Kareena Kapoor
Film actress
Kareena Kapoor
Kareena Kapoor, born on 21 September 1980 and nicknamed "Bebo", is an Indian actress who appears in Bollywood films. During her career Kapoor has been noted for her performances in a range of film genres, from contemporary romantic dramas to comedies, period films to major Bollywood productions and less-publicised independent films.
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Viacom18 launches mega teaser campaign for 'Gabbar Is Back'
Indian Television - almost 2 years
MUMBAI: In a first-of-its-kind teaser initiative, Viacom18 Motion Pictures has launched a massive campaign for its upcoming action thriller Gabbar is Back. The initiative makes a daring new announcement - ‘Bad is the New Good.’   Grossing almost one million touch points across 15 cities pan India, this 360 degree promotional drive is targeted at the grass root level in an attempt to effectively reach out to the common man.   Viacom18 Motion Pictures and Sanjay Leela Bhansali reunite for the film, which stars Akshay Kumar in the lead. Fighting for a cause, Gabbar – a common man – believes in standing up for what is right and is seen battling various grass root level corruption in his unique albeit brutal manner. With larger than life action sequences and a gripping storyline, the film will see Kumar in a never seen before avatar.   Viacom18 Motion Pictures vice president - marketing Rudrarup Datta said, “The name Gabbar strikes the fear of the original Gabbar Singh ...
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Kareena Kapoor, Karan Johar lose hopes for 'Shuddhi'!
The Times of India - about 3 years
Kareena Kapoor, Karan Johar lose hopes for 'Shuddhi'!     
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'Moody' Kareena Kapoor unsure about starring in 'Shuddhi'
The Times of India - about 3 years
'Moody' Kareena Kapoor unsure about starring in 'Shuddhi'     
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Kareena Kapoor Amol Gupte in Singham 2
Bollywood Hungama - about 3 years
Kareena Kapoor will be playing the female lead in the upcoming action drama Singham 2 opposite Ajay Devgn. The actress also recently revealed that she is quite excited to play the role of a Maharashtrian girl for the first time. Also, this time replacing the menacing Prakash Raj in the role of a baddie will be writer-director Amole Gupte who has played the role of a villain in Shahid Kapoor's Kaminey previously. Amole too claimed that he is a very big fan of Rohit Shetty's films and will be starting his shoot from mid-March for the film. Singham 2 will star Ajay Devgn and is co-produced by Devgn and Rohit Shetty.
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Malaika Arora Khan reproaches the item girl tag
The Express Tribune Blogs - about 3 years
Actor Malaika Arora Khan, who has made us move and groove to her dance numbers, is the undisputed queen of contemporary item songs. With cameo appearances in songs like Chaiyya Chaiyya, Munni Badnam Hui and Anarkali Disco Chali, she has never failed to bring out the dancer in us. And it’s fitting to know that the B-town bombshell isn’t just a great dancer, she is also disapproving of terms that trivialise women in the industry. She raises a pertinent thought in an interview, “I don’t like the term ‘item girl’. Why not look at it [item song] as a ‘special’ song – a song that is creating hype and [is meant for the purpose of] entertainment?” she said, according to the Times of India. Malaika is undeterred by mainstream actors, such as Kareena Kapoor Khan, Deepika Padukone, Priyanka Chopra and Katrina Kaif, having jumped on the ‘item number’ bandwagon. “There is enough work for everyone. Everybody has a role or part to play, if somebody fits t ...
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Bridging Playboy and Activist
NYTimes - over 3 years
“Gori Tere Pyaar Mein,” a Hindi musical, concerns the divide between a playboy architect (Imran Khan) and an activist (Kareena Kapoor), and a construction project that unites them.
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Kareena Kapoor regrets not studying further
The Times of India - over 3 years
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Kareena Kapoor honoured in the House of Commons
The Times of India - over 3 years
Bollywood actress Kareena Kapoor was honoured in the House of Commons here by an Asian ethnic weekly for her contribution to the global entertainment industry.
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If I want to kiss, I shall kiss: Kareena Kapoor Khan
The Times Of India - over 3 years
Bebo says that she will maintain her bold avatar and is in no hurry to be a mom.     
