She may have been born with a silver spoon, but that didn't mean life in Bollywood was a cakewalk for her.
Though Kareena's sister Karisma paved the way for her, her first few years in tinseltown were marred by proclamations that a bubblehead like her would never make it.
The bubblehead tag still haunts her (and calling her husband Saifu in that childlike voice every two seconds doesn't help much), but Kareena's proved that the Kapoor blood runs strong in her.
A powerhouse performer, she dominates the screen; a supremely confident woman, she dominates events off screen; owner of a great sense of self worth, she's made sure that actresses' pay cheques are in the same league as the actors.
Kareena also introduced us to fads like size zero, and the understanding that once you are over 30 it doesn't mean you have run out of juice.