(born 5 August 1974) is an Indian actress appearing in Hindi
films. Born to actress Tanuja
and film director Shomu Mukherjee
, Kajol made her acting début with Bekhudi
(1992) while still in school. She quit her studies to pursue acting, and had her first commercial success with Baazigar
(1993), opposite Shahrukh Khan
. She subsequently featured with Khan in several blockbusters
, including Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge
(1995), Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
(1998), and Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham...
(2001). Her performances in these films met with wide public recognition and earned her three Filmfare Awards in the Best Actress category. After shooting for Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham...
in 2001, Kajol took a sabbatical from full-time acting for five years in order to focus on her marriage. She made a comeback with the romantic thriller
(2006), for which she received a fourth Filmfare Award for Best Actress. She continued working infrequently through the rest of the decade, playing leading roles in such films as U Me Aur Hum
(2008), We Are Family
and My Name Is Khan
(both 2010). Her performance in the latter earned her a fifth Best Actress award at Filmfare. Kajol is a social activist and is noted for her work with widows and children, for which she received the Karmaveer Puraskaar
in 2008. Kajol has been in a relationship with actor Ajay Devgn
since 1995. In 1999, they married, and she gave birth to their daughter, Nysa, in 2003 and their son, Yug, in 2010.