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Kareena Kapoor not doing 'Singham 2'
The Times of India - over 3 years
Kareena Kapoor not doing 'Singham 2'     
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Kareena Kapoor, Imran Khan promote 'Gori Tere Pyaar Mein'
The Times of India - over 3 years
Kareena Kapoor, Imran Khan promote 'Gori Tere Pyaar Mein'     
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Emraan Hashmi - Kareena Kapoor starrer postponed
Bollywood Hungama - over 3 years
Karan Johar and Ekta Kapoor's had announced a grand co-production which was to be directed by debutant Akshay Roy and was set to go on floor soon. However, the film's shoot seems to have suffered a minor setback. Tanuj Garg, CEO of Balaji Motion Pictures, recently revealed that due to a few creative changes in the script, the shoot of the film will be delayed. However, he assured that the film will release next year as per schedule. The film will be starring Emraan Hashmi and Kareena Kapoor for the first time together. Buzz is that the film is tentatively titled Badtameez Dil.
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I have no issues with intimate scenes: Kareena Kapoor
The Times of India - over 3 years
I have no issues with intimate scenes: Kareena Kapoor     
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My biggest hit came when Kareena and I broke up: Shahid Kapoor
The Express Tribune Blogs - over 3 years
“Behind every successful man, there is a woman,” goes the saying; but while this might be true for many, it stands meaningless for actor Shahid Kapoor, who thinks his personal life does not affect his professional one. In an interview with the Hindustan Times, Shahid said confessed that his most successful film came at a time when he and Kareena had broken up. “I don’t think my personal life has anything to do with my professional life. In fact, when I was in my most stable relationship [dating Kareena Kapoor], I had many unsuccessful films. My most successful film, Jab We Met [2007], came when Kareena and I had broken up,” said Shahid. “I can only see it from a practical point of view and I feel that some choices didn’t work for me.” Known for his boy-next-door looks, Shahid rose to fame with his debut movie Ishq Vishk (2003) alongside actors Amrita Rao and Shenaz Treasurywala. His sizzling dance moves and impactful acting made him shine in Bolly ...
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Editors Choice - Best of the week
Bollywood Hungama - over 3 years
01 "Ram Leela Has Been One Of The Greatest Experiences Of My Life...": Ranveer Singh In the second part of his Bollywood Hungama exclusive interview with Content Head Broadband Faridoon Shahryar, Ranveer Singh at SAIFTA Awards 2013... 02 Raghupati Raghav (Krrish 3) Check out this new song 'Raghupati Raghav' from 'Krrish 3' featuring Hrithik Roshan and Priyanka Chopra. Must watch! 03 ...
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Kareena Kapoor to auction 'Chammak Challo' saree for charity
The Times of India - over 3 years
Kareena Kapoor to auction 'Chammak Challo' saree for charity     
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Kareena Kapoor sports bikini in front of her mother-in-law
The Times of India - over 3 years
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Gori Tere Pyaar Mein
Bollywood Hungama - over 3 years
Characters: Sriram Venkat: Imran Khan Born in the metropolis of Bangalore, Sriram is a laid-back, young architect. But he wants to spend all his time and his father's money having fun. He is thus a disappointment to the hardworking Venkat family due to his fun-loving and careless attitude - something he is indifferent to. His materialistic needs get the better of him as he betrays his girlfriend Dia, who he mistook for just another girl in his life. But a little push made him realize he had fallen in love with her! Against all odds Sriram makes the journey to find and re-claim his love, which leads him to a remote village in rural Gujarat. But it isn't easy for the charming urban lad to break out of his comfort zone and enter the gobar-smelling rural environment. Yet, he is determined to live through theextreme conditions and odd lifestyle and help her with her mission in order to win her heart once again. Sriram thus exemplifies the poster-boy for today's youth as he seamlessly ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Kareena Kapoor
    THIRTIES
  • 2016
    Age 35
    As of June 2016, Kapoor has committed to play the lead role in Shashanka Ghosh's Veere Di Wedding, a romantic comedy co-starring Sonam Kapoor, Swara Bhaskar and Shikha Talsania about four women who embark on a trip from Delhi to Europe.
