Kareena Kapoor biography
Birth Name Kareena Randhir Kapoor
Date of Birth 21 September 1977, Bombay, Maharashtra, India
Height 5′ 5″ (1.65 m)
Profession Model and Actress
Kareena Kapoor (born on 21 September in 1980) nicknamed “Bebo” is a 4 time Filmfare Award winning prominent Indian actress who appears in Bollywood movies.
She Born into an old and influential film family of Punjabi origin in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India, Kareena name was inspired by the book, Anna Karenina. Kareena Kapoor is the grand daughter of Raj Kapoor, who acted in and directed many successful movies and is also the great grand daughter of Prithviraj Kapoor. Kareena was born to actors Randhir Kapoor and Babita, who had divorced when she was still young.
Her uncle is well-known and popular actor, Rishi Kapoor. Her sister, Karisma Kapoor, is also a popular actress. Other living relatives include maternal aunt Sadhana, and cousins Ranbir Kapoor and Nikhil Nanda.
Kareena is currently dating actor Shahid Kapoor, the son of veteran actor Pankaj Kapoor. Gossip columnists have linked her to a number of her co-stars, but she has strongly denied all these rumors.
When she was younger she would frequently accompany her sister to film shoots. Though born into a film family, Kareena at first wanted to become a lawyer. Kareena attended Jamnabai Narsee School in Mumbai and then went to Welham Girls Boarding School in Dehradun. She has studied Commerce at Mithibai College, Vile Parle from 1997 to 1998. She then went to Harvard for summer school and took a course in microcomputers and information technology for three months.
She then took an admission in Government Law College at Churchgate to become a lawyer. After completing one year there, she went back to join the film industry, where she attended the Kishore Namit Kapoor acting school.
Kareena had planned to debut in Rakesh Roshan’s “Kaho Naa… Pyaar Hai” but left the project a few days into the filming.She made her debut in J.P. Dutta’s moderately successful “Refugee” in 2000 with Abhishek Bachchan and won critical acclaim for portraying the role of a Pakistani girl. The role earned her a Filmfare Best Debut Award and the film went on to become the fifth highest grossing film of that year.
In 2001, films like “Yaadein” and “Asoka” followed for her which did poorly at the box office. However her breakthrough performance of a princess in the latter was acclaimed and earned her a Filmfare nomination for Best Actress. Her next release, “Ajnabee” fared moderately well and became one of the highest grossing films of that year.
Success followed for her with films like “Mujhe Kucch Kehna Hai” and “Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham”. The former became one of the biggest hits of that year and the latter became the second highest grossing film of 2001.These successes established her as one of the industry’s most successful stars.
Kapoor was in great demand after these successes and signed many new movies, but most of them failed to do well.Even much-hyped films like “Mujhse Dosti Karoge” (2002) and “Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon”(2003) that came from big banners like Yash Raj Films and Rajshri Productions failed to do well in India but generated decent business overseas.
Many critics criticized her for doing the same kind of roles in her films, which led to her attempting different types of roles in the following years.In 2004, Kapoor began working with art film directors and doing more serious roles that brought her critical acclaim rather than commercial success. Her role of a prostitute in the 2004 film, Chameli proved to be a turning point in her career and made critics take notice of her once again,earning her the Filmfare Special Performance Award.
She also gained critical acclaim for her de-glamorized role in the critically acclaimed “Dev”, for which she won the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Performance, and her negative role in Fida. Her other films in 2004 included the moderately successful “Aitraaz” and the semi-hit “Hulchul”.
She followed through with moderately successful films like “Bewafaa” and “Dosti: Friends Forever” in 2005. Her performance as a young woman who marries her sister’s husband in the former was well received by critics.
“36 China Town” was Kareena’s first release in 2006 followed by “Chup Chup Ke”. Both films managed to do moderately well at the box office. Her performance as Desdemona in the Indian adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Othello, “Omkara” was praised,earning her a Filmfare Critics Award for Best Performance and a Star Screen Award for Best Actress.
Her performance in the film also landed her various nominations for Best Actress at different award ceremonies including the Filmfare Awards. In the same year, she also won favorable reviews for her item number in the hit movie “Don – The Chase Begins Again”.
In 2005, Kareena was in the news when onlookers with mobile phone cameras filmed her kissing her boyfriend Shahid Kapoor and released it to the news.In February 2005, along with other Bollywood stars, Kareena performed at the HELP! Telethon Concert to help raise money for the victims of Tsunami.
