Chandrachur Singh (born 11 October 1968) is an Indian actor, who mainly works in Hindi cinema.[1] He is the recipient of a Filmfare Award, in addition to receiving nomination for an IIFA Award and a Screen Award.

Chandrachur Singh
Chandrachur in 2010
Born (1968-10-11) 11 October 1968 (age 54)
Years active1990–2022
SpouseAvantika Kumari (m. 1999; estranged)

Early life and career Edit

Singh attended the all-boys boarding school The Doon School in Dehradun, and then went to St. Stephen's College, University of Delhi.[2]

In the early 1990s, Singh, a trained classical singer, taught music at Vasant Valley School and history at his alma mater, The Doon School.[3][4] Singh made his acting debut in 1996 in Tere Mere Sapne which was produced under Amitabh Bachchan Corporation Limited.[5][6] Later that year he starred alongside Tabu in Maachis for which he won the Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut.[7] He appeared in several films as a leading actor which failed to do well, but he had success with his lead roles in the multi-starers Daag: The Fire (1999)[8][9] opposite Sanjay Dutt, Kya Kehna (2000)[10][11][12] opposite Preity Zinta and Josh (2000) opposite Aishwarya Rai and Shah Rukh Khan, for which he won many popular votes.[13] He was nominated for Filmfare Awards on two occasions, in different categories.

After initial successes, his career went into a low, because of multiple dislocations of his shoulder joint, which he suffered while water skiing in Goa. Because of the pain on his shoulder, he couldn't work out or stay fit which caused him to gain weight and lose roles.[14] His last few releases included Aamdani Atthani Kharcha Rupaiyaa (2001),[15][16] Bharat Bhagya Vidhata (2002) and the delayed release Sarhad Paar which was shot in 2002 and released in 2006. All three films flopped at the box office.[17]

In 2012, he made a comeback with the multi-starer film Chaar Din Ki Chandni.[18] The film featured Tusshar Kapoor, Kulraj Randhawa, Anupam Kher, Om Puri and Farida Jalal in lead roles. Chaar Din Ki Chandni received a mixed response from critics, and turned out to be a flop at most places in India. Singh also played a role in the 2012 English-language film The Reluctant Fundamentalist, directed by Mira Nair.[19] He then appeared in Zilla Ghaziabad which had been delayed for years, and finally released in August 2013.[20][21][22][23]

In 2020, he made his big acting comeback with Disney+ Hotstar crime drama television series Aarya, opposite Sushmita Sen.[1][24] It was directed by Ram Madhvani.[25]

Filmography Edit

Films Edit

Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Title Role Notes
1990 Awaargi - Assistant director
1991 Jab Pyaar Kiya Toh Darna Kya Unreleased
1995 The Waiter in Slow Motion Zordar Moothmare Short film
1996 Tere Mere Sapne Rahul Mehta
Maachis Kripal 'Pali' Singh Won- Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut
1997 Betaabi Sameer
1998 Sham Ghansham Sham
1999 Dil Kya Kare Som Dutt
Daag: The Fire Ravi Varma
Silsila Hai Pyar Ka Abhay Sinha
Tumhare Liye Unreleased
2000 Josh Rahul Sharma Nominated- Screen Award for Best Supporting Actor
Kya Kehna Ajay Nominated - Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated- IIFA Award for Best Supporting Actor
2001 Aamdani Atthani Kharcha Rupaiyaa Ravi
2002 Junoon
Bharat Bhagya Vidhata Shabbir Jehangir Khan
Mohabbat Ho Gayi Hai Tumse Raj
2006 Sarhad Paar Ravi
2009 Maruti Mera Dost Raghvendra
2011 Kemiti Ae Bandhana Tanmay Patnaik Oriya film
2012 Chaar Din Ki Chandni Prithvi Singh
Prem Mayee Arun
2013 Zilla Ghaziabad Karamvir
The Reluctant Fundamentalist Bandy Uncle English film
Let’s Talk Chutad Singh Short film
2015 Chal Guru Ho Jaa Shuru Sathya baba
Chooda: Ek Pratha
2017 Aa Gaya Hero Cop
Prakash Electronic
Yadvi - The Dignified Princess Maharaja Bhupinder Singh
2022 Cuttputlli Narinder Singh

