She’s bold, she’s beautiful and she will remain Shah Rukh Khan’s Chammak Challo forever. Yes, i’m referring to the gorgeous Kareena Kapoor. The lovely lady is celebrating her birthday today (21 September) and I’m sure she will be doing so in style. Kareena has always remained a firm favourite of mine over the years and it seems her popularity hasn’t been lost in numbers with the audiences either. Her rise and rise to fame was inevitable what with her family being Bollywood royalty. However, at the time Kareena debuted, she followed in the very impressionable footsteps with her talented sister Karisma. What added to the excitement and expectation was her first co-star, Abhishek Bachchan, who was also introduced in the same movie, Refugee (2000). Herein, I reveal my four most favourite characters that Bebo (Kareena) has played and why those particular performances will always remain close to my heart.
Mujse Dosti Karoge – In this movie, Kareena was paired opposite Hrithik Roshan and, if i may say so, their jodi will always remain one of my most favourites. Her role of Tina Kapoor starts off as not very different to many she had been seen in before that but she stood out in this because of her gorgeous wardrobe and the raw emotion. Sharing screen space with Rani Mukerjee was also something not to be missed what with the two powerhouse entertainers never overshadowing each other but delivering strong performances together and individually.
Bewafaa – Kareena’s rendition as a grieving sister and heartbroken mehbooba, Anjali, seemed to come as a contrast to her usual college girl roles. Anjali required the actress to play a very sombre and deep character and reveal a side of herself that the audiences were susceptible too. Her pairing with Akshay Kumar was and always has been a hit and the two made the audiences fall in love with their love story. However, when tragedy strikes, Anjali is forced to leave her love and, in the interests of her sister’s children, she marries her jija Anil Kapoor. Kareena’s heartbreaking performance touched my heart… to the point where I sometimes find this film difficult to watch. Now, that should tell you something!
Jab We Met – Perhaps one of Kareena’s most popular films and most loved character, Jab We Met’s Geet has her style stamped all over it. The film’s success is in it’s colour and switching of character traits. Starring Shahid Kapoor as her co-star, Kareena plays the bubbly character to a tee and she also carries off the quiet and thoughtful parts with just as much. The Kapoor & Kapoor jodi not only gelled well together but also looked perfect. Kareena’s Geet will be remembered for many years to come.
Omkara – This, in my view, is a film which the actress was critically acclaimed for and is a role that she should be proud of. Inspired by Shakespeare’s Othello, Kareena plays the role of Dolly (Desdemona). Her performance in the movie is simply electrifying and this is one role in which i feel she excels. Her pensive joyful character representation and also the tragedy with which her character’s life ends… makes me think this movie stands for Kareena’s career coming full circle. Omkara, for me, is a film close to heart with performances by all being outstanding. Kareena surprised me in this film in a way which remains unforgettable.
Quite literally, Kareena’s acting is in her blood. With one powerful performance after another, this actress has shown time and time again that she is a force to be reckoned with. I wish her a very happy birthday and cannot contain my excitement about her forthcoming film, RaOne opposite SRK himself. She rocks the ‘Chammak Challo’ song in a way no other actress could have and makes me want to see more of her than I would want to see SRK. Hats off to her as a diva, an actress and one of the most beautiful actresses ever.
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