Indian actress who appears in Bollywood films. She has received six Filmfare Awards and is noted for playing a variety of characters in a range of film genres, from contemporary romantic dramas, comedies, period films to major Bollywood productions and lesser-publicised independent films.
Born into a family in which her parents, Randhir Kapoor and Babita, and elder sister Karisma were actors, Kapoor’s career began with the 2000 war drama Refugee. Her early years in the film industry were marked with success, including a Filmfare nomination for Asoka (2001) and the melodrama Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham…(2001), one of her biggest commercial successes to date. After receiving negative reviews for a series of repetitive roles, Kapoor accepted more demanding parts to avoid being typecast. She portrayed a sex worker in Chameli (2004), the turning point in her career, and starred in the critically acclaimed films Dev (2004) and Omkara (2006). Kapoor played the lead female role in the romantic comedy Jab We Met (2007, for which she received the Filmfare Award for Best Actress) and the drama 3 Idiots (2009, the highest-grossing Bollywood film of all time). She has established herself as a leading actress of Hindi cinema.