The name 'Kareena' is derived from the book Anna Karenina, which her mother Babita read while she was pregnant.
While growing up, Kareena Kapoor was highly inspired by the acting style of Nargis and Meena Kumari.
Since her parents separated owing to differences, Kareena was raised by her mother Babita. However, her mother and father, Randhir Kapoor, reconciled some years back.
Kareena Kapoor went to Jamnabai Narsee School in Mumbai, and later to Welham Girls' School in Dehradun.
Babo later studied Commerce for two years at Mithibai College in Vile Parle, Mumbai.
After developing an interest in law, Kareena even enrolled herself at the Government Law College, Mumbai.
However, she soon lost interest and, like elder sister Karisma Kapoor, decided to pursue a career in films.
Kareena took her initial acting training from Kishore Namit Kapoor, who was a member of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII).
Kareena was supposed to debut with Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai (2000), but backed out from the project in the filming stage as she felt she wasn't being given enough prominence.
Kareena Kapoor eventually debuted with 'Refugee' in the same year, along with Abhishek Bachchan.
Though her big-budget film - Asoka - flopped, the film was selected for the Venice and 2001 Toronto International Film Festivals.
Kareena Kapoor gained critical acclaim for her role of a sex worker in Chameli (2004) and a riot victim in Dev the same year.
Commercially, her most successful films include Jab We Met (2007), 3 Idiots (2009), Golmaal 3 (2010) and Bodyguard (2011).
Kareena Kapoor Khan has been part of several stage shows and world tours since 2002.
Apart from acting, Kareena has contributed as a co-author to three books: an autobiographical memoir, and two nutrition guides.
Kareena Kapoor has also launched a clothing line in association with a famous retail chain.
Kareena's personal life has been constantly in the limelight. She first dated Shahid Kapoor and later falling for the charm of Saif Ali Khan.
Kareena with her co-stars: Bebo and Shahid were seen together on screen in Fida (2004), 36 China Town (2006), Chup Chup Ke (2006), their most successful film Jab We Met (2007) and the much-delayed Milenge Milenge (2010)
Kareena and Saif starred together in Tashan (2008), Roadside Romeo (2008 voice-over), Kurbaan (2009), Agent Vinod (2012). After dating for nearly five years, Saif and Kareena tied the knot in October 2012
Kareena and Akshay Kumar. The duo starred together in Ajnabee (2001), Aitraaz (2004), Dosti (2005) and Kambakkht Ishq (2009) among others
In picture: Kareena with Priyanka Chopra.
The duo is said to have been at loggerheads post-Aitraaz (2004), in which the latter stole the show with her seductive performance
In picture: Kareena and Tusshar Kapoor.
Bebo starred opposite Tusshar in his debut film Mujhe Kucch Kehna Hai (2001). The two were later seen in the dud Jeena Sirf Merre Liye (2002)
In picture: Kareena and Shah Rukh Khan during the promotions for 'Ra.One' (2011).
They earlier acted together in 'Asoka' (2001), 'Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham' (2001) and Don' (2006).
We wish Kareena a very happy birthday!
Actress Kareena Kapoor Khan turns 38 today. On the occasion of her birthday, we take a look at pictures from her early days in Bollywood. She looks drastically different.
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