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), the dance film ABCD 2 (2015), and the action drama Baaghi (2016), all of which earned over ₹1 billion (US$15 million) worldwide. As a singer, she has sung several of her film songs.
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 “[t]hough a bit raw, she has a lot of potential.” 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.
In addition to acting in films, Kapoor has supported charitable organisations, performed for stage shows and sang in her films. In 2011, she walked the ramps of Lakme Fashion Week and India International Jewellery Week. In late 2013, she performed in a fundraising event organized by STAR India.