Upholding The Kapoor Family Tradition- The Versatile Kareena

Kareena Movies
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She comes from a great lineage of superb actors and has proven that as time went by.

Starting with rather superficial roles, Kareena Kapoor has now become a tremendous actor who has taken on many challenges and won critical acclaim. She is unlike many other actors who believe in method acting.

She believes in instinct and truly lives it. That is why she never rehearses her roles and lets her spontaneity guide her. And it has paid off and made the Kapoor Clan proud.

Here are some of her early works which reveals the challenges she took on:

Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (2001)

Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (2001)Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, Kareena Kapoor, Hrithik Roshan, Rani Mukherji
Director: Karan Johar

The lives and romances of a rich, patriarchal family is brought to life in this multi-starrer by Karan Johar. Business tycoon Yash Raichand (Amitabh Bachchan) has two sons Rahul (Shah Rukh Khan) and Rohan (Hrithik Roshan), the former adopted when a chiild.

Rahul falls in love with Anjali (Kajol) but Yash refuses marriage. Meanwhile, Rohan falls for Anjali’s sister Pooja (Kareena Kapoor). Rahul marries Pooja in London after Rohan goes there to do some patching up. But will the tycoon agree to this is the big question.

Chameli (2004)

Chameli (2004)Cast: Kareena Kapoor, Rahul Bose, Yashpal Sharma, Rinke Khanna
Director: Anant Balani, Sudhir Mishra

A wealthy investment banker Aman (Rahul Bose) takes to the road on a rainy day after prematurely leaving a party. He is still wallowing in grief after his pregnant wife is killed in an accident. His car stalls in an alleyway where he meets a street smart prostitute Chameli (Kareena Kapoor).

The two strike a conversation while waiting for help and slowly their life story unfolds. Rahul finds an outlet to pour his grief while Chameli is troubled by her pimp among others. Rahul helps Chameli rid of the pimp but what will the two do?

Yuva (2004)

Yuva (2004)Cast: Abhishekh Bachchan, Ajay Devgn, Vivek Oberoi, Kareena Kapoor, Rani Mukherji, Esha Deol, Om Puri
Director: Mani Ratnam

Students entering politics is the theme of Mani Ratnam’s offering. Set in Kolkata, Michael (Ajay Devgn), Arjun (Vivek Oberoi) along with Vishnu and Trilok, plan to eliminate corruption from politics.

But politician Prosenjit Bhattacharya (Om Puri) sends Lallan Singh (Abhishekh Bachchan) to eliminate the students. Arjun is a carefree character who falls in love with Meena (Kareena Kapoor).  However, an incident involving Meera changes Michael’s attitude and he know agrees to turn to politics. This worries Prosenjit and things become a mess.

Kyon Ki (2005)

Kyon Ki (2005)Cast: Salman Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Rimi Sen, Om Puri, Jackie Shroff, Suneil Shetty
Director: Priyadarshan

A mental asylum run by the strict Dr Khurana (Om Puri) and his two assistants Dr Sunil (Jackie Shroff) and his daughter Dr Tanvi (Kareena Kapoor) is shaken up when a new patient named Anand (Salman Khan) arrives. Dr Tanvi takes it on herself to cure Anand with compassion and understanding, exactly opposite to what her father thinks.

She is convinced that Anand will be cured after she hears the tragic story about his girlfriend, who loved to play practical jokes with him, until one from his side goes wrong. Dr Tanvi falls in love with him but things take a tragic turn.

Jab We Met (2007)

Jab We Met (2007)Cast: Kareena Kapoor, Shahid Kapoor, Saumya Tandon, Tarun Aurora, Dara Singh
Director: Imtiaz Ali

A wealthy businessman Aditya (Shahid Kapoor) chucks all his worldly possessions and leaves because of depression after being jilted. On the train, he meets a Sikh girl Geet (Kareena Kapoor) whose constant chattering irritates him.

Unfortunately both miss the train at some point but Aditya promises to deliver her home safely. On reaching there, Geet’s father (Dara Singh) thinks they are a couple. But Geet loves Anshuman (Tarun Arora) and she elopes with him but after a lot of confusion and heartbreaks things sort themselves out.

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