Kajol (born Kajol Mukherjee; 5 August 1974), also known by her married name Kajol Devgan, is an Indian film actress, who predominantly works in Hindi cinema. Born into the Mukherjee-Samarth family, she is the daughter of actress Tanuja Samarth and filmmaker Shomu Mukherjee. She is the recipient of numerous accolades, including six Filmfare Awards, and alongside her aunt Nutan, she holds the record for most Best Actress wins at the ceremony, with five. In 2011, the Government of India awarded her with the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian honour of the country.
After making her film debut through the drama Bekhudi (1992), Kajol had her first commercial success with the thriller Baazigar (1993) and breakthrough with the romance Yeh Dillagi (1994). She achieved further success with starring roles in several top-earning films, including the action thriller Karan Arjun (1995), the comedy Ishq (1997) and the romantic dramas Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya (1998), Pyaar To Hona Hi Tha (1998) and Hum Aapke Dil Mein Rehte Hain (1999). She received critical recognization for her portrayal of an obsessive lover in Gupt: The Hidden Truth (1997), which won her the Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Negative Role, and twin sisters in Dushman (1998). Kajol went on to win the Filmfare Award for Best Actress five times for her performance as an NRI in Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995), a tomboyish student in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998), a loquacious woman in Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham... (2001), a blind Kashmiri woman in Fanaa (2006) and a single mother in My Name Is Khan (2010). Her highest-grossing release came in 2015 with the action romance Dilwale.
In addition to acting in films, Kajol is a social activist and is noted for her work with widows and children, for which she received the Karmaveer Puraskaar in 2008. She has featured as a talent judge for Zee TV's reality show Rock-N-Roll Family and holds a managerial position at Devgn Entertainment and Software Ltd. Kajol has been married to actor Ajay Devgn since 1999, with whom she has two children.