New Delhi, Oct 7: Karisma Kapoor carved her niche in Bollywood on her own despite her family objecting to her foray in the industry. The actress remained one of the most popular and highest-paid Hindi film actresses in the 1990s and early 2000s. Karisma has been the recipient of several accolades, including a National Film Award and four Filmfare Awards.
Born and raised in Mumbai, the actress is a member of the Kapoor family, where her parents and other relatives are all involved in the Indian film industry. Despite her family background, her father disliked women entering films, and reportedly separated from her mother. Kapoor, at the age of seventeen, left her studies to pursue a film career for financial support, and made her acting debut with a leading role in the moderately successful Prem Qaidi (1991).
Subsequently, she starred in a number of box office hits, including the dramas Jigar (1992) and Anari (1993), the comedies Raja Babu (1994), Coolie No. 1 (1995) and Saajan Chale Sasural (1996), and the thriller Jeet (1996).
However, she was criticized for her brief, repetitive roles and inclination to male-dominated films.The 1996 super hit film Raja Hindustani marked a significant turning point in Kapoor's career, earning her praise and a Filmfare Award for Best Actress.
Karisma later won the National Film Award and Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of a dancer in Yash Chopra's blockbuster musical romance Dil To Pagal Hai.
The actress achieved further success by featuring as the female lead in three of David Dhawan's top grossing romantic comedies—Hero No.1 (1997), Biwi No.1 (1999) and Dulhan Hum Le Jayenge (2000), and Sooraj Barjatya's highly successful family drama Hum Saath-Saath Hain (1999)—and won the Best Actress and Best Actress Critics awards at Filmfare for her titular roles in the highly acclaimed dramas Fiza (2000) and Zubeidaa (2001), respectively.
Kapoor took a leave from full-time acting in 2004, and made her comeback with the 2012 supernatural thriller Dangerous Ishqq, after which she again took a leave.According to reports, Karisma was in a relationship with her Jigar co-star Ajay Devgn from 1992 till they broke up in 1995. She got engaged to Abhishek Bachchan in 2002, but the engagement was called off after a few months. This ended their relationship of a few years and no reason was given for the break-up.In the year 2003, Karisma married industrialist Sunjay Kapur, the CEO of Sixt India, in a high-profile Sikh wedding ceremony at her ancestral home, Krishna Raj Bungalow, in Mumbai. The couple has a daughter Samaira, born in 2005 and a son Kiaan born in 2010. In 2014, the couple filed for divorce through mutual consent. In November 2015, the couple had filed applications to withdraw their consent to it. The couple's divorce was finalised in 2016.
Now her ex-husband Sunjay is expecting his third child with his third wife Priya. She is expecting her child in December.
Kairsma has been described by critics as one of the most talented actresses in Bollywood.
Despite constant media speculation, she keeps her personal life well guarded.
Her beauty and performances have made her a style icon for young women. In 2012, film critic Subhash K. Jha labelled her "the best actress in the post-Sridevi generation" and listed her character in Raja Hindustani as being "one of the finest inwardly ravaged characters in Bollywood."