Karisma Kapoor in June 2014
25 June 1974
|Years active||1991–2003, 2008–present|
|Spouse(s)||Sanjay Kapoor (2003–2014; divorced)|
Karisma Kapoor (born 25 June 1974), often informally referred to as Lolo, is an Indian actress who appears in Bollywood films. Part of the Kapoor family, she is the daughter of actors Randhir Kapoor and Babita. Kapoor made her acting debut at the age of seventeen with Prem Qaidi in 1991. She subsequently featured in several commercially successful films such as Jigar (1992), Anari (1993), Raja Babu, Suhaag (1994), Coolie No. 1, Gopi Kishan (1995), Saajan Chale Sasural & Jeet (1996).
In 1996, Kapoor earned her first Filmfare Award for Best Actress for Raja Hindustani, her biggest commercial success, and later received the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the romantic drama Dil To Pagal Hai (1997). She went on to play the leading role in the critically acclaimed projects, Fiza (2000) and Zubeidaa (2001), for which she earned the Best Actress and Best Actress (Critics) trophies at the Filmfare ceremony. Having done so, Kapoor has established herself as one of the leading actresses of Hindi cinema. She has been considered as one of the most beautiful women in Bollywood and a sex symbol. Vogue states that in the past decade, Kapoor has become an national recognised style icon.
During her career, Kapoor has received one National Film Award and four Filmfare Awards, among six nominations. In addition to acting in films, Kapoor has played the leading role in the television series, Karishma - The Miracles of Destiny (2003) and has also featured as a talent judge for the reality shows, Nach Baliye and Hans Baliye.
Kapoor married Sanjay Kapur in 2003, and the couple had two children before getting a divorce in 2014. She subsequently took a sabbatical from acting in 2004 after her marriage before making a comeback in Dangerous Ishhq in 2012.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Career
- 3 Personal life
- 4 Stage performances
- 5 Other work
- 6 Performances: technique and analysis
- 7 Filmography
- 8 Television
- 9 References
- 10 External links
Kapoor was born in Mumbai to Randhir Kapoor, an actor popular during the 1970s and 80s, and actress Babita. She is the grand daughter of actor and filmmaker Raj Kapoor, great-granddaughter of actor Prithviraj Kapoor, grand-niece of actors Shashi Kapoor and Shammi Kapoor, sister of actress Kareena Kapoor, niece of actors Rishi Kapoor and Rajiv Kapoor, first cousin of actor Ranbir Kapoor and second cousin of actress Sasha Agha. She is of Punjabi descent on her father's side, and Sindhi on her mother's side. However, according to Shammi Kapoor the family are originally Hindu Pashtuns. Kapoor studied at the Cathedral and John Connon School, and later studied in Sophia College for a few months.
Debut and early work (1991–1995)
In 1992, Kapoor appeared in the romantic action Jigar the movie garnered good reviews and emerged as a hit. The film marked the first of her many collaborations with Devgan. The following year, Kapoor co-starred in K. Muralimohana Rao's action Anari, the film became successful at the box office with gross earnings of 300.1 million (US$4.7 million). In 1994, Kapoor was cast as Madhubala (opposite Govinda) in comedy Raja Babu, the film was poorly received by critics but became an economic success, earning over 450 million (US$7.1 million). She next appeared in Andaz Apna Apna, an comedy directed by Rajkumar Santoshi with Salman Khan and Aamir Khan, the movie was an average grosser when it released, it has since gained a strong cult following over the years. In 1995, Kapoor appeared in romantic comedy Coolie No. 1 the feature garnered good reviews and emerged as the highest-grossing Bollywood film grossing 910.6 million (US$14 million) in India.
For her acting debut the actress says, "when I first entered the industry, things were made tough for me. I am not saying I was singled out. I think every star son or star daughter has to go through this. Everyone was so unfair to me. Other newcomers were praised for every little achievement but Karisma Kapoor was not given an iota of acknowledgement. When it came to me, it was always, ‘Okay, she has done well but what’s the big deal about Karisma Kapoor?’. Nobody gave a 17-year-old credit for doing her job reasonably well".
In 1996, Kapoor played the female lead in Dharmesh Darshan's Raja Hindustani opposite Aamir Khan. The movie was the highest grossing film of the year and she won her first Filmfare Best Actress Award. Karisma Kapoor was first recognised as a serious actor with Dharmesh Darshan's Raja Hindustani, the success of Raja Hindustani established Kapoor as a leading actress of Hindi cinema. After the movie she had become the highest-paid Indian actress to that point earning 12 million (US$190,000) per film. Her next release was Raj Kanwar's Jeet alongside Salman Khan, Sunny Deol and Tabu, in which she played Kajal. Upon release, the film emerged as a commercial success.
The following year Kapoor played the bubbly best friend ‘Nisha’ who is sensitive, loving and honest, she won the Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award and the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Yash Chopra's Musical Romance, Dil To Pagal Hai opposite Shahrukh Khan and Madhuri Dixit. That same year Kapoor appeared in Hero No. 1 the movie is commercial success  and has opened to generally positive reviews.
In 1998 she is the first Bollywood Film Star who endorsed international-brand Coca Cola in India.
Her diminutive comeback in 1999 proved to be good as she took part in the year's most successful films. Kapoor starred in four absolute hits. David Dhawan's comedy Biwi No.1 opposite Salman Khan became the biggest hit of the year, the film earned positive notices and several nominations, including for an Filmfare Awards for Best Film. She proved to be successful with comedy films, as David Dhawan's another film Haseena Maan Jaayegi did fairly well at the box office.
Kapoor collaborated for the first time with the Rajshri Productions banner with Hum Saath-Saath Hain: We Stand United the movie is one of the biggest Bollywood success of all time in the market, earning over 1 billion (US$16 million). Her last release, Jaanwar opposite Akshay Kumar, was another box office hit, making her the most successful actress of the year.
In 2000, she won her second Filmfare Best Actress Award for her performance in Khalid Mohammed's Fiza, the movie received critical acclaim  but the film under-performed at the box office grossing 570.8 million (US$9.0 million) in India. Her performance in the film was highly acclaimed and several critics noted her for showing great emotional range and depth. Mimmy Jain of The Indian Express, in a positive review, wrote, "As the young girl who is sick of the suspense and disruption that her brother's disappearance has caused in her family's life, as the obstinate daughter who will not listen to her mother's plea to let her keep hoping for her son, as the determined sister who keeps on in her hunt for her brother despite all odds and then seeks to keep him on the right path, this is a new Karisma, and one that delivers a superbly flawless performance." Planetbollywood.com described Kapoor "A multifaceted actress. Aishwarya Rai has not diminished her demand". her next feature, Kapoor was cast as the protagonist of David Dhawan's Dulhan Hum Le Jayenge, the film generated predominantly positive reviews and Kapoor was praised in particular.Dulhan Hum Le Jayenge was a financial success with global revenues of 520.9 million (US$8.2 million).
In 2001, she achieved further critical acclaim for her portrayal of the title role in Shyam Benegal's Zubeidaa. The Tribune complimented her by arguing that she "has surpassed herself as the passionate, defiant, wilful and troubled Zubeidaa, the truly modern woman." For her work, she was awarded the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actress. She next starred alongside Bobby Deol and Rahul Dev in Indra Kumar's Aashiq the movie received little praise from critics, though proved to be a modest success grossing over 260 million (US$4.1 million) domestically. Suneel Darshan's social drama Ek Rishtaa: The Bond of Love was Kapoor's next release. Co-starring Amitabh Bachchan and Akshay Kumar.
In 2002, she acted in Shakti - The Power. Kapoor's performance was applauded with critic Taran Adarsh writing, "the power clearly belongs to Karisma Kapoor. Breathing fire and venom to win back her son from the clutches of a despot, the actress gives it all to the character of a helpless mother and proves what a virtuoso performer she is. Playing the part of a wounded tigress, this is one performance that overshadows all the performances the year has seen so far". For her work, she earned several nominations in the Best Actress category. Kapoor final release of 2002 was Indra Kumar's action-thriller Rishtey, with Anil Kapoor and Shilpa Shetty, Kapoor portrayed the beautiful and wealthy Komal a suffering mother. The film was declared a box-office flop in India and overseas, with revenues of 220.7 million (US$3.5 million) but kapoor's performance received good reviews and Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama noted "the actress comes up with a sincere performance" 
In 2002, Kapoor first appeared on the Indian rich list published annually in the Business Review Weekly with an estimated net worth of 510 million (US$8.0 million).
In 2003 she starred in Baaz: A Bird in Danger which was her only release that year. Later in the same year she made her television debut in the Sahara One serial Karishma - The Miracles of Destiny in which she played a dual role of a grandmother and granddaughter. The serial ended after 260 episodes in 2004 and she took a sabbatical from full-time acting for several years.
