Janhvi Kapoor

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Janhvi Kapoor
Janhvi Kapoor at an event for Umang 2020 (77) (cropped).jpg
Kapoor in 2020
Born (1997-03-06) 6 March 1997 (age 25)
Years active2018–present
Boney Kapoor
RelativesSee Kapoor family

Janhvi Kapoor (born 6 March 1997) is an Indian actress who works in Hindi films. Born to Sridevi and Boney Kapoor, she made her acting debut in 2018 with the romantic drama Dhadak, which was a commercial success. Kapoor went on to receive a nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Actress for playing the titular aviator in the biopic Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl (2020).

Early life

Janhvi Kapoor was born on 6 March 1997.[1][2] Her father is Boney Kapoor, the son of the late filmmaker Surinder Kapoor, and the founder of the Anil Kapoor Films Company.[3] Her mother is actress Sridevi, titled the "First Female Superstar" of Indian cinema and one of its most influential actresses. She is the niece of film actors Anil Kapoor and Sanjay Kapoor.[4] She has one younger sister, Khushi, and two half siblings, actor Arjun Kapoor and Anshula Kapoor from her father's first marriage.[5] Kapoor lost her mother at age 21, when she was found dead of an accidental drowning in her guest room at the Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.[6]

Kapoor studied at Dhirubhai Ambani International School in Mumbai. Before making her film debut, she took an acting course from Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in California.[1]


Kapoor in 2018

Kapoor made her acting debut in 2018 with the Shashank Khaitan-directed romance Dhadak, co-starring Ishaan Khatter. A Hindi-language remake of the 2016 Marathi film Sairat, it featured her as a young upper-class girl whose life turns tragic after she elopes with a lower-class boy (played by Khatter). The film received predominantly negative reviews,[7] but with a worldwide collection of 1.1 billion, it proved to be a commercial success.[8][9] Writing for News18, Rajeev Masand criticised the film for removing caste-based references and deemed it inferior to the original, but felt Kapoor had "a fragility that makes her instantly endearing, and a soulful quality that makes it hard to take your eyes off her on screen".[10] Conversely, Anna M. M. Vetticad of Firstpost thought that she "lacks personality and delivers a colourless performance".[11] She won the Zee Cine Award for Best Female Debut.[12] In the same year, the cosmetics brand Nykaa selected Kapoor to be their brand ambassador.[13]

Kapoor's next screen appearance came in 2020 when she starred in Zoya Akhtar's segment in the Netflix horror anthology film Ghost Stories.[14] Shubhra Gupta of The Indian Express disliked the segments but added that the "only real surprise comes from Janhvi Kapoor in a solid, real act".[15] She then took on the titular role of aviator Gunjan Saxena in the biopic Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl, which due to the COVID-19 pandemic could not be released theatrically and instead streamed on Netflix.[16] In preparation, she spent time with Saxena, underwent physical training, and learned the body language of an air force officer.[17] Saibal Chatterjee of NDTV described Kapoor's performance as "passably steady" while Rahul Desai of Film Companion was more appreciative of her "deceptively private performance" which he considered to be "pitch-perfect".[18][19]

In 2021, Kapoor played a dual role opposite Rajkummar Rao in the comedy horror film Roohi.[20] The film was theatrically released in India on 11 March 2021 after several delays due to the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.[21] The film and Kapoor's performance received poor reviews from critics[22][23] and was deemed a box office failure.[24]

Kapoor will next star in Good Luck Jerry, a Hindi adaptation of the 2018 Tamil film Kolamavu Kokila, produced by Aanand L. Rai.[25] She will then star in Mili with Sunny Kaushal, a remake of Helen.[26] Kapoor also has committed to the sports film Mr and Mrs Mahi with Rao[27] and the action film Bawaal with Varun Dhawan.[28]



Year Title Role(s) Notes Ref.
2018 Dhadak Parthavi Singh Rathore [29]
2020 Ghost Stories Sameera Zoya Akhtar's segment [30]
Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl Gunjan Saxena [31]
2021 Roohi Roohi Arora / Afzana Bedi [32]
2022 Good Luck Jerry Film has yet to be released Jerry Completed [33]
Mili Film has yet to be released Mili Completed [34]
Mr And Mrs Mahi Film has yet to be released Mahima Mahi Filming [35]
2023 Bawaal Film has yet to be released TBA Filming [36]

