In 1996, she earned her first Filmfare Award for Best Actress for Raja Hindustani, her biggest commercial success, and later received the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the romantic drama Dil To Pagal Hai (1997). Karisma Kapoor went on to play the leading role in the critically acclaimed projects, Fiza (2000) and Zubeidaa (2001), for which she earned the Best Actress and Best Actress (Critics) trophies at the Filmfare ceremony. Having done so, Kapoor has established herself as one the leading actresses of Hindi cinema.
During her career, she has received one National Film Award and four Filmfare Awards, among six nominations. In addition to acting in films, she has played the leading role in the television series, Karishma - The Miracles of Destiny (2003) and has also featured as a talent judge for the reality shows, Nach Baliye and Hans Baliye. Following a high-profile relationship with actor Abhishek Bachchan, she married Sanjay Kapoor in 2003, and has two children.Karisma subsequently took a sabbatical from acting in 2004 after her marriage before making a comeback to films in Dangerous Ishhq in 2012.
Kapoor was born in Mumbai to Randhir Kapoor, an actor popular during the 1970s and 80s, and actress Babita. Kapoor is the granddaughter of actor and filmmaker Raj Kapoor, great-granddaughter of actor Prithviraj Kapoor, grand-niece of actors Shashi Kapoor and Shammi Kapoor, sister of actress Kareena Kapoor, niece of actors Rishi Kapoor and Rajiv Kapoor, and cousin of actor Ranbir Kapoor. Karisma is of Punjabi descent on her father's side, and Sindhi on her mother's side.she studied at the Cathedral and John Connon School, and later studied in Sophia College for a few months
-:Debut and early work, 1991–1995:-
Karisma Kapoor made her debut in the 1991 movie Prem Qaidi, which was a semi-hit. Although most of her multiple releases from 1992–1996 failed to do well at the box office, Karisma had some success with films like Jigar (1992), Anari (1993), Raja Babu & Suhaag & Khudaar (1994), Coolie No. 1 & Gopi Kishan (1995), Saajan Chale Sasural & Jeet (1996) Judwaa & Hero No. 1 (1997).
-:Success and critical acclaim, 1996–2002:-
Her diminutive comeback in 1999 proved to be good as Karisma took part in the year's most successful films. she starred in four absolute hits. David Dhawan's comedy Biwi No.1 opposite Salman Khan became the biggest hit of the year. Kapoor proved to be successful with comedy films, as David Dhawan's another film Haseena Maan Jaayegi did fairly well at the box office.
she collaborated for the first time with the Rajshri Productions banner with Hum Saath-Saath Hain: We Stand United which was a hit. Her last release, Jaanwar opposite Akshay Kumar, was another box office hit, making her the most successful actress of the year.
In 2000, she won her second Filmfare Best Actress Award for her performance in Khalid Mohammed's Fiza. Her performance in the film was highly acclaimed and several critics noted her for showing great emotional range and depth. Mimmy Jain of The Indian Express, in a positive review, wrote, "As the young girl who is sick of the suspense and disruption that her brother's disappearance has caused in her family's life, as the obstinate daughter who will not listen to her mother's plea to let her keep hoping for her son, as the determined sister who keeps on in her hunt for her brother despite all odds and then seeks to keep him on the right path, this is a new she, and one that delivers a superbly flawless performance."
In 2001, Karisma Kapoor achieved further critical acclaim for her portrayal of the title role in Shyam Benegal's Zubeidaa. The Tribune complimented her by arguing that she "has surpassed herself as the passionate, defiant, wilful and troubled Zubeidaa, the truly modern woman."For her work, was awarded the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actress.
In 2002, Karisma Kapoor acted in Shakti - The Power. Kapoor's performance was applauded with critic Taran Adarsh writing, "the power clearly belongs to Kapoor. Breathing fire and venom to win back her son from the clutches of a despot, the actress gives it all to the character of a helpless mother and proves what a virtuoso performer Kapoor is. Playing the part of a wounded tigress, this is one performance that overshadows all the performances the year has seen so far". For her work, Karisma earned several nominations in the Best Actress category.
In 2006, she was seen in the delayed film Mere Jeevan Saathi opposite Akshay Kumar and Ameesha Patel, in which she played a negative role. The film had been shot and completed in 2003 but delayed for three years. In 2007, she was seen on Karan Johar's chat show Koffee With Karan, with her sister Kareena Kapoor and Shahid Kapoor, she also won the Koffee Award for Best Supporting Appearance. In 2008, alongside actor Arjun Rampal and director/choreographer Farah Khan, she began judging the dance show Nach Baliye 4, and continued the following year with Hans Baliye alongside David Dhawan. In addition, she made a cameo role, along with numerous other Bollywood stars in 2007's Om Shanti Om. Karisma was also seen as guest on the reality TV show Wife Bina Life (2010). she also voiced the role of Chhaya in the Salman Khan and Kareena Kapoor starrer Bodyguard.
-:Recent work, 2011–present:-
she was set to be feature in the remake of Satte Pe Satta opposite Sanjay Dutt which is now shelved.
Kapoor separated from Sunjay in 2012, she is currently living with her mother Babita.