Kareena Kapoor (pronounced [kəˈriːnaː kəˈpuːr]; born 21 September 1980), also known by her married name Kareena Kapoor Khan, is an Indian actress who appears in Hindi films.
She is the daughter of actors Randhir Kapoor and Babita, and the younger sister of actress Karisma Kapoor. Noted for playing a variety of characters in a range of film genres—from romantic comedies to crime dramas—Kapoor is the recipient of several awards, including six Filmfare Awards, and is one of Bollywood’s most popular and highest-paid actresses.
Kareena Kapoor Biography
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. 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. She was then raised by her mother, who worked several jobs to support her daughters until Karisma debuted as an actress in 1991. After living separately for several years, her parents reconciled in October 2007. Kapoor remarked “My father is also an important factor in my life […] [Al]though 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 Summer School 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).
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She is the daughter of actors Randhir Kapoor and Babita, and the younger sister of actress Karisma Kapoor.
Kareena Kapoor Age
September 21, 1980
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Kareena Kapoor Husband (Kareena Kapoor bf)
Saif Ali Khan
Married in 2012
Saif Ali Khan is an Indian film actor and producer. The son of actress Sharmila Tagore and the late cricketer Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi
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Kareena Kapoor Khan’s Acting career
Kapoor returned to film as the female protagonist Geet Dhillon, a vivacious Sikh girl with a zest for life, in the romantic comedy Jab We Met (2007). Director Imtiaz Ali was not a well-known figure before its production, with only one feature credit to his name, but Kapoor agreed to the film after being impressed with his “mind-blowing” script. Featured opposite Shahid Kapoor, the film relates the story of two people with contrasting personalities who meet on a train and eventually fall in love.
The film was received favourably by critics and became successful at the box office with gross earnings of ₹303 million (US$4.7 million). Kapoor won several awards for her performance, including her second Screen Award and the Filmfare Award for Best Actress. Jaspreet Pandohar of the BBC commented that the role required a mixture of naivety and spontaneity, and was impressed with Kapoor’s effort.
The critic Rajeev Masand labelled her the film’s “biggest strength, as she brings alive her character with not just those smart lines, but with the kind of candor actors seldom invest in their work.” While shooting for Jab We Met, Kapoor and Shahid ended their three-year relationship. When asked by Mumbai Mirror, she stated “I hold him in utmost regard, and I hope one day we could be good friends. He is a great guy.”
The following year, Kapoor co-starred in Vijay Krishna Acharya’s action-thriller Tashan, where she met her future husband in actor Saif Ali Khan. Although a poll (conducted by Bollywood Hungama) named it the most anticipated release of the year, the film underperformed at the box office grossing ₹279 million (US$4.3 million) in India.
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After providing her voice for the character of Laila, the love interest of a street dog named Romeo, in the Yash Raj Films and Walt Disney Pictures animated film Roadside Romeo, Kapoor played a mistrustful wife who believed her husband was unfaithful in Rohit Shetty’s comedy Golmaal Returns.
A sequel to the 2006 film Golmaal: Fun Unlimited, the film had an ambivalent reception from critics, and Kapoor received mixed reviews. 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 ₹793 million (US$12 million).
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. 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 ₹840 million (US$13 million) 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 “credib[ility]”.
Kapoor’s second Filmfare nomination that year came for Rajkumar Hirani’s National Film Award-winning 3 Idiots, a film loosely based on the novel Five Point Someone by Chetan Bhagat. Co-starring alongside Aamir Khan, R. Madhavan and Sharman Joshi, Kapoor played Pia (a medical student and Khan’s love interest).
Several actresses were considered for the role, though Kapoor was eventually cast under the recommendation of Khan. The film received critical acclaim and emerged as the highest-grossing Bollywood film of all time up until then, grossing ₹2.03 billion (US$32 million) in India.
It also did well internationally, earning over ₹1.08 billion (US$17 million), the second biggest Bollywood success ever in the overseas market. The Deccan Herald opined that Kapoor “brings a dollop of sunshine and feminine grace to an otherwise masculine tale. She is so spunky and spontaneous you wish there was room for more of her.” 3 Idiots received several Best Movie recognitions at major Indian award functions, and Kapoor was awarded the IIFA Award for Best Actress, among others.
In 2010, Kapoor appeared in the romantic comedy Milenge Milenge, a production delayed since 2005. 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 “breath[ing] 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 ₹1 billion (US$16 million) domestically. For her portrayal of the tomboy Daboo, Kapoor received Best Actress nominations at various award ceremonies including Filmfare.
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. The film was not well received by critics, though became a financial success, with a domestic total of ₹1.4 billion (US$22 million)—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 ₹1.5 billion (US$23 million)—”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 ₹2.4 billion (US$37 million), and Kapoor’s fourth major commercial success in two consecutive years.
Kareena Kapoor Movies
- Refugee – 2000
- Mujhe Kucch Kehna Hai – 2001
- Yaadein – 2001
- Ajnabee – 2001
- Aśoka – 2001
- Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham… – 2001
- Mujhse Dosti Karoge! – 2002
- Jeena Sirf Merre Liye – 2002
- Talaash: The Hunt Begins… – 2003
- Khushi – 2003
- Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon – 2003
- LOC Kargil – 2003
- Chameli – 2004
- Yuva – 2004
- Dev – 2004
- Fida – 2004
- Aitraaz – 2004
- Hulchul – 2004
- Bewafaa – 2005
- Kyon Ki – 2005
- Dosti: Friends Forever – 2005
- 36 China Town – 2006
- Chup Chup Ke – 2006
- Omkara – 2006
- Don – 2006
- Kya Love Story Hai – 2007
- Jab We Met – 2007
- Halla Bol – 2008
- Tashan – 2008
- Roadside Romeo – 2008
- Golmaal Returns – 2008
- Luck by Chance – 2009
- Billu – 2009
- Kambakkht Ishq – 2009
- Main Aurr Mrs Khanna – 2009
- Kurbaan – 2009
- 3 Idiots – 2009
- Milenge Milenge – 2010
- We Are Family – 2010
- Golmaal 3 – 2010
- Bodyguard – 2011
- Ra.One – 2011
- Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu – 2012
- Agent Vinod – 2012
- Rowdy Rathore – 2012
- Heroine – 2012
- Talaash: The Answer Lies Within – 2012
- Dabangg 2 – 2012
- Bombay Talkies – 201
- Satyagraha – 2013
- Gori Tere Pyaar Mein – 2013
- Singham Returns – 2014
- The Shaukeens – 2014
- Happy Ending – 2014
- Gabbar Is Back – 2015
- Bajrangi Bhaijaan – 2015
- Brothers – 2015
- Ki & Ka – 2016
- Udta Punjab – 2016
- Veere Di Wedding – 2018