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Vaani Kapoor
Kapoor at the 2018 Lakme Fashion Week
Born (1988-08-23) 23 August 1988 (age 35)
Delhi, India
Alma materIndira Gandhi National Open University
OccupationActress
Years active2013–present

Vaani Kapoor (born 23 August 1988)[1] is an Indian actress who works in Hindi films. After completing a bachelor's degree in tourism studies, she made her acting debut with the romantic comedy film Shuddh Desi Romance, for which she received the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut.[2]

After facing criticism for her performances in the Tamil film Aaha Kalyanam (2014) and Befikre (2016), Kapoor took a three-year hiatus. She has since played brief roles of the love interest in action films, such as War (2019), and gained praise for starring as a transgender woman in the romantic comedy Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui (2021).

Early life and education[edit]

Kapoor was born in Delhi, India, into a Punjabi Hindu family.[3] Kapoor's father Shiv Kapoor is a furniture exports entrepreneur and her mother Dimpy Kapoor is a teacher-turned marketing executive. She did her schooling from Mata Jai Kaur Public School in Ashok Vihar, North West Delhi. Later she enrolled in Indira Gandhi National Open University at Maidan Garhi, completing a bachelor's degree in tourism studies, after which she took up an internship with Oberoi Hotels & Resorts in Jaipur, Rajasthan and later worked for ITC Hotel. She was signed by the Elite Model Management for modeling projects.[4]

Career[edit]

Early success and hiatus (2013–2017)[edit]

Kapoor with her co-stars Sushant Singh Rajput and Parineeti Chopra promoting their film Shuddh Desi Romance in 2013 at Comedy Nights with Kapil

Kapoor started her career in the Hindi film industry by signing a three films deal with Yash Raj Films.[5] She was selected through an audition to play a supporting role in the romantic comedy Shuddh Desi Romance, alongside Sushant Singh Rajput and Parineeti Chopra. The film dealt with the subject of live-in relationships; it received positive feedback from critics, and Kapoor's portrayal of an outspoken girl, Tara, was praised. Mohar Basu of Koimoi wrote that Kapoor was "a pleasant debutant though she isn’t an overtly powerful actress"[6] while Madhureeta Mukherjee of The Times Of India thought that she was "impressive, pretty and commands a good screen-presence".[7] Shuddh Desi Romance collected 76 crore (US$9.8 million) at the box-office worldwide and emerged as a commercial success.[6] At the 59th Filmfare Awards, Kapoor was awarded with the Best Female Debut award.[8]

Kapoor's next release was the Tamil romantic comedy Aaha Kalyanam, an official remake of the 2010 Hindi film Band Baaja Baaraat. She was cast opposite Nani and learned the Tamil language for the film.[9] Upon release, the film was panned by critics and her performance was poorly received.[10] In 2016, Kapoor appeared in Aditya Chopra's romantic comedy Befikre opposite Ranveer Singh, which was set in Paris.[11] She played Shyra Gill, a French tourist guide of Indian descent whose romantic liaisons with Singh's character leads to conflict between them.[12] The received negative reviews from critics and was considered to be a box-office failure.[13] In 2017, she appeared in a music video titled "Main Yaar Manana Ni" by Yashita Sharma under the label of YRF.

War and beyond (2019–present)[edit]

After a three-year break from films, she appeared in the action thriller War, alongside Hrithik Roshan and Tiger Shroff. It was by Siddharth Anand and once again produced by Yash Raj Films.[14] War set the record for the highest-opening day collection for a Bollywood film in India of over 53.35 crores nett domestically [15] and went on to become the highest-grossing Indian film of 2019, earning over 475 crores Worldwide and 318 crores net domestically in India thus entering the 300 Crore Club.[16] thereby being her most successful film so far.[17] However, she was criticised for her limited screen space, and her presence was widely considered as mainly to add a glamour quotient.[18]

Kapoor in 2021

Kapoor next starred in the 2021 action thriller Bell Bottom alongside Akshay Kumar, which marked her first film not to be produced by Yash Raj Films.[19] Similar to War, she played the brief role of the male lead's love interest.[20] Hindustan Times noted, "Kapoor is charming as Akshay's onscreen wife, and for a change, she isn't there just as a trophy wife but complements his character well."[21] In the same year, Kapoor starred in the romantic drama Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui opposite Ayushmann Khurrana. She was praised for her portrayal of a transgender woman in the film.[22] Writing for Times of India, Hiren Kotwani opined that "Kapoor sinks her teeth into her character from the word go and gives a no-holds-barred performance"[23] while also praising her chemistry with Khurrana.[23]

Kapoor next starred in Shamshera (2022), a period drama starring Ranbir Kapoor and Sanjay Dutt, which had negative critical reviews and poor box-office returns.[24][25] Writing for Bollywood Hungama opined, "Kapoor's character is not well fleshed out. Audiences may be bewildered to see her leave a fine dancing career and turn into a rebel".[26][27]

Kapoor will next star in the thriller series Mandala Murders.[28]

Media image[edit]

Kapoor at an event in 2018

Post her film debut, The Times of India named her the "Most Promising Female Newcomer" of 2013.[29] Kapoor became the seventh most trended actress on Google in India, in 2016.[30] Kapoor is a celebrity endorser for several brands and products including Mango, Lotus Herbals, AJIO and Realme.[31][32]

Filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

Key
Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2013 Shuddh Desi Romance Tara
2014 Aaha Kalyanam Shruthi Subramaniam Tamil film [33]
2016 Befikre Shyra Gill [34]
2019 War Naina Verma
2021 Bell Bottom Radhika Malhotra
Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui Maanvi Brar [35]
2022 Shamshera Sona [36]
2024 Khel Khel Mein TBA Filming [37]
Raid 2 TBA Filming [38]

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
TBA Mandala Murders TBA Filming [28]

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Singer(s) Label Ref.
2017 "Main Yaar Manana Ni" Yashita Sharma YRF [39]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result Ref
2013 BIG Star Entertainment Awards Most Entertaining Film Debut (Female) Shuddh Desi Romance Won [40]
2014 Filmfare Awards Best Female Debut Won [8]
International Indian Film Academy Awards Star Debut of the Year (Female) Won [41]
Star Guild Awards Best Female Debut Won [42]
Zee Cine Awards Best Female Debut Won [43]
Best Supporting Actress Nominated [44]
Screen Awards Best Female Debut Nominated [45]
2019 Best Supporting Actress War Nominated [46]
2022 Indian Film Festival of Melbourne Disruptor in Cinema Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui Won [47]
Iconic Gold Awards Powerback Performance of the Year Won [48]
2023 Pinkvilla Style Icons Awards Super Stylish Charismatic Diva Won [49]
Bollywood Hungama Style Icons Most Stylish Trend Setter (Female) Nominated [50]
Most Stylish Mould Breaking Star (Female) Won

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