In the effervescent picturisation of Bollywood songs, few actresses glimmer and glisten quite as brightly as Kajol.

Beginning her career in 1992 with Bekhudi, Kajol has consistently proven her worth as a performer onscreen.

She shines with brashness and utter beauty in her songs and the results are there for all to admire.

DESIblitz is proud to present an engaging list of songs that showcase the star at her very best.

So, sit back and join us on a journey through 10 chartbusters that celebrate the very talented Kajol.

Baazigar O Baazigar – Baazigar (1993)

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Although Baazigar is not Kajol’s first film, it is the first movie that shows the audience just what a capable actress she is.

Not only this, Abbas-Mustan’s famous thriller is her first outing with Shah Rukh Khan. The pair are one of Bollywood’s most celebrated onscreen couples.

In the film, the actress plays Priya Chopra – fiancee to Ajay Sharma/Vicky Malhotra, played by SRK.

‘Baazigar O Baazigar’ is a charming duet between Kumar Sanu and Alka Yagnik.

The song features imagery of Priya in modern clothing, continuously planting kisses on Ajay’s body, while also allowing him to do the same to her.

SRK narrates an incident in which Aamir Khan asked him about working with her in Baazigar.

Shah Rukh surprisingly was unimpressed with Kajol’s attitude and even warned Aamir against collaborating with the actress. However, he clarifies:

“I saw the rushes [of Baazigar] in the evening and kept calling Aamir to clarify.

“I told him, ‘I don’t know what it is, but she is magical on-screen’.”

This iconography showed the viewers traces of the brilliant performer Kajol was to become in the future.

Jaati Hoon Main – Karan Arjun (1995)

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In Rakesh Roshan’s Karan Arjun, Kajol portrays Sonia Saxena, the love interest of Arjun Singh/Vijay (Shah Rukh Khan).

Kumar Sanu and Alka Yagnik masterfully render ‘Jaati Hoon Main’.

The song features Kajol and SRK like never before, in a highly erotic and physical manner.

There are several scenes in which the characters just cannot seem to keep their hands off each other.

Kajol professionally and diligently carries this sensualism.

In an interview with BBC Asian Network, Shah Rukh and Kajol discuss this song. SRK says:

“We were thinking of all the good songs we have done. This is one of them.

“I think it’s a cool song, but it’s also very funny.”

These words suggest the respect that the duo have for this composition, which contributed immensely to the film’s massive success.

Mere Khwaabon Mein – Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995)

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Many Bollywood fans revere Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge as one of the greatest films ever to come out of Indian cinema.

Kajol brings Simran ‘Simi’ Singh to life in Aditya Chopra’s masterpiece.

The music for the film is incredibly popular but a stand-out is ‘Mere Khwaabon Mein’. Lata Mangeshkar happily croons this number.

‘Mere Khwaabon Mein’ is a bold move for Kajol, as she is in nothing but a towel for the whole song.

At one point, she opens the towel, showing how unafraid and professional she is.

A fan praises the star’s natural beauty and enthuses:

“When it comes to raw, natural beauty, no one beats Kajol.

“Her features are so sharp and unique! There will be no one like her!”

These observations enhance the enchanting spell Kajol casts over her fans.

Saajanji Ghar Aaye – Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998)

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Karan Johar’s debut directorial Kuch Kuch Hota Hai is an enduring classic that depicts a love triangle like no other.

Kajol inhabits the heartbreaking world of Anjali Sharma, who is in love with Rahul Khanna (Shah Rukh Khan) but is due to marry Aman Mehra (Salman Khan).

‘Saajanji Ghar Aaye’ is blessed with terrific vocals by Kumar Sanu, Alka Yagnik and Kavita Krishnamurthy.

The song presides over Anjali dancing with Aman at their wedding venue.

The actress looks gorgeous in colourful clothes and nails the choreography.

A review of the Kuch Kuch Hota Hai soundtrack on MouthShut highlights the relatability of the number:

“Man, which wedding was this song not played at?”

In Bollywood, picturisation is just as important as the composition, the lyrics and the vocals.

Without Kajol, the popularity of ‘Saajanji Ghar Aaye’ would not be as strong. For that, the actress deserves applause.

Suraj Hua Maddham – Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (2001)

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Continuing with the evergreen trio of Karan Johar, Kajol and Shah Rukh Khan, this magical song from Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham is the epitome of romance and longing.

Set in a desert, ‘Suraj Hua Maddham’ plays over Anjali Raichand (Kajol) and Rahul Raichand (Shah Rukh Khan) swaying and swinging in each other’s arms.

The affection the characters have is simply infectious and is palpable through the majestic voices of Alka Yagnik and Sonu Nigam.

Kajol returns to her bold and brash image in this song, which requires her to express her sexuality and her charm to gratifying levels.

When Karan released the song ‘Tum Kya Mile’ from his blockbuster Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani (2023), fans unanimously drew comparisons with ‘Suraj Hua Maddham’.

Addressing these claims, Kajol explains:

“I don’t think magic can be recreated. That’s my opinion on it, again.

“I wouldn’t say that people have not succeeded in making wonderfully beautiful things.

“I would say that magic, for me, cannot be recreated.”

