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Karisma Kapoor ( , born 25 June 1974 in Mumbaimarker, Maharashtramarker, Indiamarker) is an Indianmarker actress who appears in Bollywood films.

Making her film debut in 1991, Kapoor went on to become one of the most popular actresses of her generation. During her career years, she has been part of many commercially and critically successful films, Raja Hindustani being the most notable of them, as it was her biggest commercial success, and won Kapoor her first Filmfare Best Actress Award. She surprised critics and audiences with her performances in art films such as Fiza (2000) and Zubeidaa (2001), for which she earned a Best Actress and Best Actress awards at the Filmfare ceremony. Since then, she has worked in several films though most of them performed poorly at the box office. In 2003, Kapoor took a break from cinema.

Early life

Karishma Kapoor was born on 25 June 1974 to Randhir Kapoor, an actor popular during the 1970s and 80s, and actress Babita. She is the granddaughter of actor and filmmaker Raj Kapoor, great-granddaughter of actor Prithviraj Kapoor, sister of actress Kareena Kapoor and niece of actor Rishi Kapoor. She is also often informally referred to as Lolo. Kapoor studied at the Cathedral and John Connon School in Mumbai until grade six.
Karisma Kapoor with husband Sanjay Kapur at the Arena Polo Cup match (2008).

As children, the Kapoor sisters dreamed of becoming actresses. Kapoor was particularly inspired by actresses Nargis and Meena Kumari. However, despite her family background, her father disapproved of women acting because he believed it to be incompatible with their duty to the family. This led to conflict between her parents, and Kapoor's mother ultimately left her father. Kapoor was raised in Lokhandwala by her mother who worked several jobs to support her daughters until Karisma debuted as an actress in 1991.

Personal life

Karisma does not like to talk about her personal life but she has been romantically involved with Ajay Devgan and Abhishek Bachchan. She announced her engagement to Bachchan in October 2002 on the 60th birthday of Abhishek's father, Amitabh Bachchan. Four months later in February 2003, they split up.On 29 September 2003, she married industrialist Sanjay Kapur, CEO of Sixt India. In typical Kapoor tradition, Karisma was married at the home of her grandfather (the late Raj Kapoor): R K Cottage. The couple opted for an hour-long Sikh wedding. The couple has one daughter named Samaira, who was born on 11 March 2005. After the birth of her daughter, there was considerable rift between her and her husband. The couple has subsequently patched-up. She is pregnant now with her second child.


Karisma made her debut in the 1991 movie Prem Qaidi, which was a semi-hit. Although most of her multiple releases from 1992-1996 failed to do well at the box office, she had some success with films like Jigar (1992), Anari (1993), Raja Babu (1994), Coolie No. 1 (1995), Saajan Chale Sasural (1996) and Jeet (1996).

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 and she won her first Filmfare Best Actress Award. The following year, she won the Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award and the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Yash Chopra's super-hit, Dil To Pagal Hai opposite Shahrukh Khan and Madhuri Dixit.

Kapoor took a year break from films in 1998. 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. She proved to have success with comedy films, as David Dhawan's another film Haseena Maan Jaayegi did fairly well at the box office.

Kapoor also collaborated for the first time with the Rajshri Productions banner with Hum Saath-Saath Hain: We Stand United which also resulted in a hit. Her last release, Jaanwar opposite Akshay Kumar, was another box office hit, making her the most successful actress of the year.

In 2000, she won her second Filmfare Best Actress Award for her performance in Khalid Mohammed's Fiza. Her performance in the film was much appreciated as she surprised the audiences and the critics showing great emotional range and depth. She also achieved critical acclaim for her role in the film, Zubeidaa (2001), which garnered her the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Performance. Her performance in Shakti - The Power (2002) was highly appreciated and earned her many nominations in the Best Actress category.

In 2003, she played the leading role in the television series Karishma: A Miracle of Destiny. After her film, Baaz: A Bird In Danger which also released in 2003, she took a sabbatical from full time acting for three years.

Her most recent release was the delayed film, Mere Jeevan Saathi (2006) in which she played a negative role.

In October 2008, alongside actor Arjun Rampal and director/choreographer Farah Khan, Kapoor began judging the dance show Nach Baliye 4.



Year Title Role Other notes
1991 Prem Qaidi Neelima
1992 Police Officer Bijali
Jaagruti Shalu
Nishchaiy Payal
Sapne Sajan Ke Jyoti
Deedar Sapna Saxena
Jigar Suman
1993 Anari Rajnandini
Muqabla Karisma
Sangram Madhu
Shaktiman Priya
Dhanwaan Anjali Chopra
1994 Prem Shakti Gouri/Karisma
Raja Babu Madhoo
Dulaara Priya
Khuddar Pooja
Andaz Jaya
Andaz Apna Apna Karishma/Raveena
Yeh Dillagi Special appearance
Aatish: Feel the Fire Pooja
Suhaag Pooja
Gopi Kishan Barkha
1995 Jawab
Maidan-E-Jung Tulsi
Coolie No. 1 Malti
1996 Papi Gudia Karisma
Megha Megha
Saajan Chale Sasural Pooja
Krishna Rashmi
Jeet Kajal
Bal Bramhachari Asha Rana
Sapoot Pooja
Raja Hindustani Aarti Sehgal Winner, Filmfare Best Actress Award
Rakshak Suman Sinha
Ajay Manorama
1997 Judwaa Mala
Hero No. 1 Meena Nath
Lahu Ke Do Rang Heena
Mrityudaata Reenu
Dil To Pagal Hai Nisha Winner, Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award
1999 Silsila Hai Pyar Ka Vanshikha Mathur
Biwi No.1 Pooja Mehra Nominated, Filmfare Best Actress Award
Haseena Maan Jaayegi Ritu Verma
Hum Saath-Saath Hain: We Stand United Sapna
Jaanwar Sapna
2000 Dulhan Hum Le Jayenge Sapna
Chal Mere Bhai Sapna
Hum To Mohabbat Karega Geeta Kapoor
Fiza Fiza Winner, Filmfare Best Actress Award
Shikari Rajeshwari Rawal
2001 Zubeidaa Zubeidaa Winner, Critics Award Best Performance

Nominated, Filmfare Best Actress Award
Aashiq Pooja
Ek Rishtaa: The Bond of Love Nisha Thappar
2002 Haan Maine Bhi Pyaar Kiya Pooja Kashyap
Shakti Nandini Nominated, Filmfare Best Actress Award
Rishtey Komal Singh
Karishma: A Miracle of Destiny Devyani TV Series
2003 Baaz: A Bird in Danger Neha Chopra
2006 Mere Jeevan Saathi Natasha
2007 Om Shanti Om Herself Special appearance in song Deewangi Deewangi
2009 Zamaanat Kajol Delayed
Kodiesvaran Tamil film

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