Karisma Kapoor who broke the ‘myth that Kapoor ladies were not allowed to work’, ‘harsh lighting’, blisters nothing could stop her

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Published by Nibedita Goswami on 30 Jun 2021

1990s actress Karisma Kapoor made the conception proved wrong the ‘myth that Kapoor ladies were not allowed to work’. At the same time, the actress accepts her family support when she walked into the industry. She had to resist a 48-50 degrees temperature with blisters on her feet and shoot for day long. She had her debut with Harish Kumar in Prem Qaidi in 1991. She was of 17 years when her film ventures started. ‘harsh lights and reflection was the core that the actress had to go throughout the making.

Talking to Bollywood Hungama, the actress vented out her experiences, “It was a myth that Kapoor ladies were not allowed to work. My mom and Neetu aunty wanted to settle down toh (so) they stopped working. But then Geeta Bali ji, Jennifer ji worked in films right up to 36 Chowringhee Lane. So they did work. I think it was only then there was a long gap because my father’s sisters were not interested in films. Toh yeh myth bangaya tha (so it became a myth) – you know Kapoor girls ladies don’t work in movies. Then, yes, finally it was me and I was a female and then I kind of decided that I did want to work. And I think the family supported me, they did.”

She recalls 1990s filmmaking, “We used to work in harsh lights and reflectors. We could barely open our eyes. We had to look down and then look (up) for the shot. So, yes, we worked in a lot of harsh tim”We used to work in harsh lights and reflectors. We could barely open our eyes. We had to look down and then look (up) for the shot. So, yes, we worked in a lot of harsh times… We didn’t even have a makeup van to change our clothes. We would go behind the bushes… ya kisika ghar hota tha (someone’s house) we used to knock the door and say ‘hum jasakte hai please thoda sa hum shoot karahe hai yaha (can you allow us please we are shooting here)’. There were times where we would shoot in Coolie No 1 and all those earlier films in Hyderabad in 50 degrees, 48 degrees… I would be bare foot and we would be shooting songs ghagra choli, khulle baal (loose hair), garmi (heat), feet with blisters. I think that is the passion with which we worked,”

She did the movies like Anari, Raja Babu, Coolie No. 1, Saajan Chale Sasural, Jeet, Raja Hindustani, and Dil To Pagal Hai to name a few. The actress took a long break after her children, Samaira and Kiaan were born. Though from the last year she made her appearance in film again in Mentalhood.

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