Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Shazahn Padamsee

Shazahn Padamsee is an Indian film and stage actress, and model. She appeared in the 2009 Hindi film Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year.

Padamsee is the daughter of renowned ad guru / theatre personality Alyque Padamsee and prominent pop singer Sharon Prabhakar. Shazahn’s acting background includes her subtle performance in her father's play Unspoken Dialogues which turned out to be very successful.

She made her feature film debut in 2009 in the Hindi film Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year opposite Ranbir Kapoor, which opened to critically acclaimed reviews, but failed to succeed at the box office.

Her second and third films were released on the same day, both being South Indian films in Tamil and Telugu respectively. In Kanimozhi, Shazahn played the role of Anu, a girl in the neighbourhood who the lead actor, played by Jai is nervous to express his feelings to.

She had been approached after the director had looked through an online portfolio, and only signed after consent from her father. Upon release, the film gained mixed reviews with Shazahn's portrayal of her character being criticised.

Critics claimed that she "looked pretty and was photographed well" but she could have "expressed more energy and expression" into her role, labelling her as a Barbie doll. However her Telugu film Orange garnered more positive reviews and Shazahn's portrayal of her role was better received by critics. Shazahn's character of Rooba, originally named after a song in the film, appeared in a flashback sequence as the girlfriend of the protaganist played by Ram Charan Teja. A critic from NDTV said her performance was "a delight to watch" and that "Padamsee looks set for a long innings down South", whilst similar claims the critics from Sify and The Hindu claims that she "shines in her role" and that she "brings freshness to the screen".

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