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Amrita Singh (born 9 February 1958) is an Indian film and television actress. She has a famous career in the silver screen and earned huge populairity at 80's and 90's film.Now also active in bollywood in various key role in film and TV. Amrita Singh talks a few interviews in media,but film industry respect her a lot for her honest and carefree attitude.
Singh with her daughter Sara Ali Khan.
|Occupation||Film and Television actress|
Saif Ali Khan
(m. 1991; div. 2004)
|Children||2, Sara Ali Khan (Daughter)|
Ibrahim Ali Khan (Son)
|Parent(s)||Shivinder Singh (father) |
Singh was born to a Muslim mother, Rukhsana Sultana, who was a political associate of Sanjay Gandhi during the Indian Emergency in the 1970s. and a Sikh father, army officer Shivinder Singh, from a feudal family. Through her paternal grandmother Mohinder Kaur, Amrita is the great-granddaughter of Sobha Singh, one of the builders of New Delhi, and the great-niece of the late novelist Khushwant Singh. The actress Begum Para is her aunt, while the actor Ayub Khan is her second cousin. Singh attended Modern School in New Delhi and is fluent in English, Punjabi and Hindi.
Singh made her Bollywood debut in 1983 with Betaab, an immensely successful film in which she was paired with Sunny Deol. This was quickly followed by a succession of hits, such as Sunny in 1984, Mard (which was the biggest hit of that year) and Saaheb in 1985, Chameli Ki Shaadi and Naam in 1986 and Khudgarz in 1987. Singh made a successful pair in several films, not only with Sunny Deol and Sanjay Dutt, but also with Anil Kapoor and Amitabh Bachchan, two leading actors of the 1980s. As well as playing leading roles, she also played supporting negative roles in films such as Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman (1992) and Aaina (1993). She also won the Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award for the latter. Amrita is a symbol of that era of bollywood, when drama-romanance-action charged Masala films were popular.She was famous icon of glossy make-up,long skirt and sleevless gown.Her comic timings is still remembered.People will have fond memories of her screen performance in Betaab,Naam,Saheeb,Chameli Ki Shadi,Ainaa dialogues-songs-scenes. She decided to retire into family life and she quit acting after her appearance in the 1993 film Rang.
Singh returned to acting in 2002 with the film 23rd March 1931: Shaheed, in which she played the mother of Bhagat Singh (played by Bobby Deol). She joined the television industry with Ekta Kapoor's family drama Kavyanjali, aired on Star Plus in 2005. Singh was seen in a negative role in the show, that soon gained immense popularity. Later that year, she won acclaim for her performance in yet another negative role for the film Kalyug. In 2007, Singh played the role of gangster Maya Dolas' mother, Ratnaprabha Dolas, in the Sanjay Gupta film Shootout at Lokhandwala, directed by Apoorva Lakhia. Vivek Oberoi played the role of Maya. Later on she appeared in the anthology film Dus Kahaniyaan, where she appeared in the short story Poornmasi.
Continuing her acting journey, Singh played in the film Kajraare in 2010, and also appeared in Aurangzeb under the Yash Raj Films banner, where she was paired with Jackie Shroff after almost two decades. In 2014, she was seen in the film 2 States, produced by Dharma Productions, portraying the role of co-actor Arjun Kapoor's mother. The film released on 18 April 2014. In 2016, she appeared in Flying Jat playing Tiger Shroff's mother and recently in 2017 she appeared in the acclaimed drama Hindi Medium.She played the Principal's role for a glance.
Singh married actor Saif Ali Khan in 1991. The couple married in an Islamic wedding ceremony. Singh converted to Islam before marriage. 12 years younger than her, Khan is the son of former Indian test cricket captain Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, the ninth Nawab of Pataudi and actress Sharmila Tagore.They have faced many controversies but stayed together.Saif Ali Khan has to struggle for some years in his carreer,Amrita was strongly with him.But they decided to separate and Amrita never married anyone else.She gave up acting after her marriage to Khan. After thirteen years of marriage, the couple got divorced in 2004 and Saif ended up a happy relationship with Kareena Kapoor.
Their daughter Sara Ali Khan was born in August 1995 and son Ibrahim Ali Khan in 2001. Sara graduated from Columbia University and their son Ibrahim Ali Khan is studying in England,he is also seen in the film - Tashan. Sara Ali Khan is all set for her debut, through the movie Kedarnath and Simmba. Amrita Singh has given a great supportive motherly role to her adorable daughter. Abhishek Kapoor directed Sushant Singh Rajput and Sara together in an uncommon story of flood-climax in Kedarnath, the holy place. Rohit Shetty directing Simmba which is an action packed film with Ranveer Singh-Sara as a pair.
|1986||Mera Dharam||Durga Thakur|
|1986||Chameli Ki Shaadi||Chameli|
|1986||Kala Dhanda Goray Log||Mrs. Ramola Gauri Shankar / Pooja|
|1987||Naam O Nishan||Vanisha|
|1988||Charnon Ki Saugandh||Kanchan Singh|
|1989||Sachai Ki Taqat||Mrs. Ram Singh|
|1989||Galiyon Ka Badshah||Cameo|
|1989||Ilaaka||Sub-Inspector Neha Singh|
|1990||Karishma Kali Kaa||Parvati|
|1990||Maut Ke Farishtey|
|1990||Aag Ka Dariya|
|1991||Sadhu Sant||Meena Kapoor|
|1991||Paap Ki Aandhi||Reshma|
|1991||Rupaye Dus Karod||Aarthi Saxena|
|1991||Pyaar Ka Saaya||Maya Gangadhami|
|1992||Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman||Sapna L. Chhabria|
|1992||Kal Ki Awaz||Principal Nahim Bilgrami|
|1992||Dil Aashna Hai||Raj|
|1993||Aaina||Roma Mathur||Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award|
|2002||23rd March 1931: Shaheed||Vidya|
|2007||Shootout at Lokhandwala||Aai|
|2007||Dus Kahaniyaan||Mala||Pooranmasi (story)|
|2014||2 States||Kavita Malhotra||Nominated, Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award|
|2016||A Flying Jatt||Mrs. Dhillon|
- Kavyanjali as Nitya Nanda
Awards and nominationsEdit
- 1991: won
- 1994: Won, Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award for Aaina
- 2005: Won, Indian Telly Award For Best Actress in a Negative Role (Jury) for Kavyanjali
- 2006: Won, Star Parivaar Award for Favorite Khalnayak for Kavyanjali
- 2006: Nominated, Filmfare Best Villain Award for Kalyug
- 2014: Nominated: Stardust Award for Best Supporting Actress for 2 States
- 2015: Nominated: Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award for 2 States
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