Music video

Year Title Singer(s) Composer Notes Ref.
2020 "Kudi Nu Nachne De" Vishal Dadlani, Sachin–Jigar Sachin–Jigar, Tanishk Bagchi Promotional song for Angrezi Medium [37]

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2019 Filmfare Awards Best Female Debut Dhadak Nominated [38]
IIFA Awards Star Debut of the Year – Female Nominated [39]
Zee Cine Awards Best Female Debut Won [40]
2020 Filmfare Awards Best Actress in a Leading Role Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl Nominated [41]

See also


  1. ^ a b "Anshula Kapoor shares a glimpse of Janhvi Kapoor's birthday celebrations. Watch video". India Today. 6 March 2020. Retrieved 18 June 2020.
  2. ^ "Janhvi Kapoor shares a throwback picture of Boney Kapoor and late Sridevi". Business Standard. 2 June 2019.
  3. ^ "Sonam Kapoor: My love life has been unsuccessful". Gulf News. 18 June 2013. Archived from the original on 4 October 2015. Retrieved 3 October 2015.
  4. ^ N, Patsy. "Sonam is a better actor than Anil". Rediff.com. Archived from the original on 2 January 2011. Retrieved 3 August 2010.
  5. ^ "Arjun Kapoor, Khushi, Anshula come together for father Boney Kapoor at Maidaan mahurat ceremony. See pics". Hindustan Times. 22 August 2019. Retrieved 29 October 2021.
  6. ^ "Reports: Bollywood icon Sridevi dies aged 54". Al Jazeera. Archived from the original on 6 April 2019. Retrieved 24 February 2018.
  7. ^ "Dhadak: Critics give film thumbs down". Gulf News. 21 July 2018. Retrieved 17 November 2018.
  8. ^ "The Real Winner With Dhadak". Box Office India. 25 July 2018. Archived from the original on 25 July 2018. Retrieved 27 July 2018.
  9. ^ "Box Office: Worldwide Collections and Day wise breakup of Dhadak". Bollywood Hungama. Archived from the original on 2 August 2018. Retrieved 5 September 2018.
  10. ^ Masand, Rajeev (20 July 2018). "Caste Away". RajeevMasand.com. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
  11. ^ Anna M. M. Vetticad. "Dhadak movie review: Janhvi-Ishaan are so-so in an insipid Sairat remake that is afraid to discuss caste". Firstpost.
  12. ^ "Zee Cine Awards full winners list: Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone win big". India Today. 20 March 2019. Retrieved 25 March 2019.
  13. ^ "Girls should be unapologetic about what they want: Janhvi Kapoor". Business Standard. 12 September 2018. Retrieved 17 November 2018.
  14. ^ Farzeen, Sana (31 December 2019). "Janhvi Kapoor: Working with Zoya Akhtar was my biggest takeaway from Ghost Stories". The Indian Express. Retrieved 1 January 2020.
  15. ^ Gupta, Shubhra (31 December 2019). "Ghost Stories review: Where are the scares?". The Indian Express. Retrieved 1 January 2020.
  16. ^ "Netflix's Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl to premiere on August 12". The Indian Express. 25 June 2020. Retrieved 16 July 2020.
  17. ^ Jhunjhunwala, Udita (10 August 2020). "Janhvi Kapoor on 'Gunjan Saxena': 'I really want to touch people's lives'". Mint. Retrieved 10 August 2020.
  18. ^ Chatterjee, Saibal (10 August 2020). "Gunjan Saxena - The Kargil Girl Movie Review: Spry Biopic Flies Light With Passably Steady Janhvi Kapoor". NDTV. Retrieved 10 August 2020.
  19. ^ Desai, Rahul (10 August 2020). "Gunjan Saxena Starring Janhvi Kapoor Is A Potent Biopic That Juxtaposes Passion With Legacy". Film Companion. Retrieved 10 August 2020.
