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20 Years On: Kareena Kapoor's Biggest Hits

June 30, 2020 09:57 IST

June 30, 2000: The day Refugee released.

J P Dutta's film marked Abhishek Bachchan and Kareena Kapoor's arrival on the big screen.

Joginder Tuteja joins the celebrations by listing Kareena's Top 10 hits.

 

Bajrangi Bhaijaan
Box office collections: Rs 321 crore

IMAGE: Kareena Kapoor and Salman Khan in Bajrangi Bhaijaan.

Bajrangi Bhaijaan may have been a Salman Khan show, but Kareena's inclusion in the film ensured that it turned out to be a hardcore commercial film that catered to the class as well as mass segment.

The Kabir Khan movie went on to be an all-time blockbuster.

 

Good Newwz
Box office collections: Rs 205 crore

IMAGE: Akshay Kumar and Kareena in Good Newwz.

Her last big release Good Newwz went on to be a Rs 200 crore club blockbuster.

 

3 IdiotsBox office collections: Rs 202 crore

IMAGE: Kareena in 3 Idiots.

One would have expected a film with three leads (Aamir Khan, R Madhavan and Sharman Joshi) in the title roles to be a male-driven show all the way.

But one can't discount Kareena's presence in the Raj Kumar Hirani film.

3 Idiots was Bollywood's first Rs 200 crore club blockbuster.

 

Bodyguard
Box office collections: Rs 149 crore

IMAGE: Kareena and Salman Khan in Bodyguard.

Bodyguard was as much as Kareena's as it was Salman Khan's.

Surprisingly, the film hasn't found much recall value over the years as many of her other films.

But on its release, Bodyguard was massive; it not only opened well but also sustained to become a rock solid blockbuster.

 

Singham Returns
Box office collections: Rs 140 crore

IMAGE: Kareena and Ajay Devgn in Singham Returns.

After the success of Singham, Ajay Devgn and Rohit Shetty collaborated for the sequel, Singham Returns.

To make it even bigger, Kareena was added to the cast.

 

Ra.One
Box office collections: Rs 114 crore

IMAGE: Kareena in Ra.One.

While Ra.One featured Shah Rukh Khan in a double role, Kareena made the film her own by bringing in the romance, the drama, the emotion and even some comedy.

The film, in fact, is remembered for her Chammak Challo.

 

Golmaal 3
Box office collections: Rs 106 crore
Golmaal Returns
Box office collections: Rs 52 crore

IMAGE: Kareena in Golmaal 3.

Golmaal was an all-male affair with Ajay Devgn, Arshad Warsi, Tusshar Kapoor and Shreyas Talpade.

But when Kareena was introduced in the second and the third installments, the rules had to be re-written.

And the results were there to be seen.

 

Talaash
Box office collections: Rs 91 crore

IMAGE: Kareena in Talaash.

Talaash featured Kareena in an interesting role with a startling twist at the end.

The role required much more from her than to just look glamorous.

Co-starring Aamir Khan, Talaash did not enter the Rs 100 crore club, but came close to it.

 

Veere Di Wedding
Box office collections: Rs 83 crore

IMAGE: Kareena in Veere Di Wedding.

In this Rhea Kapoor production starring her sister Sonam, one would have expected these girls to rule the show.

But this was a bunch of smart women at play, which meant that Kareena was suitably placed as the central protagonist in the all-women affair.

An adult film made for multiplex audiences, this one saw Kareena having a blast.

 

Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham...
Box office collections: Rs 54 crore

IMAGE: Kareena in Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham.

Though the film features at the bottom of Kareena's top 10 list, it would find a spot right up there with Bajrangi Bhaijaan if inflation is taken into account.

An all-time blockbuster that made Bebo's Poo a cult character, it set the stage for her bright future ahead.

JOGINDER TUTEJA