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. View a gallery of sexy, hot and nude Bollywood celebrity Kareena Kapoor.
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.’
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.
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’ is 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.
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.