Jaya Bachchan kisses Kajol

Kajol and Jaya Bachchan, though belonging to different generations, have both ruled the silver screen with ease. Jaya has several blockbusters to her credit while Kajol’s pairing with Shah Rukh Khan as well as her astonishing acting prowess made her the darling of the audience. It was truly an epic moment when these two actresses ran into each other at a fashion event in Mumbai. Jaya greeted Kajol with a kiss on the cheek and Kajol loved it.

The similarities between the two actresses are quite striking. The Bengali roots of the actresses probably draws them close together. Kajol was born as Kajol Mukherjee to film actress Tanuja and director Shomu Mukherjee. Jaya Bachchan was born Jaya Bhaduri in Kolkata to Indira Bhaduri and Taroon Kumar Bhaduri who was a journalist and a stage artist. Jaya had acted in several Bengali films including Satyajit Ray’s Mahanagar and even in her long career in Bollywood, she made a number of films with Bengali director Hrishikesh Mukherjee. On the other hand, though Kajol has married Ajay Devgn, the Bengali roots are well alive in her as she was recently seen offering puja at a Durga idol in Mumbai.

However, it is not only a shared cultural heritage and a love of the screen that ties the two actresses together. At one time, a family connection was ready to develop between the two as Rani Mukherjee who is a cousin to Kajol was strongly rumored to be marrying Abhishek Bachchan, the son of Jaya. However, nothing came of the alliance. Jaya had acted with Kajol in the multistarrer blockbuster Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham.Though the two have not shared screen space since then, they have been seen together in several events in Mumbai. Kajol and Jaya were seen laughing together at the launch of Gautam Rajadhyaksha''s book ''Chehere'' at JW Marriott. Kajol along with her husband Ajay Devgn and the full Bachchan family was present in the release of southern superstar Rajnikanth’s Kochadaiyaan. Most recently, as the two actresses ran into each other at a fashion even in Mumbai, Jaya kissed Kajol.

Though Jaya has long restricted her performances in films, it has now been confirmed that she will soon star in a movie opposite husband Amitabh Bachchan. Directed by Soojit Sircar, the movie focuses on the romance of an aged couple. Kajol meanwhile is all set for her comeback in a film to be produced by husband Ajay Devgn, though he will not be acting in the film.