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Happy Birthday, Shraddha Kapoor. Rocking On@33

March 03, 2020 08:41
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    From Teen Patti to Street Dancer 3D, Shraddha Kapoor, 33 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' and audiences' 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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    Shraddha Kapoor's 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.

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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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    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.

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Next, Shraddha co-starred with Shahid Kapoor and Yami Gautam in Batti Gul Meter Chalu in the same year, which dealt with the issue of electricity shortage in the state of Uttarakhand.

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    In 2019, Shraddha played the role of a task-force agent in Saaho, which was headlined by Telugu superstar Prabhas of Baahubali fame. Shraddha and Prabhas' film opened to mixed reviews but successfully ruled the box office.

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    Shraddha's performance in Chhichhore and her on screen chemistry with Sushant Singh Rajput made headlines next. Directed by Nitesh Tiwari, Chhichhore turned out to be a sleeper hit.

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    In 2019, Varun, Shraddha and Remo teamed up again for another dance film Street Dancer 3D, which garnered mixed reviews and decent box office numbers. In his review for NDTV, film critic Saibal Chatterjee wrote: "Street Dancer 3D is strictly for dance junkies."

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    Shraddha Kapoor is currently awaiting the release of Baaghi 3, in which she reunites with her Baaghi co-star Tiger Shroff. The film hits screens on March 24.

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    Happy Birthday, Shraddha Kapoor!

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