Indian politics have the Gandhis and Indian films have the Kapoors.
It started with the formidable Prithiviraj Kapoor who entertained us till the late 1960s, followed by the showman Raj Kapoor, whose legacy was later upheld by his sons. For many years, the Kapoors had been giving the Hindi film industry some of its finest male actors. All this was changed by a pair of sisters, who broke the women-will-not-work family convention and stormed into Bollywood. Arguably the more successful, the more controversial and the feistier of the sisters is Kareena Kapoor.
Fans love her bluntly honest attitude while detractors loathe her sense of self-importance. Whichever category you may fall in, you can't deny that Kareena is one of the most successful and gorgeous actresses gracing the screen today.
Kareena made her debut in 2000, opposite Abhishek Bachchan with 'Refugee'. For several years she featured in flop films ('Mujhse Dosti Karoge!', 'Asoka', 'LOC Kargil') or in ensemble hits ('Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham'). She finally received critical acclaim in her portrayal of a prostitute in Sudhir Mishra's 2004 film 'Chameli'.
While her career was a bit slow, Kareena's love life was rocking. In 2004, she began dating fellow actor Shahid Kapoor and the two made the perfect picture of young Bollywood. They worked out together, ate vegetarian food together and, in 2007, got paired in the smash hit romantic comedy, 'Jab We Met'. This was to be among the actors' biggest individual hits and also one of the most successful films of the year. And in what can only be termed a big fat irony, it was also during this film that the cute-as-a-button pair broke up. Media speculation was rabid and audiences couldn't get enough of this love story-gone-sour. Both Kareena and Shahid refused to comment but soon reports of a third wheel started to surface. More on that later.