Kareena Kapoor (nickname Bebo) was born on 21st September, 1980 in Mumbai in renowned Kapoor family. Her parents Randhir Kapoor and Babita both were actors say that her name was derived from the book Anna Karenina. She is the granddaughter of legendary actor and filmmaker Raj Kapoor and great grand daughter of Prithviraj Kapoor. She is sister of popular actress Karisma Kapoor and niece of actor directors Rishi Kapoor and Rajiv Kapoor. Kareena went to school at Jamnabai Narsee School in Mumbai and later in Welham Girls Boarding School at Dehradun. After studying commerce at Mithibai College for 2 years she did a course in micro-computers at Harvard. She also did a year at Government Law College in Mumbai before training under Kishore Namit Kapoor in Kapoor Acting Lab.
Kareena was initially supposed to make her debut with Hrithik Roshan in Kaho Na Pyar Hai(2000). But she quit the film after shooting for a few days. She finally made her debut in J.P Dutta’s Refugee (2000) with Abhishek Bachchan. The movie went on to become the fifth highest grosser of that year and Kareena along with Abhishek began their career with a bang.
Kareena began 2001 with the successful Mujhe Kuch Kehna Hai (2001) opposite Tushar Kapoor. Though her subsequent films did not do well, her role as the fiery princess Kaurvaki in Santosh Sivan’s Asoka (2001) earned her the first Best Actress nomination at Filmfare Awards. Kareena’s last release of the same year was Karan Johar’s multi-starrer Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (2001) where her character of Poo earned her the nomination for Best Supporting Actress Filmfare Award.
In 2002-2003, Kareena went through a lean patch when all her movies flopped at the box-office including some high profile ones like Yash Raj Films’ Mujhse Dosti Karoge (2002) and Rajshri Films’ Main Prem Ki Deewani Hoon (2003). In 2004, Kareena started working with critically acclaimed directors like Mani Ratnam, Govind Nihalani and Sudhir Mishra. Her roles in Chameli(2004) and Dev(2004) got her Best Actress nominations at several award functions. In the same year, Kareena finally saw success again with the Priyadarshan comedy Hulchul(2004) which was a big hit. In 2005, Kareena’s authorbacked role in Dharmesh Darshan’s Bewafaa(2005) was appreciated but the movie flopped at box-office. Kareena began 2006 with the moderately successful 36 China Town (2006) and followed it up with another sem-hit, Chup Chup Ke (2006). Her role as Desdemona in Vishal Bharadwaj’s adaptation of Othello, titled Omkara (2006) got her all major awards of the year. Later that year, she did a cameo in Farhan Akhtar’s Don – The Chase Begins Again(2006) and stood the comparisons with the legendary Helen who did the same role in the orginal version with great elan. Kareena’s only release in 2007 was the Imtiaz Ali’s sleeper hit with Shahid Kapur, Jab We Met (2007). The movie was a big hit but the couple headed for splitsville in personal life.
Kareena's comeback film with Yash Raj Films’, Tashan (2008) with Saif Ali Khan, Akshay Kumar and Anil Kapoor bit the dust. She has Golmaal Returns (2008), the sequel to Golmaal with Ajay Devgun and Arshad Warsi to release in 2008. Kareena will also provide the voice-over for the female lead of the Yash Raj –Disney animation film Roadside Romeo (Under Production)
Kareena has won 4 Filmfare Awards – Best Female Debut in 2001 for Refugee, Special Performance Award for Chameli in 2004, Critics Award for Best Actress in 2005 for Dev and 2007 for Omkara. She has won 2 consecutive STAR Screen Best Actress Awards in 2007 and 2008 for Omkara and Jab We Met respectively.
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