Hailing from the ‘first family’ of Bollywood, Kareena Kapoor is the great granddaughter of Prithvi Raj Kapoor, granddaughter of Raj Kapoor and daughter of Randhir Kapoor and Babita. Her sister, Karisma Kapoor, is an actress too.
On the personal front, Kareena developed an interest in films from an early age due to the exposure to the Industry, both her father disapproved of that, which led to conflict between her parents. In the meantime, after schooling in Jamnabai Narsee scholl in Mumbai and Welham’s girls’ school in Dehradun, Kareena graduated from Mithibai college in Mumbai and did a three-month summer course in microcomputers at Harvard Summer School in the United States. She also enrolled in law College, but gave that up after a year to pursue acting.
Debut (2000 – 2004)
Kareena was supposed to make her debut with Rakesh Roshan’s Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai,which also marked the debut of Hrithik Roshan. But things didn’t exactly go as per plan, and she left the film after few days of shooting. She eventually made her Bollywood debut alongside Abhishek Bachchan in J P Dutta’s Refugee in year 2000. Even though the film was not a huge commercial success, it announced the arrival of Kareena. Post that she starred in Asoka opposite Shah Rukh Khan, Mujhe Kuchh Kehna Hai and Ajnabee. The key point in her career was her small but impactful role in Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham. The character of Poo was one of the most memorable characters played by Kareena.
Post K3G, Kareena became one of the most highly paid actresses in the industry, and worked in several films like Mujhse Dosti Karoge, Jeena Sirf Merre Liye, Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon, but none of the films hit the bull’s eye.
Evolution as an actress (2004 – 2006)
After being criticized for doing similar roles, Kareena stunned the audience by playing the role of a sex worker in Sudhir Mishra’s Chameli and followed it up with another stellar performance in Mani Ratnam’s Yuva. She also played a negative role in Fida. Around that time, she also started dating Shahid Kapoor, and it was rumoured that the couple was ready to tie the knot.
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Peak of her career (2007 – 2011)
In 2007, Kareena starred opposite Shahid in Imtiaz Ali’s Jab We Met, which proved to be a turning point in Kareena’s career. The character of Geet became one of the most iconic female leads in the history of Bollywood. It was during the shooting of Jab We Met that the couple parted ways.
After Jab We Met, the actress acted in many successful films like Golmaal 1, 2 and 3, 3 Idiots, Bodyguard, and Ra One. She bonded well with Saif Ali Khan during the filming of Tashan and the duo started dating. Incidentally, Saif was Kareena’s childhood crush.
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Marriage and selective movie phase
In 2012, Kareena Kapoor delivered a stellar performance in Madhur Bhadarkar’s Heroine, and received widespread critical acclaim. It is said that Kareena did not sign any films during shooting of Heroine because she wanted to do full justice to the ‘aggressive and tiring character’ she was playing. Shortly after the release of Heroine, Kareena tied the knot with Saif in a private ceremony.
After marriage, she acted in films like Reema Kagti’s Talaash: The answer lies within, Singham Returns, Bajrangi Bhaijaan and Satyagraha.
In 2016, Kareena was seen in R. Balki’s Ki and Ka opposite Arjun Kapoor and Abhishek Chaubey’s Udta Punjab. After that, the actress took a maternity break and in Decemeber 2016, gave birth to her son, Taimur Ali Khan.
Kareena did not shy away from being photographed during and post pregnancy and was projected in various places as a pregnancy role model. She has now returned to work and will be seen next in Ekta Kapoor’s Veere Di Wedding.