The magic of ‘Suraj Hua Maddham’ is certainly original and it shows via the love and fondness fans have for the song.

Mere Haath Mein – Fanaa (2006)

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Fanaa marks Kajol’s comeback to acting after a gap of five years and also is the first canvas that depicts her romantic pairing with Aamir Khan.

Elegant snowy locations and the voices of Sonu Nigam and Sunidhi Chauhan blend to create an incandescent viewing experience in ‘Mere Haath Mein’.

The chemistry between the two leads proves that Kajol looks thrilling opposite any actor.

As Zooni, Kajol romances Rehan (Aamir Khan) with finesse and smoothness. Her eyes convey love like no other actress.

Rajeev Masand commends this quality in a review of Fanaa:

“It is undeniably Kajol who steals the show.”

“Because she has this presence on screen that’s unparalleled by her contemporaries.

“She looks a million bucks and she infuses life into that role.”

For Fanaa, the Ishq star won the 2007 Filmfare Award for ‘Best Actress.’

‘Mere Haath Mein’ is just one indication as to why.

Saiyaan – U, Me Aur Hum (2008)

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In his directorial debut U, Me Aur Hum, Ajay Devgn is cast opposite his real-life wife Kajol as her onscreen husband.

The iconic couple translate their bond perfectly on celluloid as Dr Ajay Mehra and Piya Mehra.

Sunidhi Chauhan’s mellifluous voice suits Kajol perfectly as she performs with ease and brashness.

A fan gushes over Kajol’s versatility and terrific combination:

“Kajol is such a natural and versatile actress. Her acting is so beautiful.

“Her dusky shin her smile and her bubbly ways. A fabulous combination like no other.”

In tremendous codes of clothing, Piya entices and teases Ajay as she dances confidently on the table.

Her eyes alluringly gaze at her husband, adorning ‘Saiyaan’ with a naughty likeability.

Tere Naina – My Name is Khan (2010)

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Expectations were high when Karan Johar and Shah Rukh Khan teamed up with their frequent actress for the first time in nine years.

The social drama My Name is Khan is quite unlike a typical SRK-Kajol-Johar collaboration.

It has romance blossoming through several of the songs, but not a single number involves much sensory action or lip-syncing.

Despite this, however, the beautiful Shafqat Amanat Ali rendition of ‘Tere Naina’, is a remarkable display of compassion and care.

The song shows Kajol’s Mandira humour and enjoy the innocence of Shah Rukh’s Rizwan Khan.

The fact that Rizwan has Asperger’s Syndrome does not bother Mandira in the slightest as she warms herself to Rizwan’s behaviour and his honesty.

Kajol uses her marvellous expressions to show the character’s happiness and laughter.

It all makes for a sobbing viewer when their relationship is tested later in the film.

Not only is ‘Tere Naina’ a historic showcase for Kajol, but it is also a testament to the genius that is Shah Rukh Khan, becoming one of Bollywood’s greatest songs that feature characters with a disability.

Dil Khol Ke – We Are Family (2010)

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Adapted from Stepmom (1998), We Are Family reunites Kajol (Maya) and Kareena Kapoor Khan (Shreya Arora) onscreen after Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham.

Maya is a terminally ill mother of three children who asks her ex-husband Aman’s (Arjun Rampal) girlfriend to look after her kids after she dies.

‘Dil Khol Ke’ is a tribute to Elvis Presley’s single ‘Jailhouse Rock’ (1957).

Anushka Manchanda, Akriti Kakar and Suraj Jagan energetically belt out this number.

Despite her illness, Maya dances merrily in a karaoke bar along with Shreya, Aman and her kids.

Kajol personifies fun and mischief as she hops across a piano and glides on the floor. Underlining this, a review of the song says:

“The piano in the first interlude is superb.”

A viewer also speaks positively about Kajol’s act:

“Kajol looks rocking. She just enjoyed her dancing and music not posing for a photo click.”

Another fan commented:

“Such a lively soul you have, Kajol!”

This dynamic performance is filled with zest and enthusiasm.

Jo Tum Saath Ho – Salaam Venky (2022)

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Salaam Venky chronicles true events that happened in the lives of Kolavennu Sujata Krishnan (Kajol) and her son Kolavennu Venkatesh ‘Venky’ Prasad Krishnan (Vishal Jethwa).

The film’s talented cast also includes Aamir Khan who plays a figment of Sujata’s imagination.

Unfortunately, Venky has Duchenne muscular dystrophy – a progressive disease affecting muscles that shortens his life.

When Venky is in his final moments, a distraught Kajol sings ‘Jo Tum Saath Ho’ for him as Aamir’s character watches on.

Shreya Ghoshal’s lilting, tender voice illustrates the soothing of a mother towards her child.

Kajol received widespread acclaim for her performance as the devastated mother even if the film begot mixed reviews.

She is an actor who eclipses the screen in every frame.

Not many actors possess such a magical and infectious screen presence like Kajol.

She may not act as frequently as others, but when she does bless cinemas, it is a treat for fans and the industry.

Her songs especially contain soul-stirring and confident performances, with natural and beautiful talent.

When it comes to celebrating women in Indian cinematic music, Kajol will always shine with glory.