Karisma, more affectionately referred to as Lolo, was born in Mumbai into the well-known Kapoor family. She is the older sister of Kareena Kapoor, and cousin of Ranbir Kapoor.
She made her film debut in 1991 in the film Prem Qaidi at the age of seventeen. She went on to act in several commercially successful films including Jigar in 1992 and Coolie No. 1 in 1995.
Shewas previously engaged to Abhishek Bachchan, but they split in 2003. She married Sanjay Kapur later that year, and together they have a daughter (Samaira, born 2005) and a son (Kiaan Raj Kapoor, born 2010). The couple is undergoing a bitter divorce and custody battle for their kids.