|Real Name:||Shraddha Kapoor|
|Birthplace:||Bombay, Maharashtra, India|
Shraddha Kapoor (born on 3 March 1987 or 1989) is an Indian actress who primarily works in Hindi films. One of India’s highest-paid actresses, Kapoor has been featured in Forbes India‘s Celebrity 100 list since 2014 and was featured by Forbes Asia in their 30 Under 30 list of 2016.
The daughter of actor Shakti Kapoor, she began her acting career with a brief role in the 2010 heist film Teen Patti and followed it with her first leading role in the teen drama Luv Ka The End (2011). Kapoor had her breakthrough by playing a singer in the commercially successful romance Aashiqui 2 (2013), for which she received a nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Actress. The following year, she portrayed a character based on Ophelia in Vishal Bhardwaj‘s critically acclaimed drama Haider (2014). Kapoor established herself with starring roles in the romantic thriller Ek Villain (2014), the dance drama ABCD 2 (2015), and the action film Baaghi (2016). Following a series of poorly received films, her highest-grossing releases came with the comedy horror Stree (2018), the action thriller Saaho (2019), and the comedy-drama Chhichhore (2019).
In addition to acting in films, Kapoor has sung several of her film songs. She is a celebrity endorser for several brands and products, and in 2015, she launched her own line of clothing.
Shraddha Kapoor Biography
|Born||March 3, 1987, or 1989 (age 33 or 35)
Bombay, Maharashtra, India
|Relatives||See Mangeshkar-Hardikar-Abhisheki family|
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Early life and background (Shraddha Kapoor Biography)
Kapoor was born and raised in Mumbai. On her father’s side, Kapoor is of Punjabi descent, and on her mother’s side, she is of Marathi and Konkani ancestry. Her maternal grandfather Pandharinath Kolhapure, (the nephew of Deenanath Mangeshkar) belonged from Kolhapur and her maternal grandmother hailed from Panaji, Goa. In an interview with The Hindustan Times, Kapoor revealed that she was raised as a Marathi as her maternal relatives lived in Maharashtra. She has said that she went through a tomboyish phase as a child and described herself as having a strong attitude, because of which she was deliberately picking fights with boys.
Kapoor’s family members include her father Shakti Kapoor and mother Shivangi Kapoor, her elder brother Siddhanth Kapoor, and her two aunts Padmini Kolhapure and Tejaswini Kolhapure are all actors in Indian Cinema. She is the great-niece of Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle, Meena Khadikar, Usha Mangeshkar, and Hridaynath Mangeshkar. Hailing from a family of actors, Kapoor desired to become an actress from a young age. Wearing her parents’ clothes, she used to rehearse film dialogues and dance to Bollywood songs in front of the mirror. She also accompanied her father to various shooting locations in her childhood. During one of David Dhawan‘s shoots, Kapoor befriended actor Varun Dhawan, to play with him, and they were holding a torch pretending to be a camera while delivering film lines to each other, and they were also dancing to Govinda‘s film songs.
Kapoor did her schooling at Jamnabai Narsee School and at the age of 15, she shifted to the American School of Bombay. In an interview with The Times of India, Shetty revealed that they all used to participate in dance competitions. Believing herself to be competitive at the age of 17, Kapoor played soccer and handball as she thought these games were challenging. When interviewed by The Hindustan Times in 2016, both Kapoor and Shroff admitted that they had a crush on each other in school, but never proposed to each other.
Kapoor then enrolled in Boston University to major in psychology, but she left in her freshman year to appear in her debut film after she was seen on Facebook by producer Ambika Hinduja, who cast her for a role in Teen Patti. In an interview with Filmfare magazine, Shakti Kapoor revealed that Kapoor was barely 16 years old when she was offered her first film, Lucky: No Time for Love by Salman Khan after he saw one of her school play performances, but she rejected the proposal as she was aspiring to become a psychologist. Kapoor was trained as a singer since her childhood as her maternal grandfather and mother are classical singers.
