Happy Birthday, Shraddha Kapoor. Lights, Camera, Action@32

March 03, 2019 10:35
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    From Teen Patti to Stree, Shraddha Kapoor, 32 today, has come a long way in Bollywood. Looking back at her life, Shraddha Kapoor has grown from being just a celebrity kid to becoming one of film critics' favourite actresses. Let's take a look at her journey so far.

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    Shraddha, the daughter of actor Shakti Kapoor and Shivangi Kolhapure, was born in Mumbai. She completed her schooling from Jamnabai Narsee School and later joined the American School of Bombay. Shraddha's family includes many talented actors including her two aunts Padmini and Tejaswini Kolhapure as well as older brother Siddhanth Kapoor.

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    She has featured in 13 films, so far, and has an amazing line-up of projects, including a one with Telugu actor Prabhas, of Baahubali fame. Shraddha didn't have a winning start in her Bollywood career.

    Her debut film Teen Patti 2010 starring Amitabh Bachchan, Ben Kingsley and R Madhavan failed to create a mark at the box office. She was first spotted by producer Ambika Hinduja on Facebook, who then cast her in his 2010 film Teen Patti. Shradhha was appreciated for her role of a college girl in the film and also won a Filmfare nomination for Best Female Debut.

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    In 2011, Shraddha played the female lead in Luv Ka The End, a film inspired by the Hollywood movie John Tucker Must Die. The film failed to succeed at the box office but Shraddha was much appreciated by the critics.

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    Shraddha took Bollywood by storm with Mohit Suri's romantic film Aashiqui 2 in 2013, a sequel of sorts to the 1990 blockbuster hit Aashiqui. History repeated itself and Aashiqui 2 was a super hit.

    Shraddha received several nominations in the Best Actress category, including one at the Filmfare Awards for her role of a small-town singer Aarohi Keshav Shirke, who rises to be a successful playback singer in the film industry. Film critic Anupama Chopra called Shraddha a "real triumph".

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    She was also seen in a special appearance in Kareena Kapoor and Imran Khan's Gori Tere Pyaar Mein the same year. Shraddha played the role of Imran's fiancee in the film.

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    Shraddha reunited with director Mohit Suri for Ek Villain in 2014. She played actor Sidharth Malhotra's terminally-ill wife, murdered by a serial killer in the film. Ek Villain won both commercial success and critical acclaim. Shraddha also made her singing debut with song Galliyan from Ek Villain, for which she won the 'Best Celebrity Singer' GiMA award.

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    She was next seen as a journalist in director Vishal Bhardwaj's Haider, an adaptation of William Shakespeare's Hamlet. Shraddha played the female lead opposite actor Shahid Kapoor in the film. Shraddha was hailed by the critics for convincingly portraying varied nuances of her character in the film.

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    Shraddha was also seen grooving to the item number Dance Basanti in Kangana Ranaut and Emraan Hashmi's Ungli in 2014.

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    Shradhha next starred in Remo D'Souza's dance film ABCD 2, the sequel to 2013's ABCD: Any Body Can Dance. She performed various dance forms like B-boying and hip-hop in the film with actor Varun Dhawan.

    Varun, Shraddha and Remo have teamed up again for another dance film Street Dancer.

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    In 2016, Shraddha appeared in two films Baaghi with Tiger Shroff and Rock On 2 with Farhan Akhtar, Arjun Rampal and Purab Kohli. These films did mediocre business.

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    Next Shraddha reunited with her Aashiqui 2 co-star Aditya Roy Kapur for Shaad Ali-directed OK Jaanu, a remake of Mani Ratnam's hit Tamil film OK Kanmani. OK Jaanu also had a lukewarm run at the box office.

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    She was next seen in 2017's films Haseena: The Queen of Mumbai and Mohit Suri's Half Girlfriend. Haseena, a biopic on Dawood Ibrahim's sister Haseena Parkar, united her with her brother Siddhanth Kapoor first time onscreen. In Half Girlfriend, based on Chetan Bhagat's novel of the same name, she was cast opposite Arjun Kapoor.

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    Between the success of Stree and the failure of Batti Gul Meter Chalu, 2018 was a year of mixed emotions for Shraddha. The success story of Stree, co-starring Rajkummar Rao, Pankaj Tripathi and Aparshakti Khurana, makes for a brilliant case study. The film was reportedly made in less than Rs 25 crore and it went on to collected over Rs 100 crore. Stree benefitted from its unique plot, rave critic reviews and excellent word-of-mouth opinion of cinephiles.

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    2019 is a promising year for Shraddha Kapoor as she is looking forward to the release of Saaho, co-starring Prabhas. She is also filming Street Dancer with Varun Dhawan and she's also working on the biopic based on the life and struggle of badminton player Saina Nehwal.

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    Happy Birthday, Shraddha Kapoor.

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