Lolo Adds A Candle To Her Cake This June

Karishma Kapur turns a year older on the 25thof June this year. Though her birthday plans are well under the wraps, we would like to wish this doe eyed beauty a very Happy Birthday and take a look at her past and present achievements till date.

Born into the esteemed Kapoor family of Bollywood, to parents Randheer Kapoor and Babita, she is the first female in her family to have joined the film industry. She was a rebel and defied the norms of the Kapoor family, which discouraged even her mother Babita to think of a career in Bollywood.

Her first film was ‘Prem Quaidi’ released in the year 1991, when she was a bubbly 17 year old. It did an average business at the box office but she said in an interview that the remarks of some critics made her cry all night holding on to her mother. Her looks were not refined back then. Her naturally thick eyebrows, bushy hair and childish demeanor appealed to some while some thought that these features were not up to the mark for a main stream Bollywood actress. She proved them wrong and went on to bag films like Jigar in 1992 and Anari in 1993.

In the latter she played the darling sister of three over possessive brothers who did not let any man set eyes on her. She was named ‘Raj Nandini’ in the film which means the ‘royal princess’ and she looked just like one. The forthcoming years she was seen acting with Govinda in most of her films. They were the most popular onscreen couple back then, delivering one hit film after another like Coolie No. 1, Raja Babu, Saajan Chale Sasural and Khuddar.

The turning point in Lolo’s career was Raja Hindustani in 1996 which fetched her the National Award for Best Actress. She again received a National Award in the following year for a Yash Raj banner film, Dil To Pagal Hai. She played the role of Nisha, an obsessive dancer, hopelessly in love with Rahul (Shah Rukh Khan). The film also starred Madhuri Dixit in the main lead. In 2000, she played the protagonist in Khalid Mohammed’s Fiza. Her character was in search of her brother (Hrithik Roshan) who went missing after the 1993 communal riot in Mumbai. Her journey is the drama in the film. She bagged the Film Fare award for Best Actress in a lead role for Fiza. Her performance was also critically acclaimed. Her next Film Fare award came for Zubeida, a Shyam Benegal Film. She played the role of a rebellious Muslim girl who went on to marry a Rajasthani prince (Manoj Bajpai) after divorcing her husband. The film is shown in flash backs as the memoirs of the people associated with Zubeida. After this she took a break from the glamour world and wanted to settle down in her personal life.

She was engaged to Abhishek Bacchan in 2002, but broke up with him four months later. She married her best friend and industrialist Sanjay Kapur on the 29thof September, 2003. It was rumored that the couple was going to split in 2005 but they did not and Karishma is now the ‘yummy Mummy’ of two children Samaira and Kiaan Raj Kapoor.

Karishma made a recent come back into films with Vikram Bhatt’s Dangerous Ishq. Here she plays as many as four characters in a timeline spanning four centuries. The story dealt with past life regression and Karishma was very apprehensive about this film but her fans received her well and the film made a decent business at the box office.