As Kareena Kapoor Khan completes two decades in the Hindi film industry on Tuesday, the Bollywood star says she is overwhelmed by the love and support she has received since her debut Refugee.
Directed by JP Dutta, the romance drama, which released on June 30, 2000, marked the debut of Kareena and Abhishek Bachchan.
Refugee was Dutta's follow-up to the 1997 blockbuster Border and was moderately successful at the box office.
Kareena took to Instagram and shared a picture of the first shot from the film. "My first shot was at 4 am... I woke up this morning at 4, looked in the mirror, and said to myself that this was the best decision I could have ever taken. 20 years of hard work, dedication, and self-confidence," the actor captioned the picture.
The Good Newwz star said she was extremely grateful to her fans for their "love, support and strength" over the years. "Thank you JP Dutta for my life in the movies. Abhishek Bachchan for being the sweetest co-star and every single person involved in this film. Want to go back in time. #20YearsAndNotGivingUp," the 39-year-old actor added.
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My first shot was at 4 am... I woke up this morning at 4, looked in the mirror, and said to myself that this was the best decision I could have ever taken. 20 years of hard work, dedication, and self-confidence... ❤️ I am extremely grateful to all my fans for all your love, support, and strength... Thank you #JPDutta for my life in the movies... @bachchan for being the sweetest co-star... and every single person involved in this film. Want to go back in time... ❤️❤️ #20YearsAndNotGivingUp
The film featured Abhishek as an Indian agent who helps refugees cross the border and falls in love with a woman (Kareena), who is on her way to Pakistan with her family. Kareena later went on to star in major hits including Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, Aitraaz, Omkara and an acclaimed turn in Chameli.
She witnessed a career turnaround with Imtiaz Ali's Jab We Met in 2007, and has since starred in films such as Talaash: The Answer Lies Within, 3 Idiots, Udta Punjab, Bajrangi Bhaijaan, among others.
She will be next seen in Aamir Khan starrer Laal Singh Chaddha, the Hindi remake of the 1994 Hollywood classic Forrest Gump, headlined by Tom Hanks.