Renowned actress, Kajol, has come a long way since her debut in 1992 with Bekhudi. Daughter of yesteryear actress, Tanuja, Kajol has learned the crafts of her profession with each passing film. Over time, she gained experience about the little nuances of acting including the importance of body language and on-screen chemistry with the co-actor.
During an interview for the promotions of her upcoming film Helicopter Eela, Kajol opened up about her journey so far. She listed three movies that have greatly shaped her acting skills: Bekhudi (1992), Udhar Ki Zindagi (1994) and Dushman (1998). The first two films didn't work at the box-office but enhanced her acting abilities and helped her grow as an actor.
Kajol's trajectory of films shows that she experimented with different film genres and each movie has been a new learning experience, helping her get acquainted with the technical know-how of the art. Bekhudi introduced her to the world of film-making. Her second movie, "Udhar Ki Zindagi" was an intense, strong movie so much so that Kajol suffered from a burnout in "a weird way". Kajol revealed during Baazigar, her co-actor Shah Rukh telling her:
"...I remember having a conversation during 'Baazigar' with Shah Rukh and he told me, I should learn how to act and I was like, 'I am doing so fabulously well'. He told me that I needed to burn out as an actor. I felt, he talks nonsense sometimes. But when I was shooting for 'Udhar Ki Zindagi', I was like, 'I can't do films that are so heavy, it sucks so much out of you'. I did not want to do that anymore."
Kajol recollected having conversations with her mother of wanting to do lighter films and avoid movies like 'Udhar Ki Zindagi', which were draining her substantially. After stints like 'Hulchul' and 'Gundaraj', Kajol opted for some hard-hitting work like 'Dushman' (1998). According to reports, Kajol had first turned down the film because she was uncomfortable filming the crucial rape scene. But the director and the producer gave her assurance that the scene would be shot aesthetically using a body-double. In addition to shining at the box office, the film was critically acclaimed for her acting.
Until 'Kuch Kuch Hota Hai', Kajol had acted in more than 15 films including the superhit flick 'Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge'.
"What I realised is that when you have fun off-screen, it translates on screen. Your off-screen equation is conveyed on screen. There is some relatability that comes on screen... You don't know what is it that attracts people."
WHAT'S NEXT FOR KAJOL?
The actress is busy promoting her upcoming flick, 'Helicopter Eela', which is slated to release on 12 October 2018. The film is based on the Gujarati play titled Beta, Kaagdo by Anand Gandhi.
(With Inputs From PTI)
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