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Kareena Kapoor Khan
Also known as: Bebo
Special Appearances • Actor • Voice Cast
Born: September 21, 1980 in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Kareena Kapoor Khan, most popularly known as Bebo, is one of Indian film industry`s most successful actresses. Daughter of actors Randhir Kapoor and Babita, acting flows in the family and for Kareena, it was no exception. Her family`s influence did not play a major role in Kareena`s stardom, it was, in fact, her natural acting that made an impressive mark in the industry, which she cemented with her striking performance in movies like Chameli, Asoka, Jab We Met, and 3 Idiots.

Despite being a chubby kid, Kareena made a point to get fit before starting her acting career and surprised everyone with her size zero figure which she achieved under the guidance of nutritionist Rujuta Diwekar. The fitness freak authored a book `The Style Diary of a Bollywood Diva`, giving out little secrets of her healthy life and the role of power yoga in her life. Kareena Kapoor, a fashion icon, also creates her designs for clothing brand Globus.

From receiving a Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut for the 2000 film Refugee to getting a wax statue at Madame Tussauds, London, Kareena Kapoor Khan has worked in a number of movies. The actress is the brand ambassador of brands like Lakme, Lux, Sony, Colgate and Berger Paints. She married Saif Ali Khan in 2012 and the Pataudi daughter-in-law has followed the royal legacy and is seen celebrating Eid as well as the traditional Punjabi and Christian routines.

Early Life
Born on 21st September, 1980 in Mumbai to actors Randhir Kapoor and Babita, the actress got her name from the book titled Anna Karenina, which Babita was reading while she was pregnant with Kareena. Brought up in a mixed culture of Punjabi and Sindhi, Kareena practised Hinduism and was also introduced to Christianity by her mother. Karisma Kapoor, Kareena`s elder sister, is an actress known for films like Dil To Pagal Hai, Judwaa and Biwi No. 1.

Kareena Kapoor studied at Jamnabai Narsee School in Juhu, and then went to Dehradun to study at Welham Girls Boarding School. It is believed that Kareena was not very keen on shifting to a boarding school but later admitted that she liked the experience. After completing her graduation, she came back to Mumbai and pursued commerce from Mithibai College for two years. Thereafter, Kareena enrolled for a three-month course in microcomputers at the Harvard University. Post the course, the actress took up law and started to study at the Government Law College in Mumbai and developed an acute interest in reading. After a year, the actress decided to pursue her interest in acting and quit academic learning. Kareena began her training to be an actress after she joined an acting school under the mentorship of Kishore Namit Kapoor, a member of the Film and Television Institute of India. It was in 2000 tat J. P. Dutta offered Kareena her first film, Refugee along with debutant Abhishek Bachchan.

Personal Life
Kareena was in a long-standing relationship with Shahid Kapoor. The two started dating after they worked together in Fida in 2004. While dating Shahid, Kareena switched to being a vegetarian and also began following a few religious rituals. After three-long years of being together, the two called off their relationship right before the release of their 2007 blockbuster movie Jab We Met. Soon after breaking up with Shahid, Kareena started dating Saif Ali Khan, whom she had previously worked in LOC Kargil and Omkara with. The two came close during the shoot of Tashan in 2008 and started dating, following which the two actors moved in together. The couple is fondly called Saifeena in the industry. Kareena and Saif tied the knot after roughly four years of courtship in 2012.

Acting Career
During her training at the acting school, Kareena was offered the film Kaho Naa...Pyaar Hai directed by Rakesh Roshan. However, she backed out of the film as she felt that Hrithik Roshan, the director`s son, was getting more importance. She was then offered J. P. Dutta`s Refugee, which also marked the debut of Abhishek Bachchan. The actress won the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut for Refugee, which had an average box-office record. Her second film was Mujhe Kucch Kehna Hai opposite Tusshar Kapoor followed by Yaadein, Ajnabee and Asoka. Even though the films were not box-office successes, the critics lauded Kareena for her acting skills. The character of Pooja a.k.a Poo in Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham... garnered her rave reviews and was hailed as a fashion icon. One of her unforgettable roles was in Chameli where she played the role of a prostitute and went on to win the Filmfare in the category of Special Award for Best Performance.

Kareena played the character of Dolly Mishra in Omkara, which was loosely based on Desdemona from Shakespeare`s play Othello. The film, directed by Vishal Bhardwaj, helped Kareena establish herself as a fine actor. In 2007, with the release of Jab We Met, directed by Imtiaz Ali, Kareena Kapoor became the most sought actress in the industry as the film not only highlighted her chemistry with Shahid Kapoor but also put her in the league of effortless actors. Taran Adarsh lauded the actress stating, `Kareena is in top form as well. Jab We Met is a turning point in her career [personally as well as professionally]. Fantabulous -- that`s the right word to describe her work this time. The confidence with which she handles the contrasting characterization speaks volumes. This film should do for her what Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998) did for Kajol`.