  20. ^ "Janhvi Kapoor a sincere and hardworking actor: Rajkummar Rao on Rooh-Afza co-star". The New Indian Express. 14 July 2019. Retrieved 25 July 2019.
  21. ^ "Rajkummar Rao, Janhvi Kapoor, Varun Sharma's horror-comedy renamed Roohi, film to release on March 11 in theatres". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 14 February 2021.
  22. ^ "Roohi movie review and release LIVE UPDATES: Janhvi, Rajkummar Rao film fails to impress". The Indian Express. 11 March 2021. Retrieved 12 March 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  23. ^ "'Roohi' 4 days box office collection report: Rajkummar Rao-starrer has a good first weekend". Deccan Herald. 15 March 2021. Retrieved 16 March 2021.
  24. ^ "Roohi Box Office". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 3 April 2021.
  25. ^ "Janhvi Kapoor shares pics as she wraps Good Luck Jerry: 'So many things have happened, evolved, learnt and unlearnt'". Hindustan Times. 20 March 2021. Retrieved 21 March 2021.
  26. ^ "Janhvi Kapoor's Hindi remake of 'Helen' titled 'Mili'". BizAsia. 5 August 2021. Archived from the original on 5 August 2021. Retrieved 15 February 2022.
  27. ^ "Karan Johar announces 'Mr and Mrs Mahi' featuring Rajkummar Rao and Janhvi Kapoor". Times Of India. 22 November 2021. Retrieved 10 April 2022.
  28. ^ "Varun Dhawan & Janhvi Kapoor to do 'Bawaal' in theatres soon, roped in as leads in Nitesh Tiwari's film". Pinkvilla. 30 March 2022.
  29. ^ "Dhadak first look: Janhvi Kapoor has Sridevi's charm and Ishaan Khatter is Bollywood's next chocolate boy". The Indian Express. Retrieved 15 November 2017.
  30. ^ "Mrunal Thakur, Avinash Tiwary to star in Karan Johar's Ghost Stories". India Today. 18 September 2019. Retrieved 20 September 2019.
  31. ^ "Janhvi Kapoor Starrer Gunjan Saxena The Kargil Girl to Release on Netflix". News18. 9 June 2020.
  32. ^ "Janhvi Kapoor, Rajkummar Rao's Roohi Afza Titled Changed Again to Roohi Afzana". News18. 3 January 2020. Retrieved 6 January 2020.
  33. ^ "Janhvi Kapoor announces Good Luck Jerry's wrap with aesthetic pictures from the set". Bollywood Hungama. 20 March 2021. Retrieved 21 March 2021.
  34. ^ "Janhvi Kapoor Wraps Up Filming 'Mili', Pens Down Heartfelt Note For Boney Kapoor: 'My First Film With Papa'". ABP News. 26 November 2021. Retrieved 26 November 2021.
  35. ^ "Rajkummar Rao and Janhvi Kapoor starrer Mr. and Mrs. Mahi goes on floors in Mumbai". Bollywood Hungama. 9 May 2022. Retrieved 9 May 2022.
  36. ^ "Sajid Nadiadwala's Bawaal starring Varun Dhawan and Janhvi Kapoor goes on floors". Bollywood Hungama. 10 April 2022. Retrieved 11 April 2022.
  37. ^ "Angrezi Medium Song Kudi Nu Nachne De: Alia Bhatt, Katrina Kaif And Anushka Sharma Will Set Your Mood For The Week". NDTV. 4 March 2020. Archived from the original on 5 March 2020. Retrieved 5 March 2020.
  38. ^ "Filmfare Awards - 2019". Jio Cinema. Retrieved 19 November 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  39. ^ "Inside IIFA 2019: Everything that happened at the awards night". The Indian Express. 19 September 2019. Retrieved 19 November 2021.
  40. ^ "Zee Cine Awards 2019: Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone win big". The Indian Express. 20 March 2019. Retrieved 19 November 2021.
  41. ^ "Janhvi Kapoor- Best Actor in Leading Role Female Nominee | Filmfare Awards". filmfare.com. Retrieved 19 November 2021.

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