“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.”
There cannot be a better quote to describe Shraddha Kapoor, the current generation’s superstar, who turns 29 today.
Kapoor made her acting debut with Teen Patti in 2010. Failing to acquire any recognition with her maiden venture, she moved on to Luv Ka The End in 2011, but that too sank without a trace.
It was the Mohit Suri directorial, Aashiqui 2, that elevated her to the skies of stardom.
Ever since then, there has been no looking back for this go-getter girl.
From 2013 to 2016, she has delivered 5 consecutive successes, a feat not even the biggest of actors have accomplished. So on this celebratory occasion, it’s time to revisit her most coruscating characters from those very money-spinners.
The role that changed her life, in Kapoor’s own words, AASHIQUI 2 saw the actor portray the role of Aarohi Keshav Shirke, who endeavors to be a singing sensation in the world of music. Gifted with a melancholic voice and piquant face, she made Aarohi’s aspirations, reveries and heartbreak completely palpable. A far cry from those lurid attires, Kapoor’s simplicity and sanguineness in her demeanor still continue to charm a million hearts.
It’s not easy to be swayed away by a motormouth. The protagonists in this thriller were like chalk and cheese. Kapoor donned the role of Aisha Tiwari, a feisty, free-spirited girl, brimming with enthusiasm and positivity. Never ceasing an opportunity to crack a lame joke, she brought immense likability and innocence to Aisha. It was quite dejecting to see her character end with so much pain and sorrow.
Vishal Bharadwaj has truly carved a niche for himself in Hindi Cinema. Mostly esoteric, sometimes entertaining, his films have created such dark and disturbing characters, it’s hard not to be fascinated or flabbergasted by them.
This was Kapoor’s first collaboration with the maverick filmmaker, the entrance of spark into solemnity. Essaying the role of a journalist, Arshia, the actor brought both quietness and warmth in her persona, and on a few occasions, humor too. However, numbed by the traumatic death of her father at the hands of the man she deeply loves, her character concludes in dolor and devastation.
With some breathtaking and never-seen-before moves, Kapoor collaborated with ace choreographer Remo D’ Souza for his third directorial outing. Paired opposite Varun Dhawan, she showed some unconventional and vibrant dancing skills. ABCD 2 is your optimal dance drama that is powered by the leading female star’s sizzling persona.
A treat for all the action aficionados, Baaghi saw the birthday girl in the role of Sia. It’s not easy to be in the same frame as Tiger Shroff when it comes to shaking a leg or breaking legs, but Kapoor was his perfect inamorata. She displayed an untapped side of hers by walloping the living daylights of the goons and kicking butts to deliver enough bang for your bucks. Watch it to know what a girl can be capable of.