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Kajol on playing a lawyer in The Trial: It's working script over 'working' character for me | Exclusive

The actor plays a working professional in the series, which she hasn't done many times in her career.

Kajol on playing a lawyer in The Trial: It's working script over 'working' character for me | Exclusive
Kajol (Courtesy: Mohit Rai/Instagram)

Last Updated: 03.31 PM, Jul 17, 2023


The Trial marks a lot of firsts for Kajol. This is her first web series on Disney+ Hotstar, and the actor is seen playing the role of a lawyer for the first time. Interestingly, there are not many characters that Kajol played where she was seen as a working professional. During an exclusive interview with OTTplay, the actor was asked if that was one of the major reasons for her to say yes to The Trial.

Kajol stated, "I think most of the characters that I've played, more than the characters themselves, are always dependent on the story and the script. I've always said that it's the script that's most important for me. So I think the fact of the matter is that most of the films that I've done have not revolved around a working character, and this one did. The entire script was based around the working woman. So I think it's really the opposite way around; it's not the working character so much; it's a working script, and that really needs to be a requirement for me."


Although the actor was popular back in the 90s, she has done limited work, unlike her contemporaries. However, back in 1998, Kajol had multiple releases, including Dushman, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Pyaar Kiya Toh Darna Kya, and Pyaar Toh Hona Hi Tha. Interestingly, in a year, the actor showed a variety of characters onscreen with Salaam Venky, Lust Stories 2, and now The Trial.

When asked if, with the influx of OTT, she sees her career path taking shape the way it did back then, Kajol replied, "Honestly, whatever I'm doing, I'm choosing to do it. So wherever I am mentally, that's what I'm like. If somebody offers me the role of a college student today, I don't know whether I would want to do it, but if it's a flashback, I will thank them for it. I can't imagine myself, somewhere down the line, having to really, really believe in it wholeheartedly. Maybe The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, for that matter. I would love to do that. I would do that."

The actor further said, "But like I said, I'm a very, very different person. I think differently, and I believe that it's a fantastic time for all actors. Actually. It's a wonderful time for all actors to do various things, because finally our audience is willing to accept us in almost all avatars rather than sticking to one typical, you know, if she is a heroine, she must do only songs and must do this and must do that. A heroine can be a lot more than that. A heroine can even be a hero, and a hero can even be a heroine, for that matter."

On being scrutinised by netizens, Kajol also shared, "I don't enjoy being scrutinised at all. Not at all. But fortunately for me, I think I would say 100% of the time I have never really had anybody scrutinise me and say anything bad about me, so I'm fine. I'm happy with it. So far, so good."

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