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  • 2015
    Age 34
    In 2015, (along with chief minister Raman Singh) she awarded 31 students and 5 teachers for their contribution towards the field of education in Chhattisgarh at the concluding ceremony of Child Rights Protection week.
    More Details Hide Details Also that year, Kapoor provided a voice-over for the documentary film Girl Rising: Woh Padhegi, Woh Udegi will learn, she will fly for the organisation of the same name and made donations to the Kashmir flood relief. Kapoor has participated in several stage shows and world tours since 2002. Her first tour (Heartthrobs: Live in Concert (2002) with Hrithik Roshan, Karisma Kapoor, Arjun Rampal and Aftab Shivdasani) was successful in the United States and Canada. At the end of that year, she performed with several other Bollywood stars at Kings Park Stadium in Durban, South Africa in the show Now or Never. Four years later, Kapoor returned to the stage with six other Bollywood celebrities in the successful Rockstars Concert world tour. The concert was originally scheduled to commence in April 2006, but was postponed due to the arrest of Salman Khan. It later began the following month and was staged in 19 cities across the United Kingdom, the United States and Canada. In 2008, Kapoor performed in Shah Rukh Khan's Temptation Reloaded 2008, a series of concerts in a number of countries. The show (which also featured Arjun Rampal, Katrina Kaif, Ganesh Hegde, Javed Ali and Anusha Dandekar) debuted at the Ahoy Rotterdam venue in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Several months later she again joined Khan, Rampal and Kaif to perform for an audience of 15,000 at Dubai's Festival City Arena.
  • 2014
    Age 33
    In 2014, Kapoor began working with UNICEF to advocate the education of girls and increase quality based education in India.
    More Details Hide Details During the first year, Kapoor visited schools in the states of Rajasthan and Maharashtra where she interacted with students and participated in fundraising events hosted by the Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya organization in the Jalna district. As part of a joint initiative by UNICEF and Groupon to help raise funds for promoting a higher-quality learning environment in Indian schools, Kapoor gave an equivalent amount of the funds raised during the campaign, and later launched the 'Child-Friendly School and Systems' (CFSS) package.
  • 2013
    Age 32
    In December 2013, Kapoor launched Channel V's anti-rape mobile app 'VithU'; she stated that with an increasing amount of violence against women in India, "it was important for actors to stand up for issues because they can reach out to a lot of people."
    More Details Hide Details Kapoor later attended a gala dinner at the Taj Mahal Hotel (hosted by Valérie Trierweiler) where she participated in a campaign to raise awareness on hunger and malnutrition in the world.
    In February 2013, Kapoor released her autobiographical memoir: The Style Diary of a Bollywood Diva.
    More Details Hide Details Co-authored alongside Rochelle Pinto, it became the first book to be launched under the Shobhaa De imprint of Penguin Books—a set of series that included celebrity memoirs, guides and biographies. In a review published by Mint, Shefalee Vasudev criticised the writing style as "too-breezy" but further stated that it is "a well-produced book, reproducing chirpy little post-it notes and diet charts, punctuated with Bebo's stunning pictures from her private albums to fashion magazine covers." Later that year, she collaborated with Diwekar for the third time on The Indian Food Wisdom and The Art of Eating Right, a documentary film about nutrition. During her years in the film industry, Kapoor has made public appearances to support various philanthropic endeavours, and has been actively involved in promoting children's education and the safety of women. In November 2003, she performed at a fundraiser for the World Youth Peace Summit and two years later she participated in a concert to raise money for victims of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami. In 2005, she visited Indian jawans (troops) in Rajasthan, for a special Holi weekend episode of NDTV's reality show Jai Jawaan. As part of the 2010 NDTV Greenathon Campaign, Kapoor adopted the village of Chanderi in Madhya Pradesh to provide the village with a regular supply of electricity, and also took part in the international campaign 1GOAL Education for All.
    In 2013, Kapoor collaborated with Ajay Devgan for the fourth time (alongside Amitabh Bachchan, Arjun Rampal, Manoj Bajpayee and Amrita Rao) in Prakash Jha's Satyagraha, an ensemble socio-political drama loosely inspired by social activist Anna Hazare's fight against corruption in 2011.
