Karishma Kapoor’s Journey into Bollywood!
Back in times when this blue-eyed gorgeous girl entered Bollywood, everyone was just stunned by her looks. She made her mark through her terrific acting skills and is still counted in the top actresses of her times. Her charm is still intact and we bring to you Karishma Kapoor’s journey into Bollywood. The actress shared her story with the Humans of Bombay and every word seems like our own story! Read on to know her “girl next door” story.
Growing up, I used to visit my granddad on set—& his talent would leave me mesmerized. Once I was there when he was directing ‘Ram Teri Ganga Maili’. I loved the sets, camera & lights! I knew I wanted to become an actor & contribute to the family legacy. When I told my granddad, he said, ‘It’s glamorous but it’s not a bed of roses—you will have to work very hard.’ That stayed with me. I wanted to act but my inner voice made me doubt myself. But what motivated me, was how grounded my mom kept me. Despite being from an ‘illustrious’ family, she made us live a simple life. My sister & I traveled by school bus & went to college by local trains.
Speaking further about Karishma Kapoor’s journey, she said. My mom taught me how to stick to my roots & still be confident. She knew about my passion for acting & about my hesitation. I didn’t want to falter & let anybody down. But she said that until I try, I’d never know. That’s when I signed my first film—a remake of a South Indian movie! While shooting, I gave my best. I had to ‘make it’ or ‘break it’. And the movie was a success!
As my career progressed, there were highs & lows. I had done a song, ‘Sexy Sexy’—I’d worked hard & even hurt my knees for it. I was appreciated for my dance, but people thought the song was way ahead of its time—the word ‘Sexy’ wasn’t common back then. But that’s when my mom said that it’s an actor’s job to entertain. I can’t let one roadblock affect it. Even on the bad days, I had to keep my head held high.
So even when I was offered ‘Dil Toh Pagal Hai’, no actress wanted to be cast against Madhuri Dixit. I didn’t want to shy away because ‘I thought I couldn’t do it’. I did the film & even won a National Award for it! From then on, whenever I’ve wondered if I was capable enough—be it in my choice of films, being a single mom or in my relationships with people, I’ve never let my doubts get the better of me. We live in a world where there will always be roadblocks, people to bog you down & things that may not work out. That’s why you have to be your biggest strength & not let your voice, at any point, become your weakness.”