Janhvi Kapoor 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 film Dhadak, which was a commercial success and earned her the Zee Cine Award for Best Female Debut.
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, but with a worldwide collection of ₹1.1 billion, it proved to be a commercial success. 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”. Conversely, Anna M. M. Vetticad of Firstpost thought that she “lacks personality and delivers a colourless performance”. She won the Zee Cine Award for Best Female Debut. In the same year, the cosmetics brand Nykaa selected Kapoor to be their brand ambassador.
Kapoor’s next screen appearance came in 2020 when she starred in Zoya Akhtar’s segment in the Netflix horror anthology film Ghost Stories. 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”. 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. In preparation, she spent time with Saxena, underwent physical training, and learned the body language of an air force officer. 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”.
Kapoor will next play a dual role opposite Rajkummar Rao in the comedy horror film Roohi Afzana. She will also star alongside Kartik Aaryan and Laksh Lalwani in Dostana 2, and feature in Karan Johar’s ensemble period film Takht.
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.
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