Rani Mukherjee

A director’s actor: Rani Mukherjee
Rani Mukherjee is one of the finest female actresses of Bollywood of recent years. She hails from the famous Mukherjee family, which has been working in the film industry for generations. Each and every of her family members is connected to this glamour world in some way or the other. Her cousin is Kajol who is also a very popular and talented Bollywood actress. Rani was born on March 21, 1978 and she started her career in a Bengali movie ‘Biyer Phul’ in 1992, which was directed and produced by her father Ram Mukherjee.

Four years after she made her debut in Bollywood film ‘Raja Ki Aayegi Barat’ which was huge flop. In 1998, Rani’s first release was ‘Ghulam’ opposite Aamir Khan, this movie was a big hit that year. Her other release of the same year was ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’ which was the directorial debut of Karan Johar and had Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol in the lead. Rani won her first award ‘Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Female’ for ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’. Both these films established her permanent place in Bollywood and also as a powerful actress of the industry. Rani Mukherjee has appeared in a number of movies till now and the most successful are ‘‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’ , ‘Black’, ‘Bunty Aur Bubly’, ‘Saathiya’ and many more. Her performance of a blind and deaf and dumb girl in Sanjay Leela Bhansali directed ‘Black’ is the best till date. Rani Mukherjee is one of the most talented actresses that Bollywood has ever produced.

Kajol: Still one of the best in Bollywood

Kajol Devgan Indian Actress

Kajol Devgan, known simply as Kajol, is a name synonymous with success in Indian cinema. Renowned for her captivating screen presence and diverse filmography, she is widely regarded as one of the most accomplished actresses in Bollywood.

Born in 1974, Kajol comes from a rich cinematic lineage. Her mother, Tanuja, and several other family members are prominent figures in the industry. She debuted at 16 in “Bekhudi” (1992) and soon gained recognition with films like “Baazigar” (1993) and “Yeh Dillagi” (1994).

However, it was her iconic pairing with Shah Rukh Khan in the blockbuster romances “Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge” (1995) and “Kuch Kuch Hota Hai” (1998) that catapulted her to superstardom. These films not only garnered immense commercial success but also cemented her position as a leading actress in the 1990s.

Kajol’s versatility extends beyond the realm of romantic comedies. She delivered critically acclaimed performances in films like “Gupt: The Hidden Truth” (1997), where she played a psychopathic killer, and “Dushman” (1998), portraying a woman seeking revenge. Her exceptional portrayal of these complex characters earned her widespread praise and solidified her reputation as a talented and multifaceted actress.

Kajol’s impressive collection of accolades includes six Filmfare Awards, with a record-tying five Best Actress wins. In 2011, she was conferred the prestigious Padma Shri award by the Government of India, recognizing her exceptional contribution to Indian cinema.

Beyond acting, Kajol is known for her outspoken personality and advocacy for social causes. She actively participates in raising awareness about issues like environmental protection and women’s empowerment.

Even after years in the industry, Kajol remains a captivating force. She continues to grace the silver screen with occasional projects, maintaining her position as a true icon of Bollywood.