From leaked videos to ugly catfights, Kareena has had her share of scandals and controversies. One of the most glamorous and highest-paid actresses of Bollywood, Bebo usually leaves no stone unturned in discussing her personal life with candor. Her grandfather Raj Kapoor had first named her Siddhima, but her mother Babita changed it. She named her after Anna Karenina, a book she was reading while she was pregnant.
Kareena always shoes her films under the guidance of her mother. She was the first choice for the lead role in Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai but rejected it after filing a few scenes, upon her mother’s advice. Ameesha Patel bagged the rejected role and the film became a super hit. Kareena made her debut with Refugee alongside Abhishek Bachchan, which fared quite badly. She again made a bad choice when she rejected Kal Ho Na Ho and Preity Zinta got the role. Preity had revealed that Kareena had her in bad regard after the films’ success and even refused to say ‘Hi’ to her.
She is known to have rejected many films that became super-hits later and turned out to be bad choices for her. She began her first filmy affair with Hrithik Roshan during the shooting of K3G. At that time, Hrithik was already engaged to Sussanne Khan. The two reportedly became intimate while filming Yaadein and it became the talk of the town. Columnist Shobhaa De had also alleged that the two were caught cozying up on a flight just days before Hrithik’s wedding. The affair with Hrithik was a short one and it ended when Kareena and Shahid Kapoor came close and began a relationship.
Kareena and Shahid were regarded as the cutest couple and people loved seeing them together. Her biggest scandal was when a video of the couple leaked online where the two were seen kissing passionately. It is also rumored that Kareena always had a secret crush on Saif Ali Khan. Kareena and Saif became close on the set of Tashan, which irked Shahid. The couple broke up sometime during that period, after delivering Jab We Met. She started dating Saif almost immediately and is now happily married to him.
While filming Ahnabee, Bebo’s designer helped Bipasha with her outfits without Bebo’s consent. This led to a major tiff between the two, and Kareena called Bipasha a ‘black cat’ in the heat of the moment and even slapped her. She has also had spats and catfights with Priyanka Chopra several times, especially during the filming of a popular ad. After doing Madhur Bhandarkar’s film ‘Heroine’, she took a dig at Priyanka with her comment, “my Heroine s better than Fashion”. Priyanka retaliated by giving her a ‘sour grapes’ statement when won a National Award for the movie Fashion. Despite her glamorous avatar today, Kareena claims that she was brought up very modestly by Babita. She says that she and her sister have seen bad days in their life as they were raised by a single parent.
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