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Shefali Shah née Shetty (born 20 July 1972), is an Indian actress who works in Bollywood films.[1][2] After making her film debut with a minor role in the 1995 drama Rangeela, she played a supporting role in the crime film Satya. Her performance in Satya received critical praise and won her the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actress and a Best Supporting Actress nomination at the 44th Filmfare Awards. She was later nominated for Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the family drama Waqt: The Race Against Time (2005).

Shefali Shah
Shefali Shah at Rahul Bose's sports auction event
Shefali Shah at Rahul Bose's sports auction event, 2012
Shefali Shetty

(1972-07-20) 20 July 1972 (age 47)
Years active1995–present
Harsh Chhaya
(m. 1997; div. 2001)

Vipul Amrutlal Shah (present)

In 2007, she received critical acclaim and won the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in The Last Lear. She starred in the 2015 dramedy Dil Dhadakne Do, receiving several nominations for Best Supporting Actress. She, along with the main cast won the Screen Award for Best Ensemble Cast for the film.

Early lifeEdit

Shefali Shah (née Shetty) was born in July 1972 and is the only child of Sudhakar Shetty (former RBI employee, and a Mangalorean) and Shobha Shetty (a homeopathy doctor, from a Gujarati family).[3] She spent her early childhood at the RBI quarters in Santa Cruz, Mumbai where she attended Arya Vidya Mandir, Santacruz, Mumbai.


Shah made her film debut with Rangeela (1995),[4] although she only had a few scenes in the film. She ventured into television with the serial Kabhie Kabhie.[5]

She starred in the critically acclaimed film Satya (1998), for which she received the Star Screen Award Best Supporting Actress and the Filmfare Award for Best Actress - Critics.

Shah starred in the hit Waqt: The Race Against Time (2005) as Amitabh Bachchan's wife. The film was directed by her husband Vipul Shah. Her performance was appreciated by the critics. Shefali Shah's breakthrough performance was as Ria Verma in the internationally acclaimed Monsoon Wedding. She graduated to mature roles as Kasturba Gandhi in Gandhi, My Father and as Anil Kapoor's wife in the 2008 film Black & White. She won a National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Rituparno Ghosh's The Last Lear. In 2010 she took to the stage opposite Kiran Karmarkar in the Hindi version of Chandrakant Kulkarni's play Dhyanimani; Bas Itna Sa Khwab.[6]

Personal lifeEdit

Shah was married to television actor Harsh Chhaya.[7][8] After their divorce, she married director Vipul Amrutlal Shah. She has two sons with Shah.[9][10]


Year Movie Role Notes
1995 Rangeela Gulbadan special appearance
1998 Satya Pyaari Mhatre Won, Filmfare Award for Best Actress - Critics
2000 Mohabbatein Nandini Khanna
2001 Monsoon Wedding Ria Verma
2005 Waqt: The Race Against Time Sumitra Thakur
2005 15 Park Avenue Lakshmi J. Roy
2007 Gandhi, My Father Kasturba Gandhi Won, Best Actress Tokyo International Film Festival Award
2007 The Last Lear Vandana Won, National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress
2008 Black and White Roma Mathur
2010 Karthik Calling Karthik Dr. Kapadia
2011 Kucch Luv Jaisaa Madhu Saxena
2014 Lakshmi Jyoti
2015 Dil Dhadakne Do Neelam Mehra Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress
2015 Brothers Maria Fernandes
2016 The Jungle Book Raksha (voice) Hindi dub
2017 Commando 2 Leena Chowdhury
2017 Juice Manju Singh Won, "Best Actor - Female" Award at Jio Filmfare Short Film Awards 2018[11]
2018 Once Again Tara Shetty Won, "Editor’s Choice – Best Actor - Female" Award from Power Brands


Year(s) Show Role
2019 Delhi Crime Vartika Chaturvedi
2008 Ramayan Sunaina
1996-1997 Hasratein Savithri/Saavi
1997 Kabhie Kabhie Radha Pathak
1993-1997 Banegi Apni Baat Richa
? Raahein Lead role
1993-1994 Naya Nukkad Shefali Shetty
1996-1997 [Patjhad] Shefali Shetty
1997-1998 Sea Hawks ?
1993 Aarohan Cadet Nivedita
? Tolo TV Kabul ?

Awards and nominationsEdit


  1. ^ "Now, I'll play my age in films: Shefali Shah". The Times of India. 24 October 2009. Retrieved 28 July 2018.
  2. ^ "Shefali Shah wins best actor award". The Times of India. 30 October 2007. Retrieved 28 July 2018.
  3. ^ Vimla Patil (24 January 1999). "The Tribune...Sunday Reading". The Tribune. Retrieved 28 July 2018.
  4. ^ "The Last Lear is my best performance: Shefali Shah". Sify. 16 September 2008.
  5. ^ "Strong and never silent". Indian Express. 27 April 1998.
  6. ^ Rinky Kumar (20 August 2010). "Re-living a dream". Indian Express. Archived from the original on 14 October 2012. Retrieved 26 May 2011.
  7. ^ 'I get on with life quickly' - Hindustan Times Archived 23 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ "Harsh Chhaya's wife Shefali to replace Seema Kapoor in Hasratein". India Today. 10 May 2013. Retrieved 28 July 2018.
  9. ^ Subhash K Jha (8 March 2006). "People say I look like Kasturba Gandhi: Shefali Shah". Sify. Retrieved 28 July 2018.
  10. ^ "Married to the 'boss'! Shefali Shah's waqt with Vipul!". Movies. 22 April 2005. Archived from the original on 13 February 2010.
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