Kareena was born to Sindhi-speaking Babita (nee Shivdasani) and Punjabi-speaking Randhir Kapoor in Bombay, India. She has an elder sister, Karisma.
She is born in a family that have been actors for generations, including her paternal great-grandfather, Prithviraj Kapoor; her grandfather, Raj Kapoor; her paternal uncles, Shammi, Shashi, Rishi, and Rajiv; as well as aunt, Neetu Singh, & Jennifer Kendall, the wives of Rishi and Shashi respectively. On her maternal side, her grandfather, Hari Shivdasani, and aunt, Sadhana, have been actors in their own rights.
As a child she studied in Jamnabai Narsee School in Juhu, Bombay, and thereafter was enrolled in Dehra Dun’s prestigious Welham Girls’ Boarding School. Then she re-located to Harvard for approximately 3 months to take a course in Information Technology and Microcomputers. Upon her return to India, she joined the Government Law College in Churchgate, Bombay, but left it after one year, to enroll in the Kishore Namit Kapoor Acting School.
Her dad, Randhir is very protective towards his daughters and wanted both of them to keep away from acting, get married, and settle down, as per the Kapoor family tradition. This led to irreconcilable differences between her parents, ultimately leading to a separation, with both sisters living with their mother who managed their careers.
Her film debut was in the year 2000 with ‘Refugee’ along with the debut of Amitabh Bachchan’s son, Abhishek. She went on to appear in 31 other Hindi movies, and has thus far won four awards for her performances in ‘Refugee’, ‘Chameli’, ‘Dev’, and ‘Omkara’.
She is one of the most sought-after actresses in Bollywood, considered bankable, with an enviable A-listing and as of June 2007 is to appear in ‘Tashan’, ‘Lajjo’, ‘Kismat Talkies’ amongst others.
In 2012, she married actor Saif Ali Khan, son of actress Sharmila Tagore.
Trade Mark (1)
She is the second daughter of actress Babita Kapoor
, and actor Randhir Kapoor
. They have broken the taboo of Kapoor family girls acting in movies.
Loves horseback riding and cooking
Did not attend her cousin’s (Riddhima Kapoor) wedding with Bharat Sawhney that took place in Bombay on Wednesday January 25, 2006. Also absent was her sister, Karisma, and mom, Babita.
Her great grandfather (Prithviraj Kapoor), her grandfather (Raj Kapoor) and his two brothers (Shammi & Shashi), her mother (Babita), her father (Randhir) and his two brothers (Rishi & Rajiv) have all been film stars over the last fifty years and her sister (Karisma) have been acting in Bollywood flicks keeping it all within the family.
Listed as number 6 of ‘Top Bollywood Actresses’ of 2006. (rediff.com, 8-25- 2006)
Although Kareena’s prescribed diet includes paranthas, momos, cheese, pasta and bananas, which are mostly considered fattening, it is her daily practice of yoga that keeps her fit for her role in Tashan
Has lived secretly with Saif Ali Khan
. At the Lakme Fashion Awards in October 2007 they made their liaison official.
Was in a long term relationship with actor Shahid Kapoor until 2007. They broke up during the filming of hit movie Jab We Met.
Sister in Law to actress Soha Ali Khan.
Grandaughter of actor Hari Shivdasani.
Was the original choice for Blockbuster movies Ram-leela and Chennai express, but declined both movies due to scheduling problems.
Her mother Babita Kapoor’s aunt is classic actress Sadhana
. In 2013, Sadhana confirmed that because of a family problem, she and Babita don’t acknowledge each other.
Great grand niece of actor Trilok Kapoor (Prithviraj’ brother).
Niece of actor Justin Sial (Randhir Kapoor’ s aunt Urmila Sial’s son).
Grandfather Raj Kapoor’s maternal uncle was actor Jugal Kishore Mehra. Jugal married actress Anwari Begum and adopted her daughter actress Zarine ( Nasreen) Nasreen is the mother of actress/ singer Salma Agha. This makes Kareena Kapoor a niece of Salma Agha. Kareena is also the uncle of cousin Sasha Agha. Salma’s daughter.
Her favorite pastime is watching TV. Her favorite TV shows are Friends (1994), Sex and the City (1998), Frasier (1993), Prison Break (2005), How I Met Your Mother (2005),Agatha Christie: Poirot (1989), Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple: The Body in the Library(1984), The Killing (2011), The Big Bang Theory (2007), Downton Abbey (2010) andGame of Thrones (2011).
Personal Quotes (11)
Life is full of happiness and tears, be strong and have faith.
I want a man I can keep for myself. I wouldn’t ever share my man with anyone else.
I am not a home breaker and I can never be. I haven’t been brought up to create havoc in other people’s homes.
If I found out that my man is unfaithful, there’d be no tears, no shor-sharaba, I’d just slaughter him.
Men are gutless. Why can’t they own up to the women they love?
A lot of guys try to mingle with me because of who I am. If I encounter a guy with a clean heart, I will go by my instincts. I guess my man won’t be from the film industry.
I am a hell raiser. I do my own thing. And I believe what I do is the right thing.
I wouldn’t be able to turn a blind eye to my husband activities like other star wives. I will be screaming down this throat, demanding an account of every minute of his. So you see an actor won’t be good for my peace of mind.
The most shocking part of the articles linking me with Hrithik Roshan
was the insinuation that I was willing to give up my career to run after him. Please! Not for a man, never.
My co-stars call me selfish. They say you are only interested in yourself and what you are only interested is yourself and what you are doing in front of the camera. I reply, I can’t help it; it’s what got me where I am.
The one thing I like being in a relationship is that we get to share things. Our experiences about life, comparing notes about things that have happened to us. Then you get companionship, which is great. You laugh, you talk, you fight. There’s a mazaa in that. I like everything about being in a relationship. I like feeling secure. I like the companionship, making the other person happy. And if you’re in a good relationship, there’s nothing you don’t like about it.