Kareena Kapoor Khan turns 39 today. The diva celebrated her big day with husband Saif Ali Khan, son Taimur and sister Karisma Kapoor along with other family members at Pataudi Palace. Bebo has always been different. She chose to mark her debut in 2000 with a non-mainstream film Refugee and ever since, there has been no looking back for the talented actor. Over the years, Bebo has etched a place in our hearts with her versatile roles, film choices and fashion sensibilities. Sugar, spice and everything nice, she is known for her inimitable spirit and sass. On her 39th birthday, team Box Office India looks back at some of her most memorable roles.
Pooh from Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham… (2001)
Regardless of the fact that Karan Johar’s Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham! came out almost two decades ago, the character of Pooja aka Pooh and Kareena’s stylish portrayal of it, still remains in our hearts. Her iconic dialogue, ‘Kaun hai yeh, jisne dobara mudke mujhe nahi dekha! Who is he?!’ is a go-to line for every girl who grew up in the millennium. Her fashionable avatar, ridiculous chemistry with Hrithik Roshan and the red outfit from You are my sonia along with the glittery sharaara that she donned for Bole chudiyan will remain special for every young girl. So, here’s to the evergreen Pooh who indeed is PHAT – Pretty, Hot And Tempting, no matter what her age is.
Sanjana from Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon (2003)
There are some roles which get all the right accolades and award but then there are others which just warm your heart. Sooraj Barjatya’s Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon might not be a shining example in anyone’s filmography but the way Kareena essayed the role of Sanjana still brings a smile to our faces. The actress brought a new a kind of energy (and then some) to the role. Her over-dramatisation of the role mixed with the quintessential Bollywood heroine avatar was too endearing to miss and that is why Bebo and this film has a special guilty pleasure place in our hearts.
Chameli from Chameli (2004)
With her characters in films like Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham..., Mujhse Dosti Karoge!, Khushi and Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon, Bebo had already proved her mettle as someone who is fun, chirpy and gregarious. And then came Chameli directed by Anant Balani and Sudhir Mishra that became quite a game-changer for her. Her Chameli, a sex worker in Mumbai, was vulnerable and yet strong and was an epitome of unflinching courage. She was not the quintessential Bollywood heroine who is all about vanilla and marshmallows. She was grey, she was conniving and did not think twice before blurting out expletives. Her dance to Bhaage re mann in the raina in a scarlet saree and luscious red lips floored us and how!
Dolly from Omkara (2006)
After her gutsy performance in Chameli, Kareena did a number of films that had her playing from a young lover to a married woman. But it was as Dolly Mishra in Omkara where she proved that she was capable of handling extremely complex roles as well. As a woman deeply in love with her husband, Dolly tries hard to prove that she is true to him. The conflict and pain that she experiences and the ease with which Kareena brings Dolly alive is what makes it one of her most memorable and relatable characters.
Geet from Jab We Met (2007)
She has a solution for all the problems and she loves herself! Don’t we all girls want to have Geet’s personality in ourselves and live our lives to the fullest like she did? The cheerful and fun-loving Geet, who always listened to her heart is unmissable. Bebo’s character in Jab We Met is full of laughter and she spreads happiness around her. With her another indelible line, main apni favourite hoon, this sikhni of Bhatinda continues to have our hearts.