Shefali Shah Wiki, Age, Husband, Children, Family, Biography & More

Shefali Shah

Shefali Shah is an Indian actress who is known for her work in films like ‘Waqt: The Race Against Time’ (2005), ‘Gandhi, My Father’ (2007), ‘Happy Birthday Mummyji’ (2021), and ‘Dil Dhadakne Do’ (2015). Shefali Shah’s Netflix collaboration with the series ‘Delhi Crime’ (2019) has been the highlight of her career.

Wiki/Biography

Shefali Shah was born as ‘Shefali Shetty’ [1]Mashable India-YouTube on Tuesday, 22 May 1973 (age 50 years as of 2023) in Bombay (now Mumbai), India. Her zodiac sign is Gemini. She completed her schooling at the Arya Vidya Mandir Institute of Early Childhood Education in Santacruz. Shefali pursued her graduation in science at Chauhan Institute of Science (Mithibai College), Vile Parle. She is settled in Mumbai.

Shefali Shah's childhood photo

Shefali Shah’s childhood photo

Physical Appearance

Height (approx.): 5′ 6″

Weight (approx.): 60 kg

Hair Colour: Natural Black

Eye Colour: Dark Brown

Figure Measurements (approx.): 36-32-34

Shefali Shah

Family

Parents & Siblings

Shefali Shah’s father, Sudhakar Shetty, is a Mangalorean and a former Reserve Bank of India employee. Her mother, Shobha Shetty, is a Gujarati and a homoeopathy doctor. Shefali Shah is the only child of her parents.

Shefali Shah (centre) with her parents

Shefali Shah (centre) with her parents

Husband & Children

Shefali Shah got married to Indian actor, Harsh Chhaya, in 1994; however, the couple got divorced in 2000. Shefali then got married to filmmaker Vipul Amrutlal Shah on 11 December 2000.

Shefali Shah and Vipul Amrutlal Shah (left) at their wedding ceremony in 2000 in Mumbai

Shefali Shah and Vipul Amrutlal Shah (left) at their wedding ceremony in 2000 in Mumbai

The couple later got blessed with two sons, Aryaman, and Maurya.

(Left to right) Aryaman Shah, Vipul Amrutlal Shah, Shefali Shah, and Maurya Shah

(Left to right) Aryaman Shah, Vipul Amrutlal Shah, Shefali Shah, and Maurya Shah

Religion

Shefali Shah follows Hinduism.

Shefali Shah performing Diwali Pooja with her second husband, Vipul Amrutlal Shah

Shefali Shah performing Diwali Pooja with her second husband, Vipul Amrutlal Shah

Career

Television Serials

Shefali Shah made her television debut in 1993 with Zee TV’s ‘Campus.’ The serial revolved around the life of college students and their experiences in love, relationships, and politics.

In 1993, Shefali Shah was cast in Zee TV’s ‘Tara,’ which was the first Indian TV serial based on contemporary urban women. Shefali Shah played the role of Mala. This serial was the first Hindi-language TV serial that was broadcast on television for five years. In the same year, Shefali Shah starred in Zee TV’s ‘Banegi Apni Baat.’ It was a drama series based on college students and their campus life experiences in which Shefali Shah played the role of Richa.

Shefali Shah in a still from her TV serial 'Banegi Apni Baat'

Shefali Shah in a still from her TV serial ‘Banegi Apni Baat’

In 1993, Shefali Shah was cast in Doordarshan’s ‘Naya Nukkad,’ which was the second season of Doordarshan’s ‘Nukkad.’ The show showcased financially poor and economically backward people struggling to make a living in the metropolitan cities. In 1996, Shefali starred in DD National’s ‘Aarohan.’ The story revolves around women joining the Indian Navy in times when it was not normal for females to work. Shefali Shah played the character of Cadet Nivedita Sen in this 13-episode TV series.

