By Martin D’Souza | Opening Doorz Editorial | March 03, 2017

It has been seven years in this industry as an actress and today, you celebrate your 30th birthday. Time has flown ever since you took your first, confident steps in Leena Yadav’s Teen Patti (February 26, 2010). Moreover, you are now among the top rung of actors in Bollywood, not on the basis of your pedigree, but purely on merit.

As someone from within the industry, you have got your chances, fairly easily I must say. But what is amazing is the way you have converted those into powerful performances worthy of the offers that have come your way.

Being a star son or daughter has its perks, but those perks cannot guarantee success. There have been many star sons and daughters who have had umpteen breaks just on the basis of their surname. But how long can you last without talent? Just because your father or mother may have been great actors does not guarantee you the same success, or ensure that you too can act!.

So it is always with a little cynicism that I view a star son or daughter making their grand entry into films [as though it is their birthright] while better actors struggle to get a decent break. That is sad, because things need to be streamlined for talent to be noticed in this industry. But you have amazed me with your capacity to entertain right from day one. You are a natural in front of the camera. Teen Patti was just the break that was needed for an actor of your caliber.

In my review of that film I had written: “Shraddha Kapoor, who makes her debut, steals the thunder. Confident and natural, she flits between the characters Aparna and Zeenat as though she is 20 films old. I last saw such brilliance in Farhan Akhtar the actor. Yes, Shakti Kapoor’s daughter is a class apart and has announced her arrival with a bang.”

You have continued in the same vein in films that have followed. Your ability to soak in the atmosphere and play the character is what marks you out from the rest. To me, you are Jodie Foster—intense, passionate and focused on your craft. You stamped your ‘filmi ethnicity’ with another powerful performance in Ek Villian, following it up with a powerfully-restrained recital in Haider (2014). Your character was a perfect ally to Shahid Kapoor’s Haider—determined in love, shy and also ready for the kill!

I’m sure in the years to come you are going to be the one to rule the roost. Having Crime Master Gogo at home is always going to be an added bonus!

The very fact that you are still around after seven years and several powerful performances bears testimony to the fact that talent has seen you reach this far. Many star kids have fallen by the way side after grand breaks. After all, how long can connections get you films? There’s money involved and investors need their returns!

As for the star kids, another one who I have been mightily impressed with is Varun Dhawan: this lad is a riot and a sure shot ROI!

Continue making investors happy and spreading cheer among your fans.

Happy Birthday, Shraddha. May you continue to shine.

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