The younger sister of Karisma
Kapoor holds the unofficial title of Most Outspoken Actress in
Bollywood. Targets of her wrath have included...
Salman Khan: "I'm
not at all a Salman fan. I don't like him, he's a very bad actor."
(print interview with Umesh Jivnani)
Deol: after a squabble on the sets of Ajnabee, allegedly over
his wife's behavior, the two actors and former friends are no
longer on speaking terms (and apparently Karisma is shunning him
as well). "Actually, there was a problem with his wife. She
didn't behave properly with my mother. And I didn't like that."
(Filmfare, March 2002)
Zinta: her comments about the privileges of star children ruffled
Kareena's feathers. "She said something about me and I retaliated...There
was probably some misunderstanding which she wasn't interested
in clearing up. That's fine by me because she's nowhere in competition
with me." (Filmfare, May 2001)
Leela Bhansali (director of Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam): he screentested
her for the role of Parvati in his upcoming film Devdas, and then
cast Aishwarya Rai instead. Kareena has publicly stated that "Sanjay
Bhansali is a confused director. He is a person who does not stand
by his word. He doesn't have any morals and principles in life."
(print interview with Umesh Jivnani)
In the July 2002 issue of Filmfare Magazine, Bhansali confirms
the tale: "She
came to my house with Neeta Lulla and said she wanted to work
with me... I told her that I hadn't seen her work and that before
casting her, I needed to see what she was capable of. We fixed
up a photo-shoot with the right costumes. Since Babitaji and Karisma
Kapoor were also at the shoot, I made it clear to all of them
that the shoot wasn't a confirmation that I would cast Kareena.
They were okay with that at the time. After going through the
photographs, I told Kareena that I felt Aishwarya Rai was fabulous
and perfect for Paro; she has the aristocratic looks I required.
Kareena didn't say a word then but some days later I found her
lashing out at me in print. She accused me of backing out after
having given her the signing amount and contract. Believe me,
this is not true. She also said I didn't know how to make films.
Kareena is a fabulous girl who's doing very well in life. However,
I'd like to inform her that I do know how to make films. She has
tried to tell me that she was misquoted but I'd like her to know
that I've heard those tapes. Recently, we met at Sikander Kher's
birthday party. I told her that if I have a suitable role for
her, I'll cast her. Till then, I'll brush up on film-making."
(Filmfare, July 2002)
Basu: On the sets of Ajnabee, Kareena was allegedy irritated that
Bipasha's costuming was receiving more attention than her own.
Bipasha adds, "They mentioned that Kareena had called me kali
billi ['black cat' -- an insult regarding the shade of Basu's
skin]... and I was mad at her. Why rake up all this now? I'm not
denying the tension between Kareena and me. Yet I'm not looking
to take her on. Ajnabee is over and done with." (Filmfare,
above all, Amisha Patel, whose role in Kaho Na...Pyaar Hai was
originally intended to be Kareena's debut. The following is excerpted
from an interview with Kareena in the March 2002 issue of Filmfare
Q: Why have you been making nasty statements about Amisha
A: Listen, I have no problems with Amisha Patel. In fact,
I even called her up after Gadar. I thought she was good and I
told her so. Even at one of the award function I went up to her
and said hello. If that's not graciousness then what is? What
more can I do to make peace? On the contrary, her mother has been
bitching about me to all and sundry. She's been going around saying
that who does Kareena Kapoor think she is. She has given only
flops. She'll never make it. Fine. So what happened to Amisha
Patel's Zindagi Ka Safar? If Amisha's so confident of her talent
then why is she screaming about her hits? Okay so I have given
only flops. But why am I still being paid more than her? It's
only talent that matters here. Raj Kapoor sold off his last shirt
while making Mera Naam Joker. But he's considered the greatest
showman even today. I have the talent. I'm confident. And I know
I'll be remembered always. I don't want Amisha Patel's history
hits. I don't want to be mediocre in hit films. I'd rather be
brilliant in flop movies...
said that you take potshots at her only because she's a threat
to your position.
A: What nonsense? I carried Mujhe Kucch Kehna Hai
on my shoulders. Zindagi Ka Safar was riding on Amisha's shoulders.
Q: Apparently, you refused to go on a world tour of stage shows
with Amisha Patel. So the organisers had to replace her?
A: (Smirks) If she was a bigger star than me, I would have been
replaced. So I rest my case.
wondering why Kareena's name is sometimes spelled as 'Karienna,'
'Kariena,' and 'Kareina,' it's not because the journalists are
illiterate. On the advice of a numerologist, Kareena temporarily
changed the spelling of her name to make for a more auspicious
combination of letters. The box-office failure of Asoka -- and
perhaps the media's widespread confusion -- have prompted her
to revert to the original, though not before starting a trend
which has been eagerly followed by Shobhaa (formerly Shobha) De,
Suniel (formerly Sunil) Shetty, Tushar (formerly Tusshar), and
playback singer Sonu Niigam (formerly Nigam).
born: September 21, 1980
height: 5' 5"
2001 Mujhe Kuch Kehna Hai
2001 Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham*
2002 Jeena Sirf Merre Liye
2002 Mujhse Dosti Karoge
2003 LOC: Kargil
* acclaimed performance