Shefali Shah in a still from her TV serial 'Aarohan'

Shefali Shah in a still from her TV serial ‘Aarohan’

In 1995, she starred in Balaji Telefilms’ ‘Mano Ya Na Mano,’ a horror drama series aired on Zee TV. Shefali was featured in the episode titled ‘Kabzaa’ with Durga Jasraj. The episode was then converted into a full-fledged TV series named ‘Kavach’ which was aired on Colors TV. In 1997, Shefali Shah was cast in Zee TV’s ‘Hasratein.’ She replaced Seema Kapoor after 126 episodes and played the role of Savi. The serial was based on the Marathi novel ‘Adhantari’ written by Jayvant Dalvi.

Bollywood

In 1995, Shefali Shah made her debut with Ram Gopal Varma’s romantic-comedy film ‘Rangeela.’ Shefali Shah made a special appearance in the film as Mala Malhotra. In 1998, Shefali Shah starred in Ram Gopal Varma’s crime film ‘Satya.’ Shefali Shah played the character of Pyari Mhatre, the wife of a gangster.

Shefali Shah in a still from her breakthrough film 'Satya'

Shefali Shah in a still from her breakthrough film ‘Satya’

In 2001, Shefali Shah starred in a comedy-drama film ‘Monsoon Wedding.’ She played the role of a child sexual abuse survivor, Rhea Verma.

Shefali Shah in a still from the award-winning comedy-drama film ‘Monsoon Wedding’

Shefali Shah in a still from the award-winning comedy-drama film ‘Monsoon Wedding’

In 2005, Shefali Shah starred in ‘Waqt: The Race Against Time,’ which was produced and directed by Shefali’s husband, Vipul Amrutlal Shah. Shefali played the role of Amitabh Bachchan‘s wife, Sumitra Thakur.

Shefali Shah in a still from the award-winning film 'Waqt- The Race Against Time'

Shefali Shah in a still from the award-winning film ‘Waqt- The Race Against Time’

In 2007, Shefali Shah was cast in the biographical drama film ‘Gandhi, My Father.’ Shefali Shah played the character of Kasturba Gandhi (Mahatma Gandhi’s wife).

Shefali Shah in a still from the biographical drama film 'Gandhi, My Father,' in which she played the character of Kasturba Gandhi

Shefali Shah in a still from the biographical drama film ‘Gandhi, My Father,’ in which she played the character of Kasturba Gandhi

Shefali Shah receiving the national award for the film 'Gandhi, My Father' from the then president, Pratibha Patil

Shefali Shah receiving the national award for the film ‘Gandhi, My Father’ from the then president, Pratibha Patil

In 2015, Shefali Shah was seen in Zoya Akhtar‘s comedy-drama film ‘Dil Dhadakne Do.’ Shefali played the character of Anil Kapoor’s wife, Neelam Kamal Mehra. Shefali Shah won many awards for her acting in the film.

Shefali Shah in a still from the film 'Dil Dhadakne Do'

Shefali Shah in a still from the film ‘Dil Dhadakne Do’

Web Series

In 2018, Shefali Shah appeared in the romantic-drama film ‘Once Again’ on Netflix. The film was a love story of a famous actor and a restaurateur in which Shefali Shah played the role of Tara Shetty.

Shefali Shah in a still from the Netflix film ‘Once Again’

Shefali Shah in a still from the Netflix film ‘Once Again’

In 2019, Shefali Shah collaborated again with Netflix for the project ‘Delhi Crime.’ The series was based on the aftermath of the 2012 Delhi gang rape and murder case, also known as the ‘Nirbhaya Case.’ Shefali Shah played the role of DCP Vartika Chaturvedi and won many awards for her acting in this Netflix series.

Shefali Shah in a still from the web series 'Delhi Crime'

Shefali Shah in a still from the web series ‘Delhi Crime’

In 2022, Shefali Shah starred in Netflix’s dark comedy film ‘Darlings,’ which was produced by Alia Bhat. The film was based on domestic abuse in which Shefali Shah played the role of Shamshunissa.

