Kareena Kapoor Biography: Age, Height, Husband, Family, Wiki, Movies
The younger of the 2 daughters, Kareena Kapoor was born in the city of Mumbai, Maharashtra. Her parents Babita and Randhir Kapoor were popular actors of Bollywood in their times. Her elder sister, Karishma Kapoor, is also a popular actress and has done numerous movies and brand endorsements during her time. Kareena is popular for her variety of roles and her work in different genres of movies. She has worked in a variety of movies ranging from romantic comedies to crime dramas. She has also won several awards during her acting career including 6 Filmfare Awards. Kareena also happens to be one of the highest paid actresses in Bollywood. She is married to Saif Ali Khan and is basically known for being assertive and outspoken. She is also highly recognized for her film roles and fashion styles.
Kareena Kapoor Early Life
Kareena was born on the 21st of September, 1980 and is nicknamed as Bebo. She happens to be the paternal granddaughter to the popular actor Raj Kapoor and maternal granddaughter to Hari Shivdasani. She got the name Kareena from the book Anna Karenina that her mother used to read during her pregnancy. From her father’s side, she is a Punjabi and from her mother’s side, she is a mix of Sindhi and British.
Kareena describes herself as one of the naughtiest kids in the family. She was exposed to movies from a very tender age due to which it gave rise to her interest in movies. She was especially inspired by the acting of Meena Kumari and Nargis. Although her entire family is connected to Bollywood, her father was not in the favor of Kareena joining movies.
He was of the belief that it would conflict with the age-old maternal responsibilities and duties of women. This led to a major conflict between her parents after which they separated. Kareena and her elder sister, Karishma, were raised by Babita, who had to do various jobs in order to take good care of the sisters. Their luck changed after Karishma debuted in the year 1991. Their parents did reconcile in the month of October, 2007.
Kareena completed her school education from Jamnabai Narsee School in Mumbai and then Welham Girls’ School in Dehradun. Although she attended the latter institution to satisfy her mother, she gradually started liking her experience there. Apart from mathematics, Kareena was good in almost every subject. She also did a 3 month summer course at Harvard Summer School in microcomputers. Kareena started developing interest in law due to which she joined the Government Law College in Mumbai. However, after a year at the college she decided to pursue acting as her career. This is why she decided to join an acting institute mentored by Kishore Namit Kapoor.
Kareena Kapoor Acting Career
During her training days at the acting institute, she was chosen to play the female lead role in Kaho Naa… Pyaar Hai made by Rakesh Roshan and co-starring his son Hrithik Roshan. This was in the year 2000. However, she abandoned the movie citing that Hrithik was given more prominence in the movie. However, she later made her debut in the movie Refugee alongside Abhishek Bachchan. The movie was made by J. P. Dutta and was basically a war drama. It was set during the 1971 war between India and Pakistan and the story was all about a man who helps to illegally transport civilians back and forth across the Indo-Pak border. Her acting skills in the movie was praised by the film critics. Although the movie did moderately in the box office, Kareena said that she had a great learning experience. Refugee also earned Kareena her first ever Filmfare Award in the Best Female Debut category.
In the year 2001, she paired with Tusshar Kapoor for the movie Mujhe Kucch Kehna Hai, after which she worked with Hrithik Roshan and Jackie Shroff in the movie Yaadein made by Subhash Ghai. Yaadein was a super flop movie at the box office. Her next project was Ajnabee made by Abbas-Mustan. This was a thriller movie and her co-stars for the movie were Bobby Deol, Akshay Kumar, and Bipasha Basu. She also worked with Shah Rukh Khan in the movie Asoka that same year. The movie was made by Santosh Sivan and was all about the life of the Indian emperor Ashoka. The male lead role, played by Khan, falls in love with Kaurwaki, played by Kareena. The movie was screened at Venice in the Toronto International Film Festival 2001. It received positive reviews worldwide. However, it failed to impress the Indian audiences.
The primary turning point in her acting career came when Kareena was chosen to play the role of Pooja in Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham made by Karan Johar. The movie had several major star casts and Kareena said that she really enjoyed working in the film. The movie went on to become one of the biggest Bollywood successes in the history of Indian cinema. It also became the second highest grossing movie of the year and it made an earnings of around US$ 14 million worldwide. The overall successes of Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham and Mujhe Kucch Kehna Hai established Kareena as one of the leading actresses of Bollywood. In the year 2002 and 2003, she worked in a number of movies such as Jeena Sirf Mere Liye, Mujhse Dosti Karoge! Talaash: The Hunt Begins, Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon, LOC Kargil, and Khushi. These movies did not fare well at the box office and were categorized as commercially and critically unsuccessful.
From the year 2004, Kareena got more determined to expand herself as a versatile actress. She started choosing more challenging roles for herself. Chameli was her first step towards this mission. Her role in the movie was that of a golden-hearted prostitute by the same name. The movie was made by Sudhir Mishra and the story was about a prostitute who meets a widowed investment banker played by Rahul Bose. Initially, Kareena had refused the role stating that playing the role of a prostitute would be uncomfortable for her. However, she gave in to Mishra’s request when he approached her for the second time. In order to portray the role perfectly, Kareena often used to visit various red light areas of Mumbai during the night in order to study the mannerisms and clothing styles of the professional prostitutes. The movie was well appreciated by movie critics and proved to be a rather crucial turning point in Kareena’s life.
