Kareena Kapoor is currently the heart throb of the nation with her character of Divya in the Salman Khan starrer Bodyguard. Many are tearing into the movie because of its different storyline, weird action sequences, and basically the entire package. However, some will agree that the movie would not have been the success that it has seen if it were not for Kareena's turn of playing a cute young thing that falls in love with the wrong man at the wrong time. Here are five must watch Kareena Kapoor movies, which you should add up in your DVD collection right about now.
5. Golmaal 3
Golmaal 3 has worked for many reasons, some of them being Mithun, Mithun and Mithun. However, Kareena Kapoor stood her stead in the presence of acting greats like Mithun and Ratna Pathak Shah. Her comic timing in this movie was perfect, and the rapport that she shared with the crew was evident in the lighter sequences in the movie. The movie was quite a success and it heralded Kareena Kapoor as an actor of repute.
Golmaal 3 is a first in many ways in the Indian film industry. It is the first movie to have three movies in its franchise. It is also the first third movie in a franchise to be extremely successful, and it might be the most successful franchise movie in Bollywood currently.
4. Chupke Chupke
Kareena Kapoor and Shahid Kapur were once an item, and there were three movies that they starred in. Out of these three, one was released after a long while, and the chemistry between the two had already fizzled out. The most successful movie starring the then real life couple was Jab We Met, but Chupke Chupke also had quite an engrossing scenario. In the movie, Kareena Kapoor plays the mute daughter of a very rich man, and Shahid Kapur plays a villager who is in trouble, and their paths cross.
The movie has Kareena Kapoor playing a mute character for the first time, and she certainly does justice to the role. It is because of her that the pathos of a flawed love story is communicated to the audience in a better manner.
3. Jab We Met
Jab We Met made Kareena Kapoor the darling of the masses as well as the classes. She charmed the younger crowd with her character of a bubbly, girl full of life, and won the sympathy of the older generation when her character is deceived by everyone but herself. This was the second movie with Shahid Kapoor and was directed by the maverick Imtiaz Ali, who is all set to recreate the magic with his Ranbir Kapoor Nargis Fakhri starrer Rockstar.
Kareena Kapoor's character in Jab We Met is iconic today, and is more or less considered a template for the newer female actors who have to play the role of the cool gal next door. Jab We Met was not just a commercial success, but it also won accolades for being a critically well-made movie. It was the movie that heralded the wave of new age romantic stories into Bollywood.
This one is said to be her career best role. In Chameli, she is paired with Rahul Bose, and plays the role of a sex worker, who suddenly meets the high profile Rahul Bose. This one was another critically as well as commercially successful movie. Rahul Bose showed up as the stiff upper lip high class person and Kareena Kapoor played the role of a street smart sex worker with elan. The movie is still considered to be one of the must watch movies in Indian cinema.
Chameli was so important because it was one of the first movies that portrayed a sex worker with a staggering reality. The woman was not trapped in her life, nor was she very happy about her position in the big picture. Kareena Kapoor played the character with a bitter, angsty reality that made the character a hit with the classes and the masses alike.
Of course, no list about Kareena Kapoor is complet without Omkara. The Vishal Bharadwaj epic movie, based on the Shakespearan tragedy Hamlet had Kareena Kapoor and Ajay Devgn play two destined to die lovers. Kareena Kapoor was critically applauded for her role, and it basically injected life into her otherwise mundane career graph. Once she played this role, she was off the shelf for the typical girl next door, hero oriented movies, and she was offered more serious, better roles that suited her.
Omkara is a landmark in Indian cinema. It is the first movie to give a realistic portrayal of the crime and grime in rural India. It is also one of the few movies that gave mainstream actors well written roles, which stamped their authority as actors in Bollywood.
These are the five must watch movies starring Kareena Kapoor, but the list does not end here. She first showed sparks of brilliance in the Shah Rukh epic Asoka. Her movie Tashan, though slammed at the box office was actually pretty good cinema and starred her present beau Saif Ali Khan with Askhay Kumar. She also starred with Saif Ali Khan in Kurbaan, a movie that was loosely inspired from Arlington Road. She played the role of a woman who is surrounded by terrorists, and finally finds out that her husband is a terrorist too. The performance is considered to be one of the most understated performances of that year.