Making her acting debut with Refugee (2000), for which she won a Filmfare Best Debut Award, Sexy Kapoor had her first commercial success with her second release, Mujhe Kucch Kehna Hai
(2001). Her performance as a cosmetic beauty in Karan Johar’s melodramatic Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (2001) was praised and the film turned out to be her biggest commercial success so far. After that, Kareena kapoor starred in many films without much box office success. Kareena Kapoor was criticized for doing the same kind of roles in her films.
As a result of this, she began taking on more serious and different roles. Her portrayal of a sex-worker in Sudhir Mishra’s Chameli (2004) proved to be the turning point in her career. Her performances in critically acclaimed films like Dev (2004) and Omkara (2006) were praised and fetched her two Filmfare Critics Award for Best
In Early Kareena Kapoor Jamnabai Narsee School in Mumbai and then went to Welham Girls Boarding School in Dehradun. After studying commerce at Mithibai College, Vile Parle for two years,
Kapoor went to Harvard for summer school and took a course in microcomputers and information technology for three months. Set on pursuing an acting career, she then took an admission in Government Law College at Churchgate to become a lawyer. After completing one year there, she went back to her initial plan of joining the film industry, where she attended the Kishore Namit Kapoor acting school.
Kareena had planned to debut in Rakesh Roshan’s Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai but left the project a few
days into the filming. She made her debut in J.P. Dutta’s moderately successful Refugee in 2000 with Abhishek Bachchan and won critical acclaim for portraying the role of a Pakistani girl. The role earned her a Filmfare Best Debut Award and the film went on to become the fifth highest grossing film of that year.
During her career years, she has appeared in many films, majority of them bringing her critical acclaim rather than commercial success. Despite this, she retains popularity and is regarded as one of the most versatile actresses of the industry.
In 2001, films like Yaadein and Asoka followed for her which did poorly at the box office. However her breakthrough performance of a princess in the latter was acclaimed and earned her a Filmfare nomination for Best Actress. Her next release, Ajnabee fared moderately well and
Kapoor was in great demand after these successes and signed many new movies, but most of them failed to do well. Even much-hyped films like Mujhse Dosti Karoge! (2002) and Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon (2003) that came from big banners like Yash Raj Films and Rajshri Productions
failed to do well in India, but generated decent business overseas. Many critics criticized her for doing the same kind of roles in her films, which led to her attempting different types of roles in the following years. became one of the highest grossing films of that year. Success followed for her with films like Mujhe Kucch Kehna Hai and Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham. The former became one of the biggest hits of that year and the latter became the second highest grossing film of 2001. These successes established her as one of the industry’s most successful stars.