Karisma Kapoor is an Indian actress who appears in Hindi films. Born into the Kapoor family, she is the daughter of actors Randhir Kapoor and Babita, the younger sister of actress Kareena Kapoor, and the maternal granddaughter of actor-director Raj Kapoor. Noted for her acting prowess, Kapoor is the recipient of several accolades, including a National Film Award and four Filmfare Awards.
Early life and background
Karisma Kapoor was born on 25 June 1974 in Mumbai to actor Randhir Kapoor and his wife Babita. She is the younger sister of actress Kareena Kapoor. She is of Punjabi descent on her father’s side, and on her mother’s side she is of Sindhi and British descent. According to Kapoor, the name “Karisma” was derived from a Sanskrit word meaning “inner beauty and grace”.
Kapoor’s parents divorced when she was two years old; she lived with her mother and sister. Kapoor attended Jamnabai Narsee School and Welham Girls’ School in Delhi. She received her B.A. degree in Economics from Mithibai College, Mumbai.
Kapoor made her acting debut at the age of seventeen with the film Prem (1995). She went on to star in a number of commercially successful films such as Coolie No. 1 (1995), Raja Hindustani (1996), Dil To Pagal Hai (1997), Hero No. 1 (1997), Biwi No. 1 (1999), and Fiza (2000).
Kapoor won the Filmfare Award for Best Actress for her performances in Raja Hindustani and Dil To Pagal Hai. She also won the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Fiza.
In 2002, Kapoor took a break from acting to focus on her personal life. She made her comeback with the film Talaash (2003), for which she received critical acclaim. She has since appeared in a number of successful films such as Yuva (2004), No Entry (2005), Golmaal Returns (2008), and We Are Family (2010).
In 2012, Kapoor appeared in the film Heroine, for which she received mixed reviews. However, her performance in the film was praised by critics.
In 2014, Kapoor made a special appearance in the film Main Tera Hero. She will next be seen in the comedy film Bajrangi Bhaijaan (2015).
Kapoor married businessman Sanjay Kapur in 2003. The couple have two children, daughter Samara and son Kiaan.
Kapoor is a vegetarian and an animal lover. She is a supporter of PETA India and has appeared in a number of their campaigns.
Kapoor is also a trained Bharatanatyam dancer.
In March 2016, Kapoor was diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome.
Awards and nominations
National Film Awards
Zee Cine Awards