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Celebrating Kareena's 30 sizzling avatars

Last updated on: September 20, 2010 18:34 IST

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She was born to be a star. Whether it's her celebrated lineage or her self-assured aura, Kareena Kapoor spells celluloid magic like no one else.

Right from the onset, the almond-eyed beauty laid claim to a place among A-listers and established herself as an impressive mix of actress-star with her inborn skills and ingenious glamour.

All through her decade-long career, Kareena -- known to speak from the heart on matters of profession and personal life -- has led life by her own rules and won a great number of admirers along the way.

Even as La Kapoor hits a gorgeous 30 on September 21, raises a toast to her stardom and 30 unique looks on the big screen. Here's the first part of an interesting two-part special.

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Chubby beginnings

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A super-cute even if slightly plump Kareena made an early impression playing a childlike Muslim girl in J P Dutta's cross-border romance, Refugee. While most newcomers opt for a flashy debut to showcase their grasp of glamour, Randhir Kapoor and Babita's youngest daughter willingly sports earthy outfits and casual plaits.


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Don't be fooled by the obvious blue-blooded quality of her persona!

Kareena is just as convincing as the girl every guy dreams of taking home to meet his mommy -- a picture of easy-going accessibility and sweet warmth.

Tattooed princess

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Always willing to experiment with her looks, Kareena goes all out to portray a period princess with a generous helping of body art, gothic make-up and unfailingly sensual amrapali costumes.

Poo-sized fashionista!

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Attitude drips from her pores as she pulls off an excessively flamboyant wardrobe of striking heels, tinted sunglasses and trend-setting attire. No amount of chill pill helps.

Pony-tailed glamour

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There's a good reason why Kareena's childhood nick-name has caught on in a big way. Here's a look at the star with her mane tied in two high pony tails, Bebo mein Bebo, indeed!

Oye Bebo, Bebo oye!

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Once a Kapoor, always a Kapoor? The Punjabi kudi breaks into a high-strung bhangra whilst making yet another style statement in vibrant phulkaris and dangling parandas.

Streetwalker or sweetheart?

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To demonstrate there's more to her than fluff and fancy, Kareena slips into the crude skin of a prostitute in little more than a gaudy sari and garish make-up. Take a bow, Chameli san!

Through the looking glasses!

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In Bollywood, glasses convey geekdom and nose-piercings alternate between the edgy, modern woman and stereotypical gaon-ki-gori. Bebo, however, combines the two to become a picture of radiance, adorability and boho-chic.

Make-up free!

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While most insecure actresses are obsessed with make-up, Kareena loves to flaunt her porcelain complexion and pink cheeks to ravishing results on and off screen.

It(em) girl!

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At the same time, she'll readily doll up like a glitzy dream to enthrall and allure doling out the most flirtatious glances and naughty jhatkas known to mankind.

Goldilocks gone bad!

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Everyone commits a fashion crime at some point of time. Even the best of them. These ghastly golden highlights probably rank high on Kareena's biggest-mistake-of-my-life' list.

Cat-Woman on the prowl!

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But when she gets it right, purrfect, isn't she? The September-born stunner gets all wild 'n' catty for her audience with her leopard-inspired eye-shadow and body suit.

Small town girl!

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The city-bred chica sets her upscale upbringing aside to convey the touching simplicity and polite demeanor of a small-town girl with her immaculate softness and pastel outfits.

In the bronze

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Seeta or Geeta, Kareena juggles it all. The rocking beauty goes for the kill strutting her washboard abs, abundant cleavage and faultlessly bronzed skin to good effect reiterating just that.

Sari-clad professional

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She wows as just the same with her doe-eyed sincerity as a dedicated working girl in elegant handloom saris and tiny bindis, reminiscent of Raakhee in the 1970s.