    More Details Hide Details The film received little praise from critics and underperformed at the box office earning domestically. A review in the Daily News and Analysis noted that Kapoor's role as reporter Yasmin Ahmed was "limited to mouthing a few 'important' dialogues and being present in crucial scenes like any leading lady". Following an appearance in the poorly received romantic comedy Gori Tere Pyaar Mein (2013), Kapoor decreased her workload for the next two years to focus on her marriage and family. She took on smaller parts where she played the love-interest of Ajay Devgan and Salman Khan in the dramas Singham Returns (2014) and Bajrangi Bhaijaan (2015) respectively. Singham Returns served as a sequel to the 2011 film Singham and Kapoor's role was written specifically for her by Rohit Shetty—the third time the pair collaborated. Reviews for the film were generally mixed with Kapoor being criticized for taking a role of minimal importance, but the film was a financial success with a revenue of over. Kabir Khan's Bajrangi Bhaijaan emerged as India's highest-earning film of the year grossing a total of, and earned the National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment at the 63rd National Film Awards.
  • 2012
    Age 31
    On 16 October 2012, Kapoor married actor Saif Ali Khan in a private ceremony in Bandra, Mumbai, and a reception was later held at The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel and the Lutyens Bungalow Zone in Mumbai and Delhi respectively.
    More Details Hide Details Kapoor stated that despite adding Khan to her name she would continue practising Hinduism after her marriage. At the end of the year, she co-starred alongside Aamir Khan and Rani Mukerji as the "tantalisingly seductive prostitute" Rosie, in Reema Kagti's crime mystery Talaash: The Answer Lies Within. Set against the backdrop of Mumbai's red-light districts, it follows the travails of its personnel and principal, Inspector Surjan Singh Shekhawat (Khan) who is assigned the duty of solving a mysterious car accident. Pratim D. Gupta of The Telegraph found Kapoor to be a standout among the ensemble, adding that "she brings an unseen mix of oomph and emotion that becomes the film's centrepiece". With global revenues of, the film emerged as a box office hit, and earned Kapoor Best Actress nominations at the Screen, Stardust and Zee Cine award ceremonies.
  • 2011
    Age 30
    Kapoor had further success in 2011 as the love interest of Salman Khan's character in the romantic drama Bodyguard, a remake of the 2010 Malayalam film of the same name.
    More Details Hide Details The film was not well received by critics, though became a financial success, with a domestic total of —India's highest-earning film of the year. A review in Mint dismissed Kapoor's role as the "sacrificial, ornamental and submissive female"; Mid Day referred to her as "bright", arguing that she "actually manages to bring her caricature of a role alive". She next appeared in Anubhav Sinha's science fiction film Ra.One with Shah Rukh Khan and Arjun Rampal. Made on a budget of —"India's most expensive film" at the time—the film follows the story of a London-based videogame designer creating a villainous character who escapes into the real world. Despite negative media coverage of the film's box office performance, Ra.One became one of the biggest earners of the year with a worldwide total of over, and Kapoor's fourth major commercial success in two consecutive years.
  • TWENTIES
  • 2010
    Age 29
    In 2010, Kapoor appeared in the romantic comedy Milenge Milenge, a production delayed since 2005.
    More Details Hide Details The feature garnered negative reviews and poor box-office returns. Kapoor's role was small, and not well received. She next starred alongside Kajol and Arjun Rampal in We Are Family, an official adaptation of the Hollywood tearjerker Stepmom (1998) from director Siddharth Malhotra. Kapoor played the role of the career-oriented Shreya Arora (a character originally played by Julia Roberts) and refrained from watching the film again so she could bring her own interpretation to it. Priyanka Roy of The Telegraph criticized the film for being "superficial and unnecessarily melodramatic", but praised Kapoor for "breathing life and a new-found maturity into what is largely a uni-dimensional character". We Are Family emerged a moderate success and Kapoor was awarded the Best Supporting Actress at the 56th Filmfare Awards. At the end of the year, she reunited with director Rohit Shetty for Golmaal 3, a sequel to Golmaal Returns. Like its predecessor, the film received mixed reviews though emerged as the most successful entry in the Golmaal series, earning more than domestically. For her portrayal of the tomboy Daboo, Kapoor received Best Actress nominations at various award ceremonies including Filmfare.
