It's Karisma Kapoor's birthday today and the actress turns 46 years gorgeous today. Karisma is the daughter of veteran actors Randhir Kapoor and Babita. She belongs to the Kapoor family which is considered to be one of the prominent families in the world of Hindi cinema. Naturally, acting was all on the actress' mind at that time. Karisma made her acting debut at the age of 17 with Prem Qaidi and went on to feature in several successful films like Deedar, Jigar, Anari, to name a few. She managed to dabble in various genres but Karisma in comedy was a class apart. However, that's not all that we will talk about today.
As a tribute to the actress, here are 5 iconic roles of Karisma Kapoor that not only won the hearts of the audience but the critics as well. Without further ado, let's get to know the five characters...
Nisha - Dil To Pagal Hai
Karisma as Nisha was one sane character in the whole film. She didn't live in a world of dreams and kept in check with reality even it broke her heart. Rahul and Nisha had been best friends and while the latter fell in love, the former was oblivious to the same. However, she knew that Rahul (Shah Rukh Khan) was in love with Pooja (Madhuri Dixit) and never once tried to impose her feelings on him. She even encouraged him to confess his love to her in the end so he can be with his beloved. Karisma won the Best Supporting Actress Award for her portrayal of Nisha.
Biwi No. 1
Biwi No. 1 saw Karisma as Pooja Mehra, Prem's (Salman Khan) wife. When she learns about her husband's infidelity, she leaves him only to teach him a lesson. Well, honestly, if it had shot in the current scenario, it would have led straight to divorce. Yes, Pooja was heartbroken but she was not brainwashed into thinking that her relationship has failed. She took upon herself to be independent and not remain a parasite anymore. She lifted the Best Actress trophy for this one.
Fiza was one of the most acclaimed films of 2000. Karisma's performance as Fiza was lauded by all and she even grabbed the Best Actress trophy at Filmfare. Fiza's brother disappears after the 1993 Bombay riots. She and her mother, however, remain hopeful that he will return one day. All in vain. Fed up and tired of waiting, Fiza takes matters in her own hands and begins search for her brother. She tries to reform her brother, Aman (Hrithik Roshan) who has turned into a terrorist which results in their mother's suicide. How a series of tragic circumstances bring the brother-sister close again only to be separated forever forms the crux. Karisma was a revelation in this one.
Zubeidaa saw Karisma carving a niche for herself in the industry. Her portrayal of the character was lauded by the critics. Zubeidaa's passion for films, search for love, harassment, the pressure of being a princess and the mystery behind her death was what the film was all about. The mystery of Zubiedaa was one of a kind and if you haven't watched it yet, go ahead, it's a beautiful story. Karisma lifted the Best Actress trophy yet again.
One of the highest grosses of all times, Raja Hindustani is one iconic film. The turning point in her career, Karisma won several hearts as the naive rich girl, Aarti who falls prey to her stepmother's web of lies. Karisma owed every scene in the film. And with this, she lifted the Best Actress trophy yet again.
There are more characters played by Karisma that won hearts. Which is your favourite one? Let us know by tweeting to us @bollywood_life.
And a very happy birthday to you, Karisma.
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