Kareena Kapoor Khan and the versatility of her on-screen characters

Karishma Jangid
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As a tribute to Kareena Kapoor Khan on her 43rd birthday, let's look at the versatile characters played by her that are etched in the audience’s memory.

Say 'Kareena Kapoor Khan,' and the first word that comes to mind is ‘Poo’. Even though in a supporting role, she made her character famous with her quirky acting in 'Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham...' But in her 23-year-long career, she has given so many versatile roles, making her the incredible actor that she is today. Her career began with 'Refugee' in 2000, and since then, the actor has consecutively given great performances but it's her versatile characters that shaped her career and made the audience fall in love with this superstar!

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Here you go!

Nazneen - Refugee

In her debut film, Refugee, she played the role of Nazneen aka Naaz Ahmed, a Bangladeshi girl who tries to cross the Indian border with the help of Refugee (Abhishek Bachchan). She made a mark with her debut and even won the Filmfare award for Best Female Debut.


Princess Kaurwaki - Asoka

In Santosh Sivan’s Asoka, Kapoor played the role of Kaurwaki, princess of Kalinga. The film became a success and even a classic, especially due to the commendable acting by Shah Rukh Khan (as Asoka) and Kapoor. 

Poo - Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham...

Do we need to even spell it out? Who isn’t in love with the stylish, audacious, self-obsessed Pooja Sharma aka Poo? Be it with her charismatic confidence or her extravagant dialogues like, “Woh kaun hai jisne dobaara mudke mujhe nahi dekha?”, Kapoor made Poo iconic.


Chameli - Chameli

Kapoor played the titular role of Chameli, a good-at-heart sex worker in Sudhir Mishra’s Chameli. This was unlike her previous roles, but she delivered a praiseworthy performance regardless.


Geet - Jab We Met

“Main apni favourite hoon” - Kapoor made self-love famous with her iconic role as Geet Dhillon, a happy-go-lucky and naive girl-next-door in Imtiaz Ali’s 'Jab We Met'. The film and her character have both become classics. 


Anjali - Hulchul

Be it serious or comical roles, Kapoor can ace it all. In Priyadarshan’s famous comedy ‘Hulchul’, Kapoor played the role of Anjali, and with her hilarious comic timing, made us laugh out loud.


Dolly - Omkara

In Vishal Bhardwaj’s 'Omkara', Kapoor played the role of Dolly Mishra, who goes through a devastating character arc. Based on Shakespeare’s 'Othello', Kapoor’s role was derived from Desdemona’s character. This was one of Kapoor’s most remarkable characters and films.


Mahi - Heroine

In Madhur Bhandarkar’s ‘Heroine’, Kapoor played the role of Mahi Arora, an actor whose career is failing fast. While the film received mixed reviews, Kapoor unanimously received praise for her commendable acting. 


Rosie/ Simran - Talaash: The Answer Lies Within

In 'Talaash', Kapoor once again plays the role of a sex worker, but this time her character has an aura of mystery around her. The movie benefitted from its intriguing screenplay as well as Kapoor’s authentic acting.


Rupa - Laal Singh Chaddha

In Laal Singh Chaddha, the remake of Forrest Gump, Kapoor played the role of Rupa D'Souza, who goes to Mumbai to become an actress but gets exploited by a gangster instead. While the film performed poorly, the audience was impressed by Kapoor’s impressive acting.


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