  • 2009
    Age 28
    In 2009, Kapoor was cast as Simrita Rai (a surgeon who moonlights as a model) in Sabbir Khan's battle-of-the-sexes comedy Kambakkht Ishq, opposite Akshay Kumar.
    More Details Hide Details Set in Los Angeles, it was the first Indian film to be shot at Universal Studios and featured cameo appearances by Hollywood actors. The film was poorly received by critics but became an economic success, earning over worldwide; a review in Times of India described Kapoor's performance as "a complete let-down" and "unconvincing". The box-office flop Main Aurr Mrs Khanna came next, following which she played the leading lady in the dramatic thriller Kurbaan, alongside Saif Ali Khan and Vivek Oberoi. The film (which marked the directorial debut of Rensil D'Silva) featured Kapoor as Avantika Ahuja, a woman who is confined to house arrest after discovering that her husband is a terrorist. Describing the film as "an emotionally draining experience", Kapoor explained that it was difficult to disconnect from her character. The film was critically praised, and Kapoor received her fourth Filmfare Best Actress nomination. Gaurav Malani of The Economic Times commented that after a long time the actress was given "a role of substance that brings her performing potential to the fore", while Subhash K. Jha described it as her "most consistently pitched performance to date" played "with splendid sensitivity" and "credibility".
    Kapoor achieved further success by featuring as the female lead in four of India's top-grossing productions—the 2009 comedy-drama 3 Idiots, the 2011 romantic drama Bodyguard, the 2011 science fiction Ra.One, and the 2015 social drama Bajrangi Bhaijaan—and received praise for her roles in the 2009 thriller Kurbaan and the 2012 drama Heroine.
    More Details Hide Details Married to actor Saif Ali Khan, Kapoor's off-screen life is the subject of widespread coverage in India. She has a reputation for being outspoken and assertive, and is recognised for her contributions to the film industry through her fashion style and film roles. In addition to film acting, Kapoor is a stage performer and has contributed as a co-author to three books: an autobiographical memoir and two nutrition guides. She has also launched her own clothing line in association with the retail chain Globus.
  • 2008
    Age 27
    She became the only Indian actress to be featured on CNNGo's list of "Who Mattered Most in India", and was later selected by Verve for its list of the country's most powerful women from 2008 to 2013.
    More Details Hide Details In June 2010, Kapoor was named "India's Most Beautiful Woman" by the Indian edition of People magazine; Eastern Eye and Indian Maxim named her as "Asia's Sexiest Woman" and "India's Hottest Woman" in 2011 and 2012 respectively. The following year, she was selected by India Today for its list of the country's most influential women. From 2012–15, Kapoor has featured on Forbes Indias "Celebrity 100," a list based on the income and popularity of India's celebrities. She ranked among the top 25 each year, peaking at the seventh position in 2012 with an estimated annual earning of. According to media reports, Kapoor relies on her instincts and spontaneity as an actor. She is known to commit heavily to each role, and refrains from rehearsing for a project. Commenting on this, director Rajkumar Hirani said "I usually have a habit of conducting rehearsals for my actors, but she insisted on not having them as it would affect her spontaneity. She really surprised me with a couple of emotional scenes which we canned in just one take." Karan Johar described Kapoor as a "natural", explaining that "she has no craft, grammar or process attached to her acting It is a great sense of cinema that can keep her going." According to Rensil D'Silva (who directed her in Kurbaan), "Kareena.. is instinctive and has emotional intelligence. She absorbs the situation and performs accordingly.
  • 2007
    Age 26
    She went on to receive Filmfare Awards for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress for her performances in the 2007 romantic comedy Jab We Met and the 2010 drama We Are Family, respectively.
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  • 2006
    Age 25
    A sequel to the 2006 film Golmaal: Fun Unlimited, the film had an ambivalent reception from critics, and Kapoor received mixed reviews.
    More Details Hide Details The Indian Express believed the screenplay was derivative, concluding: "There is nothing particularly new about a suspicious wife keeping tabs on her husband, and there is nothing particularly new in the way Kareena plays it." Golmaal Returns was a financial success with global revenues of.
    In 2006, Kapoor appeared in three films.