Television Edit

Year Title Role Notes
2012 Savdhaan India Akshay Episodic role
Royal Rasoi Host Reality show


Tej Sareen Disney+ Hotstar
2021 Dil Bekaraar Hardik Motla Disney+ Hotstar

References Edit

  1. ^ a b Sonil Dedhia (20 June 2020). "Why Chandrachur Singh vanished". Rediff.
  2. ^ "Chandrachur Singh returns with Aarya". The Telegraph. Kolkota. Archived from the original on 21 June 2020. Retrieved 20 June 2020.
  3. ^ "Chandrachur Singh on fame in the '90s, obscurity in the '00s and his rebirth in Aarya". 7 July 2020. Archived from the original on 21 August 2020. Retrieved 15 August 2020.
  4. ^ "Cinema: Whatever happened to Chandrachur Singh..." Hindustan Times. 28 June 2020. Archived from the original on 30 June 2020. Retrieved 30 June 2020.
  5. ^ Chopra, Anupama (31 December 1996). "A prince and pauper tale". India Today. Living Media. Retrieved 18 December 2014.
  6. ^ "Tere Mere Sapne". Box Office India.
  7. ^ "Maachis Budget and Box Office". Box Office India. Retrieved 29 June 2021.
  8. ^ Suparn Verma (13 February 1999). "Revenge and amnesia". Rediff. Retrieved 10 February 2016.
  9. ^ "review (Planet Bollywood)". Retrieved 19 December 2013.
  10. ^ "Kya Kehna! declared a hit". Hindustan Times. 2000. Archived from the original on 3 March 2001. Retrieved 1 August 2020.
  11. ^ Kapoor, Pankaj (5 September 2002). "Dil Hai Tumhaara? Kya Kehna, Preity!". The Times of India. Retrieved 1 August 2020.
  12. ^ Chatterjee, Saibal (2000). "Bollywood 2000 — love in the time of tainted funds". Hindustan Times. Archived from the original on 12 February 2001.
  13. ^ "Top Worldwide Grossers 2000". Box Office India. 22 July 2015. Retrieved 22 July 2015.
  14. ^ "Chandrachur Singh on 'phase of disillusionment' after films got shelved: 'A sense of surrender came along soon after'". Hindustan Times. 8 June 2020. Archived from the original on 16 June 2020. Retrieved 20 June 2020.
  15. ^ "Box office of 2001 films". Box Office India. Retrieved 6 June 2019.
  16. ^ "Aamdani Atthani Kharcha Rupaiyaa - Movie - Box Office India". Retrieved 11 April 2021.
  17. ^ "Chandrachur Singh on injury that threw his career off track: 'My shoulder would get dislocated, stop shoot for some days'". Hindustan Times. 13 June 2020. Archived from the original on 21 June 2020. Retrieved 20 June 2020.
  18. ^ "Tough times dont last, tough people do: Chandrachur Singh on his acting comeback". Outlook India. Archived from the original on 11 October 2020. Retrieved 11 October 2020.
  19. ^ Kaplan, Fred (19 April 2013). "Mira Nair on 'The Reluctant Fundamentalist'". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 5 April 2016.
  20. ^ "I don't want to be typecast: Chandrachur Singh". Deccan Herald. 19 June 2020. Archived from the original on 11 October 2020. Retrieved 20 June 2020.
  21. ^ "Zila Ghaziabad Movie Review {1.5/5}: Critic Review of Zila Ghaziabad by Times of India". The Times of India.
  22. ^ Joshi, Tushar (22 February 2013). "Film review: 'Zila Ghaziabad' is out of sync". DNA India.
  23. ^ "Review: Zila Ghaziabad is assembly-line garbage -".
  24. ^ "Chandrachur Singh on his comeback with Aarya, years in oblivion: 'I see it as a learning curve'". Hindustan Times. 18 June 2020. Archived from the original on 20 June 2020. Retrieved 20 June 2020.
  25. ^ "Aarya actor Chandrachur Singh: Ram Madhvani has a unique style of filmmaking". 15 June 2020. Archived from the original on 15 June 2020. Retrieved 20 June 2020.

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