Bollywood’s reigning star Kareena Kapoor Khan completed 20 years in the industry and what a journey it has been. Two decades ago, the actress made her big-screen debut in ‘Refugee’ and since then she has gone on to portray several diverse and iconic characters – from Poo in Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham to her impactful performances in films including Omkara, Heroine, Udta Punjab, and more recently Good Newzz – the actress has proven her acting prowess and versatility time and again.
As we celebrate her illustrious career in Bollywood, let’s take a look at five of her finest performances:
- Chameli (2004)
Chameli was Kareena’s career-altering performance. She received critical recognition for her role as a commercial sex worker named Chameli. The film is set during one rainy night when Chameli and Aman (Rahul Bose) meet by chance of fate and alter each other’s lives forever. Apart from the brilliant acting, what is truly memorable about the film is Kareena dancing in the rain in a red saree.
- Jab We Met (2007)
Kareena plays the feisty Punjabi girl, Geet Dhillon in Imtiaz Ali’s romantic comedy, Jab We Met. Talkative and bubbly, Geet has no qualms and her confidence knows no bounds. Geet famously says, “main apni favourite hu (I am my own favourite), in the movie and honestly, she’s our favourite too.
- Talaash: The Answer Lies Within (2012)
In this Reema Kagti film, Kareena plays an escort named Rosie, who helps Inspector Shekhawat (Aamir Khan) solve mysterious accidents happening in the city. The actress brings magic and mystery into Rosie with perfection.
- 3 Idiots (2009)
Kareena’s role as Priya Sahastrabuddhe in 3 Idiots may not be a lengthy one but is significant. She’s the perfect counterbalance to an otherwise male-dominated film. Kapoor’s character is strong, daring, and unafraid to stand up for what’s right and for her love.
- Veere Di Wedding (2018)
In the buddy film, Veere Di Wedding, Kareena plays Kalindi, a woman averse to the idea of marriage due to her childhood experiences in a family fraught with marital discord. As Kalindi, Kareena brings in the bitter-sweet emotions of a bride-to-be, as she explores her way through her husband’s family and their wish for a Big Fat Indian wedding.
Kareena brings skill and talent in her performances. With distinct features and great prowess in her art, Kareena’s roles remain etched in the minds of the viewers.