Kajal Aggarwal is a modern Indian model and film actress, known for working predominantly in Telugu, Tamil and few Bollywood films. She was born on June 19, 1985, in Mumbai, Maharashtra in India to Vinay and Suman Aggarwal. Her younger sister, Nisha Aggarwal, also works in the same field and appeared in Tamil and Telugu films.
She had an internship with the famous cosmetics and beauty company, L’Oreal and that’s when she started her career in modeling. She initially planned on taking an MBA in Brand Management before she decided to start her acting career. Kajal was debuted in the Bollywood romance film, ‘Kyun! Ho Gaya Na..’, Where she played a small role as Aishwarya Rai’s sister.
This was followed by a Tamil film entitled Bommalattam, which stars
Arjun Sarja and
Nana Patekar. However, the film got delayed and was released in the year 2008. Kajal was debuted in the Telugu film industry through Teja’s action drama film,
Lakshmi Kalyanam in 2007. This is the first time that she did the lead role alongside
Nandamuri Kalyan Ram. Subsequently, she appeared in another Telugu film, Chandamama, opposite Navdeep. This film garnered positive reviews and became successful at the box-office.
Kajal made her Tamil debut in the year 2008, from which she co-starred with Bharath in the action entertainer film, Pazhani. After this, she acted in two Tamil films entitled Saroja and Bommalattam. But even if the former became a commercial and critical success, her roles in both films were too irrelevant to improve her career. She also acted in the Telugu films, Pourudu, opposite Sumanth and Aatadista, alongside Nitin in the lead role.
In the year 2009, Kajal did four films. She was first seen in the Saran’s Tamil film, Modhi Vilayadu, opposite
Vinay Rai in the lead role. After this, she did a double role in the high-budget Telugu historical fiction film, Magadheera, which was directed by S. S. Rajamouli. She received praises for donning the role of a princess and earned nominations at the Filmfare and South Scope Awards for Best Telugu Actress.
Magadheera was very successful and became the highest-grossing film of all time, which turned her to become one of the most sought-after actresses in the Telugu film industry. In 2009, she acted in Saravanan’s 'Ganesh Just Ganesh' and the action comedy romance film, Arya 2, where she earned positive feedback for her brilliant performances in both films. In 2010, Kajal was first seen in the romantic comedy film, Darling, alongside Prabhas. The film turned out to be a commercial success at the box office while she received her second nomination at the Filmfare for Best Actress award.
Later, she did the Tamil drama thriller film, Naan Mahaan Alla, along with Karthi. This film is based on the real-life incident, and it became a major success at the box-office. Her final release in 2010 was the Telugu romantic comedy film, Brindavanam, which also stars N. T. Rama Rao Jr. and Samantha in the lead roles. This film was acclaimed critically and economically and earned her the Best Actress award at the CineMAA Award.
In the year 2011, Kajal teamed up again with Prabhas in the romantic comedy film, Mr. Perfect, which turned out to be a critical and commercial success. She was praised for her performance as a conservative doctor and her collaboration with Prabhas earned appraise by the critics. She then received her third nomination at the Filmfare for Best Telugu Actress. Kajal was later seen in the action comedy film, Veera, opposite
This film failed at the box-office and gained negative reviews by the critics, and it failed to make it to the box-office. She acted in the lead role in Rohit Shetty’s Singham, opposite Ajay Devgn. Kajal received nominations at the Filmfare and Zee Cine Award for Best Female Debut. She ended the year with the Telugu action film, Dhada, opposite
Naga Chaitanya in the lead role.
However, the film failed to make it to the box office. By the year 2012, she acted in the Telugu film, Businessman, which stars
Mahesh Babu and was helmed by
Puri Jagannadh. This movie became a blockbuster, and the critics praised her performance in the film. Later, she made a comeback in the Tamil film industry with two action films, Maattrraan, which stars Suriya and Thuppakki, alongside Vijay in the lead role. She played as a boxer in the latter, and the film became a major commercial success.
Her last release in 2012 was the Telugu film, Sarocharu, from which she acted with Ravi Teja for the second time. But even though she was praised for her performance in the film, it received mediocre reviews and failed at the box office. In 2013, Kajal was starred in the Telugu action comedy film, Naayak, together with
Ram Charan and
Amala Paul in the lead roles.
After this, she was starred in the Hindi thriller heist film, Special 26 with
Akshay Kumar. Both films turned out to be a significant critical and commercial success. She acted in Sreenu Vaitla’s action-comedy-thriller film, Baadshah and her last release in the year 2013 was the Tamil romantic comedy film, All in All,
Azhagu Raja, which features Karthi, Prabhu and Santhanam in the lead roles.
In early 2014, Kajal was seen as a police officer in the Tamil action comedy drama film, Jilla, alongside Vijay and Mohanlal. Later, she made a cameo role in the Telugu action thriller film, Yevadu and the very successful family drama film,
Govindudu Andarivadele. This film earned a total of $6.3-Million and turned out to be one of the highest grossing Telugu films of the year. Earlier this year, she was starred in Puri Jagannadh’s blockbuster film, Temper opposite N. T. Rama Rao Jr. in the lead roles.
She was recently seen in the Tamil gangster film, Maari, which stars Dhanush and in Vishal-starrer Tamil action film,
Paayum Puli. She is now working in the upcoming drama film, Brahmotsavam, which is expected to release in 2016. Besides working in movies, she is also an endorser of several popular brands such as RS Brothers, Salem’s AVR and Puducherry’s Sri Lakshmi Jewellery, Bru Coffee, Samsung Mobile, Green Trends and The Chennai Shopping Mall in Secunderabad. Before her acting career, she has done various commercials and became the brand ambassador of the
Celebrity Cricket League, Panasonic, Dabur and Lux.