Vaani Kapoor is an Indian actress and model. Born in Delhi, Kapoor obtained a bachelor's degree in Tourism studies from the Indira Gandhi National Open University, she took an internship with the Oberoi Hotels & Resorts. After the end of the internship, she worked as a model under the Elite Model Management. During her modeling career, she successfully auditioned for the 2009 Sony TV television series Specials @ 10—where she played the protagonist in one of the series segment Rajuben. Later, she signed a three-film deal with the Yash Raj Films as an actress. Kapoor made her film debut with a supporting role in the 2013 romantic comedy Shuddh Desi Romance, a critical and commercial success. She garnered wide appreciation for her performance and earned her several awards and nominations, including the Best Female Debut at the 59th Filmfare Awards. In 2014, she ventured into the South Indian film industry with the Tamil and Telugu language romantic comedy Aaha Kalyanam, that proved to be a moderate box-office success and her portrayal of the lead female character was praised.