Tara Sutaria (born 19 November 1995) is an Indian actress who works in Hindi films.[1] She began her career as a singer in Disney India's Big Bada Boom and transitioned to acting with the channel's sitcoms The Suite Life of Karan & Kabir (2012) and Oye Jassie (2013).[2] Sutaria made her film debut in 2019 with Student of the Year 2, for which she won Zee Cine Award for Best Female Debut.

Tara Sutaria
Sutaria in 2022
Born (1995-11-19) 19 November 1995 (age 28)[1]
Alma materSt. Andrew's College
(BA Mass Media)
OccupationActress
Years active2010–present

She has since starred as the leading lady in the romantic dramas Marjaavaan (2019), Tadap (2021),[3] Heropanti 2 (2022) and Ek Villain Returns (2022) and in the survival thriller Apurva (2023).[4]

Early life and education edit

Tara Sutaria was born on 19 November 1995 in Mumbai. Her father, Himanshu Sutaria, is a practicing Hindu, while her mother, Tina Sutaria, belongs to the Parsi community.[5][6][7] Her name means "star" in Sanskrit.[8] She has a twin sister named Pia.[9] Both trained in classical ballet, modern dance and Latin American dances at the School of Classical Ballet and Western Dance, Royal Academy of Dance, United Kingdom and the Imperial Society for Teachers of Dancing, United Kingdom. She has been a professional singer since she was seven years old, having sung in operas and competitions since then.[10][11] She received a bachelor's degree in Mass Media from St. Andrew's College of Arts, Science and Commerce.[12]

Career edit

Television career (2010–2013) edit

Sutaria started her association with Disney Channel India as a video jockey and continued to be associated with them, having two successful sitcoms to her credit. She has also been recording music in India and abroad for films, advertisements, and her own original work. Her song "Slippin' Through My Fingers" is part of the Ashwin Gidwani Production of Bharat Dhabholkar's Blame It On Yashraj. She has also played the lead role of Sandy in Raell Padamsee's production of the musical Grease.

She has recorded and performed solo concerts in London, Tokyo, Lavasa and Mumbai. She has performed with Louiz Banks and Mikey McCleary and has also been a soloist for the Stop-Gaps Choral Ensemble, singing at the NCPA for over a decade. She was one of the top seven finalists of the 2008 "Pogo Amazing Kids Awards" in the singer category. She received recognition for her roles of Vinnie in The Suite Life of Karan & Kabir and Jassie in Oye Jassie.[13][14]

Film career (2019–present) edit

 
Sutaria in 2019

Sutaria was among two actresses selected for the part of Princess Jasmine in the American fantasy film Aladdin (2019), but lost the role to Naomi Scott.[15] She made her film debut later that year with Punit Malhotra's coming-of-age teen film Student of the Year 2 alongside Tiger Shroff and Ananya Panday. Produced by Karan Johar, it served as a standalone sequel to Student of the Year (2012) and narrates the story of a college student (portrayed by Shroff) who competes to win an annual school championship. Reviewing the film for The Indian Express, Shubhra Gupta wrote, "Tara Sutaria is perfectly put together and yet looks assembly-line produced".[16] She received a nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut.[17] It did not perform well commercially.[18]

Later in 2019, Sutaria played the role of Zoya, a mute music teacher, alongside Sidharth Malhotra, Riteish Deshmukh and Rakul Preet Singh, in Milap Zaveri's action film Marjaavaan.[19] The film was had a worldwide gross of ₹65.35 crores.[20] In a scathing review for The Hindu, Namrata Joshi found the film to be "loud, overcooked and overdone" and wrote that Sutaria was reduced to "smiling and weeping alternately".[21]

In 2021 Sutaria and debutante Ahan Shetty starred in the Milan Luthria directed romantic thriller Tadap, a remake of Telugu film RX 100 (2018).[22] It received mixed reviews from critics.[23] Rachana Dubey of Times of India wrote, "Tadap unabashedly plays to the gallery with action, music, and well-shot visuals, she further praised the performances of Shetty, Sutaria and Shukla".[24] The film underperformed at the box office.[25]

"The films I've done or the way I've been presented have been a reason for people to believe that I'm just a one or two-dimensional actress and that I can't do other stuff, which has been extremely infuriating."

