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10. Golmaal 3: Many of you would not be happy to see this film in the top 10. But I felt that Kareena is such a versatile actress and this film deserves to be in the top 10 just because of the fact that it showed kareena's capability of doing comic roles with equal ease. She was the central character of the film and played a tomboy named 'Dabboo'. She was seen wearing cool t shirts and baggy pants in the film and used foul language. She was very funny with her one liners like 'Ae Titanic ke doobte jahaz' and 'kuch hi der mein maa ki aankh hone wali hai'. Also the film was promoted and marketed as a kareena film keeping in view her market standing and using her stardom to draw wider audience.
9. Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham: A lot of people are of the opinion that Kareena was over the top (OTT) in this film. But they fail to realize that she was meant to be like this in the film and her character was etched out to be a funny one. As the Spoilt brat POO, she was amazing. Her entry sequence of her dancing in her room to 'it's Raining Men' is one of my absolute favorites. She turned into a huge star with this film and immediately catapulted to the top bracket of Actresses.
8. Asoka: Santosh Sivan, the director, is one of India's best cinematographer, so everyone knew that Kareena would look her best in the film and sure she did. She was playing a role of a princess who is in hiding to protect her brother. She was seen wearing a bit revealing outfits but she carried them off with panache. To add to the look, her kohl eyes and body art made her look even more beautiful. With a co star as big as Shahrukh, Chances were her being over shadowed by him, but she made her presence felt and came out as a strong willed princess who was not afraid to fight back.
7. Dev: Govind Nihalani's film on Gujarat riots was a critically acclaimed film and Kareena had a powerful role of a girl named Aaliya in the film. As a victim of the riots, she portrayed her character with great poise and dignity. In a film starring veterans like Amitabh Bachchan and Om Puri, Kareena held herself strong on screen and delivered a brilliant performance. Her scene with Amitabh Bachchan where he asks for witnesses to come forward is an example of superb acting. As a reward, she was presented with Filmfare's Best Actress – Critics' award for the film.
6. 3 Idiots: Everyone had very low expectations from Kareena in 3 idiots because it was the story of 3 guys (as the title of the film suggests). Still she managed to a make a mark for herself in this hero oriented film. Her portrayal of Pia, a medical student who falls in love with rancho (played by aamir) was amazing. Aamir and Kareena looked so cute together on screen and their tender romance throughout the film was heartwarming. She displayed great variations in her short role; from the drunken scene with aamir and saying 'tumhe ab bhi lagta hai ke kiss karne pe naak beech mein aati hai' (do u still feel that your nose would come between us while we kiss) to her confrontation scene with her dad (played by boman) and telling him that he is the reason why her brother committed suicide. Her leaving a mark in this film with her performance says a lot about her being such a superb actress and the numero uno actress in bollywood. She won Best Actress Awards at various events.
5. Refugee : Kareena made her bollywood debut with this J.P. Dutta directed film opposite Abhishek Bachchan. Being from the first family of bollywood, the Kapoors, and being Karisma' younger sister, she came into the industry with huge expectations. But boy, she didn't disappoint. She was seen playing a Bangladeshi girl Naaz, who falls in love with a Refuge, played by Abhishek Bachchan who helps her and her family to migrate across border. She wore absolutely no makeup in the film and still looked gorgeous as the village girl. As far as her acting skills were concerned, she proved that it was in her genes being a kapoor. She was a complete natural in front of the camera. She did the emotional scenes as well as the romantic scenes with equal ease. Watch out for her in the song 'Aisa Lagta Hai, jo naa hua hone ko hai', her expressions and body language as a shy demure girl who realises she has fallen in love are priceless. Not to forget, she brought the old world charm with her printed salwar kameezes and undone hair. Her decision of not doing Kaho Naa Pyar Hai paid off with her bagging the Filmfare Best Female Debut in that year for Refugee.
4. Kurbaan : Again one of kareena's best performance; she played the role of a professor Avantika Ahuja who falls in love with a muslim man only to find out that her husband is a terrorist. She was superb in the film and delivered a great performance. The scene where she finds out that her husband ehsaan (played by saif) is a terrorist is very well shot. Avantika is shocked with this discovery and also feels cheated by her own husband and kareena was successful in emoting both the expressions so well. Your heart goes out to when she yells at Ehsaan saying 'Maar Daalo mujhe aur hamare hone wale Bache ko bhi' (Kill me and our baby too). She was impeccable in the climax scene too where she helplessly stands watching her husband die. Her perfomance was widely appreciated but kurbaan didn't do that well at the BO as expected.
3. Omkara : Everyone was a little apprehensive when Vishal Bhardwaj decided on casting Kareena as the desi Desdemona in his adaptation of Shakespeare's Othello. But she blew everyone's mind off by her strong potrayal of the character. She was a treat to watch as Dolly Mishra who goes against his father's will and marries Omkara (played by Ajay Devgan) and finally succumbs her life to her husband's possessiveness and jealousy. The main reason why this character worked was that she underplayed it. She had very few dialogues in the film but she emoted so much through her eyes. The climax scene of the film with Kareena dressed as a bride, must have left lumps in your throat, as she faces allegations of infidelity by her husband and breaks into tears saying 'Jee bas, aur nahi jeena humko (I don't want to live any more) and she hugs ajay, is my favorite. Look at the intensity in her eyes and the maturity in her performance. The tragic end of dolly's character was heartbreaking and kareena pulled such a difficult role with ease and confidence. She got awarded with Filmfare's Best Actress- Critics' Award for this film.
2. Jab We Met : In a male dominated industry like ours, it is very rare to see an actress play the central character in a commercial hindi film. JWM was such an exception, where the whole film revolved around the female protagonist 'Geet'. Kareena as the feisty motor mouthed girl from bhatinda was a treat to watch. A new found confidence was seen in her performance and she owned every frame of the film. You just cannot take your eyes off her. Geet was over the top and constantly blabbering in the film and yet no one complained. She displayed a completely different side of her character in the second half, where aditya finds out that she has been dumped by her boyfriend. Watch her expressions in the song 'aaoge jab tum oh saajna' and you would know why she is the best in the business. Her dialogues like 'teri maa ki' and 'sikhni hoon main bhatinda ki' are still memorable and she became the numero Uno actress with bagging her first Filmfare Best Actress Award for this film.
1. Chameli : Kareena was quite young when she was offered the role to play a prostitute in Sudhir Mishra's directorial 'Chameli'. Where other actresses would have shied away from doing such roles at an early stage of their career, kareena took it up as a challenge and came out as a winner. Dressed in a local 175 rupees red saree with a floral blouse and long hair, she looked every bit of a prostitute. Unlike all other films, where prostitutes were showcased as sad creatures leading miserable lives, kareena was presented as a golden hearted girl who had no qualms accepting the fact that she is infact a road side hooker. She was seen puffing cigarettes and using foul language and she got the local accent perfectly. The Journey of her character from meeting a businessman (played by Rahul Bose) to her pimp forcing her to sleep with a guy who is suffering from AIDS and finally rahul falling in love with her is beautiful and she plays her part with natural ease. Her performance was widely appreciated and she won the Filmfare's Special Award, though the film failed to mark any impression at the BO. And I think it is her best performance so far.
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