Kajal Agarwal

Kajal Agarwal Biography

Kajal Aggarwal

Kajal at the Lakme Fashion Week-2012 held at Grand Hyatt in Mumbai.
Born Kajal Aggarwal
19 June 1985 (age 27)[1]
MumbaiMaharashtraIndia[2]
Residence Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Education B.M.M.[3]
Alma mater K.C. College
Occupation ModelActress
Years active 2004-present
Relatives Nisha Aggarwal (sister)

Kajal Aggarwal (born 19 June 1985) is an Indian film actress, who appears in TeluguTamil and Hindi films. Kajal made her film debut in the 2004Bollywood 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,[4] 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) and Business Man (2012), she established herself as one of the leading actresses in Telugu cinema.[5] She has also acted in Tamil films, Naan Mahaan Alla (2010) being her first notable project, but with Maattrraan (2012) and the success of Thuppakki(2012), she emerged as a leading actress in Kollywood.

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[edit]Early life

Kajal was born in Mumbai to Vinay Agarwal, an entrepreneur, and Suman Agarwal, a confectioner.[2] She is of Punjabi descent.[2] She has a younger sister, Nisha Aggarwal, who is also an actress appearing in Telugu and Tamil films.[6] She studied at St. Anne’s High School, Colaba, Mumbai and Jai Hind College, Mumbai.[3] She graduated from K.C. College, Mumbai with a degree in Mass Media.[3] She started her modelling career while she was still in college.[7] She was planning on pursuing MBA in Brand Management before deciding to pursue acting.[8][9]

[edit]Film career

[edit]Career beginnings (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,[10][11] following which she signed veteran Tamil director Bharathiraja‘s Bommalattam, alongside Arjun Sarja. The film, however, got delayed and released in late 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.[12] 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,[13] both films failed to boost her career as her roles were too insignificant.[14] 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.

[edit]Success in Telugu film industry and Bollywood comeback (2009–present)

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.[15][16] The film was also highly commercially successful and broke several records,[17] emerging as the highest-grossing Telugu film of all time.[18][19][20] 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.[21] The film was released again in Tamil as Maaveeran in 2011, which was also successful at the box office.[22] 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.[23][24]

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,[25] with Kajal receiving her second Filmfare nomination for Best Actress for her performance. In August, 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.[26] The film was a box office success. The chemistry between Karthi and Kajal in the film was widely praised.[27] It was later dubbed in Telugu as Naa Peru Siva, in Andhra Pradesh and became a success there too.[28] Kajal’s final release in 2010 was another romantic comedy Brindavanam opposite NTR Jr. andSamantha, which received critical acclaim and went on to become an economical success as well,[29] 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 and her chemistry with Prabhas won appraisal by critics.[30][31] Kajal received her third Filmfare nomination for Best Actress in Telugu for her performance.[32] In May, she appeared inVeera opposite Ravi Teja that received negative reviews[33] and failed at the box office.[34]

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,[35] 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. Nevertheless, the film was successful at the box office,[36] 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 theZee Cine Award for Best Female Debut. Kajal finished 2011 with the Telugu film Dhada opposite Naga Chaitanya, which failed at the box office.[37]

In early 2012, Kajal appeared in the Telugu gangster film Business Man alongside Mahesh Babu, directed by Puri Jagannadh. The film opened to positive reviews and turned out to be a blockbuster.[38][39] Kajal’s performance in her role in the film, though limited, was praised by critics.[40] She was cast as female lead in Sukumar’s Untitled Project, opposite Mahesh Babu.[41] She shot for the film for several days but later opted out of the project due to schedule conflicts.[42] The year also saw her in two big releases in Tamil; the first was Maattrraan opposite Surya and directed by K. V. Anand. The film received mixed to positive reviews from critics. The second film to release that year was A. R. Murugadoss‘s Thuppakki opposite Vijay. The film was released on Diwali 2012 and received mostly positive reviews from the critics.

[edit]Upcoming projects

She is acting with Ravi Teja again in Sarocharu, the film will release on December 21, 2012.[43] In 2013, She will be seen opposite Ram Charan for the second time in her career in VV Vinayak’sNaayak. The film is scheduled to release in January 2013[44] She has signed Baadshah where she is starring once again with NTR Jr.[45] She is also going to sing a song in the film.[46] She is also shooting for her third film in Bollywood, Special Chabbis alongside Akshay Kumar.[47] Another Tamil film, All in All Azhagu Raja has been announced, where she will again star opposite Karthi.[48]

It is also announced that Kajal, along with Allu Arjun, would make a cameo appearance in the film Yevadu, starring Ram Charan Teja, Samantha and Amy Jackson.[49]

[edit]Brand endorsements

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.[9] She is the brand ambassador forLux, joining the likes of Aishwarya RaiPriyanka ChopraKatrina Kaif in endorsing the beauty soap.[50] She is also the brand ambassador for jewellery stores like Sri Lakshmi Jewellery inPuducherry and AVR in Salem.[51][52] She has featured in television advertisements along with Karthi endorsing Bru instant coffee.[53] She has also endorsed mobile brands like Samsung Mobile[54] and has featured in advertisements for the Secunderabad based The Chennai Shopping Mall, along with Samantha, Tamannaah and Nisha Aggarwal. In April 2012, Kajal was announced as the brand ambassador for Panasonic India.[55] She is also the brand ambassador for the Telugu Warriors cricket team in the CCL.[56]

[edit]Awards and nominations

CineMAA Awards
Filmfare Awards South
Filmfare Awards
Zee Cine Awards
Other awards/nominations
  • Nominated, South Scope Award for Best Telugu Actress- Magadheera (2009)

[edit]Filmography

Year Film Role Language Notes
2004 Kyun! Ho Gaya Na… Diya’s friend Hindi
2007 Lakshmi Kalyanam Lakshmi Telugu
2007 Chandamama Mahalakshmi Telugu
2008 Pourudu Samyukhta Telugu
2008 Pazhani Deepti Tamil
2008 Aatadista Sunnanda Telugu
2008 Saroja Pooja Tamil Cameo appearance
2008 Bommalattam Anitha Tamil
2009 Modhi Vilayadu Easwari Lakshmiram Tamil
2009 Magadheera Yuvarani Mithravindha Devi,
Indira (Indu)
Telugu Nominated- Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu
2009 Ganesh Just Ganesh Divya Telugu
2009 Arya 2 Geethanjali Telugu
2010 Om Shanti Meghana Telugu
2010 Darling Nandini Telugu Nominated- Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu
2010 Naan Mahaan Alla Priya Sudharsan Tamil
2010 Brindaavanam Bhoomi Telugu
2011 Mr. Perfect Priya Telugu Nominated- Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu
2011 Veera Chitti Telugu
2011 Singham Kavya Bhosle Hindi Nominated- Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut
2011 Dhada Rhea Telugu
2012 Business Man Chitra Telugu
2012 Maattrraan Anjali Tamil
2012 Thuppakki Nisha Tamil
2012 Sarocharu Telugu Releasing on December 21, 2012
2013 Naayak Telugu Releasing on January 09, 2013
2013 Special Chabbis Hindi Releasing on February 08, 2013
2013 All in All Azhagu Raja Tamil Filming
2013 Baadshah Telugu Filming
2013 Yevadu Telugu Filming
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