Kareena Kapoor is an Indian actress best known for her roles in movies like ‘Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham…,’ ‘Chameli,’ ‘Omkara,’ and ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan.’ One of Hindi film industry’s most popular actresses, she is counted amongst the highest paid leading ladies of Bollywood. Born to veteran actors Randhir Kapoor and Babita, she was exposed to the film industry at a young age. Her elder sister Karisma Kapoor is also a well-known actress. Kareena made her film debut as a 19-year-old in the war film ‘Refugee’ which proved to be a moderate success and helped launch her career as an actress. Despite getting a good start to her career, she struggled for a few years to establish herself following a string of flops. Talented and beautiful, Kareena persevered and resurrected her career with her portrayal of a charming girl in the romantic comedy ‘Jab We Met.’ She has won numerous awards and accolades, including six ‘Filmfare Awards’ out of ten nominations as of July 2017. In addition to her acting career, Kareena Kapoor is also the co-author of three books, including two nutrition guides. She also has her own clothing line in association with the retail chain ‘Globus.’
|Real Name||Kareena Kapoor Khan|
|Profession||Actor, Author, Fashion Designer, Film actor, Playback singer|
|Famous for||Bollywood Actress|
|Date of Birth||21-Sep-80|
|Age(as in 2021)||41 years|
|Birth Place||Mumbai , Maharashtra|
|Home Town||Mumbai , Maharashtra|
|School||Jamnabai Narsee School, Mumbai
Welham Girls’ School, Dehradun
|College/University||Mithibai College, Mumbai|
|Educational Qualification||College dropout|
|Religion||Muslim ( was a Hindu Before Marriage)|
|Address||Mumbai, Maharashtra, India|
|Eye Color||Hazel Green|
|Hair Color||Dark Brown|
|Hobbies||Reading, Swimming and Yoga|
Birth & Early Life
Kareena Kapoor was born on 21 September 1980, in Mumbai, India, to Randhir Kapoor and Babita. Both her parents were prominent actors, though her mother stopped acting after marriage. She has an elder sister named Karisma. She is of Punjabi descent from her father’s side and of Sindhi and British descent from her mother’s side.
Born into a family of actors, Kareena was exposed to the show business at an early age. She was inspired by actresses, such as Meena Kumari and Nargis, and wanted to become an actress.
Her father did not want his daughters to enter the film industry. His conservative attitude led to a conflict between her parents and they separated. Kareena and her sister lived with their mother who took up several jobs in order to support the family. Eventually, Karisma became an actress, further motivating her younger sister to follow her dreams.
Kareena went to ‘Jamnabai Narsee School’ in Mumbai, followed by ‘Welham Girls’ School’ in Dehradun. She was not inclined towards academics, but performed well in school to keep her mother happy.
She then studied commerce for two years at ‘Mithibai College’ before joining a three-month summer course in microcomputers at ‘Harvard Summer School’ in the United States.
On her return to India, she enrolled at the ‘Government Law College’ in Mumbai, only to drop out after a year. In her late teens, she decided to pursue acting seriously and thus began training under Kishore Namit Kapoor, a member of the ‘Film and Television Institute of India’ (FTII).
Kareena Kapoor made her acting debut in a war film titled ‘Refugee’ in 2000. Aged 19 at the time, she played the role of a Bangladeshi girl who falls in love with a refugee, portrayed by Abhishek Bachchan. The film was a moderate hit and earned the young actress much acclaim.
In 2001, she starred opposite Tusshar Kapoor in Satish Kaushik’s movie ‘Mujhe Kucch Kehna Hai.’ The movie was a hit and established Kapoor in the film industry. The same year, she shared screen space with superstars like Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan, Shahrukh Khan, and Kajol in the film ‘Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham…’
She then suffered a major setback when several of her films failed to perform well at the box office. Within a span of two years, six of her films—‘Mujhse Dosti Karoge!,’ ‘Jeena Sirf Merre Liye,’ ‘Talaash: The Hunt Begins…,’ ‘Khushi,’ ‘Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon,’ and ‘LOC Kargil’—flopped.
