Kareena Kapoor Khan (Kapoor; born 21 September 1980) is an Indian actress who appears in Hindi films. She is the daughter of actors Randhir Kapoor and Babita, and the younger sister of actress Karisma Kapoor. Noted for playing a variety of characters in a range of film genres—from romantic comedies to crime dramas—Kapoor is the recipient of several awards, including six Filmfare Awards, and is one of Bollywood’s highest-paid actresses.
After making her acting debut in 2000 in Refugee, Kapoor established herself with roles in the dramas Aśoka and Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham… (both 2001). This was followed by a series of commercial failures and negative reviews for her repetitive roles. In 2004, a turning point happened in Kapoor’s career when she played against type as a sex worker in the drama Chameli. She earned critical recognition for her portrayal of a riot victim in the 2004 drama Dev and a character based on William Shakespeare’s heroine Desdemona in the 2006 crime film Omkara. Further praise came for her performances in the romantic comedies Jab We Met (2007) and Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu (2012), the thrillers Kurbaan (2009) and Talaash: The Answer Lies Within (2012), and the dramas We Are Family (2010), Heroine (2012) and Udta Punjab (2016). Her highest-grossing releases include the action film Singham Returns (2014), the comedy Good Newwz (2019), and the dramas 3 Idiots (2009), Bodyguard (2011) and Bajrangi Bhaijaan (2015).
Kapoor is married to actor Saif Ali Khan, with whom she has two sons. Her off-screen life is the subject of widespread coverage in India. Known for being outspoken and assertive, she is recognised for her contributions to the film industry through her fashion style and film roles. Beside film acting, Kapoor participates in stage shows, hosts a radio show and has contributed as a co-writer to two autobiographical memoirs and two books of nutrition guides. She has started her own line of clothing and cosmetics for women, and has worked with UNICEF since 2014 to advocate for the education of girls and an increase in quality based education in India.
- $16 million
Early life and background
Born on 21 September 1980 in Bombay (now Mumbai), Kapoor (often informally referred to as ‘Bebo’) is the younger daughter of Randhir Kapoor and Babita (née Shivdasani); her elder sister Karisma is also an actress. She is the paternal granddaughter of actor and filmmaker Raj Kapoor, maternal granddaughter of actor Hari Shivdasani, and great-granddaughter of filmmaker Prithviraj Kapoor. The actor Rishi Kapoor is her uncle, and his son, actor Ranbir Kapoor, is her cousin. According to Kapoor, the name “Kareena” was derived from the book Anna Karenina, which her mother read while she was pregnant with her. She is of Punjabi Hindu descent on her father’s side, and on her mother’s side she is of Sindhi Hindu and British descent.
Describing herself as a naughty, spoilt child, Kapoor’s exposure to films from a young age kindled her interest in acting; she was particularly inspired by the work of actresses Nargis and Meena Kumari. Despite her family background, her father disapproved of women entering films because he believed it conflicted with the traditional maternal duties and responsibility of women in the family. This led to a conflict between her parents, and they separated. She was then raised by her mother, who worked several jobs to support her daughters until Karisma debuted as an actress in 1991. After living separately for several years, her parents reconciled in October 2007. Although did not present in most her childhood, Kapoor remarked later that her father played an important role in her life and “we are a family now”.
Kapoor attended Jamnabai Narsee School in Mumbai, followed by Welham Girls’ School in Dehradun. She attended the institution primarily to satisfy her mother, though later admitted to liking the experience. According to Kapoor, she wasn’t inclined towards academics though received good grades in all her classes except mathematics. Upon graduating from Welham, she returned to Mumbai and studied commerce for two years at Mithibai College. Kapoor then registered for a three-month summer course in microcomputers at Harvard Summer School in the United States. She later developed an interest in law, and enrolled at the Government Law College, Mumbai; during this period, she developed a long-lasting passion for reading. However, after completing her first year, she decided to pursue her interest in acting, though she later regretted not having completed her education. She began training at an acting institute in Mumbai mentored by Kishore Namit Kapoor, a member of the Film and Television Institute of India.
