Shefali Shah (born July 1972) is an Indian actress who works in Bollywood films. 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).
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.
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). She spent her early childhood at the RBI quarters in Santa Cruz, Mumbai where she attended Arya Vidya Mandir, Santacruz, Mumbai. She speaks Tulu, Hindi, English and Gujarati fluently.
Shah made her film debut with Rangeela (1995), although she only had a few scenes in the film. She ventured into television with the serial Kabhie Kabhie.
She starred in the critically acclaimed film Satya (1998) for which she received the Star Screen Award Best Supporting Actress and a Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actress.
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 break through 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.
Shah was married to television actor Harsh Chhaya. After their divorce, she married director Vipul Amrutlal Shah. She has two sons with Shah.
Awards and nominations
|1999||Satya||Star Screen Award||Star Screen Award Best Supporting Actress||Won|
|1999||Satya||Filmfare Award||Filmfare Critics Award Best Actress||Won|
|1999||Satya||Filmfare Award||Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress||Nominated|
|1999||Satya||Zee Cine Award||Best Supporting Actress||Nominated|
|2006||Waqt: The Race Against Time||Filmfare Award||Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress||Nominated|
|2006||Waqt: The Race Against Time||Zee Cine Award||Best Supporting Actress||Nominated|
|2006||Waqt: The Race Against Time||Star Screen Award||Star Screen Award Best Supporting Actress||Nominated|
|2007||The Last Lear||National Film Award||National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress:||Won|
|2007||Gandhi, My Father||Tokyo International Film Festival||Best Actress:||Won|
|2007||Gandhi, My Father||Producers Guild Film Awards||Best Supporting Actress:||Nominated|
|2015||Dil Dhadakne Do||Stardust Awards||Stardust Award for Best Supporting Actress||Won|
|2015||Dil Dhadakne Do||Filmfare Awards||Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress||Nominated|
|2015||Dil Dhadakne Do||Screen Awards||Best Ensemble Cast||Won|
|1998||Satya||Pyaari Mhatre||Won, Filmfare Critics Award Best Actress|
|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|
|2015||Dil Dhadakne Do||Neelam Mehra||Nominated , Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress|
|2016||The Jungle Book||Raksha (voice in Hindi version)|
|2017||Commando 2||Veena Malik|
- Banegi Apni Baat as Richa
- Raahein - Lead role
- Kabhie Kabhie (1997) as Radha Pathak
- Hasratein (1996/97) as Savithri/Saavi
- Naya Nukkad
- Sea Hawks
- Tolo TV Kabul