Karisma Kapoor is an Indian film actress. One of the most popular Hindi film actresses of the 1990s and 2000s, she is the recipient of several accolades, including a National Film Award and four Filmfare Awards. Born and raised in Mumbai, she is a member of the Kapoor family, where her parents and other relatives are all involved in the Indian film industry. Despite her family background, her father disliked women entering films, and separated from her mother. At the age of seventeen, Kapoor left her studies to pursue a film career, making her acting debut headlining the musical film Prem Qaidi (1991). Kapoor rose to prominence starring in a number of box office hits, including the dramas Jigar (1992) and Anari (1993), the comedies Raja Babu (1994), Coolie No. 1 (1995) and Saajan Chale Sasural (1996), and the thriller Jeet (1996). Kapoor achieved stardom in the late 1990s: she starred in the romantic comedy Raja Hindustani (1996), which remains her highest-grossing film to date, and the musical romance Dil To Pagal Hai (1997). She earned acclaim for both roles; for Raja Hindustani, she won the Filmfare Award for Best Actress, and for Dil To Pagal Hai, she won the Filmfare Award and the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress.Kapoor cemented her status by starring in three of David Dhawan's romantic comedies—Hero No.1 (1997), Biwi No.1 (1999) and Dulhan Hum Le Jayenge (2000), all of which were commercial successes, as well as the family drama Hum Saath-Saath Hain (1999). In the early 2000s, Kapoor won the Best Actress and Best Actress Critics awards at Filmfare for her titular roles in the dramas Fiza (2000) and Zubeidaa (2001). She took a sabbatical from acting in 2004, and has since acted sporadically, which include the thriller Dangerous Ishqq (2012) and the web series Mentalhood (2020).