Kareena Kapoor Khan at 35: Still the diva
Kareena Kapoor Khan is in Pataudi, celebrating her 35th birthday in royal style with family. She may have hit her mid-30s, but Kareena is very much a reigning star even in age-conscious Bollywood. Here’s what makes her rock:
In her genes
The 35-year-old Kareena comes from one of Bollywood’s most influential families. She is the daughter of Randhir Kapoor and Babita, and sister Karisma was an established actress before Bebo made her film debut. Her grandfather was the legendary Raj Kapoor.
Named for a heroine
Apparently, Kareena was named after Anna Karenina, because her mom was reading the Russian classic while she was pregnant with her.
A big debut
After studying at the FTII, Kareena was expected to make her debut in the Hrithik Roshan-starrer Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai. But she gave it up mid-way and her first film was J.P Dutta’s Refugee starring Abhishek Bachchan. She earned a Best Female Debut Award for her performance.
Kareena’s done more than a few forgettable roles and has herself admitted that she went through a phase of doing films for no other reason except the money. But her 15-year-long career is also dotted with some praise-worthy performances. These came in films such as Chameli, Omkara and Jab We Met, for which she walked away with a Best Actress Award.
In B-Town, A-list actresses are not averse to sizzling in item numbers and Kareena is no exception. She’s shown off her oomph quotient in songs like ‘Marjaani’, ‘Chinta Ta’ and ‘Fevicol Se’.
Most of her roles have seen Kareena in her most glamorous avatar. Off-screen she’s even more so, always sporting the most exquisite and extravagant designer styles. Don’t forget she’s the lady who brought Size Zero into vogue in Bollywood.
Quite the diva, Kareena’s romantic relationships have also been high profile. She dated Shahid Kapoor for a time and went on to marry Saif Ali Khan. The couple are one of the most followed in the celeb circle, with their public appearances getting full-on media attention.
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