Chitrangada Singh

Chitrangada Singh (born 30 August 1978) is an Indian film actress who works primarily in Hindi cinema.[1] She has starred in films like Yeh Saali Zindagi, Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi, Desi Boyz, Inkaar, I, Me Aur Main and Baazaar.[2]

Chitrangada Singh
Chitrangada Singh on Movie Set
Born (1978-08-30) 30 August 1978 (age 42)
  • Actress
  • model
Years active2005–present
(m. 2001; div. 2014)
FamilyDigvijay Singh Chahal (elder brother), Chitra Sarwara (sister in law))

Early life and educationEdit

Chitrangada Singh was born in Jodhpur, Rajasthan,[3] growing up there as well as in Kota, Rajasthan, and also Bareilly and Meerut in Uttar Pradesh, the latter city being the last where her father, Col. Niranjan Singh, an ex-Indian Army officer with a transferable job, was posted.[4] 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.[5]


Debut and sabbatical (1991–2010)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 got fame highlighted in Tum To Thehre Pardesi Album sing by Altaf Raja

She drew attention after performing in a music video Sunset Point by Gulzar.[6]

A music video of singer Abhijeet Bhattacharya followed. Subsequently, she made her much acclaimed debut with Sudhir Mishra's film Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi in 2005.[7] The role got her wide acclaim: a review in The Washington Post noted her for giving "her character a deep sense of dignity and decency."[8] After that Chitrangada acted in the 2005 film Kal: Yesterday and Tomorrow.

She took a break from acting from 2005 to 2008.[9][10] In 2008, she made her comeback with the leading role opposite Sanjay Suri in the director Onir's romantic-comedy, Sorry Bhai!.[11] Its release over the weekend of the Mumbai terror attacks proved disastrous at the box office.[12][13]

Commercial cinema (2011–present)Edit

She starred in Rohit Dhawan's Desi Boyz in 2011.she played the role of an economics teacher opposite Akshay Kumar. Desi Boyz also starred John Abraham and Deepika Padukone. In 2012, she performed an item number in Shirish Kunder's Joker.[14]

Her next movie was I, Me Aur Main with John Abraham in 2013.[15] She got together again with her mentor Sudhir Mishra for a short movie Kirchiyaan and for the film Inkaar in 2013.[16] 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.[17]

Brand endorsementEdit

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[18] and Titan Eye Plus.[19]

Personal lifeEdit

Chitrangada Singh was married to golfer Jyoti Randhawa. Chitrangada and her husband separated in 2013 and then formally got divorced in April 2015.[20]


Year Film Language Role Notes
2005 Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi Hindi Geeta Rao
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
2013 Kirchiyaan Hindi Prostitute short film by Sudhir Mishra
Inkaar Hindi Maya Luthra
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
2020 Ghoomketu Hindi Herself Cameo appearance
2021 Bob Biswas Hindi TBA [21]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Film Award Category Result
2006 Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi Bollywood Movie Award Best Female Debut Won


  1. ^ "Personal Agenda: Chitrangada Singh". Hindustan Times. 16 March 2012. Archived from the original on 14 October 2013. Retrieved 18 March 2012.
  2. ^ "Chitrangada Singh Mini Biography". Archived from the original on 10 February 2011. Retrieved 8 December 2010.
  3. ^ "Why did Chitrangada Singh get nostalgic on the sets of Sahib Biwi Aur Gangster 3?" Archived 6 March 2019 at the Wayback Machine (14 November 2017), Mid-Day. Retrieved 5 March 2019.
  4. ^ "'Chitrangda likes black. She thinks she looks thin in it'" Archived 6 March 2019 at the Wayback Machine (6 March 2013), Rediff. Retrieved 5 March 2019.
  5. ^ "Lady Irwin was strict: Chitrangada Singh". The Hindustan Times. 3 July 2009. Archived from the original on 27 March 2020. Retrieved 4 August 2015.
  6. ^ "The next Smita Patil". The Telegraph (Calcutta). Calcutta, India. 14 April 2005. Archived from the original on 26 October 2012. Retrieved 30 January 2012.
  7. ^ The Comeback Girl Archived 11 October 2010 at the Wayback Machine Indian Express, 11 November 2008.
  8. ^ 'A Thousand Dreams': Impassioned in India Archived 17 June 2017 at the Wayback Machine by John Pancake, The Washington Post. 21 April 2005
  9. ^ 'Chitrangada is just taking a break' Archived 8 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine Ashok Chatterjee, TNN, The Times of India, 8 November 2005.
  10. ^ "Chitrangada not in golfing news". The Times of India. 6 September 2009. Archived from the original on 5 November 2012. Retrieved 18 September 2009.
  11. ^ "Chitrangada is back!". Rediff. Archived from the original on 12 October 2020. Retrieved 8 December 2010.
  12. ^ Sorry Bhai is new beginning for me, says Chitrangada Singh Archived 29 April 2010 at the Wayback Machine IANS,, Wednesday, 29 October 2008.
  13. ^ Me and slapstick humor? Not sure: Chitrangda Singh Archived 25 February 2013 at the Wayback Machine Indian Express, 19 December 2008.
  14. ^ "Chitrangda turns playback singer". The Times of India. 23 July 2012. Archived from the original on 10 June 2013. Retrieved 30 June 2013.
  15. ^ "Chitrangada: I wasn't taken seriously as an actor". Archived from the original on 1 March 2013. Retrieved 26 February 2013.
  16. ^ "Sudhir Mishra, Chitrangada Singh team up again in Kirchiyaan". First Post. 31 January 2013. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 4 August 2015.
  17. ^ "Chitrangada again with Akshay" Archived 26 March 2015 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 26 March 2015
  18. ^ "tanishk". Archived from the original on 14 February 2013. Retrieved 12 October 2012.
  19. ^ "Chitrangada bags another brand" Archived 3 April 2015 at the Wayback Machine .Retrieved 26 March 2015
  20. ^ "Chitrangada Singh, Jyoti Randhawa granted divorce". Archived from the original on 3 October 2014. Retrieved 18 April 2014.
  21. ^ "BOB BISWAS: ABHISHEK BACHCHAN, CHITRANGADA SINGH LOOKS DIFFERENT ON THE SETS". PTC Panjab. 28 November 2020. Retrieved 10 December 2020.

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