-:: Kajal Aggarwal::-
Aggarwal has also acted in Tamil films, Naan Mahaan Alla (2010) being her first notable project, but with Maattrraan (2012) and Thuppakki (2012), her 2nd biggest success after Magadheera Aggarwal, emerged as a leading actress in Tamil cinema as well. Kajal made a comeback to Bollywood with Singham (2011) which was a blockbusterwhile her next film Special 26 (2013) was also declared a box-office success.
Kajal was born in Mumbai to Vinay Aggarwal, an entrepreneur, and Suman Aggarwal, a confectioner. K Aggarwal has a younger sister, Nisha Agarwal, who is also an actress appearing in Telugu and Tamil films. Kajal studied at St. Anne's High School, Colaba, Mumbai and Jai Hind College, Mumbai. Aggarwal graduated from K.C. College, Mumbai with a degree in Mass Media. Kajal Aggarwal started her modelling career while she was still in college. Kajal was planning on pursuing MBA in Brand Management before deciding to pursue acting.
-:Early career, 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,following which Kajal Aggarwal signed veteran Tamil director Bharathiraja's Bommalattam, alongside Arjun Sarja. The film, however, got delayed and released in mid 2008.Kajal 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, Aggarwalappeared in the Krishna Vamsi-directed film Chandamama, which opened to positive reviews and became her first major successful film. In 2008,Kajal Aggarwalhad her first Tamil film release, Perarasu's action entertainer Pazhani, co-starring Bharath. Following this film, Kajal 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, both films failed to boost her career as her roles were too insignificant. 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.
-:Magadheera & Stardom in Telugu, 2009–11:-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 she, 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. The film was also highly commercially successful and broke several records, emerging as the highest-grossing Telugu film of all time. Magadheera's enormous success turned she into one of the most sought-after actresses in Telugu cinema and catapulted her into the main foray of leading Telugu actresses. The film was released again in Tamil as Maaveeran in 2011, which was also successful at the box office. 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.
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 with she receiving her second Filmfare nomination for Best Actress for her performance. Later that year, 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. The film was a box office success. The chemistry between Karthi and she in the film was widely praised. It was later dubbed in Telugu as Naa Peru Siva, in Andhra Pradesh and became a success there too.Kajal's final release in 2010 was another romantic comedy Brindavanam opposite Jr. NTR and Samantha, which received critical acclaim and went on to become an economical success as well,while fetching she the CineMAA Award for Best Actress.
In 2011, Aggarwalwas 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 as a conservative doctor and her chemistry with Prabhas won appraisal by critics. she received her third Filmfare nomination for Best Actress in Telugu for her performance. In May, Aggarwal appeared in Veera opposite Ravi Teja that received negative reviews and failed at the box office.
In July that year, she 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, as did her portrayal of a Goan girl Kavya Bhosle, with critics stating that she had not much to offer in the hero-centric film. Nevertheless, the film was successful at the box office, making she a popular actress in Bollywood.Kajal was nominated for 2 awards for her performance in the film- the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut and the Zee Cine Award for Best Female Debut. she finished 2011 with the Telugu film Dhada opposite Naga Chaitanya, which failed at the box office.
-:Thuppakki & Stardom in South, 2012–present:-
she made a comeback in Kollywood later that year with two big releases; the first was the action thriller film Maattrraan opposite Surya and directed by K. V. Anand. The film received mixed to positive reviews from critics. Her performance was well received; a review carried by The Indian Express summarised "she does with utmost sincerity as the foreign language translator Anjali. It's this trait and her graceful demeanour which makes Kajal a pleasant watch. The second was A. R. Murugadoss's Thuppakki, another action thriller film opposite Vijay, where she played the role of a boxer. The film was released on Deepavali and received mostly positive reviews from the critics. While Maattrraan was declared as an average success, Thuppaki was declared as a blockbuster and has become the second Tamil film ever to enter the Rs.100 crore club. Her final release in 2012 was the Telugu romantic film Sarocharu, opposite Ravi Teja for the second time in her career. Although her performance in the film was praised by critics, the film received poor reviews and did below-average business at the box office.
In early 2013, Kajal starred in V. V. Vinayak's action film Naayak opposite Ram Charan Teja and Amala Paul. Upon release, the film received positive reviews and was a major commercial success. Kajal later starred in the Hindi film Special 26, a 1987 Heist Drama directed by Neeraj Pandey opposite Akshay Kumar. The Movie went on to be a major critical and commercial success. Aggarwal later appeared in Srinu Vaitla's Baadshah opposite Jr. NTR for the second time in her career. Upon release critics appreciated her performance. The Times of India commented she is as usual an eye-candy. She's got a good role and has done justice to her performance. Also Aggarwal looks stunning in the songs." The Movie was also a Blockbuster at the Box office, cementing her position in Telugu cinema. she has completed filming for the comedy film All in All Azhagu Raja, where she will again star opposite Karthi. Kajal plays a character called Chitra Devi Priya, who she described as "little arrogant, but a sweetheart nonetheless". Aggarwal will also feature make a cameo appearance in the film Yevadu starring Ram Charan Teja, Shruthi Hassan and Amy Jackson, along with Allu Arjun. Kajal Aggarwal is currently working on producer R. B. Choudary's Tamil film Jilla, which has Mohanlal and Vijay in lead roles.
Kajal has also entered into top-10 most searched celebrities of Bollywood on the web as per the ratings released in 2012 which is an indication of her growing fame in Bollywood after the positive reviews of Singham and Special 26 . Kajal was ranked the Seventh most searched people on Google in 2013, standing next to her ex co-stars Mahesh Babu and Samantha in the case of Andhra Pradesh.