Her next project was a Mani Ratnam movie by the name of Yuva starring Abhishek Bachchan, Ajay Devgan, Rani Mukerji, Vivek Oberoi, and Esha Deol. The movie was divided into 3 different chapters involving 6 different characters. They were all connected to each other through a road accident. Kareena was present in the third chapter by the name of Meera. She was cast opposite Vivek Oberoi. Her next project was Dev in which she worked alongside Amitabh Bachchan and Fardeen Khan. The movie was directed by Govind Nihalani and the story basically revolved around the Hindu-Muslim riots in Gujarat in the year 2002. Kareena played the role of Aaliya, a Muslim girl. Her role in the movie fetched her the Best Actress award at the Filmfare Awards ceremony that year.
Soon Kareena started working for the movie Fida, in which she played a negative role for the first time. The movie was a thriller and the story was set on the Mumbai underworld. Although the movie did not do well at the box office, her role as Neha Mehra did earn her positive reviews from critics. Her forthcoming releases that same year included Aitraaz that was a thriller and made by Abbas-Mustan and Hulchul that was a comedy and made by Priyadarshan. Both the movies did well at the box office after which she was cast for the movie Bewafaa in the year 2005, in which she played a protagonist role. She played the role of Anjali Sahai, an unfaithful wife. Her role did not earn her positive reviews at all. She also worked in other movies that same year such as Dosti: Friends Forever and Kyun Ki. Both of these movies did not even create a ripple in the box office and vanished from the theatres without a trace.
Kareena came back the following year in 2 moderately successful movies, Chup Chup Ke and 36 China Town. She later played the Hindi version of the role of Desdemona in the movie Omkara. The movie was basically a Hindi adaptation of Othello by William Shakespeare. Omkara was made by Vishal Bhardwaj and the story was a tragedy of sexual jealousy set against the political system of Uttar Pradesh. Kareena was chosen for the role in this movie after Bhardwaj saw her acting skills in the movie Yuva. Omkara was premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in the year 2006 and also screened at the Cairo International Film Festival. Kareena’s role in Omkara helped her earn her fourth Filmfare Award and her first ever Screen Award.
After the success of Omkara, Kareena decided to take a short break from work. She started working from the year 2007 during which she worked as a Sikh girl in the movie Jab We Met. The movie also featured Shahid Kapoor and it was made by Imtiaz Ali. In the movie she played the role of a Geet Dhillon, who is a girl with full of energy and zest for life. The 2 primary characters in the movie, played by Kareena and Shahid, were of opposite natures. They meet in a train journey and ultimately fall in love with each other. The movie became a major hit at the box office and it was also well-received by movie critics. The movie earned a total of US$ 4.2 million. During the shooting of the movie, both Kareena and Shahid ended their 4 year old relationship.
The acting career of Kareena has just been like a roller coaster ride with full of ups and downs. She has worked in several movies till date such as Tashan, Golmaal Returns, Kambakkht Ishq, Main Aurr Mrs Khanna, Kurbaan, 3 Idiots, Milenge Milenge, We Are Family, Golmaal 3, Bodyguard, Ra. One, Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu, Agent Vinod, Heroine, Talaash: The Answer Lies Within, Satyagraha, Gori Tere Pyaar Mein, Singham Returns, Bajrangi Bhaijaan, Ki & Ka, Udta Punjab, and Veere Di Wedding. Although she has worked in several movies that did not do well at the box office, some of her movies were outstanding and her acting skills were well-received by critics.
Kareena Kapoor Personal Life
Kareena Kapoor married Saif Ali Khan on the 16th of October, 2012. The wedding ceremony was rather privately organized in Bandra, Mumbai and the reception was organized at The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel along with Kutyens Bungalow Zone both in Mumbai and New Delhi respectively. Although she has married a Muslim, she continues to practice Hinduism. She is better known as Kareena Kapoor Khan after marriage. She gave birth to her son, Taimur Ali Khan Pataudi, on the 20th December, 2016.
Fashion and Publication
Along with her acting career, Kareena also established herself as a designer. She was associated with a retail chain Globus for 5 long years. After this, she became the first Indian actress to have her own line of clothing for women. She also collaborated with Lakme Cosmetics in August 2018 to launch her own line of cosmetics. Kareena has also worked with Rujuta Diwekar, a nutritionist, on a book, Don’t Lose Your Mind, Don’t Lose Your Weight that mainly focuses on practicing healthy eating habits. The book was received well by critics and it was published by Random House Publications. The follow-up to this book, Women and The Weight Loss Tamasha, was also released 2 years later.
Kareena Kapoor is known for her nonchalant relationship with the media. She has gained a great reputation for discussing her personal life with the media without any reservations. She has also stated that growing up in a film based family has made her more professional and dedicated towards her work.