Kareena Kapoor is an Indian actress best known for her roles in movies like ‘Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham…,’ ‘Chameli,’ ‘Omkara,’ and ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan.’
One of Hindi film industry’s most popular actresses, she is counted amongst the highest paid leading ladies of Bollywood. Born to veteran actors Randhir Kapoor and Babita, she was exposed to the film industry at a young age. Her elder sister Karisma Kapoor is also a well-known actress. Kareena made her film debut as a 19-year-old in the war film ‘Refugee’ which proved to be a moderate success and helped launch her career as an actress. Despite getting a good start to her career,
she struggled for a few years to establish herself following a string of flops. Talented and beautiful, Kareena persevered and resurrected her career with her portrayal of a charming girl in the romantic comedy ‘Jab We Met.’
She has won numerous awards and accolades, including six ‘Filmfare Awards’ out of ten nominations as of July 2017. In addition to her acting career, Kareena Kapoor is also the co-author of three books, including two nutrition guides. She also has her own clothing line in association with the retail chain ‘Globus.’
Kareena Kapoor was born on 21 September 1980, in Mumbai, India, to Randhir Kapoor and Babita. Both her parents were prominent actors, though her mother stopped acting after marriage. She has an elder sister named Karisma. She is of Punjabi descent from her father’s side and of Sindhi and British descent from her mother’s side.
Born into a family of actors, Kareena was exposed to the show business at an early age. She was inspired by actresses, such as Meena Kumari and Nargis, and wanted to become an actress.
Her father did not want his daughters to enter the film industry. His conservative attitude led to a conflict between her parents and they separated. Kareena and her sister lived with their mother who took up several jobs in order to support the family. Eventually, Karisma became an actress, further motivating her younger sister to follow her dreams.
Kareena went to ‘Jamnabai Narsee School’ in Mumbai, followed by ‘Welham Girls’ School’ in Dehradun. She was not inclined towards academics, but performed well in school to keep her mother happy.
She then studied commerce for two years at ‘Mithibai College’ before joining a three-month summer course in microcomputers at ‘Harvard Summer School’ in the United States.
On her return to India, she enrolled at the ‘Government Law College’ in Mumbai, only to drop out after a year.
In her late teens, she decided to pursue acting seriously and thus began training under Kishore Namit Kapoor, a member of the ‘Film and Television Institute of India’ (FTII).