By the mid-2000s, she had played the stereotypical role of a pretty, superficial girl in a number of films. Determined to avoid being typecast, she took up the challenging role of a sex worker in the film ‘Chameli’ (2004). This role helped her to reinvent her on-screen persona.
In 2006, she acted in three films, ‘36 China Town,’ ‘Chup Chup Ke,’ and ‘Omkara.’ The following year, she played a charming girl named ‘Geet’ in the romantic comedy film ‘Jab We Met,’ which also starred Shahid Kapoor.
She became part of the ensemble cast of the 2009 movie ‘3 Idiots,’ a film loosely based on the novel ‘Five Point Someone’ by Chetan Bhagat. She played a medical student named ‘Pia’ in the film which also had Aamir Khan, R. Madhavan, and Sharman Joshi in major roles. The film proved to be a blockbuster.
Kareena Kapoor began the 2010s with a string of hit films: ‘We Are Family’ (2010), ‘Bodyguard’ (2011), ‘Agent Vinod’ (2012), and ‘Heroine’ (2012). Of all these movies, she felt that her portrayal of ‘Mahi Arora’ in ‘Heroine’ was the most challenging.
She got married in late 2012 and reduced her workload in order to devote more time to her family. Over the ensuing years, she did not take up any major projects and did only cameo roles in a handful of films.
She once again became serious about her acting career in 2016 and played the role of ‘Kia,’ a career-oriented young lady, in the film ‘Ki & Ka.’ The same year, she played the role of ‘Dr. Preet Sahni’ in the critically acclaimed film ‘Udta Punjab.’
In 2018, she played ‘Kalindi Puri’ in Shashanka Ghosh’s buddy comedy film ‘Veere Di Wedding.’ In 2019, she portrayed ‘Deepu Batra’ in Raj Mehta’s comedy film ‘Good Newwz.’ The following year, she played ‘Naina’ in a comedy drama titled ‘Angrezi Medium.’
In addition to her film career, she has also launched her own clothing line in association with the retail chain ‘Globus.’ She has also co-authored three books: an autobiographical memoir and two nutrition guides.
Favorite things of Kareena Kapoor
|Favorite Film||Bollywood – Awaara, Sangam, Bobby, Kal Aaj Aur Kal Hollywood – Breakfast At Tiffany’s, Cat On A Hot Tin Roof|
|Favorite TV Show||Not Known|
|Favorite Singer||Not Known|
Marital Status and More
|Salary (Approx.)||8-10 Crore/Film (INR)|
|Net Worth||$30 Million|
Social Media Presence
She was born to Randhir Kapoor and Babita Shivdasani. She has an elder sister named Karisma Kapoor. She is the grand daughter of legendary actor Raj Kapoor. Actor Ranbir Kapoor is her cousin. She is married to Saif Ali Khan and together the couple is blessed with a son named Taimur Ali Khan.
Awards & Achievements
Kareena Kapoor has received six ‘Filmfare Awards’ out of ten nominations. Her awards include ‘Best Female Debut’ in 2000 for ‘Refugee,’ ‘Best Actress’ for ‘Jab We Met’ (2007) and ‘Best Supporting Actress’ for ‘We Are Family’ (2010).
In 2006, she received the ‘Smita Patil Memorial Award’ for her contribution to the Hindi film industry.
Some facts about Kareena Kapoor
- In 2006, she decided to leave the non-veg and turned completely to a vegetarian.
- In 2005, she won the “Best Actress (Critics) Award” for the film Dev.
- In 2008,she won the Best Actress Award for the film Jab We Met.
- Kareena has her wax statues in Madame Tussauds Museum in England and also in Singapore’s Madame Tussauds.
- Kareena usually doesn’t like to wash her jeans for a month, just because she feels good and comfortable to wear the unwashed jean.
- She adopted a village in MP named (Chanderi village which is mainly famous for its Chanderi saris), to provide electricity to each and every home in the village in the year 2010.