B-town’s most lovable Bebo, Kareena Kapoor is celebrating her 29th Birthday today. As Kareena is busy with her shooting schedule for her forthcoming movie “Three Idiots” along with Aamir Khan, she has planned to celebrate this birthday in a low profile.
Consecutively for the second time Kareena Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan are not going to celebrate Kareena’s birthday together. Kareena’s personal and professional life has seen all the ups and downs. Bebo has managed all these varying circumstances very well. On the special occasion of her birthday we bring to you an exclusive photo album of Kareena Kapoor over years along with her biography below:
Kareena Kapoor Biography:
Debut and breakthrough, 2000-2003:
Kareena Kapoor was initially scheduled to make her debut in Rakesh Roshan’s Kaho Naa… Pyaar Hai (2000), opposite the director’s son Hrithik Roshan. However, several days into the filming, she abandoned the project and later explained that “it was probably destined that I was not to be in the film. After all, it was a launch for his son. The whole focus was on the boy. Now I am glad I did not do the movie.”
Kapoor made her debut later that year in J.P. Dutta’s war drama Refugee. Set during the Indo-Pakistani war of 1971, the film centers on a man known simply as “Refugee” (portrayed by debutant Abhishek Bachchan). He illegally transports civilians back and forth across the Indo-Pakistani border. Kapoor portrayed Naaz, a Bangladeshi girl who falls in love with Refugee while illegally migrating to Pakistan. Her debut performance was acclaimed by critics; Taran Adarsh of indiaFM wrote: “Kareena Kapoor has a magnetic personality, which will make the viewer fall in love with her instantly. What surprises you is the ease with which she emotes the most difficult of scenes. There’s no denying the fact that she is a natural performer who is very camera friendly.”Refugee was the fifth-highest grossing film in India in 2000, and Kapoor’s performance earned her the Filmfare Best Female Debut Award.
Kapoor’s first role in 2001 was in the romantic drama Mujhe Kucch Kehna Hai, which became one of the highest earners of the year. A review in The Hindu noted that, “Kareena is definitely the actress to watch out for, if her debut with Abhishek in Refugee and now Mujhe Kucch Kehna Hai are any indication. Kareena shines throughout the flick, with the grace of a seasoned sizzler already.” She next starred in Subhash Ghai’s family drama Yaadein alongside Jackie Shroff and Hrithik Roshan. The drama centers on the character of Raj Singh Puri, a middle-class man and his daughters’ marriages. Kapoor played the part of the youngest daughter and Roshan’s love interest, Isha Singh Puri. Upon release, the film met with mixed critical reaction and garnered poor box office returns.
Kapoor then appeared in the Abbas-Mustan thriller Ajnabee. The film, based on Consenting Adults (1992),was a moderate box office success in India. Later in the year, she starred in Santosh Sivan’s period epic Asoka, a partly fictionalized account of the life of Ashoka the Great. The film had a strong release in the United Kingdom and North America. It was also screened at the Venice Film Festival and the 2001 Toronto International Film Festival. Featured
opposite Shahrukh Khan who played Ashoka, Kapoor portrayed the character of Kaurwaki, a princess of Kalinga with whom Ashoka falls in love. While the film received generally positive reviews, Kapoor’s performance received a mixed reaction from some critics. Rediff.com concluded that, “while a large portion of the first half is focused on the emerging romance between the runaway prince and herself and to their credit they do manage to whip up some on-screen chemistry, I am still unsure as to her acting abilities”. Nonetheless, her performance was praised by some critics and earned her a first nomination for Best Actress at the Filmfare Awards.
Kapoor’s final release of 2001 was the drama Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, directed by Karan Johar. The film, which featured an ensemble cast of Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan, Shahrukh Khan, Kajol and Hrithik Roshan, emerged as the second-highest-grossing film of the year in India and Kapoor’s biggest commercial success, with a domestic total of Rs 490 million (US$ 10.09 million). It also performed well internationally and became India’s second biggest Bollywood success of all time in the overseas market, earning over Rs 350 million (US$ 7.21 million).Her performance as “Poo” was well-received by critics and earned her a Filmfare Best Supporting Actress nomination.
During 2002 and 2003, Kapoor experienced a slump in her career. She featured in six films — Mujhse Dosti Karoge!, Jeena Sirf Merre Liye, Talaash: The Hunt Begins…, Khushi, Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon, and the four-hour war epic LOC Kargil — all of which proved critically and commercially unsuccessful in India. Kapoor’s performances were often identified by many critics as unoriginal and repetitive, with little inspiration. They expressed concern that she was becoming typecast but these negative reviews were fundamental in motivating her to improve her integrity as an actress in subsequent years by accepting more demanding roles.