    More Details Hide Details She first starred in the thriller 36 China Town, followed by the comedy Chup Chup Ke; both were moderately successful. She next portrayed the character of Desdemona in Omkara—the Hindi adaptation of William Shakespeare's Othello. The film (directed by Vishal Bhardwaj) is a tragedy of sexual jealousy set against the backdrop of the political system in Uttar Pradesh. Describing Bhardwaj as a "world-class director with a unique style", Kapoor was cast in the project after the director had seen her performance in Yuva, and was subsequently required to attend script-reading sessions along with the entire cast. The feature premiered at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival and was screened at the Cairo International Film Festival. Omkara was received positively by critics, and Kapoor's portrayal earned her a fourth Filmfare Award and first Screen Award. In a 2010 retrospective of the "Top 80 Iconic Performances" of Hindi cinema, Filmfare wrote that she was "brilliant" and praised her ability to "effortlessly" convey the various emotions her character went through. Kapoor considered her role in Omkara as a "new benchmark" in her career, and compared her portrayal of Dolly with her own evolving maturity as a woman.
  • 2005
    Age 24
    Following the success of her last two releases, she was cast as the protagonist of the 2005 drama Bewafaa.
    More Details Hide Details The feature received mostly negative reviews, and Kapoor's portrayal of Anjali Sahai (an unfaithful woman) was not well received. Nikhat Kazmi of Indiatimes believed that to become a serious actress Kapoor was embodying a maturer, more-jaded character beyond her years in Bewafaa. That same year, she starred in the romantic dramas Kyon Ki and Dosti: Friends Forever, both of which underperformed at the box office; however, Kapoor's performance in Kyon Ki was generally well received by critics (with the BBC describing her as "a pure natural").
  • 2002
    Age 21
    She then appeared alongside Amitabh Bachchan and Fardeen Khan in Govind Nihalani's critically acclaimed film Dev, which revolved around the 2002 Hindu-Muslim riots in the Indian state of Gujarat.
    More Details Hide Details Kapoor's role was that of a Muslim victim named Aaliya, modelled after Zaheera Sheikh (a key witness in Vadodara's Best Bakery case). It earned her a Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actress and nominations for Best Actress at various award ceremonies. Taran Adarsh described her as "first-rate" and in particular noted her scene with Bachchan's character. Shortly afterwards, Kapoor was cast for the first time as a villain in the thriller Fida. Set against the backdrop of the Mumbai underworld, the film follows the story of an online heist in which her character, Neha Mehra, becomes involved. Although the film was unsuccessful at the box office, Kapoor received positive reviews for her performance, and some critics noted a distinct progression from her earlier roles. Her subsequent releases that year included Abbas-Mustan's thriller Aitraaz and Priyadarshan's comedy Hulchul, both of which were successful at the Indian box office.
    During 2002 and 2003, Kapoor continued to work in a number of projects but experienced a setback.
    More Details Hide Details All six films in which she starred—Mujhse Dosti Karoge! Jeena Sirf Merre Liye, Talaash: The Hunt Begins, Khushi, Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon, and the four-hour war epic LOC Kargil—were critically and commercially unsuccessful. Critics described her performances in these films as "variations of the same character" she played in Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, and expressed concern that she was becoming typecast. By 2004, Kapoor was keen on broadening her range as an actress and thus decided to portray more challenging roles. Under the direction of Sudhir Mishra, Kapoor played the role of a golden-hearted prostitute in Chameli, a film relating the story of a young prostitute who meets with a widowed investment banker (played by Rahul Bose). When Kapoor was initially offered the film she refused it, explaining that she would be uncomfortable in the role. She relented when Mishra approached her for the second time, and in preparation for the role, visited several of Mumbai's red-light districts at night to study the mannerisms of sex workers and the way they dressed. Chameli was well received by critics and the film marked a significant turning point in her career, earning Kapoor a special jury recognition at the 49th Filmfare Awards. Indiatimes praised her "intuitive brilliance" and stated that she had exceeded all expectations. Rediff.com, however, found her portrayal unconvincing and excessively stereotypical, describing her as "sounding more like a teenager playacting than a brash, hardened streetwalker" and comparing her mannerisms to a caricature.