Shefali Shah (right) in a still from the Netflix film 'Darlings'

Shefali Shah (right) in a still from the Netflix film ‘Darlings’

In 2022, Shefali Shah was cast in Disney+ Hotstar’s medical thriller series ‘Human,’ which was directed by Vipul Amrutlal Shah. The series was based on the medical scams happening across the world in which Shefali played the role of Dr. Gauri Nath.

Shefali Shah in a still from her Disney+ Hotstar series 'Human'

Shefali Shah in a still from her Disney+ Hotstar series ‘Human’

In 2022, Shefali was cast in Amazon Prime Video’s thriller film ‘Jalsa’ in which she played the role of Rukhsana Mohammad. Shefali was praised by the critics for her performance in the film along with actress Vidya Balan.

Shefali Shah in a still from the Amazon Prime Video's film 'Jalsa'

Shefali Shah in a still from the Amazon Prime Video’s film ‘Jalsa’

Awards

  • In 1997, Shefali Shah won the Zee Woman of the Year Award for her performance in Zee TV’s drama series ‘Hasratein.’
  • In 1998, Shefali Shah was nominated for the People’s Choice Awards for the  film ‘Satya.’
  • In 1999, Shefali Shah won the Best Supporting Actress Award at the 44th Filmfare Awards for the film ‘Satya’ (1998).
  • In 1999, Shefali Shah was nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Female at the Zee Cine Award (ZCA) for the film ‘Satya.’
  • In 2005, she was nominated for the People’s Choice Awards in the category of Best Supporting Actress for the film ‘Waqt: The Race Against Time.’
  • In 2006, Shefali Shah was nominated for Best Supporting Actress at the Filmfare Awards for the film ‘Waqt: The Race Against Time.’
  • In 2006, she won the Best Supporting Actress for the film ‘Waqt: The Race Against Time’ at the Stardust Awards.
  • In 2006, Shefali Shah was nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Female at the Zee Cine Award (ZCA) for the film ‘Waqt: The Race Against Time.’
  • In 2007, she won the Best Actress Award at the Tokyo International Film Festival for the film ‘Gandhi, My Father.’
  • In 2007, Shefali Shah was nominated for the Best Actress in a Supporting Role Award at the Producers Guild Film Awards.
  • In 2008, Shefali Shah won the Best Actress (Critics) at the Zee Cine Award for the film ‘Gandhi, My Father.’
  • In 2009, Shefali Shah won the Best Supporting Actress for the film ‘The Last Lear’ at the 55th National Film Awards.
  • In 2015, she won the Stardust Award for Best Supporting Actress for the film ‘Dil Dhadakne Do.’
  • In 2016, she was nominated for the Filmfare Awards- Best Supporting Actress for the film ‘Dil Dhadakne Do.’
  • In 2018, she won the Best Actress in a Short Film for her film ‘Juice,’ at the 63rd Filmfare Awards.
  • In 2019, she won Best Actress in a Leading Role for the Netflix series ‘Delhi Crime’ at the Asian Academy Creative Awards.
  • In 2021, Shefali Shah received the Vogue Women of the Year 2021 Award.

    Shefali Shah's 'Vogue Women of the Year 2021 Award'

    Shefali Shah’s ‘Vogue Women of the Year 2021 Award’

  • In 2022, Shefali Shah won the Best Actress for the film ‘Jalsa’ at the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM).
  • In 2022, Shefali Shah won the Alberto Sordi Family Awards in the category of International cultural figure. [2]The Tribune
  • In 2023, she won the Most Stylish OTT Entertainer at the Bollywood Hungama Style Icons. [3]Bollywood Hungama
  • In 2023, Shefali Shah won the Best Actress award at the New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF) for the film ‘Three of Us.’ [4]The Economic Times

    Shefali Shah's 'Best Actress Award' from the New York Indian Film Festival 2023 for her film 'Three of Us'

    Shefali Shah’s ‘Best Actress Award’ from the New York Indian Film Festival 2023 for her film ‘Three of Us’

Net Worth

Shefali Shah’s net worth is estimated to be Rs. 375 million; as of 2022.

