Shraddha Kapoor (born 3 March 1989) is an Indian film actress and singer who works in Bollywood films. 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 gained wide public recognition for her role in the highly successful romantic drama 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 the critically acclaimed drama Haider, an adaptation of William Shakespeare’s tragedy Hamlet. Kapoor’s biggest commercial successes include the thriller Ek Villain (2014) and the dance film ABCD 2 (2015), both of which earned over ₹1 billion (US$15 million) worldwide. As a singer, she has sung several of her film songs.
Kapoor was born and raised in Mumbai into a mixed ethnic family. On her father’s side, Kapoor is of Punjabi descent, and on her mother’s side, she is of predominantly Marathi ancestry. She has said that she went through a tomboyish phase as a child. Kapoor’s family members, including her father Shakti Kapoor and mother Shivangi Kapoor, her elder brother Siddhanth Kapoor, her two aunts Padmini Kolhapure and Tejaswini Kolhapure are actors in films.
She did her schooling at Jamnabai Narsee School and then enrolled in the American School of Bombay. While there she played soccer and handball competitively as she believed these games were challenging. Later, she went to Boston University, but subsequently left 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. Kapoor was trained as a singer since her childhood as her maternal grandfather and mother are classical singers and later marked her singing debut in the 2014 romantic track Galliyan.