Critical acclaim eluded Karisma Kapoor for the longest time since her debut with Prem Qaidi (1991) opposite actor Harish. The actress eventually gained entry in the A-league starting with Raja Hindustani (1996) opposite Aamir Khan.
The road to the success was not easy for the actress. Karisma delivered some forgettable films like Police Officer, (1992) Jagruti (1992), Deedaar (1992) etc in the first phase of her career, but found herself in the hit brigade after doing films like Raja Babu (1994), Coolie No. 1 (1995) and Saajan Chale Sasural (1996).
After winning a National Award for Dil To Pagal Hai (1997), Karisma didn’t look back. She delivered some commercially successful films like Biwi No 1 (1999), Hum Saath Saath Hain (1999) and some critically acclaimed movies like Zubeida (2001) and Shakti: The Power (2002).
Karisma is among very few mainstream actresses who did a soap opera. She played the role of Devyani in Karishma – The Miracles of Destiny.
Prem Qaidi (1991): Karisma Kapoor debuted with Harish.
Raja Babu (1994): It was her first film opposite Govinda. She went on to give many blockbusters with the actor.
Raja Hindustani (1996): Karisma was reborn with a fresh wardrobe and an impressive performance in this Dharmesh Darshan film with Aamir Khan.
Dil To Pagal Hai (1997): Though she played a supporting role in this YRF film, she bagged her first national award for her performance.
Fiza (2000): Fiza was her first memorable woman centric movie that gave her critical acclaim.
Zubeidaa (2001): Karisma Kapoor's acting was highly appreciated in this film.
Dangerous Ishhq (2012): She marked her comeback with Dangerous Ishhq after a considerable gap
1997: Filmfare Best Actress Award; Raja Hindustani
1997: Sansui Viewer's Choice Award for Best Supporting Actress; Dil To Pagal Hai
1998: National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress; Dil To Pagal Hai
1998: Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award; Dil To Pagal Hai
1998: Zee Cine Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Female; Dil To Pagal Hai
2000: Indo-American Society Young Achievers Award for Young Achiever Award
2001: Filmfare Best Actress Award; Fiza
2001: Zee Premiere Choice – Female; Fiza
2001: IIFA Best Actress Award; Fiza
2001: Bollywood Movie Award - Best Actress; Fiza
2001: Bengal Film Journalists' Association Award for Best Actress - Hindi Movies; Fiza
2002: Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actress; Zubeidaa
2002: Smita Patil Memorial Award Receiver for outstanding contribution to film industry
2003: Bollywood Movie Award - Most Sensational Actress; Shakti: The Power
2011: Hello! Hall Of Fame Award for Most Stylish Woman of the Year
On Bebo: Bebo (Kareena) is a born genius. We are more like best friends than siblings. Initially, I did help her with the basics, but now she knows how to do magic herself.
On Kareena’s wedding: All I can say is, of course, I am excited and it will be wonderful. Even I can`t wait for Kareena`s wedding anymore. Source: IANS
On her dressing sense: I always dress up for myself. I love to be myself and that has always stood out. No matter whatever the latest trend or fashion might be, I should feel comfortable with whatever I am wearing. Source: IANS
Playing mommy: I enjoy being a mom and I enjoy running behind my kids. My kids keep me on my toes and of course, I always endorse a healthy lifestyle. Source: IANS
On Shakti: Shakti was very challenging. We were in Rajasthan, doing intense scenes like (costar) Nana Patekar dragging and beating me, in the heat. It was high drama! Source: Rediff
On Zubeida: Zubeida was the total opposite. It was so subtle, so complex. She was a real-life person. It's very difficult to play a real-life person because you want to keep her as normal as possible. Source: Rediff
On Fiza: In Fiza, the scenes were so intense. It was the first time that I played such a deglamorous role. Lucknowi cotton salwar kameezes became fashionable after that film! Source: Rediff
Biwi No 1: Though it was a commercial comedy film with so many stars (Salman Khan and Anil Kapoor), I wondered how I would live up to the title role! Source: Rediff
Karisma got engaged to Abhishek at a private function in October 2002 and the news was formally announced by Abhishek's father, Amitabh Bachchan, on his 60th birthday. The couple broke up in February 2003, after 4 months of their engagement.
Karisma’s aunt Neetu Singh (Kapoor) had confirmed the news: "Yes, the engagement between Karisma (Kapoor) and Abhishek (Bachchan) has been called off," she told a daily.
"Don't ask me too much. I don't know what went wrong. But they have split. It's very sad," Neetu added.
"It's sad Karisma, Abhishek had to split. It's sad. Only they'll be able to tell you what went wrong." Neetu Singh said.
About 6 months later, Karisma tied the knot with childhood friend Sanjay Kapur in September 2003. Karisma was married at her grandfather, the late Raj Kapoor's home, R K Cottage. The couple opted for an hour-long Sikh ceremony.
The couple's daughter Samaira was born on 11 March 2005. After the birth of her daughter, there were reports of rift between the couple. They subsequently patched-up. Karisma gave birth to their second child, son Kiaan Raj Kapoor on 12 March 2010.
Born on: 25 June 1974
First Film: Prem Qaidi
Family: Randhir Kapoor (father), Babita (mother), Raj Kapoor (grandfather), Shashi Kapoor (uncle), Shammi Kapoor (uncle), Kareena Kapoor (sister), Rishi Kapoor (niece), Rajiv Kapoor (niece), Ranbir Kapoor (cousin)