Bebo’s best performances over 15 years of her career
Kareena’s debut flick, which was set in newly-partitioned India, saw her playing lover to a ‘refugee’ (Abhishek Bachchan, who also debuted with the film). Despite it being her first film, Kareena managed to put up a convincing and sensitive performance.
Directed by Santosh Sivan, ‘Ashoka’ revolved around the life of a legendary Mauryan king of the same name. Essaying the role of a Kalinga-based princess, Kareena created a stir with her lively performance and crackling chemistry with Shah Rukh Khan.
Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham (2001)
Depicting the stylised, skimpily-dressed Poo, Bebo’s performance was impactful and her character became memorable and household name for a long time. In the film she worked alongside some of Hindi cinema’s biggest names such as Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol and Amitabh Bachchan and was paired opposite Hrithik Roshan.
With this film, Kareena successfully wooed the critics. She played a prostitute, who becomes a street-smart woman following life’s tough experiences. While playing the titular role, Kareena showcased her acting prowess to the fullest and delivered a very refined performance.
Kareena played the child of caprice – whimsical, passionate, uncertain about her future. Her wild child avatar certainly ranks as one of her most memorable roles.
Few mainstream actresses have the confidence to go deglam and win at it like Kareena. In this Govind Nihalani film, Kareena played a role directly inspired by Zaheera Sheikh, who testified against the death of 14 people in a bakery during the 2002 Gujarat riots. Kareena lived the role of a girl forced to make some very hard decisions about life and death and went on to win the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actress.
In this adaptation of Shakespeare’s Othello, Kareena plays Dolly Mishra – an innocent woman in love with Omi (Ajay Devgn) – who meets with a tragic end for no fault of hers. Bebo held her own against talents like Devgn, Saif Ali Khan and Konkona Sen Sharma and the best thing about Kareena’s performance was that she seemed to do so little and yet conveyed so much. Her relatable portrayal of an innocent girl helped her bag a Filmfare award.
Chup Chup Ke (2006)
Regarded as one of Kareena’s most challenging role till date, ‘Chup Chup Ke’ featured the actress in the role of a mute girl. She delivered a stunning performance, letting her eyes and expressions do the talking.
Jab We Met (2007)
Regarded as the most popular film of Kareena’s career, ‘Jab We Met’ featured Kareena in the role of a talkative and fiesty Punjabi woman. Voluble, vivacious and vibrant, her character falls in love with a rich industrialist she meets on a train. A runaway hit at the box office, the movie’s success helped the actress win a Filmfare award.
This was Kareena and Saif Ali Khan’s first movie together after they officially started dating on the sets of ‘Tashan’. Even though the audience did not quite appreciate their onscreen chemistry as they do their off-screen one, it still marked one of Kareena’s stunning performances. A university teacher in love with a terrorist, she especially grabbed eyeballs with her bold acts.
3 Idiots (2009)
Loosely based on Chetan Bhagat’s novel ‘Five Point Someone’, this Rajkumar Hirani-directed comedy saw Kareena share screen space with none other than ‘Mr Perfectionst’ Aamir Khan. Kareena made full use of the opportunity, delivering a simple yet powerful performance. Moreover, her rapport with Aamir in the ‘Zoobie Doobie’ number was appreciated by all and sundry.
Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu (2012)
This one was not much of a smashing hit – but Kareena did deliver a very credible performance and it was nice to see the spunky actress once again in her elements since ‘Jab We Met’.
When Kareena Kapoor was chosen to play fictional Bollywood star Mahi Arora in Madhur Bhandarkar’s ‘Heroine’, we knew instantaneously that no other actress could have done it, really. Bhandarkar’s movies always has that unpleasant stench of reality but combine that with the perfectly executed performance depicting acts of histrionics, melodrama and confidence of a rising film star, and you have a winner. Kareena did complete justice to her bipolar disorder-ed Mahi.
Best remembered for its spooky climax, ‘Talaash’ featured Kareena in what can only be described as an unconventional role. As Rosie, the friendly sex-worker, who helps Surjan Singh Shekhawat (Aamir Khan) unravel a mystery, Kareena was quite the brilliant actress. Her role earned her much acclaim from viewers and critics alike.Moreover, the actress shared a sizzling chemistry with Aamir, elevating the film to new heights.