—Sutaria, 2023[26]

In her first release of 2022, she reunited with Shroff in Ahmed Khan's actioner Heropanti 2[27] which received negative reviews from critics with Saibal Chaterjee from NDTV stating, “Tara Sutaria is as clueless as the screenplay writer about the manner in which the character should be projected.”[28] It was a major commercial failure at the box office.[29][30] In her second release of the year, she starred as Aarvi Malhotra opposite Arjun Kapoor in Mohit Suri's action thriller Ek Villain Returns, which also starred John Abraham and Disha Patani.[31][32] The film received mixed reviews from critics with Sutaria experiencing her third consecutive commercial disappointment.[33] Sukanya Verma of Rediff.com opined that "Tara Sutaria is exactly how she was in her first, second, third and fourth film".[34] By the end of 2022, Sutaria’s popularity had begun to wane which critics attributed to her roles being limited to androcentric films in which she performed poorly.[35][36][citation needed].

Keen to showcase her acting skills, Sutaria played the eponymous role in the crime thriller Apurva (2023), which released on Disney+ Hotstar to mixed reviews from critics.[37][38][39] Despite disliking the film, Deepa Gahlot wrote, "If at all the film does anything, it is to offer Tara Sutaria a role that allows her to act, rather than just dress up and play pretty love interest to the leading man".[40][41]

Media image edit

 
Sutaria in 2022

Sutaria supports a number of causes such as animal welfare and feminism.[42] She has ramp walked at the Lakme Fashion Week and has been cover model for various magazines.[43][44] In 2019, she was the eighth highest trending personality on Google in India.[45]

Sutaria is a celebrity endorser for several brands and products including Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, Hazoorilal Legacy Jewellers and Nature 4 Nature.[46] She featured alongside Ishaan Khattar for a Nature 4 Nature's adfilm.[47] In Times' 50 Most Desirable Women list, Sutaria was placed 13th in 2019 and 12th in 2020.[48][49]

Filmography edit

Films edit

Key
Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2019 Student of the Year 2 Mridula "Mia" Chawla [50]
Marjaavaan Zoya Ahmed [51]
2021 Tadap Ramisa Nautiyal [52]
2022 Heropanti 2 Inaaya Saran [53]
Ek Villain Returns Aarvi Malhotra [54]
2023 Apurva Apurva Kashyap [55]

Television edit

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2010 Big Bada Boom Herself [2]
2011 Entertainment Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega Contestant Season 4 [56]
2012 Best of Luck Nikki Nina / Tina Cameo appearance [57]
The Suite Life of Karan & Kabir Vinita "Vinnie" Mishra [13]
2013 Oye Jassie Jaspreet "Jassie" Singh [14]
Shake It Up Herself Cameo appearance [58]

Music videos edit

Year Title Singer(s) Ref.
2020 Masakali 2.0 Tulsi Kumar, Sachet Tandon [59]
2023 Mulaqat Prateek Kuhad [60]

Discography edit

Year Album Song Co-singer(s) Ref.
2021 Non-album single "Hum Hindustani" Various [61]
2022 Ek Villain Returns "Shaamat" Ankit Tiwari [62]

Awards and nominations edit

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2019 Screen Awards Best Female Debut Student of the Year 2 Nominated [63]
2020 Filmfare Awards Best Female Debut Nominated [64]
Zee Cine Awards Best Female Debut Won [65]
2022 Pinkvilla Style Icons Awards Stylish Emerging Talent - Female Nominated [66]
2024 Pinkvilla Screen and Style Icons Awards Best Actress (OTT) Popular Choice Apurva Nominated [67]

See also edit

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