A decade after she began her journey in the film industry, Kajal Aggarwal seems to have outrun the laws of time. At 31, she’s at the prime of her career and in an industry with cut-throat competition; she has remained an A-list star.
This February marks a decade since the actress’ first Telugu release Lakshmi Kalyanam. Kajal admits that she never really thought of making it this far. “I thought I’d do just that one movie as it would look good on my CV and make me seem versatile! I had a completely different career plan back then. But thank God I am here!” she says with a smile.
Recalling her journey, the actress says, “I have grown up over the last ten years. I was quite a brat when I started off and wasn’t as focussed as I am today. I didn’t understand the business either. But everything has changed and today, I love my job and am extremely passionate about it.”
“Irrespective of how they fared, I am very proud of my recent films because I always try something different. It’s necessary for me to explore my potential, break my boundaries and move away from my comfort zone,” she says, adding, “I like challenging myself because that makes me feel like an achiever.”
On the roles coming her way, Kajal says, “Times are changing and women are being projected in a superior manner. It’s great to play substantial characters.” The actress explains why she is doing very few films in a year. “I work only for 12-15 hours a day and that in itself is really strenuous. I am also trying to balance between Tamil, Telugu and Hindi films, so I can’t possibly take on more work than that,” she says with a laugh.
The actress has learnt to take failure in her stride. “We feel bad when a film doesn’t work because we are all human but I am very detached as a person. I know that I have put in my best and there’s only so much I can do. I leave things to destiny,” she says....