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Chitrangada Singh (born 30 August 1976)[1] is an Indian film actress who works primarily in Hindi cinema.[2] She has starred in films like Yeh Saali Zindagi, Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi, Desi Boyz, Inkaar, I, Me Aur Main and Baazaar.[3]

Chitrangada Singh
Chitrangada Singh walks the ramp for Intrika Brand launch (6) (cropped).jpg
Singh at the Intrika Brand launch, Nov. 2016
Born (1976-08-30) 30 August 1976 (age 42)
OccupationActress, model, producer
Years active2003–present
Spouse(s)Jyoti Singh Randhawa
(m.2001–2014; 1 child)
Parent(s)Col. Niranjan Singh Chahal
FamilyDigvijay Singh Chahal (elder brother)

Chitrangada Chahal was born in Jodhpur, Rajasthan. Her father, Col. Niranjan Singh Chahal, is an Indian Army officer. Her brother Digvijay Singh Chahal is a golfer. After her schooling in Meerut at Sophia Girls' School, she completed her graduation in Home Science (food and nutrition) from Lady Irwin College, New Delhi.[4] She has received formal training in Kathak.



Debut and sabbatical (2003 to 2010)Edit

Singh began her career as a model before making the transition to the silver screen. After completing her college education she began modeling with brands like ICICI bank and Alukkas Jewellery among others.

She drew attention after performing in a music video Sunset Point by Gulzar.[5]

A music video of singer Abhijeet Bhattacharya followed. Subsequently, she made her much acclaimed debut with Sudhir Mishra's film Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi in 2003.[6] The role got her wide acclaim: a Washington Post review noted her for giving "her character a deep sense of dignity and decency."[7] After that Chitrangada acted in the 2005 film Kal: Yesterday and Tomorrow.

She took a break from acting from 2005 to 2008.[8][9] In 2008, she made her comeback with the leading role opposite Sanjay Suri in the director Onir's romantic-comedy, Sorry Bhai!.[10] Its release over the weekend of the Mumbai terror attacks proved disastrous at the box office.[11][12]

Commercial cinema (2011–present)Edit

John Abraham, Deepika Padukone, Chitrangada Singh and Akshay Kumar during their film Desi Boyz Promotions, 2011

She then starred in Rohit Dhawan's Desi Boyz, where she played the role of an economics teacher opposite Akshay Kumar. Desi Boyz also starred John Abraham and Deepika Padukone.

In Sudhir Mishra's movie Yeh Saali Zindagi (2011), Singh played the role of an aspiring singer from Delhi who goes to Mumbai to get fame and money.

In 2012, she performed an item number in Shirish Kunder's Joker.[13]

In 2013, her next movie was I, Me Aur Main with John Abraham .[14]

She got together again with her mentor Sudhir Mishra for a short movie Kirchiyaan and for the film Inkaar in 2013.[15] In 2014, she then appeared in a special song with Suriya in Tamil film Anjaan.

In 2015, she again performed a special song with Akshay Kumar for the second time in his film, Gabbar is Back.[16]

Brand endorsementEdit

Chitrangada Singh is a brand ambassador for Airtel, Parachute, Puma, Borges Olive Oil, Garnier, Aliva Crackers, Taj Mahal Tea and Joyalukkas Jewellers. She also endorses Tata Group's Tanishq[17] and Titan Eye Plus.[18]

Personal lifeEdit

Chitrangada Singh was married to golfer Jyoti Randhawa. Chitrangada and her husband separated in 2013 and then formally got divorced in April 2014.[19] The couple has a son named Zorawar; his custody has been granted to Chitrangada.[20][21]


Singh at the press conference of DID Li’l Masters in 2018
  Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Film Language Role Notes
2003 Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi Hindi Geeta Rao Nominated—Zee Cine Award for Best Female Debut
Nominated—Apsara Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
2005 Kal: Yesterday and Tomorrow Hindi Bhavana Dayal
2008 Sorry Bhai! Hindi Aaliya
2011 Yeh Saali Zindagi Hindi Priti
Desi Boyz Hindi Tanya Sharma
2012 Joker Hindi Herself Special appearance in the song "Kafirana"
2013 Inkaar Hindi Maya Luthra Nominated—Screen Award for Best Actress
I, Me Aur Main Hindi Anushka Lal
Kirchiyaan Hindi Prostitute short film by Sudhir Mishra
2014 Anjaan Tamil Herself Special appearance in the song "Sirippu En"
2015 Gabbar is Back Hindi Herself Special appearance in song "Aao Raja"
2017 Munna Michael Hindi Judge of Dancing Star Cameo appearance
2018 Soorma Hindi Producer
Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster 3 Hindi Suhani
Baazaar Hindi Mandira Kothari

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Film Award Category Result
2006 Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi Bollywood Movie Award Best Female Debut Won
Producers Guild Film Awards Best Actress in a Leading Role Nominated
Screen Awards Best Debut Nominated
Zee Cine Award Best Female Debut Nominated
2009 Young Women Achiever Award Young Women Achiever Award by FICCI Won[22]


  1. ^ "Chitrangda Singh".
  2. ^ "Personal Agenda: Chitrangada Singh". Hindustan Times. 16 March 2012. Retrieved 2012-03-18.
  3. ^ "Chitrangada Singh Mini Biography". Retrieved 2010-12-08.
  4. ^ "Lady Irwin was strict: Chitrangada Singh". The Hindustan Times. 3 July 2009. Retrieved 2015-08-04.
  5. ^ "The next Smita Patil". Calcutta, India: The Telegraph (Calcutta). 14 Apr 2005. Retrieved 30 Jan 2012.
  6. ^ The Comeback Girl Indian Express, 11 November 2008.
  7. ^ 'A Thousand Dreams': Impassioned in India by John Pancake, Washington Post. 21 April 2005
  8. ^ 'Chitrangada is just taking a break' Ashok Chatterjee, TNN, The Times of India, 8 November 2005.
  9. ^ "Chitrangada not in golfing news". The Times of India. 6 September 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-18.
  10. ^ "Chitrangada is back!". Rediff. Retrieved 2010-12-08.
  11. ^ Sorry Bhai is new beginning for me, says Chitrangada Singh IANS,, Wednesday, 29 October 2008.
  12. ^ Me and slapstick humor? Not sure: Chitrangda Singh Indian Express, 19 December 2008.
  13. ^ "Chitrangda turns playback singer". The Times Of India. 23 July 2012.
  14. ^ "Chitrangada: I wasn't taken seriously as an actor". Retrieved 26 February 2013.
  15. ^ "Sudhir Mishra, Chitrangada Singh team up again in Kirchiyaan". First Post. 31 January 2013. Retrieved 4 August 2015.
  16. ^ "Chitrangada again with Akshay" Retrieved 26 March 2015
  17. ^ "tanishk". Retrieved 12 October 2012.
  18. ^ "Chitrangada bags another brand" .Retrieved 26 March 2015
  19. ^ "Chitrangada Singh, Jyoti Randhawa granted divorce". Retrieved 2014-04-18.
  20. ^ "Celebrity splits of 2013". Retrieved 2013-12-27.
  21. ^ "Chitrangada Singh divorces Jyoti Randhawa, fears losing custody of son Zoravar". Retrieved 2013-12-27.
  22. ^ Chitrangada Singh gets achievement award IANS,, 21 April 2009.

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