In March 2005, Kareena visited the desert heartland of Rajasthan to boost the morales of the jawans. It was for a special Holy weekend episode on the Jai Jawan show, where entertainers and stars visit Indian troops in far-flung regions to encourage them along with the NDTV team.
She also performed at the “Marco Ricci Each One Reach One Benefit Concert”, a fundraiser for the World Youth Peace Summit.Kareena donated her prize money, her half-share of 50 lakh rupees from her 2007 appearance on the season finale of “Kaun Banega Crorepati” with Priyanka Chopra, to St. Anthony’s Old Age Home and Mount Mary’s Bandra in support of its welfare activities.
Kareena set on her first world tour in 2002. The Heartthrobs Concert, which had her perform alongside stars like Hrithik Roshan, Karisma Kapoor, Arjun Rampal, and Aftab Shivdasani went on to do very well.
In her latest tour, the Rockstars Concert of May 2006, she performed alongside Salman Khan, Zayed Khan, John Abraham, Shahid Kapoor, Esha Deol and Mallika Sherawat.Despite not having that many hits to her credit, Kareena maintains popularity.Majority of her films have done better at the overseas box office (the U.K., Canada, and the U.S.) than they did in the Indian domestic market.
Kapoor was the only actress that featured among the highest tax payers of 2006-07. Kareena was also ranked fourth on the list of Filmfare’s “Top Actresses” list (2003-2005) and sixth later on (2006).In 2004, Kapoor was featured in the list of Rediff’s “Bollywood’s Most Beautiful Actresses.”She also featured in the list of Rediff’s “Bollywood’s Hottest Heroines”, Rediff’s “Bollywood’s Best Dressed Women” and Rediff’s “Women of Many Faces.”
In 2007, Kapoor was listed 4 on the list of Indiatimes’ “Top 10 Hottest Actresses of Bollywood” and was crowned as the winner of PETA’s “Cutest Vegetarian Celebrities” online poll with actor, R. Madhavan.
In 2005, Kareena appeared on the first season of Karan Johar’s talk show Koffee with Karan with Rani Mukerji. She later appeared on the second season of the show with her sister Karisma Kapoor and her boyfriend Shahid Kapoor in 2007.
She also appeared as a guest judge alongside actress Priyanka Chopra on Indian Idol 2.For the 2006 finale of Manish Malhotra’s fashion display, Fashion Week 2006, Kareena modeled and walked the ramp with her boyfriend Shahid Kapoor and actress Urmila Matondkar.
Three Idiots (2009)
Milenge Milenge (2008) – Unknown
Roadside Romeo (2008) – voiceover of a dog
Kambakth Ishq (2008)
Billo Barber (2008) – Special Appearance in a song
Golmaal Returns (2008) – Ekta
Tashan (2008) – Pooja
Halla Bol (2008) – as part of screen footage from the film Omkara
Jab We Met (2007) – Geeta
Kya Love Story Hai (2007) – in an item song
Omkara (2006) – Dolly Mishra
Chup Chup Ke (2006) – Shruti
36 China Town (2005) – Priya
Bewafaa (2005) – Anjali
Dosti (2005) – Anjali
Kyun Ki? (2005) – Dr. Tanvi Khurana
Dev (2004) – Aaliya
Yuva (2004) – Mira
Aitraaz (2004) – Priya Saxena/Malhotra
Chameli (2004) – Chameli
Fida (2004) – Neha
Hulchul (2004) – Anjali
Khushi (2003) – Khushi Singh
LOC Kargil (2003) – Simran (Nayyar’s girlfriend)
Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon (2003) – Sanjana
Talaash: The Hunt Begins… (2003) – Tina
Jeena Sirf Merre Liye (2002) – Pooja (Pinky)
Mujhse Dosti Karoge! (2002) – Tina Kapoor
Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham… (2001) – Pooja “Poo” Sharma Raichand
Ajnabee (2001) – Priya Malhotra
Asoka (2001) – Kaurwaki (as Karriena Kapoor)
Mujhe Kucch Kehna Hai (2001) – Pooja Saxena
Yaadein… (2001) – Isha Singh Puri
Refugee (2000) – Naaz
Year Film Role Special Performance
2000 Refugee Nazneen ”Naaz” M. Ahmed Winner, Filmfare Best Female Debut Award
2004 Chameli Chameli Winner, Filmfare Special Performance Award
2005 Dev Aaliya Winner, Filmfare Critics Award for Best Performance
2007 Omkara Dolly R. Mishra Winner, Filmfare Critics Award for Best Performance
Nominated, Filmfare Best Actress Award
2008 Jab We Met Geet Dhillon Winner, Filmfare Best Actress Award