Kapoor at the 2018 Lakme Fashion Week
|Born||23 August 1988|
|Alma mater||Indira Gandhi National Open University|
Vaani Kapoor (born 23 August 1988) is an Indian actress known for her work in Hindi films. She made her film debut with the 2013 romantic comedy Shuddh Desi Romance, a critical and commercial success, which earned her the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut.
After facing criticism for her performances in the Tamil film Aaha Kalyanam (2014) and Befikre (2016), Kapoor took a three-year hiatus before playing brief roles of the love interest in the action films War (2019) and Bell Bottom (2021). She gained praise for her performance as a transgender woman in the romantic comedy Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui (2021).
Early life and education
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, Delhi. Later she enrolled in Indira Gandhi National Open University, completing a bachelor's degree in tourism studies, after which she took up an internship with Oberoi Hotels & Resorts in Jaipur and later worked for ITC Hotel. She was signed by the Elite Model Management for modeling projects.
Kapoor started her career in the Hindi film industry by signing a three films deal with Yash Raj Films. 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" while Madhureeta Mukherjee of The Times Of India thought that she was "impressive, pretty and commands a good screen-presence". Shuddh Desi Romance collected ₹76 crore (US$9.8 million) at the box-office worldwide and emerged as a commercial success. At the 59th Filmfare Awards, Kapoor was awarded with the Best Female Debut award.
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. Upon release, the film was panned by critics and her performance was poorly received. In 2016, Kapoor appeared in Aditya Chopra's romantic comedy Befikre opposite Ranveer Singh, which was set in Paris. She played Shyra Gill, a French tourist guide of Indian descent whose romantic liaisons with Singh's character leads to conflict between them. The received negative reviews from critics and was considered to be a box-office failure.
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. War set the record for the highest-opening day collection for a Bollywood film and went on to become the highest-grossing Hindi film of 2019, thereby being her most successful film so far. However, she was criticised for her limited screen space, and her presence was widely considered as mainly to add a glamour quotient.
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. Similar to War, she played the brief role of the male lead's love interest. 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. Writing forTimes of India, Hiren Kotwani opined that "Kapoor sinks her teeth into her character from the word go and gives a no-holds-barred performance" while also praising her chemistry with Khurrana.
|Denotes films that have not yet been released|
- All films are in Hindi unless otherwise noted.
|2013||Shuddh Desi Romance||Tara|
|2014||Aaha Kalyanam||Shruthi Subramaniam||Tamil film|||
|2021||Bell Bottom||Radhika Malhotra|
|Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui||Maanvi Brar|||
|2017||Main Yaar Manana Ni||Yashita Sharma||YRF|||
Awards and nominations
|2013||BIG Star Entertainment Awards||Most Entertaining Film Debut (Female)||Shuddh Desi Romance||Won|||
|2014||Filmfare Awards||Best Female Debut||Won|||
|International Indian Film Academy Awards||Star Debut of the Year (Female)||Won|||
|Star Guild Awards||Best Female Debut||Won|||
|Zee Cine Awards||Best Female Debut||Won|||
|Best Supporting Actress||Nominated|||
|Screen Awards||Best Female Debut||Nominated|||
|2019||Best Supporting Actress||War||Nominated|||
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