“My Mummy Told Me To Take The Challenging Role In DIL TO PAGAL HAI’ - Karishma Kapoor

Karishma Kapoor the brilliant actress who ruled Bollywood with super hit movies like ANARI, JUDWAA, HERO NO. 1, BIWI NO.1, RAJA HINDUSTANI AND DIL TO PAGAL HAI turns 40 today, Raaga.Com wishes her birthday greeting.

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Hailing from Kapoor clan had an advantage that Karishma Kapoor was able to make an easy debut in D. Rama Naidu’s PREM QAIDI, a remake of Telugu film PREMA KHAIDI. However after the success of the movie she had to face many obstacles as a row of movies like JAAGRUTI, NISHCHAIY, SAPNE SAJAN KE, DEEDAR, MUQABLA bombed at the box office.

Being a Kapoor scion the media targeted her most but she took all criticism valiantly and proved the critics wrong with her outstanding performance in Aamir Khan’s RAJA HINDUSTANI and went away winning the Best Actress Filmfare award. The highpoint of this award was that she had tough competition from her contemporary actresses like Juhi Chawla in DARAAR and Manisha Koirala in an offbeat performance in KHAMOSHI: THE MUSICAL. In additional Karshima had toughest competition from Seema Biswas in Shekhar Kapur’s masterpiece movie BANDIT QUEEN, for which she had already won an Best Actress National Award but the Filmfare jury gave decision in favor of Karishma Kapoor.

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After RAJA HINDUSTANI, Karishma Kapoor had a great opportunity to act opposite Madhuri Dixit in Yash Chopra’s DIL TO PAGAL HAI. Speaking about this movie, Karishma Kapoor in an interview said, “You would be surprised to know that I was the fifth choice after five leading actresses had turned down the role feeling the role was inferior as compared to the leading actress Madhuri Dixit.”

She informs, “Adi Chopra had in mind Manisha Koirala as his first choice. But she turned down after listening to the script. Adi then approached Juhi Chawla but she too had other thoughts. Next in line was Kajol but Kajol too declined the role. Finally Urmila Matondkar gave the nod and started shooting but I was destined for the role as after a day’s shooting Urmila Matondkar abandoned the movie and Adi contacted me. I consulted my mother and she told me to take the challenge and her advice proved a boon.”

The movie not only displayed the histrionics of Karishma Kapoor but also fetched her National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress for her superlative performance in DIL TO PAGAL HAI.