Shraddha Kapoor (born 3 March 1987) is an Indian actress who works in Hindi-language films. She features in listings of the most popular  and highest-paid actresses in the country. She 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 for 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 the celebrity endorser for several brands and products, in 2015, she launched her own line of clothing.

Early life and background

Kapoor with her father Shakti Kapoor, who appeared in a cameo in her debut film.

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, 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 since 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 it 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, where she was schoolmate with actress Athiya Shetty and actor Tiger Shroff. 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 the 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.

Filmography

Films

Year Title Role Notes
2010 Teen Patti Aparna Khanna
2011 Luv Ka The End Rhea Dialdas
2013 Aashiqui 2 Arohi Keshav Shirke
Gori Tere Pyaar Mein Vasudha Natarajan
2014 Ek Villain Aisha Verma
Haider Arshia Lone
Ungli Basanti Special appearance in song “Dance Basanti”
2015 ABCD 2 Vinita “Vinnie” Sharma
2016 Baaghi Siya Khurana
A Flying Jatt Herself Cameo
Rock On 2 Jiah Sharma
2017 Ok Jaanu Tara Agnihotri
Half Girlfriend Riya Somani
Haseena Parkar Haseena Parkar
2018 Nawabzaade Herself Special appearance in song “High Rated Gabru”
Stree Unnamed
Batti Gul Meter Chalu Lalita “Nauti” Nautiyal
2019 Saaho Amritha “Amu” Nair Hindi, Telugu and Tamil film
Chhichhore Maya Pathak (née Sharma)
2020 Street Dancer 3D Inayat Naazi
Baaghi 3 Siya Nandan
2023 Untitled Luv Ranjan film The film has not yet been released TBA Filmin

Music video

 
Year Title Singer(s) Ref.
2021 “Kill Chori” Ash King, Nikhita Gandhi

Discography

Year Track Album Ref.
2014 “Galliyan” Ek Villain
“Do Jahaan” Haider
2015 “Bezubaan Phir Se” ABCD 2
2016 “Sab Tera” Baaghi
“Tere Mere Dil” Rock On 2
“Udja Re”
“Woh Jahaan”
“Rock On-Revisited”
2017 “Phir Bhi Tumko Chaahungi” Half Girlfriend
2021 “Hum Hindustani” Non-album single

Accolades

Shraddha Kapoor awards and nominations
Shraddha Kapoor at Max stardust award 2012.jpg

Shraddha Kapoor at Max stardust award 2012
Totals
Wins 5
Nominations 21

Note
Year Film Award Category Result Ref.
2011 Teen Patti Filmfare Awards Best Female Debut Nominated
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