Dark, plump, and sporting a unibrow - people wanted to write Kajol off after her first film, Bekhudi.
It didn't matter that she came from a family of legends; her looks just didn't merit a place in Bollywood.
But being bold and irreverent have always been the keystones of her personality, and she proved that she was here to stay with her very next film, Baazigar.
From awards for best actress - and even the best villain - Kajol's achieved it all. And then she chucked it all aside to settle down with the love of her life, Ajay Devgn.
Two children later, Kajol ventures back into Bollywood when she wants to, and not because she's insecure about people forgetting all about her.
And oh yea, at 38, she loves where she is at. "I don't want to be 16 again because I am much prettier now!" she said recently. And we so totally agree.