Birthday Special – From Teen Patti to Street Dancer, the Meteoric Rise of Shraddha Kapoor in Bollywood




With the beautiful Shraddha Kapoor’s birthday around the corner, I thought it would be a good idea to look back at her journey in Bollywood.

One would think that her journey in Bollywood would be easy since her father Shakti Kapoor and aunt Padmini Kolhapure are from the industry. But that is far from true. Though her performances were appreciated, her initial films Teen Patti and Love Ka The End, didn’t manage to make a big splash at the box office.

But then everything changed once Aashiqui 2 arrived. Right from the hit song Tum Hi Ho going viral to the blockbuster collection of the movie, Shraddha Kapoor made her arrival felt in Bollywood with her brilliant performance.

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Her next success too came with Aashiqui 2 director Mohit Suri’s Ek Villain. Her heart-breaking performance as the lively Aisha made many weep, especially during the scene with Ritesh Deshmukh (still gives me goosebumps). Also, the audience was introduced to Shraddha as a singer with a beautiful rendition of the famous song ‘Teri Galliyan’.

After Ek Villain, Shraddha Kapoor won over audiences in a whole new space with Vishal Bharadwaj’s Haider. An adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Shraddha won over critics with her critics with her nuanced portrayal of Arshia, inspired by Hamlet’s Ophelia.

Till that point, Shraddha had covered a range of genres from rom-coms to thrillers, but there was one genre in which she truly surprised audience – the dance film. With ABCD 2, she made audiences sit up and notice as she made everyone go wow, despite being amongst some of the best dancers in the country, including Varun Dhawan. Now, that was something that people still look back to, revisiting songs like Sun Saathiya and Bezubaan Phir Se.

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Just as audiences were appreciating her as a spectacular dancer along with her acting chops, she threw another surprise at the audience with her action avatar in Baaghi. Watching her throw those hard punches, made people (also me) go WOW like never before.

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After this point, there were few hiccups in her success streak, with some of her movies not working that well at the box office. But then who knew, that she would rise up at the box office with her biggest hit till date. Yes, I am talking about the blockbuster horror comedy Stree. Apart from being a spectacular entertainer with laughter and scares in equal measure, Shraddha Kapoor’s unnamed character lead to immense speculation, especially with regards to the sequel. How often does that happen?

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Also, 2018 had Batti Gul Meter Chalu, where we got the chance to hear her speak in the Pahari accent. (I lost the count of times I would watch Batti Gul Meter Chalu full movie online on ZEE5, just for that) The way she picked up that accent was commendable and so was her entertaining performance as Nauti.

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Now, at this point, she has some great projects that can continue her reign over the box-office. First of all, there is Baahubali fame Prabhas’s next trilingual Saaho, Nitesh Tiwari’s (director of Dangal) next Chhichiore opposite Sushant Singh Rajput and Remo D’souza’s Street Dancer with Varun Dhawan. Also, with the popularity of biopics on an all-time high, Shraddha Kapoor takes on the challenge by playing Saina Nehwal in her biopic, directed by Amole Gupte.

Phew! That’s a lot of awesome movies stacked up together. With such incredible movies in the future, Shraddha’s meteoric rise in Bollywood is showing no signs of slowing down.

 

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