She’s not number one just for the heck of it. Kareena Kapoor’s earned every bit of her fame and adulation in her 13 years in Bollywood. We tried skimming through her performances for a top 5, but trust us when we say, limiting this actress’ iconic appearances was a tough job. Here’s going through Bebo’s journey so far!
It’s fair to say that Kareena started off with a bang. Playing the subtle and lovelorn Naaz in Refugee (2000) got her adulation that wasn’t seen before on screen. Her co-star Abhishek Bachchan too debut along-side, but Kareena was certainly here to stay. Following closely in 2003 was Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham. It takes a lot to stand your ground in front of established names such as Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol and the erstwhile superstar Hrithik Roshan, but Kareena made sure that her portrayal of the narcissistic Pooh remained etched in memory. Kudos to her!
It wasn’t just masala roles that our lady here was good at. Kareena proved herself to be an actress of refinement and skill in Chameli in 2004- where she played a prostitute in conversation with a widower- Rahul Bose. The film and her effort to play a character mainstream actresses would have shunned, won accolades. Come 2006, and Vishal Bharadwaj found a perfect Dolly Mishra in this versatile actress for his Omkara. Kareena played the companion of Ajay Devgn, and her character, smudged by doubt by her lover, couldn’t have been played better by anyone else.
2007 was masala rejuvenated as Kareena portrayed the refreshing, unafraid and instinct-driven Geet Dhillon in Jab We Met. A character that’s still a benchmark, despite attempts by many actresses to imitate the role, Kareena’s Geet won award after award for her perfect display of spunk. 2009 brought along Kurbaan opposite real-life boyfriend Saif Ali Khan. The role was memorable because of the uninhibited display of passion by both actors, backed by a strong script and great narrative. Add to that the 2010 ‘We Are Family’. Kareena was expected to live up to Julia Roberts’ standards in this remake of ‘Stepmom’, but the actress didn’t flinch a bit as she carved her own spot in this otherwise mediocre movie.
Soon, Kareena will play Mahi in Heroine, a behind-the-scenes take on the life of a superstar, by Madhur Bhandarkar. While the expectations may waver, there’s no doubt, that like every time, every year and every movie- Kareena Kapoor will emerge as the best Bollywood has!