Career (Shraddha Kapoor Biography)
Career struggles and breakthroughs (2010–2016)
Kapoor made her acting debut in the 2010 drama Teen Patti, alongside Amitabh Bachchan, Ben Kingsley, and R. Madhavan. She played the role of a college girl. The film received generally negative reviews, though her performance was better received. Preeti Arora, writing for Rediff.com stated that: “though a bit raw, she has a lot of potentials.” Nikhat Kazmi reviewed: “Shraddha Kapoor makes an interesting debut as the edgy youngster who sheds her specs for sleaze, with alacrity.” Kapoor was nominated for the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut, but the film failed to do well at the box office. After her debut, she signed a three-film deal with Yash Raj Films and featured in their 2011 teen comedy Luv Ka The End, with Taaha Shah. Kapoor portrayed the lead role of a teenage student who plots against her boyfriend after he cheats on her. The film underperformed at the box office and received mixed reviews from critics. However, Kapoor’s performance received a positive critical reception. Taran Adarsh wrote: “Shraddha is a revelation, catching you unaware with a confident performance. She’s electrifying in the sequence when she breaks down after getting to know the true intentions of her lover.” For her performance, Kapoor received the Stardust Searchlight Award for Best Actress. Kapoor was subsequently offered the lead female role in Aurangzeb as a part of her deal with Yash Raj Films. However, she signed on to Vishesh Films’ Aashiqui 2 instead, thereby canceling the three-film contract with Yash Raj Films.
Kapoor began 2016 by featuring as star Tiger Shroff‘s love interest in the action drama Baaghi, about a pair of rebellious lovers set against the backdrop of a martial arts school. The role required her to practice Kalaripayattu (a martial art originating in the south of India). Shubhra Gupta of The Indian Express considered her character in it to be dated, but thought that she played the romantic and action sequences “well enough”. Commercially, the film performed well and collected a total of ₹1.26 billion (US$16 million).
Career struggles (2016–2017)
Kapoor’s final release in 2016 was the rock musical drama Rock On 2, a sequel to 2008’s Rock On!!. She was cast alongside Farhan Akhtar, Arjun Rampal, and Prachi Desai. She played the role of Jiah Sharma, an introverted singer and keyboard player, who suffers from a neglectful relationship with her father. To prepare, she spent time reading books in isolation and undertook vocal training under the singer Samantha Edwards. Namrata Joshi of The Hindu disliked the film and considered Kapoor’s performance “self-consciously meek and submissive”. Rock On 2 did not recoup its ₹450 million (US$5.6 million) investment.
Later in 2017, Kapoor appeared in Apoorva Lakhia’s Haseena Parkar, a biopic of terrorist Dawood Ibrahim‘s sister, who ran a crime ring of her own. Kapoor played the titular role, alongside her brother Siddhanth Kapoor, who essayed Ibrahim’s character. The film met with negative reviews; Anna M. M. Vetticad of Firstpost considered Kapoor’s performance to be as “bland as the screenplay”, adding that “she tries to appear mature and menacing, but the effort shows too much”. None of her 2017 releases performed well at the box office.
Commercial success (2018–present)
Kapoor next starred opposite Rajkummar Rao in the comedy horror film Stree (2018). Based on the Nale Ba legend, the film featured her as a mysterious, unnamed woman who falls in love with Rao’s character. The critic Saibal Chatterjee took note of the film’s feminist subtext and found Kapoor to be “suitably icy as the enigmatic woman”. Rajeev Masand opined that she “blends in nicely as the alluring out-of-towner with an air of mystery around her”. With gross earnings of over ₹1.7 billion (US$21 million), Stree emerged as her highest-grossing release to that point. In the same year, Kapoor reteamed with Shahid Kapoor in Batti Gul Meter Chalu, a social problem film about electricity issues in rural India. She agreed to the project due to the social message she found in the script. Filming was marred with a dispute when the studio KriArj Entertainment failed to remunerate the crew. Following a brief hiatus, production resumed after Bhushan Kumar took over the project. Writing for India Today, Charu Thakur noted that Kapoor “needs to go a long way as far as her acting skills are concerned”.
Kapoor began the new decade by reuniting with Dhawan in the dance film Street Dancer 3D (2020), which Namrata Joshi termed a “compilation of indistinguishable performances”. It did not perform well commercially. She then reteamed with Shroff in the spiritual sequel Baaghi 3. It underperformed commercially as theatres were shut due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Kapoor will next star opposite Ranbir Kapoor in Luv Ranjan’s romantic comedy Tu Jhoothi Main Makkaar, and in Nikhil Dwivedi’s film trilogy in which she will play the role of a shapeshifting serpent.
Other work and media image
In addition to acting in films, Kapoor has supported charitable organizations, performed for stage shows, and sung in her films. She has also ramp walked in the Lakme Fashion Week for various fashion designers and has been the cover model for several magazines. Kapoor is the brand ambassador of several products, including Lakmé, Veet, Lipton, Marico’s Hair & Care, and many others. Bollywood Hungama named her “one of the most wanted names” in the advertising industry. Later, in March 2015, she launched her own line of clothing for women, named Imara, in association with Amazon.com. In 2021, she invested in the beverage brand Shunya.