Turning point, 2004–2006
Following the negative period in Kapoor’s career, 2004 marked the beginning of her work in more serious films, most of which would bring her critical acclaim rather than commercial success. Under the direction of Sudhir Mishra, Kapoor played a prostitute in Chameli opposite Rahul Bose. The film relates the story of a young prostitute who meets with a widowed investment banker and follows the development of their relationship as they share their devastating life experiences. Chameli received predominantly positive reviews and Kapoor’s performance was generally well-received by critics, with the Indiatimes praising Kapoor’s “intuitive brilliance” and stating that she had exceeded all expectations. However, another reviewer expressed concern that they found her portrayal unconvincing and excessively stereotypical, describing her as, “sounding more like a teenager playacting than a brash, hardened streetwalker” and likening her mannerisms to that of a caricature. Nonetheless, Kapoor’s performance garnered her the Filmfare Special Performance Award and marked a change in direction in her career as an actress.
Recent work, 2007–present:
In 2007, Kapoor starred opposite Shahid Kapoor in Imtiaz Ali’s romantic comedy Jab We Met. Relating the story of two people with contrasting personalities who meet on a train and eventually fall in love, Kapoor played the female protagonist Geet Dhillon, a vivacious Sikh girl with a strong zest for life. The film was received favorably by critics and became one of the year’s most successful films, earning a domestic total of Rs 303 million (US$ 6.24 million). Kapoor won several awards for her performance, including a Filmfare Best Actress Award and her second Star Screen Award for Best Actress. Rajeev Masand from CNN-IBN noted, “Uninhibited and spontaneous, Kareena Kapoor is the soul of this picture, its biggest strength, as she brings alive her character with not just those smart lines, but with the kind of candor actors seldom invest in their work.”
Following Jab We Met, Kapoor featured alongside Akshay Kumar, Saif Ali Khan, and Anil Kapoor in the action-thriller Tashan (2008). Though an indiaFM poll named it the most anticipated film of the year,Tashan eventually became a commercial and critical failure. Kapoor next provided her voice for the character of Laila, the love interest of a street dog named Romeo, in the Yash Raj Films and Walt Disney Pictures animated film Roadside Romeo. It was the second Bollywood film to receive a North American release by a Hollywood studio.In preparation for her role, Kapoor viewed several Hollywood animated films to analyse how actors delivered their dialogues. Kapoor was criticised for failing to promote the film as she ventured into other projects.
Kapoor next starred in Rohit Shetty’s comedy Golmaal Returns, the sequel to the 2006 film Golmaal. A part of an ensemble cast that included Ajay Devgan, Arshad Warsi, Tusshar Kapoor, Shreyas Talpade, Amrita Arora, Celina Jaitley, and Anjana Sukhani, Kapoor played a distrustful wife who believed her husband to be unfaithful. The film received a mixed reception from critics and Kapoor herself received mixed reviews. The Indian Express believed the screenplay was unoriginal, concluding, “There is nothing particularly new about a suspicious wife keeping tabs on her husband, and there is nothing particularly new in the way Kareena plays it.”Golmaal Returns was nonetheless a major financial success, with revenues of over Rs 500 million (US$ 10.3 million) domestically.
In 2009, Kapoor appeared in Sabbir Khan’s romantic drama Kambakkht Ishq alongside Akshay Kumar. The film, which explores the relationship between two different individuals, became the first Indian film in history to be shot within Universal Studios Hollywood, California and featured several cameo appearances from Hollywood actors. Kapoor portrayed the character of Simrita Rai, a part-time supermodel and an aspiring surgeon. Upon release, the film met with negative reviews and Kapoor’s performance was not well-received. The Times of India described her performance as “a complete let-down” and further stated that “she comes across as a completely unconvincing supermodel cum surgeon.” The film was an economic success nonetheless, earning over Rs 650 million (US$ 13.39 million) worldwide. As of August 2009, Kapoor has completed filming for Prem Soni’s drama Main Aur Mrs. Khanna in which she is to star alongside Salman Khan. She has also been casted as the lead in Rajkumar Hirani’s Three Idiots, which began principal photography in July 2008.
Love of Life Shahid:
In 2004, Kapoor began dating actor Shahid Kapoor which lasted for five long years and whom she eventually parted with during the filming of Jab We Met in 2007. Once in a popular chat show she and Shahid had confessed that they are planning to tie knot but reality things changed.
Love of Life Saif:
In September 2007, speculation began to surface that she was dating Saif Ali Khan. On October 18, 2007, during Manish Malhotra’s grand finale show at the Lakme Fashion Week, Khan confirmed their relationship to the media. Again in another popular chat show she confessed that she enjoys parting with Saif but has not decided yet about tying knot.
Kapoor is very close to her family and has resided with her mother Babita for much of her life. Kapoor and her mother lived together in Lokhandwala and then at Park Avenue in Bandra, Mumbai for several years, and in 2008 Kapoor and her mother purchased adjacent flats in Khar, Mumbai designed by Akshay Kumar’s wife Twinkle Khanna.Kapoor says she is an avid reader and swimmer in her leisure time. Kapoor’s weight and diet have often been scrutinized by the media. In 2006, Kapoor declared that she was becoming a vegetarian to keep her weight in check.
Kapoor has denied rumours that she is suffering from anorexia and has attributed her weight loss to yoga and a closely-monitored, balanced diet.When Kapoor lost weight and collapsed on set during the filming of Tashan in 2008, media speculation about her health was rampant. She dismissed the incident as a minor health scare.