Janhvi Kapoor

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Janhvi Kapoor
Janhvi Kapoor at Lakme Fashion Week 2018 – Day 4 (12) (cropped).jpg
Kapoor in Lakme Fashion Week, 2018
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-language films. Born to Sridevi and Boney Kapoor, she made her acting debut in 2018 with the romantic drama film Dhadak, which was a commercial success. Kapoor has since starred in the Netflix films Ghost Stories and Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl (both 2020).

Early life[edit]

Janhvi Kapoor was born on 6 March 1997 to the actress Sridevi and the film producer Boney Kapoor.[1][2] She has one younger sister, Khushi, and two half siblings, actor Arjun Kapoor and Anshula Kapoor.[3] She is the niece of actors Anil Kapoor and Sanjay Kapoor. She 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 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,[4] but with a worldwide collection of 1.1 billion, it proved to be a commercial success.[5][6] Writing for CNN-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".[7] Conversely, Anna M. M. Vetticad of Firstpost thought that she "lacks personality and delivers a colourless performance".[8] She won the Zee Cine Award for Best Female Debut.[9] In the same year, the cosmetics brand Nykaa selected Kapoor to be their brand ambassador.[10]

Kapoor's next screen appearance came in 2020 when she starred in Zoya Akhtar's segment in the Netflix horror anthology film Ghost Stories.[11] 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".[12] 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.[13] In preparation, she spent time with Saxena, underwent physical training, and learned the body language of an air force officer.[14] 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".[15][16]

Kapoor played a dual role opposite Rajkummar Rao in the comedy horror film Roohi.[17] She will also star alongside Kartik Aaryan and Laksh Lalwani in Dostana 2, and feature in Karan Johar's ensemble period film Takht.[18][19]

As of March 2021, she has completed Good Luck Jerry, a Hindi adaptation of the 2018 Tamil film Kolamavu Kokila, produced by Aanand L. Rai.[20]


Film has yet to be released Film or show that is yet to be released
Year Film Role(s) Notes Ref.
2018 Dhadak Parthavi Singh Rathore Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut
Zee Cine Award for Best Female Debut
2020 Ghost Stories Sameera Netflix anthology film; Zoya Akhtar's segment [22]
2020 Angrezi Medium Herself Special appearance in song "Kudi Nu Nachne De" [23]
2020 Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl Gunjan Saxena Netflix film [24]
2021 Roohi Roohi Arora / Afzana Bedi [25]
2021 Dostana 2 Film has yet to be released TBA Filming [26]
2021 Good Luck Jerry Film has yet to be released Jerry Completed [27]
2022 Mili Film has yet to be released Mili Filming [28]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "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. "Arjun Kapoor, Khushi, Anshula come together for father Boney Kapoor at Maidaan mahurat ceremony. See pics". Hindustan Times. 22 August 2019.
  4. "Dhadak: Critics give film thumbs down". Gulf News. 21 July 2018. Retrieved 17 November 2018.
  5. "The Real Winner With Dhadak". Box Office India. 25 July 2018. Archived from the original on 25 July 2018. Retrieved 27 July 2018.
  6. "Box Office: Worldwide Collections and Day wise breakup of Dhadak". Bollywood Hungama. Archived from the original on 2 August 2018. Retrieved 5 September 2018.
  7. Masand, Rajeev (20 July 2018). "Caste Away". RajeevMasand.com. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
  8. Anna M. M. Vetticad. "Dhadak movie review: Janhvi-Ishaan are so-so in an insipid Sairat remake that is afraid to discuss caste". First Post.
  9. "Zee Cine Awards full winners list: Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone win big". India Today. 20 March 2019. Retrieved 25 March 2019.
  10. "Girls should be unapologetic about what they want: Janhvi Kapoor". Business Standard. 12 September 2018. Retrieved 17 November 2018.
  11. 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.
  12. Gupta, Shubhra (31 December 2019). "Ghost Stories review: Where are the scares?". The Indian Express. Retrieved 1 January 2020.
  13. "Netflix's Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl to premiere on August 12". The Indian Express. 25 June 2020. Retrieved 16 July 2020.
  14. Jhunjhunwala, Udita (10 August 2020). "Janhvi Kapoor on 'Gunjan Saxena': 'I really want to touch people's lives'". Mint. Retrieved 10 August 2020.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. "Janhvi Kapoor a sincere and hardworking actor: Rajkummar Rao on Rooh-Afza co-star". New Indian Express. 14 July 2019. Retrieved 25 July 2019.
  18. "Janhvi Kapoor preps up for 'Takht'". The Times of India. 16 November 2018.
  19. "Kartik Aaryan and Janhvi Kapoor in Dostana 2, announces Karan Johar". India Today. 27 June 2019. Retrieved 30 June 2019.
  20. "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.
  21. "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.
  22. "Mrunal Thakur, Avinash Tiwary to star in Karan Johar's Ghost Stories". India Today. 18 September 2019. Retrieved 20 September 2019.
  23. "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. Retrieved 5 March 2020.
  24. "Janhvi Kapoor Starrer Gunjan Saxena The Kargil Girl to Release on Netflix". News18. 9 June 2020.
  25. "Janhvi Kapoor, Rajkummar Rao's Roohi Afza Titled Changed Again to Roohi Afzana". News18. 3 January 2020. Retrieved 6 January 2020.
  26. "Janhvi Kapoor kicks off Dostana 2 shoot in Amritsar with lassi and a visit to Golden Temple". Hindustan Times. 7 November 2019. Retrieved 9 November 2019.
  27. "Janhvi Kapoor announces Good Luck Jerry's wrap with aesthetic pictures from the set". Bollywood Hungama. 20 March 2021. Retrieved 21 March 2021.
  28. "Janhvi Kapoor begins shooting for the remake of the Malayalam film 'Helen'". The Times of India. 5 August 2021. Retrieved 5 August 2021.

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