Kareena Kapoor can relax this weekend with beau Saif Ali Khan, letting the audience decide the fate of her latest film, Heroine, while the two celebrate her birthday and more.
After all, the poor thing has been running from one event to another promoting her film aggressively. Sometimes, in the Capital or in Mumbai, the family-girl, as she claims, has been all on her own but now we hope Saif Ali Khan would slip away with her, probably, with an offer she cannot refuse.
Well, I can already hear the violins but let’s not build that into an orchestra without falling in love with Bebo all over again; this we must do by taking a look at five films that gave us a different Bebo to engage with.
Refugee (2000): A J.P. Dutta film that launched the starlet along with AB’s Baby, Abhishek Bachchan. While the film was made specially to launch the debutants, one cannot disagree that the powerful dialogues penned by O.P. Dutta and the directorial skills of his son, gave the film a character of its own. Kareena won the Filmfare award for Best Female Debut for her rendition of “Naaz.”
Chameli (2004): An offbeat film that may not have scored at the box office but it surely convinced the industry that Kareena was going to stay for awhile. In fact, if the film were to have released now, the audience would have been more enthusiastic about it. Anyhow, Bebo won the Filmfare Award for Special Performance along with a whole lot of respect.
Dev (2004): This was one of Bollywood’s rare expeditions into the genre of realism; though, some felt that the film was average, they agreed that it was an important endeavour because it showed how, after the British, Indian politicians were responsible for creating a rift between Hindus and Muslims. Kareena Kapoor, was the only actor to win an award for the film; she walked off with the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actress.
Omkara (2006): One of the other adventures taken up by Bebo was Omkara; other than being a fantastic film, it also featured her fiancé Saif Ali Khan. What’s cuter is that they both won an award for it; he got Filmfare’s Best Villain Award and she got the Best Actress Award. The film was breathtaking; an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Othello that was executed to perfection by Vishal Bhardwaj.
Jab We Met (2007): We all were saddened by news of Kareena and Shahid’s sudden break-up; just when we felt that the duo would not share chemistry onscreen again, Mr. Imtiaz Ali, came onto the scene and assured us that nothing of that sort was to happen. Sure enough, they got together, letting bygones be bygones, and gave us performance that was astounding.
So, Happy Birthday Kareena, please keep surprising us with your brilliant performances; enjoy yourself while we enjoy you in Heroine.