Kareena Kapoor Hindi: करीना कपूर. born 21 September 1980 nicknamed "Bebo" is a four-time
Filmfare Award-winning prominent Indian actress who appears in Bollywood movies.
Making her acting debut with Refugee (2000), for which she won a Filmfare Best Debut Award,
Kapoor had her first commercial success with her second release, Mujhe Kucch Kehna Hai
(2001). Her performance as a cosmetic beauty in Karan Johar's melodramatic Kabhi Khushi
Kabhie Gham (2001) was praised and the film turned out to be her biggest commercial success
so far. After that, Kareena starred in many films without much box office success. She was
criticized for doing the same kind of roles in her films. As a result of this, she began
taking on more serious and different roles. Her portrayal of a sex-worker in Sudhir
Mishra's Chameli (2004) proved to be the turning point in her career. Her performances in
critically acclaimed films like Dev (2004) and Omkara (2006) were praised and fetched her
two Filmfare Critics Award for Best
During her career years, she has appeared in many films, majority of them bringing her
critical acclaim rather than commercial success. Despite this, she retains popularity
and is regarded as one of the most
versatile actresses of the industry.
Kareena attended Jamnabai Narsee School in Mumbai and then went to Welham Girls Boarding
School in Dehradun. After studying commerce at Mithibai College, Vile Parle for two years,
Kapoor went to Harvard for summer school and took a course in microcomputers and
information technology for three months. Set on pursuing an acting career, she then took
an admission in Government Law College at Churchgate to become a lawyer. After completing
one year there, she went back to her initial plan of joining the film industry, where
she attended the Kishore Namit Kapoor acting school.
Kapoor had planned to debut in Rakesh Roshan's Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai but left the project a
few days into the filming. She made her debut in J.P. Dutta’s moderately successful
Refugee in 2000 with Abhishek Bachchan and won critical acclaim for portraying the role of
a Pakistani girl. The role earned her a Filmfare Best Debut Award and the film went on
to become the fifth highest grossing film of that year.
In 2001, films like Yaadein and Asoka followed for her which did poorly at the box office.
However her breakthrough performance of a princess in the latter was acclaimed and earned
her a Filmfare nomination for Best Actress. Her next release, Ajnabee fared moderately well
and became one of the highest grossing films of that year. Success followed for her
with films like Mujhe Kucch Kehna Hai and Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham. The former became one
of the biggest hits of that year and the latter became the second highest grossing film of
2001. These successes established her as one of the industry's most successful stars.
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