From Lover Girl to Stree Slayer: Shraddha Kapoor’s genre-bending performances

Bollywood heartthrob, Shraddha Kapoor is all set to whisk away her audiences on Independence Day as her much-awaited Stree 2 will hit cinemas on this date.

The first part of the movie set the tone for Dinesh Vijan’s horror-comedy universe of films and Stree 2 marks another of Shraddha’s niche filmography.

Although this franchise is her first-ever rub with the horror-comedy genre, there are several instances when she has decided to go for ‘hatke’ roles in her films. So, let’s look backwards and understand Shraddha’s entire Bollywood journey.

Shraddha Kapoor’s most defining roles in Bollywood

Aashiqui 2

Although this was Shraddha’s third film, having acted previously in Teen Patti and Luv Ka The End in 2010 and 2011, this film gave her the breakthrough she deserved. Directed by Mohit Suri, she starred alongside Aditya Roy Kapur, it was the sequel to the 1990 hit, Aashiqui.

Rahul Roy and Anu Aggarwal starred in the first part of the film. But, the second one became just as hit in 2013 making the careers of both Shraddha and Aditya skyrocket overnight.

In the film, she plays a vulnerable yet talented singer, Arohi Keshav Shirke who gets protection from Roy Kapur’s character, Jaykar who is a successful but alcoholic singer. At the box office, the film grossed Rs 109 crores.


Adapted from William Shakespeare’s famous play, Hamlet, Vishal Bharadwaj completed his trilogy of the playwright’s adaptations, the first and second ones being Maqbool, based on Macbeth, and Omkara, based on Othello.

For this movie, Shraddha completely took on a new persona to become something rather different altogether. The film also starred some heavyweights such as Tabu and Irrfan Khan. Haider was played by Shahid Kapoor.

The film was a modern re-telling of Hamlet and Shraddha played Arshia Lone who was an inspiration from Ophelia’s character.

While the film also became controversial among the people for using Kashmir as its entire backdrop, it went on to garner Rs 85 crores at the box office. Shahid excellently displayed all of Hamlet’s personality traits in the film with Shraddha supporting him as Ophelia.

Haseena Parker

This film has got to be one of the boldest and baddest roles that Shraddha has played in her Bollywood career. Directed by Apoorva Lakhia, Haseena Parker is the story of Dawood Ibrahim’s sister who wants to have her place in the underworld.

It is the only other female-led film done by the actress and it was released in 2017. This is also one of the most meatiest roles that she has performed on the big screen.

But the film couldn’t do much at the box office despite such a strong storyline. It tanked in theatres despite having a humble budget.


In 2019, the actress starred in Chhichore alongside Sushant Singh Rajput. Based on director Nitesh Tiwari’s experiences during his college days.

Apart from playing a young and vivacious girl, Shraddha also played an aged version of herself in the same. She plays the mother of a suicidal teen and the story also revolves around her as the narrator of the film.

Meanwhile, the film also switches back and forth from the past to the present. During its release, it was highly appreciated by the audiences as it brought forth the topics of mental health and suicide into mainstream cinema.

With a budget of Rs 50 crores, the film grossed Rs 215.41 crores at the box office as audiences loved the performances of all the characters.

Stree and Stree 2: Defining film of Shraddha’s career

And finally, the actress played a pivotal role in Dinesh Vijan’s Stree and is gearing up excitedly for its sequel. Released in 2018, she starred alongside Rajkummar Rao. Other actors in the film were Pankaj Tripathi, Aparshakti Khurrana, and Abhishek Banerjee. It was directed by Amar Kaushik.

She has played the title role who is a feisty next-door girl with whom Rajkummar becomes completely smitten. With the couple’s onscreen romance together with Tripathi’s and Banerjee’s comic timing, the film became a wholesome entertainer for audiences.

At the box office, the film garnered Rs 180 crores although the making budget was Rs 25 crores.

Its sequel was in the works for quite some time but is now ready to hit the theatres. All of the original cast is expected to return for the film. Already, its teaser is being played at theatres with the shows of Munjya- another horror-comedy of Vijan.

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