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Birthday Love: Karisma Kapoor’s five must-watch films

Born into Bollywood’s first family, Karisma Kapoor became a strong contender to both Madhuri Dixit and Sridevi’s domination of the industry in the ’90s. Straight from her debut with ‘Prem Qaidi’ (1991) at the tender of 17, she became a much sought-after heroine, delivering hit after hit at the peak of her career.

To celebrate Kapoor’s 47th birthday, looks back at some of her top performances from over the years.

‘Andaz Apna Apna’ (1994)
One of the finest comedies to come out of Bollywood, ‘Andaz Apna Apna’ is an all-time favourite of both fans and critics. Though it didn’t acquire success upon its theatrical release, it later gained popularity and is considered a cult movie now. One of Kapoor’s best performance in a comedy role, it is the story of two friends who try hard to win the love of a millionaire’s daughter.

‘Raja Hindustani’ (1996)
Kapoor essayed the role of a super rich heiress who gives up her riches and comfort after falling for a lowly guide and driver in this film which showcased her versatility as a leading actress. Giving a performance of a lifetime, Kapoor won the heart and mind of the masses and picked up her first Filmfare Award for Best Actress in what is one of her finest performances ever.

‘Dil To Pagal Hai’ (1997)
Beautifully choreographed by Farah Khan and Shiamak Davar, ‘Dil To Pagal Hai’ is Bollywood musical which is definitely a must-watch! Although Kapoor played the role of a supporting actress in the movie, she essayed her role with sheer perfection. She gave some of the best dance performances of her career in this film and went on to win the National Award and the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress.

‘Biwi No. 1’ (1999)
Directed by the comedy genius David Dhawan, ‘Biwi No.1’ received positive reviews from both the audience as well as the critics and went on to became the second highest-grossing Bollywood film of 1999. Kapoor’s depiction of a simple housewife who is forced to transform in order to win back her husband was an excellent example of the wide range she was able to portray on the silver screen.

‘Fiza’ (2000)
Kapoor’s acting in this romantic drama was terrific. Her remarkable performance is recognised as probably the strongest role she has ever done, guaranteeing to bring tears in the eyes of the audience. The scene in which Kapoor cries over her mother’s demise is still regarded as an example of her natural and fine acting and helped her win the IIFA Award for Best Actress.

Kapoor was last seen in ALTBalaji’s web-series ‘Mentalhood’ (2020). wishes Karisma Kapoor a very happy birthday.