Is Karisma Kapoor making a comeback?
Despite the Kapoor Dynasty she’s travelled her own path. Signed with great Punjabi fanfare as Bobby Deol’s leading lady in Barsaat, she dropped out and ended up making her debut in Prem Qaidi with a non-entity called Harish.
It could only get better from here on, and Karisma Kapoor aka Lolo acquired the famous ability to remain cool—at least in public.
The most provocative questions would get sweet, non-controversial replies. Nobody could ever get a rise out of her— unlike her li’l sis Kareena, who is famous for her extra-mirchi quotes.
On seeing her first, on the sets of one of those instantly forgettable films she did after
and before her next hit,
she came across as a child who had been pushed too soon into the adult world.
When she was made to wear skimpy clothes and dance to songs like Sexy sexy sexy mujhe log bolen, you wanted to cover the eyes of every man in the audience.
It looked as if she didn’t even understand what she was being made to do, and she was being sullied by the lecherous gaze of tapori males.
The next time I met her was after she had done several David Dhawan-Govinda films, innocently doing all the jhatkas in bizarre outfits.
She was dressed in ethereal white for Raja Hindustani — the film that would change her look from gauche to svelte and turn her from a kid play-acting into a proper actress. The film made use of that unspoilt persona of hers. Because she looked so shy and sheltered, she made the hackneyed story of lonely rich girl falling for the loutish tourist guide (Aamir Khan) seem fresh.
Then there was a meeting at a railway station set, where she was shooting Kundan Shah’s Loveria with Saif Ali Khan, which never got released. She was pleased that she was being taken seriously as an actress after all. The Supporting Actress National Award for Dil To Pagal Hai had pleased her more than the popular awards for Raja Hindustani.