Kajol says she ignored Shah Rukh Khan’s advice on acting, faced burnout: ‘I wanted to quit acting and the film industry’


Bollywood stars Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol, who have starred together in blockbusters like Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge and Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, share a close bond off-screen as well. They even share notes on acting. Recently, Kajol remembered the one time when SRK advised her to learn the technique of acting, but she ignored it. However, later she faced burnout and came to a point where she wanted to quit acting and the film industry.

Kajol started her acting career in 1992 and by 1994, she became so good at her craft that she started doing things ‘unconsciously’. “I reached a point in my career where I was doing things unconsciously. I was doing everything… I was like ‘ye bhi kar do, ye dialogue bhi bol do, sab kuch andar se nikal raha tha (Do everything, say every dialogue, everything was coming from within),” Kajol shared during an interview with Humans of Cinema.

At the time, Shah Rukh advised her to learn the acting technique but she ignored him. Kajol added, “I remember having this conversation with Shah Rukh and he was like, ‘Maybe you got to learn this technique of acting.’ I was like, ‘What’s that? Aisi bhi koi cheez hai? (Is there something like that too?)’ He said, ‘Yes, people are taught this technique and you have to learn this because you cannot do everything from within.’ I didn’t take it seriously then.”

However, there came a time when Kajol got exhausted after playing all the serious roles which required her to do so much on the screen. The actor, who will be soon making her digital debut with the Disney Plus Hotstar show, The Trial shared, “I did a film called Udhar Ki Zindagi (1994). After that film, I felt I was done with the film industry and acting. I was completely burnt out as an actor and I didn’t want to do movies anymore. I told my mother I am taking a break from all this meaningful cinema, this rona-dhona and achee roles. I don’t want to do them anymore. I told her, I want to be a typical 3 scenes and 4 song kind of actor who doesn’t have many scenes. So, I signed 3 films which had that kind of role and they were a relief.”

Meanwhile, Kajol said, she also, “learnt the importance of learning the technique” and realised, “You don’t have to give so much of yourself to something and you can just act knowing you are good at it.”

Kajol was last seen in the Netflix series Lust Stories 2.


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