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Bollywood actress Shraddha Kapoor spotted at Bandra in Mumbai.

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For all its recently-acquired taste for gritty realism—usually exp­letive-laden jousts set in the dirt and grime of a dun-coloured north Indian town, amidst the loud chorus of love expressed for ‘strong scripts’, the beating heat of Hindi films rests in the simple cults, and occult, of the past. Those of us old enough to remember Sridevi’s wide-eyed, menacing mien from the film posters of Nagina, the twisting, simple tune of a snake charmer’s pipe and young enough at the time to be scared at Amrish Puri’s creepy villain, must rejoice. The shape-shifting Naagin, announces Shraddha Kapoor proudly, is making a comeback as a film trilogy. One needs to inhabit all kinds of roles, hints Shraddha through the delicious asymmetry of this velveteen gown. We reluctantly agree.

Bollywood actress Shraddha Kapoor poses for photographs during a promotional event, in Mumbai.

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In this combo image, is seen Bollywood actresses Deepika Padukone, Shraddha Kapoor and Sara Ali Khan at the NCB office for questioning in a drug probe related to late actor Sushant Singh Rajput's death, in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actress Shraddha Kapoor arrives at the NCB office for questioning in connection with a drug case related to late actor Sushant Singh Rajput's death, in Mumbai.

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File photos of Bollywood actors (L-R) Deepika Padukone, Shraddha Kapoor, Rakul Preet Singh, and Sara Ali Khan who are summoned by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) in the Bollywood drug probe linked to the death of Sushant Singh Rajput.

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Bollywood actor Shraddha Kapoor poses for pictures before performing the immersion of Lord Ganesh idol, during Ganesh Chaturthi festival, in Mumbai.

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Blessed is the film that rides on such happy coinciden­ces on its promo run—as Baaghi 3 nears the starting block, stars Shraddha Kapoor and Tiger Shroff celebrate their back-to-back birthdays, on March 2 and 3. Shraddha, in a fabulous dress, needs two hands to wield the knife. Guess the flavour? Butterscotch would be a fair bet.

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Bollywood actors Shraddha Kapoor and Tiger Shroff cut a cake during former's birthday celebration, in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actors Shraddha Kapoor and Tiger Shroff during former's birthday celebration, in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actor Tiger Shroff celebrates his birthday with Shraddha Kapoor and Riteish Deshmukh as they pose for media personnel in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actors Tiger Shroff and Shardha Kapoor pose for photos during the promotion of film "Baggi 3" at TV reality show 'Dance Plus', in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actor Shardha Kapoor poses for photos during the promotion of film 'Baggi 3' at TV reality show 'Dance Plus', in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actors Varun Dhawan and Shraddha Kapoor perform during the promotion of their upcoming film 'Street Dancer 3D' at 'Alegría - The Festival of Joy' in Navi Mumbai.

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Bollywood actors Varun Dhawan and Shraddha Kapoor perform during the promotion of their upcoming film 'Street Dancer 3D', at Pillai Campus, in Navi Mumbai.

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Bollywood actors Varun Dhawan and Shraddha Kapoor pose for photographs during promotion of their film, 'Street Dancer 3D', in New Delhi.

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Bollywood actor Varun Dhawan and Shraddha Kapoor pose for photographs during promotion of their upcoming movie 'Street Dancer 3D' in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actors Varun Dhawan, center, Shraddha Kapoor, right, and Nora Fatehi arrive to promote their upcoming movie "Street Dancer 3" in Ahmadabad, India. The movie will be released on Jan. 24.

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Bollywood actress Shraddha Kapoor met her fans at her residence in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actress Shraddha Kapoor poses for photographs during the product launch of 'The Body Shop' in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actress Shraddha Kapoor with Local citizens Protest against the cutting of trees in Aarey Forest for the Metro-3 car shed in Mumbai

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Bollywood actor Shraddha Kapoor attends the 'Star Screen Awards 2018', in Mumbai.

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Same height...same build...you’ve got to admit this casting catch: Shraddha Kapoor is the best bet Bollywood can place on impersonating Saina Nehwal. But playing a champ of this calibre means early morning workouts, and racqueting and rattling on the courts. Good thing that Shraddha loves the game and dials Saina often for tips.

Bollywood actor Shraddha Kapoor poses for a photo at the pre-engagement party of Akash Ambani and fiancee Shloka Mehta, in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actress Shraddha Kapoor poses on the green carpet of 19th edition of International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Bollywood actor Shradha Kapoor performs during the IIFA Rocks 2018, in Bangkok.

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Panaji Actress Shraddha Kapoor being felicitated by Film maker Subhash Ghai as the youth ICON during International Film Festival of India in Panaji.

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Bolywood actress Shraddha Kapoor displays a creation by Rahul Mishra during the Lakme Fashion Week in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actress Shraddha Kapoor poses for a picture during the trailer launch of her upcoming film Haseena Parkar in Mumbai. The film is scheduled to be released on 18 August 2017.

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Author, columnist and screenwriter Chetan Bhagat, Bollywood actors Arjun Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor, and director of forthcoming film 'Half Girlfriend', pose for a photographer during a promotional event for the film, in Mumbai.

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Won’t the enjoyment of a song be spoilt in the effort to record it? Smartphone wielding worthies in Mumbai would shout ‘no’ in unison, for the singer in question is Shraddha Kapoor, belting one of her own (really!) from Rock On 2. Another step that Bollywood takes tow­ards age-old Hollywood practices.

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Meanwhile, Bollywood’s obsession with actresses in bikinis continues. No, the girl here isn’t Aalia, but Shraddha, in a movie called, fearsomely, Baa­ghi. What’s she got to say? Not­hing except she’s happy for the ‘action.’