It was on the sets of Hulchul, in 1995, when Ajay Devgn and Kajol met for the very first time. No one, including themselves, could have thought that over two decades later they’d be a happy couple with a wonderful family.
Ajay, in an interview, once confessed how he and Kajol were poles apart and didn’t take to each other well at all. Kajol had found him aloof and a snob. Ajay had found Kajol to be ‘loud, arrogant and a very talkative person’.
Incidentally, Kajol was dating someone else when she met Ajay and the actor too was going steady with another girl. In fact, back in the 90s, Ajay’s relationships often made the news. Reams of newsprint was spent dissecting his link-ups with Karisma Kapoor and Raveena Tandon, two of the hottest actresses of the 90s. There were even rumours of a brief relationship with Twinkle Khanna with whom he did a film. On the contrary, not much is known about Kajol’s significant other at the time.
It wasn’t until two years later, well after Kajol and Ajay had broken up with their respective partners, that they began dating each other. However, a sceptical industry didn’t give the relationship much chance. Fans felt the two were too different to be together for a long time. Moreover, Kajol’s pairing with Shah Rukh Khan had reached its peak after Baazigar and Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge and it was assumed that she would probably choose someone as flamboyant as her on-screen partner and not a subtle and serious Ajay. But defying all expectations, in 1999, the hot couple tied the knot.
The gossip press said that Kajol did not get along with Ajay’s family but they were rubbished by Kajol herself. Rumours of infidelity (a magazine had even done a cover story on his alleged liaison with Kangana Ranaut) and Kajol being ‘made’ to stay at home by Ajay have also been squashed.
However, this union has not been without its challenges. Ajay has had problems with two of Kajol’s best friends – Shah Rukh Khan and Karan Johar – on different occasions. But each time Kajol stood by her husband leading to huge rifts with her friends. It certainly could not have been an easy period. But both of them were able to paper their differences and emerge stronger.
The two share wholly different personalities. Kajol is outspoken and talkative whereas Ajay is quiet and pensive. Kajol also says that she is ‘nasty and cynical’ while Ajay is not. This marriage shows how opposites not only attract but manage to stick together for two decades!
Ajay Devgn’s recent film Total Dhamaal was recently released and is roaring at the box office while Kajol’s recent film Helicopter Eela received critical acclaim.