Kareena Kapoor Khan

Active - 1997 - 2018  |   Born - Sep 21, 1980 in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India  |   Genres - Comedy, Drama, Epic, Thriller, Romance

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Biography by Nathan Southern

Indian actress and screen idol Kareena Kapoor specialized almost exclusively in Bollywood features; over the course of her career, she not only netted an audience sizeable enough to rival or outstrip the majority of her contemporaries, but balanced one of the heftiest workloads imaginable, with several films per year. Born in Mumbai, India, in 1980 as the daughter of two famous Bollywood actors (and the granddaughter of Indian screen veteran Raj Kapoor), Kapoor defied her father's wishes that she marry by following in the family tradition and pursuing a show-business career; her parents' disagreements about this caused a rift in their relationship, which forced the mother to leave home and work several jobs to support her two daughters. (The parents later reunited after a 20 year separation.)

Kapoor received a hand up in show business thanks to the doings of her sister Karisma, who also eked out an acting career. Kareena studied at such venerable institutions as Mumbai's Jamnabai Narsee School and Mithibai College (where she majored in commerce), then debuted onscreen in 2000, with a supporting role as Naaz in the three-and-a-half-hour epic Refugee. Thereafter, Kapoor's roles arrived quickly and furiously; subsequent projects included Asoka (2001), Yuva (2004), Bewafaa (2004), and Omkara (2006). In 2008, Kapoor provided a voice for the family-oriented Hindi-language animated film Roadside Romeo.

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  • Was named after the character Anna Karenina, as her mother was reading that book during her pregnancy. Karenina was clipped short and changed to Kareena to make pronunciation easy.
  • Attended three months of course in microcomputers at Harvard. Joined a drama school after she quit studying at Harvard.
  • Made her acting debut with Refugee (2000). She was still in college when she signed up for the movie.
  • In 2005, visited the Indian troops in Rajasthan for a special episode of NDTV's reality show Jai Jawaan.
  • Crooned the song "Jab Nahi Aaye The Tum" in the film Dev (2004).
  • Started the size zero trend in India after following a new diet regimen for her film Tashan (2008).
  • Became the brand ambassador of Globus in 2008, launching her own clothing line with the retail store chain. This is the first such venture by any Indian actress.
  • The Indian edition of People magazine named her India's Most Beautiful Woman in June 2010. Topped the list of Asia's Sexiest Women published by Eastern Eye in 2011 and Maxim magazine's list of the Hot 100 for 2012.
  • In 2012, inaugurated Bollywood Walk of the Stars, a 2km long stretch at Bandstand Promenade in Bandra, Mumbai, honouring Bollywood celebrities.
  • Turned author with her book The Style Diary of a Bollywood Diva, published in 2012.
  • Published her autobiography titled Bebo to Begum: My Life's Journey in 2013.