Kareena Kapoor Khan is an Indian actress who appears in Bollywood films. Kareena was born on 21st of September 1977. During her career, Kareena has received five Filmfare Awards and has been noted for her performances in a range of film genres; these include her work from contemporary romantic dramas to comedies, period films to major Bollywood productions, as well as less publicized independent films.
Born into a family where her parents, Randhir Kapoor and Babita, and her elder sister Karisma are actors, she faced the media spotlight from a very young age, but did not make her acting debut until the 2000 film Refugee. Her melodrama Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham... became India's highest-grossing film in the overseas market in 2001, and is one of her biggest commercial successes to date. After receiving negative reviews for a series of repetitive roles, she accepted more demanding parts in order to avoid being typecast, and was consequently recognized by critics for displaying greater versatility as an actress. Her portrayal of a sex worker in Chameli (2004) proved to be the turning point in her career and she was later noted for her performances in the critically acclaimed Dev (2004) and Omkara (2006).
In 2007, Kareena received her first Filmfare Award for Best Actress for her performance in Jab We Met, a romantic comedy directed by Imtiaz Ali. She went on to play the lead female role in the thriller Kurbaan (2009), for which she earned critical acclaim, and the drama 3 Idiots (2009), which became the highest-grossing Bollywood film of all time. Having done so, she has established herself as a leading actress of the Hindi film industry. In addition to movie acting, Kareena is a regular stage performer and has launched her own clothing line in association with being the brand ambassador for the retail chain Globus. She married long time boyfriend Saif Ali Khan in October 2012.
She is the granddaughter of actor and filmmaker Raj Kapoor, great-granddaughter of actor Prithviraj Kapoor, and niece of actor Rishi Kapoor. According to Kapoor, the name "Kareena" was derived from the book Anna Karenina, which her mother read while she was pregnant with her. As a child, she had strong aspirations to become an actress, and was particularly inspired by watching the films of Bollywood actresses Nargis and Meena Kumari. Despite her family background, her father disapproved of women entering the acting profession 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 resulted in Kareena's mother leaving the house with her two daughters. After her parents' separation, she was raised in Lokhandwala by her mother, who took up several jobs to support her daughters until Karisma debuted as an actress in 1991.
Upon graduating from the boarding school, she studied commerce for two years in Mumbai, but later confessed that she only studied there because she was close to her family. She then registered for a three-month summer course in microcomputers at Harvard University. She later developed an interest in law. During this period she became immersed in law books and developed a long-lasting passion for reading. However, after completing one year at the Law college, Kareena realized that she was not inclined towards academics and returned to her initial plan to become an actress. She began training at an acting institute in Andheri, mentored by Kishore Namit Kapoor, a member of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII).