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Karisma Kapoor
Karisma Kapoor in 2013
Born Karishma Kapoor
Mumbai, India
Occupation Actress, businesswoman
Years active 1991–2003, 2008–present
Net worth 720 million (US$11 million)[1][2]
Spouse(s) Sanjay Kapoor (2003–2014; divorced)[3]
Children 2
Parent(s) Randhir Kapoor
Babita Kapoor
Relatives Kareena Kapoor Khan (Sister)
Saif Ali Khan (Brother-in-law)
See Kapoor family

Karisma Kapoor often informally referred to as Lolo,[4] 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.[5][6] Vogue states that in the past decade, Kapoor has become a nationally recognized style icon.[7] Kapoor ranked first on Box Office India's "Top 5 Actresses of 1990-1999".[8]

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.

Early life[edit]

Kapoor with her mother Babita Shivdasani and sister Kareena Kapoor.

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.[9][10] She is of Punjabi descent on her father's side;[11][12][13] on her mother’s side she is of Sindhi[14] and British descent.[15] Kapoor studied at the Cathedral and John Connon School, and later studied in Sophia College for a few months.[16]


Debut and early work (1991–1995)[edit]

Karishma Kapoor made her debut in the 1991 movie Prem Qaidi, which was a semi-hit. Although most of her multiple releases from 1992–1995 failed to do well at the box office, she had some success.[17]

In 1992, Kapoor appeared in the romantic action Jigar the movie garnered good reviews and emerged as a hit.[18] The film marked the first of her many collaborations with Devgan.[19] 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$4.5 million).[20] 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$6.8 million).[21] She next appeared in Andaz Apna Apna, a 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.[22] 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.[23] Coolie No. 1 has garnered a strong cult following, among Kapoor fans and movie buffs.[24]

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".[25]


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[26] and she won her first Filmfare Best Actress Award; the film's success established Kapoor as a leading actress of Hindi cinema, and marked a significant turning point in her career. Raja Hindustani, was not only the biggest commercial success of 1996, but also one of the most successful films of all time in India with revenues of 4.8 billion (US$72 million).[27] [28] 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[29]

The following year, Kapoor played in Yash Chopra's Musical Romance and won the Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award and the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress.[30] She played in Dil To Pagal Hai opposite Shahrukh Khan and Madhuri Dixit, a role she had initially turned down: "I looked at the role not from a star’s point of view but from that of an actress. And I discovered that despite its length there was a lot of scope for me as a performer".[31] Her next release was David Dhawan's romance Judwaa, co-starring Salman Khan and Rambha. The film was declared a box-office success in India, with revenues of 1.6 billion (US$24 million).[32] That same year Kapoor appeared in Hero No. 1in which she played Meena Nath, the love interest of Govinda.

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.[33] She proved to be successful with comedy films, as David Dhawan's another film Haseena Maan Jaayegi did fairly well at the box office.[34]

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$15 million).[35] Her last release, Jaanwar opposite Akshay Kumar, was another box office hit, making her the most successful actress of the year.[36]

In 2000, she won her second Filmfare Best Actress Award for her performance in Khalid Mohammed's Fiza, the movie received critical acclaim.[37] The film emerged as a "semi hit" at the box-office with a worldwide gross of 87.80 crore (US$13 million).[38] 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."[39][40] described Kapoor "A multifaceted actress. Aishwarya Rai has not diminished her demand".[41] 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.[42][42] Dulhan Hum Le Jayenge was a financial success with global revenues of 520.9 million (US$7.9 million).[43][44]

Kapoor featured in Box Office India's Top Actresses list for four consecutive years (1996–2000).[45]

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."[46] In an interview with Rediff she explained, "I have been here so long, I have done everything. Lead roles, supporting roles, everything. How do I grow as a performer? If I keep doing commercial cinema, I will stagnate and I wanted to grow".[47] For her work, she was awarded the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actress. Co-starring Rekha and Manoj Bajpai, the film had worldwide earnings of over 239.552 million (US$3.6 million).[48] 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$3.9 million) domestically.[49][50]

Suneel Darshan's social drama Ek Rishtaa: The Bond of Love was Kapoor's next release. Co-starring Amitabh Bachchan and Akshay Kumar. The film became one of the biggest hits of the year.[51][52]

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".[53] For her work, she earned several nominations in the Best Actress category. That same year Kapoor appeared in Haan Maine Bhi Pyaar Kiya, despite performing poorly at the box office in India, the film proved to be a hit overseas.[54] Kapoor's 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 flop at box-office in India and overseas, with revenues of 22.07 crore (US$3.3 million)[55] but kapoor's performance received good reviews and Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama noted "the actress comes up with a sincere performance" [56]

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$7.7 million).[57]

As of December 2003, Kapoor's movies have grossed more than 10 billion (US$150 million),[58] with 8 movies making more than 1 billion (US$15 million).[59]

Sabbatical (2003–2010)[edit]

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.[60] 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 Mere Jeevan Saathi: the film had been shot and completed in 2003 but was delayed for three years. In 2007, Kapoor 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. In addition she had a cameo in 2007's Om Shanti Om, and in 2008 was as guest on the reality TV show Wife Bina Life (2010). Kapoor also voiced the role of Chhaya in Bodyguard.

