"Seeing my father and aunt (she is the daughter of actor Shakti Kapoor and niece of Padmini Kolhapuri), I was always intrigued. And I wanted to do just the same." Given how well Aashiqui 2 did at the box office and ABCD 2 just round the corner, it's clear Shraddha's dreams are moving in the right direction. Still giddy from the success, we asked our covergirl to take on questions from Cosmo readers, answering their most pressing questions!
What's best about being an actor? -Falguni Bhatt, 21
"The ability to be a part of so many different worlds and have such diverse experiences at one time."
What do you consider before signing a movie? -Harleen Kaur, 20
"There is no particular strategy. So early in my career, I don't want to be fussy about wanting 'certain' only, so I am open to experiment. Whenever I read a script, it just needs to feel right. The only thing I am particular about is the story and if my character has an interesting part to play. For me, films are all about telling interesting stories, and if I feel that my role will be able to contribute towards that, and I'm able to relate to the character, I'm happy to take it on."
Has your life changed after becoming famous? -Lavleen Dhanjal, 20
"Not entirely. Things are pretty much the way they were. I'm very asocial, so I don't really go out that much, so not a lot has changed there. But yes, in terms of getting accolades for my work and people recognising me, it has increased manifolds. I'm really happy with this change."
Does the attention ever frighten you? -Sanshe Bhatia, 20
"Not really. It feels nice when people come up to you and tell you that they loved your movie and your character. That's a high that's difficult to match."
Do you ever have 'no confidence' days? -Sanya Batra, 21
"Yes! There are days when you don't feel so great about yourself. But on days like those, the key is to believe in yourself and remind yourself that in the end, everything will be alright."
How does it feel when the media criticises you for something? -Smriti Pandey, 19
"Honestly, it doesn't affect me much. Of course, I feel bad for a bit, but then I tell myself that this is what comes with being in the limelight."
Do you mind being in pictures where you're not wearing make-up? -Stuti Mata, 21
"No, it doesn't bother me one bit! In fact, I have many photographs where I'm not wearing any make-up in public. I feel that if you're happy from within, it shows on your face. And, if you're not, no amount of make-up can cover that up."
Tell us about your personal style and your favourite designers? -Anahita Nigam, 20
"Honestly, I don't think I'm very stylish. I have no notions of being a trendsetter. I simply like being comfortable, and don't really believe in following trends. You'll often see me in a pair of jeans and a tee. My favourite designers vary from Manish Malhotra and Sabyasachi to Chanel."
What are the qualities you look for in a partner? -Sukriti Luthra, 21
"While I don't have a mental list, it would be nice if he could be adventurous and have a silly sense of humour."
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