Before they kissed and made up in 2014, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Bipasha Basu always shared cold vibes with each other.
While close friendships between Bollywood’s leading ladies are rare to come by, the film industry has catfights galore. This week’s blast from the past is a nasty spat between Bipasha Basu and Kareena Kapoor Khan, which saw a lot of mudslinging, and if some reports are to be believed, even slaps were involved.
It all started with Bipasha’s Bollywood debut, Ajnabee (2001), which also starred Kareena Kapoor Khan. Rumours of the two leading ladies having a major tiff over their costumes made headlines, even before the film’s release. Apparently, all hell broke loose when Bebo’s designer gave Bipasha a helping hand without the former’s consent.
The two had a war of words and reportedly, an enraged Kareena called Bipasha a “kaali billi (black cat)” in the heat of the moment and even slapped her.
Bipasha told Filmfare in 2001, “I think this is a case of making a mountain out of a molehill. There were never any problems with me. She had some problems with the designer. I don’t know why I was pulled in. It was quite childish.” She had also said that she did not want to ever work with Kareena again.
Kareena told her side of the story in an interview with Filmfare in 2002. She had said, “She just doesn’t seem to have any confidence in her own talent. In a four-page interview, she spoke about me for three pages. Why not talk about your work? I think her only claim to fame is that she fought with me during Ajnabee over dress designer Vikram Phadnis. She’s given statements that I called her uncharitable names. Now, that’s a figment of her imagination.”
If you thought the cold vibes ended then, you’re wrong. Kareena called Bipasha’s then-boyfriend John Abraham “expressionless” on the second season of Koffee With Karan and said that she wouldn’t want to ever work with him. Not one to take a jibe at her beau lying down, Bipasha retaliated when she came on the show that Kareena had “too many expressions.”
But a year later, in 2008, Kareena extended an olive branch to Bipasha and invited her to then-boyfriend and now-husband Saif Ali Khan’s birthday party. Since then, the ice between the two has melted and now, they are cordial whenever they meet.