In 2006, Kapoor was seen in the delayed film Mere Jeevan Saathi opposite Akshay Kumar and Ameesha Patel, in which she played a negative role. The film had been shot and completed in 2003 but delayed for three years. In 2007, Kapoor was seen on Karan Johar's chat show Koffee With Karan, with her sister Kareena Kapoor and Shahid Kapoor, she also won the Koffee Award for Best Supporting Appearance. In 2008, alongside actor Arjun Rampal and director/choreographer Farah Khan, Kapoor began judging the dance show Nach Baliye 4, and continued the following year with Hans Baliye alongside David Dhawan. In addition, she made a cameo role, along with numerous other Bollywood stars in 2007's Om Shanti Om. She was also seen as guest on the reality TV show Wife Bina Life (2010). Kapoor also voiced the role of Chhaya in the Salman Khan and Kareena Kapoor starrer Bodyguard.
Recent work (2011–present)
Hailing from a Punjabi family deeply involved in the Bollywood film industry. She had dropped out of school after her sixth standard and started acting.. Kapoor was in a relationship with her Jigar co-star Ajay Devgan from 1992 till they broke up in 1995. On 29 September 2003, she married industrialist Sunjay Kapur, CEO of Sixt India. The couple had a daughter born in 2005 and a son in 2010. The couple divorced in 2014.
Kapoor has been part of several stage shows and world tours since 90s. The Heartthrobs: Live in Concert, was successfully performed across the United States and Canada alongside Arjun Rampal, Hrithik Roshan, Kareena Kapoor and Aftab Shivdasani.
The Bollywood actress supports a number of charities, has been a goodwill ambassador for Pinkathon 2012 for breast cancer awareness. In 2013, Kapoor participated in a campaign with Priyanka Chopra to highlight the rights of girls in India.
Kapoor has endorsed brands including Kellogg's, Crescent Lawn, Admix Retail, and Danone. She has also endorsed for an international skin care brand. Kapoor is also currently the face of an international cosmetic and beauty brand Garnier Colour. She was repeatedly and frequently featured on the cover of many magazines, including: Harper's Bazaar, Femina (India), Filmfare, Verve, Hello!, Marie Claire, L'Officiel India. She walked the runway for such designers as Manish Malhotra, (Arpita Mehta), and Vikram Phadnis.
Performances: technique and analysis
According to media reports, Kapoor is one most versatile and talented actress who appeared in the Hindi film.  Commenting on this, director Suneel Darshan "She is one of the most versatile actresses in Bollywood after Madhuri Dixit". According to Indra Kumar "Karisma is the actress today, i will bypass ten other highly popular actresses and zero in on Karisma alone. She is one of the most complete actresses today. Madhuri never did a Fiza or Zubeida in her heydays. Karisma is a step ahead". While discussing her career M.S.M. Desai journaliste wrote "Karisma Kapoor is one actress who has had it all, enjoying both commercial and artistic success. During her decade long career she has done as many as 60 films and has proved her versatility and prowess at both comedy and melodrama with equal ease".
|1992||Sapne Sajan Ke||Jyoti|
|1994||Andaz Apna Apna||Karishma/Raveena|
|1994||Aatish: Feel the Fire||Pooja|
|1995||Coolie No. 1||Malti|
|1996||Saajan Chale Sasural||Pooja|
|1996||Bal Bramhachari||Asha Rana|
|1996||Raja Hindustani||Aarti Sehgal|
|1997||Hero No. 1||Meena Nath|
|1997||Lahu Ke Do Rang||Heena|
|1997||Dil To Pagal Hai||Nisha|
|1999||Silsila Hai Pyar Ka||Vanshikha Mathur|
|1999||Haseena Maan Jaayegi||Ritu Verma|
|1999||Hum Saath-Saath Hain||Sapna|
|2000||Dulhan Hum Le Jayenge||Sapna|
|2000||Chal Mere Bhai||Sapna Mehra|
|2000||Hum To Mohabbat Karega||Geeta Kapoor|
|2001||Ek Rishtaa: The Bond of Love||Nisha Thappar|
|2002||Haan Maine Bhi Pyaar Kiya||Pooja Kashyap|
|2002||Shakti: The Power||Nandini|
|2003||Baaz: A Bird in Danger||Neha Chopra|
|2006||Mere Jeevan Saathi||Natasha|
|2007||Om Shanti Om||Herself|
|2003 - 2004||Karishma - The Miracles of Destiny||Devyani/Avni|
|2008||Nach Baliye 4||as a judge|
|2008||Aajaa Mahi Vay||as a guest|
|2009||Hans Baliye||as a judge|
|2011||Wife Bina Life||as a guest|
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