Recent work (2011–present)[edit]

Karisma Kapoor walks for Monarc

In 2011, returned to movies in Vikram Bhatt's film Dangerous Ishhq.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Kapoor, circa 2008, with her then husband, Sunjay Kapur.

Hailing from a Punjabi family[61] deeply involved in the Bollywood film industry, Kapoor had dropped out of school after her sixth standard and started acting.[citation needed].

Kapoor was in a relationship with her Jigar co-star Ajay Devgan from 1992 till they broke up in 1995.[62] She got engaged with Abhishek Bacchan but engagement was called off in few months. This ended their relationship of few years. On 29 September 2003, she married industrialist Sunjay Kapur, CEO of Sixt India. The couple had a daughter in 2005 and a son in 2010 before divorcing in 2014.[3]

Stage performances[edit]

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.

Other work[edit]


The Bollywood actress supports a number of charities and has been a goodwill ambassador for Pinkathon 2012 for breast cancer awareness.[63] In 2013, Kapoor participated in a campaign with Priyanka Chopra to highlight the rights of girls in India.[64]


Kapoor has endorsed brands including Kellogg's, Crescent Lawn, Admix Retail, and Danone.[65][66][67] She has also endorsed for an international skin care brand.[68] Kapoor is currently the face of international cosmetic and beauty brand Garnier Colour.[69]

She walked the runway for such designers as Manish Malhotra,[70] Arpita Mehta,[71] and Vikram Phadnis.[72]


Year Film Role
1991 Prem Qaidi Neelima
1992 Police Officer Bijali
1992 Jaagruti Shalu
1992 Nishchaiy Payal
1992 Sapne Sajan Ke Jyoti
1992 Deedar Sapna Saxena
1992 Jigar Suman
1993 Anari Rajnandini
1993 Muqabla Karisma
1993 Sangram Madhu
1993 Shaktiman Priya
1993 Dhanwaan Anjali Chopra
1994 Prem Shakti Gouri/Karisma
1994 Raja Babu Madhoo
1994 Dulaara Priya
1994 Khuddar Pooja
1994 Andaz Jaya
1994 Andaz Apna Apna Karishma/Raveena
1994 Yeh Dillagi
1994 Aatish: Feel the Fire Pooja
1994 Suhaag Pooja
1994 Gopi Kishan Barkha
1995 Jawab Suman
1995 Maidan-E-Jung Tulsi
1995 Coolie No. 1 Malti
1996 Papi Gudia Karisma
1996 Megha Megha
1996 Saajan Chale Sasural Pooja
1996 Krishna Rashmi
1996 Jeet Kajal
1996 Bal Bramhachari Asha Rana
1996 Sapoot Pooja
1996 Raja Hindustani Aarti Sehgal
1996 Rakshak Suman Sinha
1996 Ajay Manorama
1997 Judwaa Mala
1997 Hero No. 1 Meena Nath
1997 Lahu Ke Do Rang Heena
1997 Mrityudaata Reenu
1997 Dil To Pagal Hai Nisha
1999 Silsila Hai Pyar Ka Vanshikha Mathur
1999 Biwi No.1
1999 Haseena Maan Jaayegi Ritu Verma
1999 Hum Saath-Saath Hain Sapna
1999 Jaanwar Sapna
2000 Dulhan Hum Le Jayenge Sapna
2000 Chal Mere Bhai Sapna Mehra
2000 Hum To Mohabbat Karega Geeta Kapoor
2000 Fiza Fiza
2000 Shikari Rajeshwari Rawal
2001 Zubeidaa Zubeidaa
2001 Aashiq Pooja
2001 Ek Rishtaa: The Bond of Love Nisha Thappar
2002 Haan Maine Bhi Pyaar Kiya Pooja Kashyap
2002 Shakti: The Power Nandini
2002 Rishtey Komal Singh
2003 Baaz: A Bird in Danger Neha Chopra
2006 Mere Jeevan Saathi Natasha
2007 Om Shanti Om Herself
2011 Bodyguard Chhaya (voice)
2012 Dangerous Ishhq Sanjana/Geeta/Salma/Paro
2013 Bombay Talkies Herself


Year Show Role
2003 - 2004 Karishma - The Miracles of Destiny Devyani/Avni


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