‘Ajay and Kajol would not last!’ This was media’s verdict when the two hogged the limelight for pairing up in real life. The critics labelled them as an ‘unlikely pair’ due to their contrasting personalities.
While, Ajay was known to be shy and an introvert, Kajol was a live wire, who would burst into vivacious laughter at the drop of a hat. Few believed that the relationship would not last long, let alone culminate into marriage. But, defying the media speculations, the couple got married after a four-year long courtship and are still going strong.
Kajol, who was always found reading a ‘Mills & Boon’ novel, had finally fallen head over heels in love with her Mr. Right. Ajay explained their relationship by saying, “We never resorted to the usual ‘I love you’ routine. A proposal never happened. We grew with each other. Marriage was never discussed, but it was always imminent.” This ‘unlikely pair’ tied the knot on February 24, 1999, in true Maharashtrian style.
Ajay, often regarded as ‘camera shy’, wanted the marriage to be a private affair. He did not even hire professional photographers for the wedding, insisting that he would be the only one with the camera. Therefore, the photographs were totally up, close and personal.The newlyweds left for a two-month long honeymoon to Europe soon after their wedding.
Both Ajay and Kajol opened up recently about how they still have such a beautiful relationship going. They were quizzed about the secret behind their happy married life at the ‘Hindustan Times Leadership Summit’ held in December, 2014. To that, Kajol had cheerfully admitted, “We dated for almost four years before getting married and we are best friends. I think our relationship has worked only because I speak a lot and he quietly listens. So the secret to our happy married life is that Ajay doesn’t say much.” Adding to this, Ajay joked, “I sometimes listen and sometimes I just pretend to listen.”
Ajay Devgan (born Vishal Veeru Devgan on 2 April 1969) also credited as Ajay Devgn is an Indian Bollywood actor, film director and producer. He is widely considered as one of the most popular actors of Hindi cinema who has appeared in over a hundred Hindi films. He has won numerous awards and has been honoured by the Government of India with the Padma Shri in 2016. He is the son of director Veeru Devgan. Devgan began his professional career with Phool Aur Kaante in 1991 and received a Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut for his performance.
He then starred in successful films such as Jigar (1992), Dilwale (1994), Suhaag (1994), Naajayaz (1995), Diljale (1996) and Ishq (1997). In 1998, he appeared in a critically acclaimed performance in Mahesh Bhatt’s drama Zakhm and he received his first National Film Award for Best Actor for his role in the movie. In 1999, his most-talked-about film was Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam in which he played Vanraj, a man who tries to unite his wife with her lover.
as Kajol, is an Indian film actress who predominantly works in Hindi cinema. Born into the Mukherjee-Samarth family, she is the daughter of actress Tanuja and late filmmaker Shomu Mukherjee. Through her Bollywood career, Kajol has established herself as one of the most popular actresses in India. She is the recipient of numerous accolades, including six Filmfare Awards, among twelve nominations, and along with her late aunt Nutan, holds the record for most Best Actress wins at Filmfare, with five.
In 2011, the Government of India awarded her with the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian honour of the country.