunakaran's romantic comedy Darling, which featured her alongside Prabhas and received favorable response, becoming a commercial success at the box office, with Kajal receiving her second Filmfare nomination for Best Actress for her performance. Later that year, she appeared in the Tamil thriller film Naan Mahaan Alla opposite Karthi, which was based on a real life incident and opened to unanimously positive reviews. The film was a box office success. The chemistry between Karthi and Kajal in the film was widely praised. It was later dubbed in Telugu as Naa Peru Siva, in Andhra Pradesh and became a success there too. Kajal's final release in 2010 was another romantic comedy Brindavanam opposite Jr. NTR and Samantha, which received critical acclaim and went on to become an economical success as well, while fetching Kajal the CineMAA Award for Best Actress.
In 2011, she was paired with Prabhas for the second time in the romantic comedy Mr. Perfect, directed by Dasaradh. The film became a critical and commercial success. Kajal's performance in the film as a conservative doctor and her chemistry with Prabhas won appraisal by critics. Kajal received her third Filmfare nomination for Best Actress in Telugu for her performance. In May, she appeared in Veera opposite Ravi Teja that received negative reviews and failed at the box office.
In July that year, Kajal made her Bollywood comeback after 7 years with a leading role in the police story Singham, a remake of the same-titled 2010 Tamil film, opposite Ajay Devgn. The film received mixed reviews from critics, as did her portrayal of a Goan girl Kavya Bhosle, with critics stating that Kajal had not much to offer in the hero-centric film. Komal Nahta noted that Kaajal Aggarwal acts with effortless ease. Her performance is good, while Filmfare wrote that Kajal who looks pretty and has done what she has been told to, but probably deserved a meatier debut. Nevertheless, the film was Blockbuster at the box office, making Kajal a popular actress in Bollywood. She was nominated for 2 awards for her performance in the film- the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut and the Zee Cine Award for Best Female Debut. Kajal finished 2011 with the Telugu film Dhada opposite Naga Chaitanya, which failed at the box office.
Recent work (2012–present)
In early 2012, Kajal appeared in the Telugu gangster film Businessman alongside Mahesh Babu, directed by Puri Jagannadh. The film, a Sankranthi release, opened to positive reviews and turned out to be a blockbuster. Kajal's performance in her role in the film, though limited, was praised by critics.
Kajal made a comeback in Kollywood later that year with two big releases; the first was the action thriller film Maattrraan opposite Surya and directed by K. V. Anand. The film received mixed to positive reviews from critics. Her performance was well received; a review carried by The Indian Express summarised "Kajal does with utmost sincerity as the foreign language translator Anjali. It's this trait and her graceful demeanour which makes Kajal a pleasant watch. The second was A. R. Murugadoss's Thuppakki, another action thriller film opposite Vijay, where she played the role of a boxer. The film was released on Deepavali and received mostly positive reviews from the critics. While Maattrraan was declared as an average success, Thuppaki was declared as a blockbuster and has become the second Tamil film ever to enter the Rs.100 crore club. Her final release in 2012 was the Telugu romantic film Sarocharu, opposite Ravi Teja for the second time in her career. Although her performance in the film was praised by critics, the film received poor reviews and did below-average business at the box office.
In early 2013, she starred in V. V. Vinayak's action film Naayak opposite Ram Charan Teja and Amala Paul. Upon release, the film received positive reviews and was a major commercial success. She later starred in the Hindi film Special 26, a 1987 Heist Drama directed by Neeraj Pandey opposite Akshay Kumar. The Movie went on to be a major critical and commercial success. She later appeared in Srinu Vaitla's Baadshah opposite Jr. NTR for the second time in her career. Upon release critics appreciated her performance. The Times of India commented "Kajal is as usual an eye-candy. She's got a good role and has done justice to her performance. Also she looks stunning in the songs." The Movie was also a Blockbuster at the Box office, cementing her position in Telugu cinema. Kajal has completed filming for the comedy film All in All Azhagu Raja, where she will again star opposite Karthi. She plays a character called Chitra Devi Priya, who she described as "little arrogant, but a sweetheart nonetheless". She will also feature make a cameo appearance in the film Yevadu starring Ram Charan Teja, Shruthi Hassan and Amy Jackson, along with Allu Arjun. Her recently released Tamil film is Jilla which was produced by R. B. Choudary. This film also has Mohanlal and Vijay in lead roles.
In addition to films, Kajal also endorses a large number of popular brands. Before starting her film career, she had acted in various commercials as a model. Kajal represents Celebrity Cricket League as one of the brand ambassadors. She is the brand ambassador for Lux in endorsing the beauty soap. She endorses several Retail and Jewellery stores in south India namely, RS Brothers in Hyderabad, Sri Lakshmi Jewellery in Puducherry and AVR in Salem. She has featured in television advertisements along with Karthi endorsing Bru instant coffee. She has also endorsed mobile brands like Samsung Mobile and has featured in advertisements for the Secunderabad based The Chennai Shopping Mall. In April 2012, Kajal was announced as the brand ambassador for Panasonic India. In 2013, Kajal has been signed by Dabur India as the brand ambassador of its flagship hair oil brand DaburAmlaNelli. She also endorses Green Trends, a leading salon brands in India.
|Denotes films that have not yet been released|
|2004||Kyun! Ho Gaya Na...||Diya's sister||Hindi|
|2009||Modhi Vilayadu||Easwari Lakshmiram||Tamil|
|2009||Magadheera||Yuvarani Mithravindha Devi
Nominated- Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu
|2009||Ganesh Just Ganesh||Divya||Telugu|
|2010||Darling||Nandini||Telugu||Nominated- Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu|
|2010||Naan Mahaan Alla||Priya Sudharsan||Tamil|
|2010||Brindaavanam||Bhoomi||Telugu||CineMAA Award for Best Actress (Telugu)|
|2011||Mr. Perfect||Priya||Telugu||Nominated- Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu|
|2011||Singham||Kavya Bhosle||Hindi||Nominated- Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut|
|2012||Thuppakki||Nisha||Tamil||CineMAA Award for Best Actress (Tamil)|
|2013||Special 26||Priya Chauhan||Hindi|
|2013||All in All Azhagu Raja||Chitra Devi Priya||Tamil|
|2015||Untitled Puri Jagannadh project||Telugu||Filming|
|2015||Untitled Balaji Mohan project||Tamil||Pre-production.|
|2015||Untitled Ajoy Verma project||Hindi||Pre-production.|
|2015||Untitled Sudhir Mishra's film||Hindi||Pre-production.|
Awards and nominations
|CineMAA Awards||Best Actress||Brindaavanam (2010)||Won|
|Best Actress||Thuppakki (2013)||Won|
|Filmfare Awards South||Best Actress||Magadheera (2009)||Nominated|
|Best Actress||Darling (2010)||Nominated|
|Best Actress||Mr. Perfect (2011)||Nominated|
|Filmfare Awards||Best Female Debut||Singham (2011)||Nominated|
|Zee Cine Awards||Best Female Debut||Won|
|Stardust Awards||Superstar of Tomorrow - Female||Won|
|Vijay Awards||Best Actress||Thuppakki (2013)||Won|
|2nd South Indian International Movie Awards||Best Actress||Won (Critics)|
|Cosmopolitan People's Choice Award||Best Actress||Thuppakki (2013)||Won|
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