Favourites

  • Food: Vada pav
  • Painter(s): Mark Rothko and Paul Jackson Pollock
  • Book: ‘Her Again: Becoming Meryl Streep’ by Michael Schulman

Facts/Trivia

  • Shefali Shah loves dogs and often shares photos and videos of her playing with her pets on social media.

    Shefali Shah with her pet dogs at home

    Shefali Shah with her pet dogs at home

  • Shefali Shah is also a painter, and a few of her art pieces have been exhibited at the Art for Concern at Jehangir Art Gallery in Mumbai. In 2016, she took up a six-month course at Metàfora, an art school in Barcelona, Spain. [5]Mumbai Mirror Shefali Shah has gifted one of her paintings to Amitabh Bachchan.

    Shefali Shah presenting her painting to the legendary actor Amitabh Bachchan

    Shefali Shah presenting her painting to the legendary actor Amitabh Bachchan

  • In 2017, she set up her solo painting exhibition in Pune to exhibit her art pieces; however, the exhibition was not a success.
  • In 2021, she started a restaurant named ‘Jalsa’ in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. Shefali Shah herself painted the walls of her restaurant. The restaurant serves authentic Indian and international cuisines. [6]Hindustan Times
    Shefali Shah at her new venture 'Jalsa' in Ahmedabad

    Shefali Shah at her new venture ‘Jalsa’ in Ahmedabad

    Shefali Shah painting the walls of her restaurant 'Jalsa'

    Shefali Shah painting the walls of her restaurant ‘Jalsa’

  • In 2022, Shefali opened the second branch of her restaurant in Bangalore, which was rated well by Lifestyle Asia. [7]Lifestyle Asia
  • Shefali is a trained Bharatanatyam dancer.

    Shefali Shah's childhood photo of performing Bharatanatyam

    Shefali Shah’s childhood photo of performing Bharatanatyam

  • Shefali Shah is often spotted drinking alcoholic beverages with friends at parties and outings.

    Shefali Shah drinking alcohol with a friend at a cafe in Mumbai

    Shefali Shah drinking alcohol with a friend at a cafe in Mumbai

  • She loves to travel and often shares pictures of different travel destinations on social media.

    Shefali Shah at a vacation in Australia

    Shefali Shah at a vacation in Australia

  • Shefali Shah loves cooking and often cooks new recipes whenever she is free from her shoot.
  • In 1995, after shooting for 4 days, Shefali Shah walked out of the set of Ram Gopal Varma’s romantic-comedy film ‘Rangeela’ as she was asked to do something completely opposite of what the role demanded. The actor felt that her decision to do ‘Rangeela’ was a mistake. [8]India Today
  • In the early 1990s, Shefali Shah did Gujarati theatre before joining the Bollywood industry. She was 10 years old when she made her first theatre appearance.
  • Shefali is fluent in many languages like Tulu, Hindi, English, Marathi, and Gujarati.
  • Shefali Shah was just 21 years old when she started playing the role of a mother.
  • In 2015, Shefali became the host of the Hindi language crime show ‘Savdhaan India: India Fights Back.’
  • In 2020, she made her writing and directorial debut with two short films, ‘Someday,’ and ‘Happy Birthday Mummyji.’ Shefali Shah also acted in both short films. ‘Someday’ was premiered at the 51st USA Film Festival and was also screened at the 18th Indian Film Festival Stuttgart in Germany.

    Shefali Shah in a still from her short film 'Happy Birthday Mummyji'

    Shefali Shah in a still from her short film ‘Happy Birthday Mummyji’

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