Kareena Kapoor filmography
Year Title Role Notes Ref(s) 2000 Refugee Nazneen “Naaz” Ahmed Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut 2001 Mujhe Kucch Kehna Hai Pooja Saxena Yaadein Isha Singh Puri Ajnabee Priya Malhotra Aśoka Kaurwaki Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actress Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham… Pooja Sharma Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress 2002 Mujhse Dosti Karoge! Tina Kapoor Jeena Sirf Merre Liye Pinky/Pooja[a] 2003 Talaash: The Hunt Begins… Tina Khushi Khushi “Lali” Singh Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon Sanjana LOC Kargil Simran 2004 Chameli Chameli Filmfare Special Performance Award Yuva Mira Dev Aaliya Filmfare Critics Award for Best ActressAlso playback singer for song “Jab Nahin Aaye The Tum” Fida Neha Mehra Aitraaz Priya Saxena Hulchul Anjali Pathak 2005 Bewafaa Anjali Kyon Ki Dr. Tanvi Khurana Dosti: Friends Forever Anjali 2006 36 China Town Priya Singhania Chup Chup Ke Shruti Chauhan Omkara Dolly Mishra Filmfare Award for Best Actress (Critics)
Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actress
Don Kamini Cameo 2007 Kya Love Story Hai Herself Special appearance in song “It’s Rocking” Jab We Met Geet Dhillon Filmfare Award for Best Actress 2008 Halla Bol Herself Special appearance Tashan Pooja Singh Also playback singer for “Pooja Ka Tashan” Roadside Romeo Laila (voice) Animated feature film Golmaal Returns Ekta 2009 Luck by Chance Herself Special appearance Billu Herself Special appearance in song “Marjaani” Kambakkht Ishq Simrita Rai[a] Main Aurr Mrs Khanna Raina Khanna Kurbaan Avantika Ahuja Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actress 3 Idiots Pia Sahastrabuddhe Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actress 2010 Milenge Milenge Priya We Are Family Shreya Arora Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress Golmaal 3 Daboo Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actress 2011 Bodyguard Divya Ra.One Sonia 2012 Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu Riana Braganza Agent Vinod Iram Parveen Bilal/Dr. Ruby Mendes[a] Rowdy Rathore — Special appearance in song “Chinta Ta” Heroine Mahi Arora Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actress Talaash: The Answer Lies Within Rosie/Simran[a] Dabangg 2 — Special appearance in song “Fevicol Se” 2013 Bombay Talkies Herself Special appearance in song “Apna Bombay Talkies” Satyagraha Yasmin Ahmed Gori Tere Pyaar Mein! Dia Sharma 2014 Singham Returns Avni Kamat The Shaukeens Herself Cameo Happy Ending — Cameo 2015 Gabbar Is Back Sunaina Cameo Bajrangi Bhaijaan Rasika Pandey Brothers Mary Special appearance in song “Mera Naam Mary Hai” 2016 Ki & Ka Kia Udta Punjab Dr. Preet Sahni Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress 2018 Veere Di Wedding Kalindi Puri 2019 Good Newwz Deepti Kashyap Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actress 2020 Angrezi Medium Naina Kohli 2022 Laal Singh Chaddha Rupa Kaur Completed
Year Title Role Notes Ref. 2000 Bollywood im Alpenrausch Herself Uncredited role 2013 The Indian Food Wisdom and The Art
of Eating Right
Herself 2015 Bollywood And Beyond: A Century Of Indian Cinema Herself Girl Rising India – Woh Padhegi, Woh Udegi Wadley Hindi version of Richard E. Robbins’s film.
Year Title Role Notes Ref. 2012 Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah Mahi Arora/Herself Episode 966 (To promote Heroine) 2012 Punar Vivah Mahi Arora Episode 154 2012 C.I.D. Herself Episode “Heroine Ka Khatra” 2018 Naagin 3 Kaalindi Special appearance 2019 Dance India Dance Battle Of The Champions Judge 2022 Spy Bahu Narrator (Voiceover) for first episode