Friday, September 20, 2013

Birthday Special: Kareena Kapoor's Top 10 Movies

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Kareena Kapoor in Talaash
Kareena Kapoorturns 33 on September 21, and we celebrate the gorgeous actress in pictures clicked through the years.
We also look back at some of her best films through the years. Take a look.

Talaash (2012)

Kareena played a ghost with a  tragic past inTalaash. The performance was contoured by a sense of loss that reminded me of Meryl Streep inSophie’s Choice. When Kareena is at her best, she is untouchable.

Heroine (2012)

Kareena Kapoor in Heroine
Though Madhur Bhandarkar’s film sank at the box office, Kareena’s turn as a superstar on the slide was arresting for its emphatic emotive energy.

You couldn't miss her arrogant self-worth even if you were not familiar with Kareena’s career and personality.

Heroine’s protagonist Mahi Arora’s descent into a drug-induced hell made us happy that in Kareena’s life, all was well.

Jab We Met (2007)

Kareena Kapoor in Jab We Met
Kareena’s passport to immortality.
The one film that she can show her children to prove that mummy was terrific actor when she set her mind and heart to it.

If in Omkara, she expressed angst through silences, inJab We Met she was all over the place.

Voluble, vivacious and vibrant, she filled the suicidal hero Shahid Kapoor’s life with something vital.

Omkara (2006)

Kareena Kapoor in Omkara
Playing the victim doesn’t come easily to Kareena.

Here playing the desi Desdemona from Shakespeare’s Othello,she brought a heartbreaking vulnerability to the part of the wife of a very jealous husband.

The best thing about Kareena’s performance was that she seemed to do so little and yet convey so much.

Director Vishal Bhardwaj used Kareena’s presence like no other filmmaker.

Fida (2004)

Kareena Kapoor in Fida
Kareena’s first and so far only negative role.

In this Ken Ghosh thriller, she gets together with Fardeen Khan to make a sucker out of Shahid Kapoor.

It’s hard to imagine Kareena in a negative role but she pulled she it off effortlessly.

Dev (2004)

Kareena Kapoor in Dev
In Govind Nihalani’s Dev, Kareena played a role directly inspired by Zaheera Sheikh, who testified against the death of 14 people in a bakery during the 2002 Gujarat riots.

Kareena lived the role of a girl forced to make some very hard decisions about life and death.
No makeup, no artifice. No bullshit. Just Kareena and the camera and the truth.

Yuva (2004)

Vivek Oberoi and Kareena Kapoor in Yuva
In Mani Ratnam’s layered chocolate-box of a film, Kareena played the child of caprice.

Whimsical, passionate, uncertain about her future and altogether a portrait of the gen-x’s genuine self-doubts and passionate protests.

No film has captured that unpredictable quality so well.

Jaya Bachchan loves Kareena in Yuva. So did we.

Chameli (2004)

Rahul Bose and Kareena Kapoor in Chameli
The streetwalker dancing in the rain wearing Manish Malhotra’s kaleidoscopic concept of what a hustler wears, Kareena  played the character with not a trace of self-pity and a jar-full of joie de vivre.

Director Sudhir Mishra was so impressed that he awaits to this day to work with his ‘Chameli’ again.

Asoka (2001)

Kareena Kapoor in Asoka
Kareena was electric on screen as the warrior princess Kaurwaki in this Santosh Sivan-directed pseudo-historical.

Kareena exuded fire and passion in every scene with or without Shah Rukh Khan.

Her introductory songSan sana sanepitomized her mercurial personality.

I remember Kareena’s mother Babita telling me after the film’s first trial, ‘Bebo (Kareena) should just retire after this. She can’t better this.’ Luckily Kareena could and did.

Refugee (2000)

Kareena Kapoor in Refugee
No film that followed ever captured Kareena’s radiant beauty and ethereal persona as ably as this.

Director J P Dutta had made a promise to his friend Randhir Kapoor that he would give the latter’s daughter the kind of launch which audiences would remember for all times. JP kept his promise.

From her first glimpse on screen when Abhishek Bachchan sees her  splashing water on her face it was love at first sight between Kareena and the camera.

Playing a girl scuttling across the border to Pakistan with her family Kareena reminded us of the screen legends of yore like Nutan, Madhubala and Nargis.Her love affair with the camera has continued for 14 years.

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