Kareena Kapoor

Kareena Kapoor (Hindi: करीना कपूर; born September 21, 1980[1]), nicknamed Bebo, is an Indian film actress appearing in Bollywood films. Born into the Kapoor film family, she made her acting debut with Refugee (2000), for which she won a Filmfare Best Female Debut Award. In 2001, Kapoor received her first commercial success with her second release, Mujhe Kucch Kehna Hai[2] and later appeared in Karan Johar's melodrama Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, which became India's top-grossing film in the overseas market that year and her biggest commercial success to date.[3]

After receiving negative reviews due to a series of unsuccessful films and repetitive roles between 2002 and 2003, Kapoor accepted more demanding parts to avoid being typecast. Her portrayal of a sex worker in Chameli (2004) proved to be the turning point in her career and garnered her the Filmfare Special Performance Award.[4] She later received two Critics Awards for Best Actress at the Filmfare for her performances in the critically acclaimed Dev (2004) and Omkara (2006). After taking on such a range of acting roles between 2004 and 2006, she was recognized for displaying versatility as an actress.[5]

In 2007, Kapoor earned a Filmfare Best Actress Award for her performance in the commercially successful comedy-romance Jab We Met. Although the box office earnings of her films have varied considerably, Kapoor has established herself as one of the leading contemporary actresses in the Hindi film industry.[6][7]

Early life and family

Born in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India into the Kapoor film family of Punjabi origin, Kapoor is the youngest daughter of actors Randhir Kapoor and Babita (née Shivdasani). According to Kapoor, her first name was derived from the book Anna Karenina.[8] She is the granddaughter of actor and filmmaker Raj Kapoor and the great granddaughter of Prithviraj Kapoor. Bebo, as she is fondly called, is also the sister of actress Karisma Kapoor and the niece of actor Rishi Kapoor.[9]

Despite being born into a successful acting family, her father insisted that she marry early according to Indian tradition and avoid acting.[10] In an interview with Encyclopedia Britannica, he stated that the problem was not women acting itself, given that both he and his brother married well-known actresses as did their uncles. Rather, his concerns arose from the purported incompatibility between acting and the maternal duties and responsibility of women in the family.[11] This led to irreconcilable differences between her parents and resulted in her mother leaving the house along with Kapoor and her older sister.[12] She was raised by her mother, who, with difficulty, worked several jobs to support the family, until Karisma began work as an actress in 1991.[13]

Kapoor was educated at Jamnabai Narsee School in Mumbai, and later Welham Girls Boarding School in Dehradun. After studying commerce at Mithibai College, Vile Parle for two years, she embarked upon a three-month summer course in microcomputers at Harvard University.[14] She later developed an interest in law and enrolled at the Government's Law College in Churchgate.[14] After completing one year there, she returned to her initial plan to become an actress[15] and commenced training under Kishore Namit Kapoor's Acting Institute.[16]

In the media

Hailing from a family deeply involved in the film industry, Kapoor faced the media spotlight from a very young age despite not making her acting debut until 2000.[14] As a child, Kapoor attended award ceremonies and events with her mother Babita and sister Karisma Kapoor, and would also accompany her sister on set during filming.[64] In recent years, in response to media speculation, Kapoor has developed a nonchalant relationship with the media and has gained a reputation for discussing her professional or private life with the press without any reservations.[65][66]

In 2004, Kapoor was ranked third on Rediff's "Top Bollywood Female Stars".[67] She was later ranked seventh and fifth in 2005–2006 respectively, and came back to the third position in 2007.[68][69][6] In addition to that, Kapoor has also frequently been featured in different lists by Rediff, including "Bollywood's Most Beautiful Actresses",[70] "Bollywood's Hottest Heroines",[71] "Bollywood's Best Dressed Women"[72] and "Women of Many Faces".[73] During 2005, Kapoor made her first appearance on Karan Johar's talk show Koffee with Karan alongside Rani Mukerji, whilst two years later she appeared along with Shahid Kapoor and Karisma Kapoor. The following year, Kapoor appeared as a guest judge alongside Priyanka Chopra on the singing talent contest Indian Idol 2. Several months later, she modeled and walked the ramp along with Shahid Kapoor and actress Urmila Matondkar for Manish Malhotra's fashion display, titled Freedom, during Fashion Week 2006.[74]

In February 2007, Kapoor appeared fourth on Indiatimes' list of "Top 10 Hottest Actresses of Bollywood",[75] and later that year, became the only actress to be featured among "The Highest Tax Payers of 2006–07".[76] In July, she was declared the winner of PETA's "Cutest Vegetarian Celebrities" online poll with actor R. Madhavan.[77] Later in the year, the actress was ranked number 8 by the U.K. magazine Eastern Eye as one of "Asia's Sexiest Women"[78] and was among several Bollywood celebrities to perform at the opening ceremony of Kapil Dev’s Indian Cricket League (ICL) in Chandigarh.[79]

June 2008 saw Kapoor walk the ramp once again for Manish Malhotra's fashion display at the 2008 IIFA Fashion Extravaganza. Proceeds from the show were given to the IIFA Foundation, a charity organization set up by the International Indian Film Academy to support families of film industry workers who have been adversely affected during the production of a film.[80]


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