Ever since her Bollywood debut back in 2000, she has been stealing hearts with her versatile talents and her mesmerizing good looks. Kareena Kapoor Khan has had a brilliant journey in Bollywood and she still continues to give us memorable on-screen performances.

I joined the film industry to be known as an actress first, then a star. So I want people to remember my performance, even if the film does not turn out as expected. I love acting, and I take my career quite seriously,” she said in an interview for her latest film Veere Di Wedding.

So, on the occasion of her birthday, let’s take a look at some of her most iconic roles that we still talk about, to this day:

Nazneen
Refugee (2000)

With Abhishek Bachchan as her co-star, Kareena began her film career with J.P. Dutta’s Refugee. And, boy, did she make an entrance! She played a Pakistani girl in this love story which was set in the aftermath of India’s Partition and the 1971 war. Critics, as well as the audience, were all praises and she even went on to win the Filmfare Best Debut Award for the role.

Pooja ‘Poo’ Sharma
Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (2001)

Tumhara koi haq nahi banta ki tum itni sundar lago. Not fair.” Poo or Pooja Sharma can easily be considered one of the most iconic 90s Bollywood characters. And no one could have played her better than Kareena. With some unforgettable one-liners, she appeared in a glamorous avatar much like Alicia Silverstone’s character from Clueless (1995).

Chameli
Chameli (2004)

We all loved her as the popular Bollywood heroine, but in this Sudhir Mishra film she took on the role of a prostitute named Chameli. She allegedly visited Mumbai’s red light district in disguise so that she could study her character and get her mannerisms and the frank attitude right. Her role in this film could even be considered one of her best performances ever.

Geet Dhillon
Jab We Met (2007)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M2A29Sa0_7o

Main apni favorite hoon”, says Geet, Kareena’s happy-go-lucky character for Jab We Met. In this super likable role, she could cheer anyone up. As circumstances force Geet to become more introspective, she takes us along on her journey of growth and maturity. Kareena deservedly won the Filmfare Best Actor (Female) award for this performance.

Kalindi
Veere Di Wedding (2018)

Featuring a brilliant female star cast, Veere Di Wedding includes Kareena as the commitment-phobic Kalindi Puri. With her layered performance as the urban, independent woman she celebrates life, makes mistakes, and manages to figure out the obstacles that are thrown at her. She even looks absolutely stunning while doing it.

To the extremely talented and ever so stunning Bebo, Happy Birthday!