Prithviraj Kapoor, a pioneer of Indian theater and Hindi film industry, is her great grand father. Her grandfather Raj Kapoor is widely considered as Bollywood's original showman. Her parents Babita and Randhir Kapoor were both actors so was her grand father's brothers Shashi Kapoor and Shammi Kapoor and her uncles Rishi Kapoor and Rajiv Kapoor. Her sister Karisma Kapoor was one of the most successful actresses of the 90's.
Beboo, as she is fondly called, has a reputation of being a spontaneous actress. Just before the shots, she would be seen fooling around but once the camera is switched on, she transforms to the mood of the character so fast that she has surprising and won accolades from all of her co-stars and directors she has worked with.
Kareena is known for speaking her mind without thinking about its consequences and was misconceived as being arrogant, during her initial stages. For cheap publicity, some actresses would make some crude remarks about her, knowing that she would retort, but with age, she has wised-up.
Kareena's schooling was at Jamnabai Narsee School, Mumbai and then she went to Welham Girl's Boarding School, Dehradun and later Harvard summer school, for a short-term course in microcomputers and information technology. She then took an admission in Government Law College at Churchgate, after completing one year there, she realized that acting is what she want as a career and attended the Kishore Namit Kapoor acting school.
Kareena made an unconventional and rather bold debut along with Abishek Bachachan in J.P Dutta's Refugee (2000). Her performance got her rave reviews and filmmakers started queuing up at her door for her dates. But she then had to put up with a bad phase, when some of her much awaited films like 'Ashoka' and 'Yaadein' didn't do well but still she had more offers coming her way and producers were ready to give double her market price, realizing her potential. Such reaction from producer's part was unheard of in Bollywood, where usually actress of a flop film is sidelined.
Even though she was not the heroine in 'Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham', her performance as 'poo' was widely appreciated and the film also did well in box office. Then came 'Chameli', in which she played a prostitute. It fetched her lot of critical acclaim and she didn't had to look back after that. 'Aitraaz' and 'Hulchul' followed which were also successful. Critics as well as the audiences were taken aback by her acting prowess in 'Omkara', and her special dance appearance in 'Don' was also appreciated. She has a lot of prestigious projects coming up like Milenge Milenge with Shahid Kapoor, Bajirao Mastani with Salman Khan, Kismat Talkies with Hrithik Roshan, Lajjo with Aamir Khan directed by Mani Ratnam and Yash Raj's next film.
Kareena is currently dating Shahid Kapoor. A huge controversy erupted when a news channel released a video clipping of her kissing her boyfriend Shahid.
Kareena Kapoor Trivia:
Younger sister of Karisma Kapoor
Granddaughter of Raj Kapoor, great-granddaughter of Prithviraj Kapoor and great-great-granddaughter of Dewan Basheswarnath Kapoor
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
Turned down a role in "Bride and Prejudice (2004)" .
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)
She befriended Konkona Sen Sharma on the sets of 2006 movie Omkara.
Good friends with actress Esha Deol.
Kapoor sang solo in the song "Jab Nahin Aye The Tum", for the movie Dev.
Kareena remains to be one of the top and highest paid actresses.
She recently starred in a video with the likes of Shahrukh Khan, Priyanka Chopra, and John Abraham as a kick start for the BLUE BILLION campaign that invited cricket fans all over the world to cheer for India.
A recent cricket tournament was named after her by one of her ardent fans.
She was recently invited to Pakistan's prestigious Kara Film Festival alongside actors like Ajay Devgan, Saif Ali Khan, and Konkona Sen Sharma to represent her film Omkara as a Bollywood entry.
Many of her films have done better at the overseas box office (the UK, Canada, and the US) than they did in the Indian domestic market
She maintains close friendships with actresses Priyanka Chopra and Amrita Arora.
Kareena will be seen lending her voice in Yash Raj Production's next animated film directed by Jugal Hansraj.
Very recently filed a legal case against a reputed film journal for publishing pics of some close kissing-moments with actor Shahid Kapoor at a Mumbai night club, which she claims was false and got-up.
Kareena Kapoor Filmography:
Mr. Mehta & Mrs. Singh (2007) (in production) .... Mrs. Singh
Milenge Milenge (2006) (in production)
Untitled Zoya Akhtar Project (2007) (pre-production)
Untitled Soham Shah Project (2006) (pre-production)
Halla Bol (2007) (filming) .... Hermaphrodite dancer
Don (2006/I) .... Kamini
Omkara (2006) .... Dolly Mishra
Chup Chup Ke (2006) .... Shruti
36 China Town (2006) .... Priya
Dosti: Friends Forever (2005) .... Anjali
Kyon Ki (2005) .... Dr. Tanvi Khurana
Bewafaa (2005) .... Anjali Sahai
Hulchul (2004) .... Anjali
Aitraaz (2004) .... Priya Saxena/Malhotra
Fida (2004) .... Neha Verma
Dev (2004) .... Aaliya
Yuva (2004) .... Mira
Chameli (2003) .... Chameli
LOC: Kargil (2003) .... Simran
Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon (2003) .... Sanjana
Khushi (2003) .... Khushi Singh
Talaash: The Hunt Begins... (2003) .... Tina
Jeena Sirf Merre Liye (2002) .... Pooja (Pinky)
Mujhse Dosti Karoge! (2002) .... Tina Kapoor
Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham... (2001) .... Pooja "Poo" Sharma Raichand
Ajnabee (2001) .... Priya Malhotra
Asoka (2001) (as Karriena Kapoor) .... Kaurwaki
Yaadein... (2001) .... Isha Singh Puri
Mujhe Kucch Kehna Hai (2001) .... Pooja Saxena
Refugee (2000) .... Naaz