Karisma Kapoor

The beautiful Karisma Kapoor, first daughter of yesterday actors Randhir Kapoor and Babita, enterted Bollywood in 1991 in ‘Prem Qaidi’. As time went on, she was seen in films which were pivotal in her career and who made her who she is known for even today. To celebrate her 40th birthday today, BizAsia takes a look back at the actress’s most loved and most popular five leading men on the big screen.

Karisma Kapoor & Govinda

Govinda is perhaps the actor Kapoor was most appreciated with. It is often said that she saw a rise in her standing as an actress because of the numerous comedies she did with the actor including ‘Raja Babu’ (1994), ‘Hero No 1’ (1997) and ‘Coolie No 1’ (1995) to name a few. The duo were known for their dancing style and, as actors, the complimented each other perfectly on the screen.

Karisma Kapoor & Ajay Devgn

Ajay Devgn & Karisma Kapoor in 'Suhaag'

In Kapoor’s early career, it was her pairing with Ajay Devgn which seemed to be talk of the town. The twosome gave a number of hit films together such as ‘Sangram’ (1993), ‘Jigar’ (1992) and ‘Shaktimaan’ (1993). They were known for some great tracks too which helped their pairing become one of the most special of that era. Who can forget the melodious Pyaar Ke Kaagaz Pe from ‘Jigar’ or Jee Na Lage from ‘Shaktimaan’.

Karisma Kapoor & Akshay Kumar

Having made his debut opposite Kapoor, Akshay Kumar become one of her most worked with heroes in her career. Right from ‘Deedar’ (1992) all the way through to ‘Mere Jeevan Saathi’ (2006), Kapoor and Kumar were a jodi that audiences seemed to take to again and again. Once again, some of their duets were some of the actress’s most remembered and still remain so.

Karisma Kapoor & Salman Khan

Salman Khan was about as regular as Kapoor’s leading man as Akshay Kumar. This couple, however, were well-known for their comedies and became popular with the light-hearted movies and very rarely were they seen in anything other than a love triangle plot. Kapoor was also heroine in Khan’s as yet only movie in which he was seen in a double role, ‘Judwaa’ (1997).

Karisma Kapoor & Aamir Khan

Although Kapoor was only paired with Aamir Khan once in her career, that one time was enough to earn him a place on our list. 1996’s ‘Raja Hindustani’ saw them in what is now an iconic love story spoilt by people the two lovers call their family. It is easily one of the most remembered films of both Kapoor’s and Khan’s careers and one that they both excelled in in performance.

Kapoor’s only other leading man worth a special mention is Abhishek Bachchan, to whom she was briefly engaged to in real life. They were only seen on the big screen together once in ‘Haan Maine Bhi Pyaar Kiya’ (2002). Their chemistry was pretty effective even in that film and no doubt their well-wishers will have been heartbroken with their real-life break-up.

BizAsia wish Karisma Kapoor, one of Bollywood’s most beautiful actresses of yesteryear, a very happy 40th birthday.