  • 2001
    Age 20
    A key point in Kapoor's career came when she was cast by Karan Johar as Pooja ("Poo", a good-natured, superficial girl) in the 2001 melodrama Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham alongside an ensemble cast.
    More Details Hide Details Filming the big-budget production was a new experience for Kapoor, and she recalls it fondly: "It was great fun doing film and we had a blast. Working with the unit and the six mega star set was a dream come true." Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham was an immensely popular release, finishing as India's second highest-grossing film of the year and Kapoor's highest-grossing film to that point. It also became one of the biggest Bollywood success of all time in the overseas market, earning over worldwide. Taran Adarsh described Kapoor as "one of the main highlights of the film", and she received her second Filmfare nomination for the role—her first for Best Supporting Actress—as well as nominations at the International Indian Academy (IIFA) and Screen Awards. Box Office India reported that the success of Mujhe Kucch Kehna Hai and Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham established Kapoor as a leading actress of Hindi cinema, and Rediff.com published that with Aśoka she had become the highest-paid Indian actress to that point earning per film.
  • TEENAGE
  • 2000
    Age 19
    Kapoor has received six Filmfare Awards out of ten nominations. For her role in Refugee, Kapoor was awarded the Best Female Debut in 2000.
    More Details Hide Details She earned a special jury recognition for Chameli (2003), and two Critics Award for Best Actress for Dev (2004) and Omkara (2006). Kapoor later received the Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress for Jab We Met (2007) and We Are Family (2010) respectively.
    After making her acting debut in the 2000 war film Refugee, Kapoor established herself in Hindi cinema with roles in the historical drama Aśoka, and the blockbuster melodrama Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (both 2001).
    More Details Hide Details This initial success was followed by a series of commercial failures and repetitive roles, which garnered her negative reviews. The year 2004 marked a turning point for Kapoor when she played against type in the role of a sex worker in the drama Chameli. She subsequently earned wide critical recognition for her portrayal of a riot victim in the 2004 drama Dev and a character based on William Shakespeare's heroine Desdemona in the 2006 crime film Omkara.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1991
    Age 10
    She was then raised by her mother, who worked several jobs to support her daughters until Karisma debuted as an actress in 1991.
    More Details Hide Details After living separately for several years, her parents reconciled in October 2007. Kapoor remarked "My father is also an important factor in my life Although we did not see him often in our initial years, we are a family now." Kapoor attended Jamnabai Narsee School in Mumbai, followed by Welham Girls' School in Dehradun. She attended the institution primarily to satisfy her mother, though later admitted to liking the experience. According to Kapoor, she wasn't inclined towards academics though received good grades in all her classes except mathematics. After graduating from Welham she studied commerce for two years at Mithibai College in Vile Parle (Mumbai). Kapoor then registered for a three-month summer course in microcomputers at Harvard University in the United States. She later developed an interest in law, and enrolled at the Government Law College, Mumbai; during this period, she developed a long-lasting passion for reading. However, after completing her first year, Kapoor decided to pursue her interest to become an actress. She began training at an acting institute in Mumbai mentored by Kishore Namit Kapoor, a member of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII).
  • 1980
    Born
    Born on 21 September 1980 in Bombay (now Mumbai), Kapoor (often informally referred to as 'Bebo') is the younger daughter of Randhir Kapoor and Babita (née Shivdasani); her elder sister Karisma is also an actress.
    More Details Hide Details She is the paternal granddaughter of actor and filmmaker Raj Kapoor, maternal granddaughter of actor Hari Shivdasani, and niece of actor Rishi Kapoor. According to Kapoor, the name "Kareena" was derived from the book Anna Karenina, which her mother read while she was pregnant with her. She is of Punjabi descent on her father's side, and on her mother's side she is of Sindhi and British descent. As a child, Kapoor regularly practised Hinduism with her family, but was also exposed to Christianity from her mother. Describing herself as a "very naughty and spoilt child", Kapoor's exposure to films from a young age kindled her interest in acting; she was particularly inspired by the work of actresses Nargis and Meena Kumari. Despite her family background, her father disapproved of women entering films because he believed it conflicted with the traditional maternal duties and responsibility of women in the family. This led to a conflict between her parents, and they separated.
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