Mangalore: Kajal Raj – With Courage to Strike it Big in Sandalwood

Aug 25, 2009

With stars in her eyes, 21-year-old Kajal Raj from B C Road here dreams of making it big in our very own Sandalwood. Ambitious girl that she is what’s holding her back from being up there with leading league of stars is her background coupled with the fact that she has no ‘Godfather’ to give that one push.

“As far as I remember, since childhood I have been fascinated by the glamour world. The passion towards acting refuses to die in me despite the fact that I have no godfathers in the industry and my family is not strong enough to support me financially, says Kajal. Anees Raj, Kajal’s father who was an advocate died three years ago. And now the family is looked after by her elder brother. 

The fact that she is a Muslim too has been a hindrance. Though we do find many girls from Muslim community in the glamour world, they have their own limitations to overcome certain challenges in the field. However, Kajal begs to differ and says, “"My religion has never been an obstacle to aspire for my goals. I look up to many Muslim girls who have made it big in Hindi films and also in the modeling arena.” Bold Kajal, who has studied up to standard X has her eyes firmly set on the tinsel town and no interest in pursuing further studies.

Kajal has already made her acting debut with Kannada serial, Comedy Express, which was telecast in DD Chandana. Though a small role, Kajal says it has filled more confidence in her. She also regrets that due to personal reasons she had to reject an offer to act in another serial. What fuelled her desire to make it big in films is the role in the Beary language telefilm, Sandola, produced and directed by Ismail Moodshedde.

“Though a role of supporting character, the particular role instilled in me lot of self-confidence and gave me the courage to dream big. From here, I intend to bag a role in a Kannada movie and also get into modeling, says Kajal. “And now, my first intention is to get a role in Kannada movie or taking part in modelling" adds Kajal

Kajal sees her mother, Nishaz Raj as a positive influence in her life with her ever-supporting nature. "My mother is everything to me. She is the one who inspires me, and always encourages me to go and fulfill my dreams,” she says. “My mother is always with me and do not go for shoots without her. We went to Malnad for a shooting for over ten days and this time along with my mother, my sister Jahnavi Raj, who has a role in telefilm, Sandola accompanied me.

19-year-old Jahnavi, a second-year pre-university college student is the younger sibling of Kajal and dreams of walking in her sister’s footsteps. A good-looking Jahnavi however says, “I get nervous when I face camera. It was the first-time ever I faced the camera for Sandola. I am hopeful that I will be able to do better in the days to come, adds Jahnavi.


"There is nothing wrong in dreaming big. We are ready to face hurdles and are working hard by taking dancing, acting and music lessons. With hardwork and honestly nothing is impossible,” says Jahnavi, who first prefers to complete her studies. Though both Kajal and Jahnavi know their limitations, it is the sheer courage to live their dreams that has kept them going.

Daijiworld Media Network – Mangalore (SB) <br>Pics by Prajwal Ukkuda
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Comment on this article

  • asif, dubai

    Fri, Aug 28 2009

    opportunity should be given....looks are beyond wishes are there for bright future in the film industry

  • Karun Joseph, Banglore Karnataka

    Fri, Aug 28 2009

    At Crasta she is Manglorean she will act as heroine she has that look..please encourge her..

  • dinesh, mangalore

    Thu, Aug 27 2009

    Dear kajal you have bright future.we all here are your fans. dont see back.good luck.

  • Merlyn Sequeira, Mangalore/Dubai

    Thu, Aug 27 2009

    All the best in your future venture. Your success lies in your confidence. Keep going babies you will win the world. God bless you

  • Thufail, Mangalore

    Thu, Aug 27 2009

    Hats off to you both, you have made the community proud by following the footsteps of Dilip Kumar, Shahrukh Khan, Salman, Tabu and the likes. Congratulations and best wishes

  • Anand Dsilva, Dubai

    Wed, Aug 26 2009

    Give the best shot of your life. Do not worry about failures. Rest will be history.

  • Rajesh, Puttur mangalore

    Thu, Aug 27 2009

    Go head my dear best of luck.

  • Shridhara Achar, Puttur/ Bangalore

    Thu, Aug 27 2009

    Yes, it requires courage to succeed in film world. Kajal here looks like a white swan and certainly talented. Go ahead Kajal, all the Best to you.


    Wed, Aug 26 2009

    All the Best KAJAL and janavi, may the lord bless you always....

  • sunil pereira, mangalore/dubai

    Wed, Aug 26 2009

    All the best Kajal and good luck, may your dreams come true.

  • sunil pereira, mangalore/dubai

    Wed, Aug 26 2009

    All the best Kajal and good luck, may your dreames come true.

  • Clifford Fernandes, Mangalore

    Wed, Aug 26 2009

    All the best Kajal. May your dreams come true

  • JT Gonsalves, India

    Wed, Aug 26 2009

    Nothing is impossible! Kajal, keep going and wish you all the best...

  • Prakash kumar dsouza, Arkula/Israel

    Wed, Aug 26 2009

    All the best kajal.

  • juliet Mascarenhas, Bejai/mangalore

    Wed, Aug 26 2009

    My dear girl Kajal,you are photogenic,young and beautiful. Your mothers blessings are there with you.What more do you expect than this.Go ahead. Dont loose heart. May your dreams come true.

  • Praveenraj , India

    Tue, Aug 25 2009

    Kajal, your face and facial features, with due respect, we don`t think you are right for a main Heroine role in a good movie,Seems you might do good in supporting roles. And what about your community will allow you to do this.

  • Deepak Dsilva, Paladka

    Tue, Aug 25 2009

    Kajal, You have a great future. Small town girls make big difference. Come on, you can really do it.

  • Antony Crasta, Mangalore/Sydney Australia

    Tue, Aug 25 2009

    Looking at your photos, face and facial features, with due respect, I don`t think you are right for a main heroines role in a good movie Kajal, though you you might do well in supporting roles. I could be wrong though! Wish you good luck anyway.

  • sanju, bc road

    Tue, Aug 25 2009

    All the best and good luck

  • amitha, manglore

    Mon, Aug 24 2009

    all the best kajal& janavi

  • Antony, Udupi

    Tue, Aug 25 2009

    All the best

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