Kareena Kapoor (born 21 September 1980), also known as Kareena Kapoor Khan, is an Indian actress who appears in Bollywood films. She is the daughter of actors Randhir Kapoor and Babita, and the younger sister of actress Karisma Kapoor. Noted for playing a variety of characters in a range of film genres—from contemporary romantic comedies to crime dramas—Kapoor has received six Filmfare Awards, and has established herself as one of India's most high-profile celebrities.
After making her acting debut in the 2000 war drama Refugee, Kapoor's early years in the film industry were fairly successful; she received recognition for portraying Kaurwaki in the 2001 historical drama Asoka and appeared in the blockbuster melodrama Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham... that same year. This was followed by a series of repetitive roles, which garnered her negative reviews and little success. The year 2004 marked a turning point for her when she played against type in the role of a sex worker in the drama Chameli. She subsequently earned praise from critics for her portrayal of a riot victim in the 2004 drama Dev and a character based on William Shakespeare's heroine Desdemona in the 2006 crime film Omkara.
By 2007, Kapoor had established herself as a leading actress of Hindi cinema with a primary role in the romantic comedy Jab We Met, for which she was awarded the Filmfare Award for Best Actress. She achieved further success by featuring as the female lead in four of India's top-grossing productions—the 2009 dramedy 3 Idiots, the 2010 comedy Golmaal 3, the 2011 romantic drama Bodyguard, and the 2011 science fiction Ra.One—and earned critical acclaim for her roles in the 2009 thriller Kurbaan and the 2012 drama Heroine.
Married to actor Saif Ali Khan, Kapoor's off-screen life is the subject of widespread coverage in India. She is known in the Indian media for being publicly outspoken and assertive, and is recognised for her contributions to the film industry through her fashion style and film roles. In addition to film acting, Kapoor is a stage performer and has contributed as a co-author to three books: an autobiographical memoir, and two nutrition guides. She has also launched her own clothing line in association with the retail chain Globus.