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Kajol - by lehren

Four of the top hits of the year feature Kajol. Luck, popularity or excellent choice of  films? Whatever, Kajol's dream year is coming to an end. Is this the voluntary end to her career too? Unfortunately, even she doesn't seem to have answers ready for this multi-crore question. Marriage seems to be the priority as there's only one more big film in the bag for Kajol -- D. Rama Naidu's Satish Kaushik directed Hum Aapke Dil Mein Rehte Hain, where co-incidentally she plays a true-to-type bahu.

Her roles in the the four hits of the year -- Pyar Kiya To Darna Kya, Dushman, Pyar To Hona Hi Tha and Kuch Kuch Hota Hai have been as varied as the four heroes opposite her.  Shows you can't pin her down to "type" either in image or star pairing. Granted Kuch Kuch Hota Hain is Kajol's fourth hit with Shah Rukh Khan, after Baazigar, Karan Arjun and Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jaayenge but she didn't want to be just part of a popular hit pair. Or rumours have it that fiance Ajay Devgan wasn't too happy with the Shah Rukh-Kajol team and advised her to drop out of even Mani Ratnam's Dil Se. Anyway, since Dil Se didn't rake in any moolah and Manisha didn't score any points with the film , Kajol hasn't lost much.

What she did gain was a reputaion for giving consistency in performance and variation in her roles. She complemented the suave Salman in Pyar Kiya To Darna Kya, was hilarious in comedy with her beau Ajay in Pyar To Hona Hi Tha and the spunky double role in Dushman proved there is more to her than just the thousand-watt smile. However, her role in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai would have given nightmares to any other established heroine. She sat back in the first half and let Rani Mukherjee hog all the cat-calls and whistles. To her credit Kajol actually even managed to look elegant in the more mature role in the second half. All this coming on top of the "killing" she made last year with Gupt, Kajol can safely look forward to another fulfilling year in 1999, provided she doesn't opt solely for domesticity.


Destination Kajol