In Rajkumar Hirani`s 3 Idiots, Kareena played the role of Pia, a doctor, which was appreciated by the critics. Her portrayal of Daboo in Golmaal 3 and Rosie in Talaash: The Answer Lies Within, co-starring Aamir Khan and Rani Mukerji, were much appreciated. Her role of Mahi Arora in Madhur Bhandarkar`s Heroine garnered her positive reviews wherein the critics praised her for delivering a superlative performance. In 2015, the actress was seen opposite Salman Khan in Bajrangi Bhaijaan, which went to break the record of PK and Happy New Year.

The actress has made special appearances in movies by performing dance numbers in films like Don (2006), Billu (2009), Rowdy Rathore (2012), Dabangg 2 (2012) and Brothers (2015). In 2016, Kareena featured opposite Arjun Kapoor, in Ki & Ka, where she played the role of a strong-headed independent woman. The actress plays the tole of a doctor in Punjab in Abhishek Chaubey`s Udta Punjab, co-starring Alia Bhatt, Diljit Dosanjh, and Shahid Kapoor. After a two year break from the screen, during which she gave birth to her son Taimur Ali Khan Pataudi, she returned with a bang with the women-centric Veere Di Wedding (2018). The film went on to become one of the highest-grossing female-led Hindi films. After Good Newwz (2019), a movie on in vitro fertilisation, Kareena`s next enterprise was the 2020 release Angrezi Medium.
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Did You Know? (14)

  • Like Hrithik Roshan, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Priyanka Chopra; Ram Charan also took classes from Kishore Namit Kapoor.
  • For her role in Chameli, Kareena Kapoor Khan went to Mumbai`s red-light areas to understand the mannerisms of sex workers.
  • If not for her mother, Kareena Kapoor Khan would have been named Siddhima, a name given by her grandfather Raj Kapoor.
  • Karan Johar wrote Naina in Kal Ho Naa Ho for Kareena Kapoor Khan, but she quoted a high fee so it went to Preity Zinta.
  • After her HSC, Kareena Kapoor Khan enrolled at the Harvard Summer School in the United States for a summer course.
  • Kareena Kapoor Khan went to the Government Law College, Mumbai, for a year before dropping out to become an actress.
  • Kareena Kapoor Khan`s debut could`ve been Kaho Naa...Pyaar Hai but she felt Hrithik Roshan`s role was meatier than hers.
  • Kareena Kapoor Khan debuted as a singer with the movie Dev, lending her voice to the song Jab Nahi Aaye The Tum.
  • Kareena Kapoor Khan has an autobiographical memoir called The Style Diary of a Bollywood Diva which released in 2013.
  • Kareena Kapoor Khan and not Deepika Padukone, was director Rohit Shetty`s initial choice for Chennai Express.
  • In 2018, Kareena was honoured with the Lokmat Maharashtrian of The Year Awards for her contributions to the field of cinema.
  • Kareena Kapoor Khan screen tested for Paro's role in Devdas (2002).
  • Throughout the making of Chameli, the rather glamorous Kareena Kapoor Khan wore a saree worth INR 400.
  • Veere Di Wedding is Kareena Kapoor Khan's first movie post her pregnancy.
  • Personal Quotes (10)

  • "We talk about work but there are times when [Saif Ali Khan] tells me about letting it go. He often tells me that the tag of being super successful won`t last but being a great actor will."
  • "I am happy not to promote a film and just chill out and be with my son or watch a nice show or read a good book. I can`t work on a loop."
  • "I hope my career never gets over, and I continue to act till I am 80. Acting is my passion, acting has no bar, it`s a limitless field."
  • "It was Saif who told me to hit the gym, get to the studio and get back to work. He told me take Taimur along and set an example for all young, working mothers that they can do it too. "
  • "My co-stars call me selfish. They say, `You are only interested in yourself and what you are doing in front of the camera.` I reply, `I can`t help it; it`s what got me where I am.`"
  • "Life is full of happiness and tears; be strong and have faith."
  • "I don't take success and failure seriously. The only thing I do seriously is march forward. If I fall, I get up and march again."
  • "I do my own thing. And I believe what I do is the right thing."
  • "I want a man I can keep for myself. I wouldn't ever share my man with anyone else."
  • "Be it a village or a city, education is very important, and it always comes into you."
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