When Kareena Kapoor Khan spoke about being single-handedly raised by mother Babita without any financial assistance from the Kapoor family
Kareena Kapoor Khan is a real ‘badass’ and we can’t help but admire her. It feels almost as if the word ‘begum’ was tailormade for the actress who is married to the ‘Nawab of Pataudi’, actor Saif Ali Khan. From being unapologetically frank to marrying outside her faith, she is definitely an idol to many. Kareena, who comes from the famous Kapoor clan, a family that has come to be known as ‘Bollywood’s First Family’ over the years, along with her sister Karisma Kapoor was raised single-handedly by their mom, Babita Kapoor. Once in an interview, some years back, Kareena had said that she and Karisma did not see their father Randhir Kapoor often while growing up, and got no financial assistance from the Kapoor family. Her mom, who was an actress worked several jobs to support her daughters until Karisma debuted as an actress in 1991. Speaking with Mumbai Mirror about their plight before Karisma became a star, Kareena had said, ‘Mum was always doing something, she single-handedly brought us up. She has a real estate business apart from other small businesses. It was tough. Though my father is also an important factor in my life.’ When asked if they received any financial aid from the Kapoor family, Kareena had said, ‘We were left alone to fend for ourselves. But now we see more of our father, though we did not see him often in our initial years. We are a family now.’ Randhir and Babita got married in 1971 after the release of his debut film ‘Kal Aaj Aur Kal’, which also starred Babita. In 1988, he moved out of their home to live with his parents. Though the couple has been separated for decades now, they never officially parted ways. Recently, the veteran actor said that he will be selling his ancestral home in Chembur to move closer to Babita, and his daughters, Kareena and Karisma. Bebo, as is known to all, has two kids with Saif. 4-year-old Taimur Ali Khan and a younger son who was born in February this year. Saif and Kareena are yet to reveal his name.