Nov 14, 2013

Actress Shazahn Padamsee Biography

Shazahn Padamsee

Born: October 18, 1987 (age 26), Mumbai
Height: 1.70 m
Parents: Sharon Prabhakar, Alyque Padamsee
Siblings: Quasar Padamsee, Raell Padamsee, Rahul Padamsee
Awards: Stardust Award for Best Supporting Actress
Zodiac: Sagittarius
Marital Status: Single

Shazahn Padamsee is an Indian film and stage actress, who has also worked as model. Daughter of noted actors Alyque Padamsee and Sharon Prabhakar, she made her first film appearance in the 2009 Hindi film
Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year. After her d├ębut film, she went on to appear in two non-Hindi Indian films, gaining credit from critics for her performance, before featuring in Madhur Bhandarkar's Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji in a prominent role.


Alyque Padamsee who is known as the Ad Guru of India and is active in the theater circuit. Her mother is the pop singer Sharon Prabhakar. After appearances in several stage performances including her father's play Unspoken Dialogues, Shazahn appeared in several national advertisements.  During this process she was noticed by the ad-world and appeared in commercials like McDonalds, Ponds and 7 Up Lemon. whilst auditioning for roles in Hindi films. Shazahn worked as a trainee copywriter in Bugs Bhargava’s company. She choose films over auditioning for Channel [V]’s VJ Hunt. After a film with Vivek Vaswani failed to materialise, she successfully auditioned for the part in Yash Raj Studio's Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year opposite Ranbir Kapoor. Shazhan played Sherena in the film, the first customer who treats the titular character with respect during his job as a salesman. Although she played the leading female role. The film opened to positive reviews, but the lack of publicity became a reason for it becoming a failure commercially at the box office.

Shazahn at IIFA Fashion show.

Her second and third films were released on the same day, both being films in Tamil and Telugu respectively. In Kanimozhi, Shazahn played the role of Anu, a girl in the neighbourhood who the lead actor, played by Jai is nervous to express his feelings to. She had been approached after the director had looked through an online portfolio, and only signed after consent from her father. Upon release, the film gained mixed reviews with Shazahn's portrayal of her character being criticised. Critics claimed that she "looked pretty and was photographed well" However her Telugu film Orange garnered more positive reviews and Shazahn's portrayal of her role was better received by critics. Shazahn's character of Rooba, originally named after a song in the film, appeared in a flashback sequence as the girlfriend of the protagonist played by Ram Charan Teja.

Shazahn's first release of 2011 was the romantic comedy Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji directed by Madhur Bhandarkar.  The film, which also featured Emraan Hashmi, Omi Vaidya, Shruti Haasan and Shraddha Das in other parallel roles, saw Shazahn indulge in heavy promotional work along with her co-stars. the film went on to become a commercial success at the box office. Shazahn's most recent release was Sajid Khan's Housefull 2, which featured her alongside an ensemble cast including Akshay Kumar, John Abraham, Zarine Khan, Asin and Jacqueline Fernandez. The film opened to mixed reviews with her role being described as "merely eye candy", but Housefull 2 went on to becoming the tenth film in history to cross INR1 billion (US$15 million) and became one of the biggest commercial successes of 2012.

Year     Film     Role     Language     Notes
2009     Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year     Sherena     Hindi   
2010     Kanimozhi     Anu     Tamil   
2010     Orange     Rooba     Telugu   
2011     Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji     June Pinto     Hindi   
2012     Housefull 2: The Dirty Dozen     Parul Patel     Hindi   
2013     Masala     Meenakshi     Telugu   
2013     Disco Valley     Natalie     Hindi     Post Production

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