In 2016, Forbes magazine featured her as one of the most successful Asians under the age of 30 and the previous year, the Indian edition of the magazine featured her in their annual Celebrity 100 list with a total earning of US$1.3 million per year. The same year, she became the third most-followed Indian actress on Instagram with a total number of over 10 million followers. Kapoor has also gained recognition for her dressing sense. Various media outlets have praised her sense of style, and have been considered for ramp walks by several fashion designers. In 2016, she was featured among the highest-paid actresses in Bollywood with a total earning of ₹50 million (US$630,000) per film. In 2018, Eastern Eye featured her as one of the eight sexiest women in Bollywood. In 2020, Kapoor became the third most followed Indian celebrity on Instagram and she was named the Hottest Vegetarian by Peta India. In 2021, Shraddha was featured in a documentary Tails of Boo Boo & Cuddly Poo that highlighted the plight of stray animals.
Filmography (Shraddha Kapoor Biography)
|Denotes films that have not yet been released|
|2010||Teen Patti||Aparna Khanna|
|2011||Luv Ka The End||Rhea Dialdas|
|2013||Aashiqui 2||Arohi Keshav Shirke|
|Gori Tere Pyaar Mein||Vasudha Natarajan||Cameo|
|2014||Ek Villain||Aisha Verma|
|Ungli||Basanti||Special appearance in song “Dance Basanti”|
|2015||ABCD 2||Vinita “Vinnie” Sharma|
|A Flying Jatt||Unnamed||Cameo|
|Rock On 2||Jiah Sharma|
|2017||Ok Jaanu||Tara Agnihotri|
|Half Girlfriend||Riya Somani|
|Haseena Parkar||Haseena Parkar|
|2018||Nawabzaade||Unnamed||Special appearance in song “High Rated Gabru”|
|Batti Gul Meter Chalu||Lalita “Nauti” Nautiyal|
|2019||Saaho||Amritha “Amu” Nair||Simultaneously shot in Telugu|
|Chhichhore||Maya Sharma Pathak|
|2020||Street Dancer 3D||Inayat Naazi|
|Baaghi 3||Siya Nandan|
|2022||Bhediya||Unnamed||Special appearance in the song “Thumkeshwari”|
|2023||Tu Jhoothi Main Makkaar||TBA||Completed|
|2021||“Kill Chori”||Ash King, Nikhita Gandhi|
|2015||“Bezubaan Phir Se”||ABCD 2|
|“Tere Mere Dil”||Rock On 2|
|2017||“Phir Bhi Tumko Chaahungi”||Half Girlfriend|
|2021||“Hum Hindustani”||Non-album single|
Accolades (Shraddha Kapoor Biography)
|2013||Aashiqui 2||BIG Star Entertainment Awards||Best Romantic Couple||Won|
|Most Entertaining Film Actor – Female||Nominated|
|Most Entertaining Actor in a Romantic Role – Female||Nominated|
|2014||Screen Awards||Best Actress||Nominated|
|Best Actress (Popular Choice)||Nominated|
|Jodi No. 1 (along with Aditya Roy Kapur)||Won|
|Star Guild Awards||Jodi of the Year (along with Aditya Roy Kapur)||Won|
|Filmfare Awards||Best Actress||Nominated|
|Zee Cine Awards||Best Actor – Female||Nominated|
|Gori Tere Pyaar Mein||Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Female)||Nominated|
|2015||Haider||Mirchi Music Awards||Upcoming Female Vocalist of the Year (for Do Jahaan)||Nominated|
|Screen Awards||Best Ensemble Cast (along with Shahid Kapoor)||Nominated|
|Stardust Awards||Best Actress in a Drama||Nominated|
|Superstar of Tomorrow – Female||Nominated|
|BIG Star Entertainment Awards||Most Entertaining Actor in a Romantic Film – Female||Nominated|
|Ek Villain||Most Entertaining Actor (Film) – Female||Nominated|
|Most Entertaining Actor in a Thriller Film – Female||Nominated|
|Global Indian Music Academy Awards||Best Celebrity Singer of the Year||Won|
|Best Music Debut||Nominated|
|Screen Awards||Best Actor Popular (Female)||Nominated|
|Mirchi Music Awards||Upcoming Female Vocalist of the Year (for Galliyan)||Nominated|
|2016||ABCD 2||Upcoming Female Vocalist of the Year (for Bezubaan Phir Se)||Nominated|
|International Indian Film Academy Awards||Best Actress||Nominated|
|2019||Chhichhore||Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards India||Favorite Movie Actress||Won|
|2020||Zee Cine Awards||Best Actor – Female||Nominated|