One of the hottest and successful new-age leading ladies of Bollywood, Shraddha Kapoor shot to fame overnight with Aashiqui 2. Shraddha has time and again proved her mettle in films like Ek Villain, ABCD 2, Haider. Although her last few recently released movies didn't create much brouhaha at the box office, there's no doubting how talented this petite actress is. Coming from a lineage of the versatile actor Shakti Kapoor and Shivangi Kolhapure Kapoor, her older brother Siddhant Kapoor is busy making his mark in the industry as an assistant director and an actor, her aunt Padmini Kolhapure was yesteryear's leading lady and her another aunt Tejaswini Kolhapure too is an actor. Shraddha Kapoor comes from a total filmy family!
The Kapoor girl has established a prominent name for herself in the industry at a very young age. Besides being an actor she's also tried her hands successfully at music and costume designing. She partnered with Anjana Reddy of USPL to launch her fashion label 'Imara'.
The beautiful leading lady Shraddha Kapoor has a lot more to offer than what meets the eyes, including her dating history. Here are 17 lesser known facts about Ms Kapoor.
Relax! It's just that she's scared of lightning and needs someone's hand to hold when lightning strikes (got your hopes high, didn't you?). Lightning is her biggest fear of all and has been since her childhood days.
She's obsessed with chai and sips on it to stay calm and deal with all her issues. Shraddha loves to have a cup of tea happily sitting in the sea-facing corner of her apartment.
She enrolled herself to major in psychology but dropped out as her Bollywood calling was too strong. She studied till class VIII in Jamnabai Narsee School in Juhu, Mumbai and then went on to American School of Bombay for further studies and then Boston.
A hardcore foodie (ahem!), she's a huge sushi fan and enjoys Japanese food. Besides, she also loves her fish in curry and fried. Jalebi is one of her favourite sweets.
She loves adventure and is a certified scuba diver. Also, she was an athletic person during her school years as she was very active in sports especially soccer, handball and other ball games. She went through a tomboyish phase and had a strong attitude problem where she deliberately picked up fight with boys.
Her Bollywood connection doesn't stop at her father Shakti Kapoor, brother Siddhant Kapoor, and aunt Padmini and Tejaswini Kolhapure. She is related to the goddess of melody Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhonsle and was trained as a singer since childhood.
Quite an interesting, therapeutic and rare hobby for an actress! She has a personal garden in her house and loves to grow roses, aloe vera, hibiscus, tulsi, mogra and other small home grown plants. Ms Kapoor personally takes care of her plants and garden.
Besides acting, singing, dancing she can also speak in various accents like a pro including British and Russian. She actually showed her hidden skills on a television show and left all wide-eyed.
Salman Khan saw her performance in a play at the Boston University and offered her a movie when she was just 16 years of age but Shraddha Kapoor rejected the offer as she was aspiring to become a psychologist.
She's got this fan-girl crush on Johnny Depp and closer home, Hrithik Roshan. We totally get it Shraddha!
She had a three-film deal with YRF where in her first film 'Luv Ka The End' she played a teen girlfriend and she stepped out of the deal before her second film as she signed Vishesh Films Aashiqui 2 and we all know how it turned out for her.
She worships Big B and debuted with the legend himself in 'Teen Patti' which bombed at the Box Office. It was due to her first failure that she was dropped out of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's 'My Friend Pinto'.
She's time and again revealed how she thinks of her father Shakti Kapoor as her superhero. He used to come home all decked up in his filmy attires and little Shraddha though her daddy had supernatural powers. Her favourite all time movie of her father is 'Andaz Apna Apna' and she openly says she can never reach the height of her father's stardom as his body of work includes a huge diversity of 700 films and counting.
She believes whichever film of hers Shakti Kapoor watches in Delhi becomes a huge hit at the box office. It has happened with Aashiqui 2, Ek Villian and Haider. Looks like Shakti would be making a lot of rounds to the capital for Shraddha's upcoming movies.
She is half Punjabi, half Maharashtrian as her father Shakti Kapoor is Punjabi and mother Shivangi Kolhapure Kapoor is a Maharashtrian. She's already making it big in Bollywood and is open to offers from Marathi cinema as well. She was quoted, "I have not got any offers from Marathi films, but I never say never. I am greedy for a great opportunity."
She didn't go through extensive rounds of auditions or workshop not because of her family lineage, but because she was spotted on FB. She was discovered by the famous movie producer Ambika Hinduja.
Guru Dutt's 'Pyaasa' is one of her favourite films as she is a die-hard romantic. Shraddha has been linked romantically to various co-stars including her Aashiqui 2 beau Aditya Roy Kapoor, Varun Dhawan and the latest to join, Farhan Akthar.