Over the years Indian cinema has explored the theme of love triangles many times. Who can forget the 2000 film ‘Dhadkan’ that saw Anjali (Shilpa Shetty Kundra) amidst a love triangle with her past love Dev (Suniel Shetty) and her present love Ram (Akshay Kumar) both trying to win her love. Another story that explored this theme was the 1993 hit film ‘Baazigar’ that had audiences on the edge of their seats.
To explore this theme further on the occasion of Kajol’s 45th birthday, BizAsiaLive.com will look at five films where Kajol’s characters were amidst a love triangle.
‘Dil Kya Kare’ (1999)
It was a love triangle that saw a married man stuck between his wife and a woman who was the mother of his child. Kavita (Mahima Chaudhry) and Anand (Ajay Devgn) lived a happy life with their daughter Neha whom they had adopted. Things start to get scary for the couple when a woman named Nandita (Kajol) begins to meet their daughter without their knowledge. One day Kavita confronts Nandita and to her astonishment she claims that she is the birth mother of the child she calls her daughter.
When Anand learns that Kavita has let Nandita stay at their home he is confused by her decision and wants to meet Nandita himself so he can find out her intentions. The moment Anand and Nandita come face to face they are both left shocked as they recall the night they had met many years ago, it is then that he realises that he may in fact be the biological father of Neha.
While Nandita stays in Anand and Kavita’s home both Nandita and Anand feel they have something special between them but in reality isn’t possible.
‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’ (1998)
A classic which is remembered for its moments of friendship, love and sacrifice. Rahul Khanna (Shahrukh Khan) and Anjali Sharma’s (Kajol) friendship was an example to everyone in St Xavier’s College. When Tina Malhotra (Rani Mukherjee) the daughter of the principal starts college, Rahul can’t help but feel attracted towards her. After a few playful interactions between Tina and Rahul they become friends but in this process Anjali starts to sense something different in her feelings for Rahul especially when during a class he says that ‘pyar dosti hai’ (love is friendship). Over time Rahul and Tina become closer while Anjali also begins to fall in love with Rahul. One day when the two friends meet just as Anjali is about to profess her feelings to Rahul, he ends up expressing his love for Tina leaving Anjali heartbroken.
As the film progresses another love triangle arises when the two friends meet once again as adults. The Anjali who was once a tomboy has grown her hair and started to dress like a woman making Rahul both shocked and surprised at this change in his friend. Gradually with the help of his daughter and mother he begins to fall in love with Anjali but what he doesn’t realise is that Anjali’s marriage has been fixed to Aman (Salman Khan) who loves her with all his heart.
‘Gupt: The Hidden Truth’ (1997)
It was one of the most memorable roles done by Kajol and till date she is praised for her acting in the film. Isha (Kajol) and Sahil (Bobby Deol) were close friends in their childhood but due to certain circumstances had to separate. When they are both at college fate reunites them once again bringing them closer than ever. Things are short lived in their love story when Sahil’s father arranges Sahil’s engagement with Sheetal (Manisha Koirala) who also studies at the same college as the love birds. Sahil is angered by his fathers decision and an argument breaks out at a party resulting in Sahil getting slapped by his father. After his mother intervenes Sahil ends up leaving angrily hand in hand with Isha.
Sheetal had liked Sahil from the moment she saw him but after his rejection she realises he sees her as nothing more than a friend. As for Isha she sees Sheetal as a big threat who will try whatever she can to come in between the two. Be it a woman or anyone else Isha isn’t one to let her love be torn away from her. Kajol’s fiery performance won the hearts of her fans as well as the 1998 Filmfare Award for best villain.
‘Yeh Dillagi’ (1994)
Two brothers who are as different as chalk and cheese end up finding themselves falling for the same woman. Sapna (Kajol) is the daughter of a driver who works for the reputed Saigal family. They have two sons one is the business minded Vijay (Akshay Kumar) who is all work and no play while Vicky (Saif Ali Khan) likes to enjoy life, with work being the last thing on his mind. When a confrontation between Sapna and Vicky ends badly with him telling her to look at her own status before she interferes in his matters, Sapna makes a vow to change her life and leaves for the city.
Indeed Sapna keeps her promise transforming into a top model with the help of her friend. On returning to her town Vicky is mesmerised by the new and improved Sapna falling in love with her. Vijay also bumps into Sapna a few times and in those meeting begins to like her more and more with Sapna also falling in love with him. However when the three learn of each others feelings the question arises as to who will sacrifice their love and who will be left to pick up the pieces of their broken heart.
Kajol played the role of the lively Priya who had spent her childhood at a convent amongst nuns. When she finishes her education she is asked about her next step in life, Priya answers that she wants to become a nun. Her father is furious as he wants her to live her life fully especially when she hasn’t seen the outside world.
The twist in the story happens when Thomas (Arvind Swamy) who has known Priya from when they were children meets Priya at the convent again after so many years. Thomas keeps visiting the convent as his aunt is a nun there. Every time he goes there he manages to bump into Priya spending more and more time with her, eventually a time comes when the two become good friends. What Priya doesn’t know is that Thomas actually loves her and whenever he attempts to tell her his feelings something always goes wrong. To help him he hires Deva (Prabhu Deva) a talented hair stylist and a struggling musician to help him confess his feelings. Deva has a way with words and can make the impossible happen. The problem is Deva succeeds in making Priya fall in love however it is not with Thomas but himself. Deva also loves Priya but because of Thomas doesn’t reveal his feelings.
BizAsiaLive.com wishes Kajol a very happy birthday!