Patralekha Paul

Patralekha Paul (born 20 February 1989) is an Indian actress.[4][5][6] She made her debut with director Hansal Mehta's Hindi film CityLights,[5][7] alongside Rajkummar Rao.[8][9]

Patralekha Paul
Patralekha gracing ‘Filmfare Glamour & Style Awards 2016’.jpg
Paul gracing Filmfare Glamour & Style Awards 2016
Patralekha Paul

(1989-02-20) 20 February 1989 (age 32)[1][2]
Other namesAnwita Paul[4]
Years active2014–present
(m. 2021)

Early lifeEdit

Patralekha was born in Shillong, Meghalaya, in a Bengali family, to a Chartered Accountant father and a homemaker mother Papri Paul. In an interview, she stated that her grandmother was a poet. She has two siblings Parnalekha Paul and Agnish Paul. She went to The Assam Valley School, a boarding school, and then graduated from Bishop Cotton Girls' School, Bangalore. Her father wanted her to follow in his footsteps, but she was interested in acting.[10] While studying in H.R. College of Commerce and Economics she did a few commercials for Blackberry, and Tata Docomo, before getting a break in films.[1]

Personal lifeEdit

Patralekha has been in a relationship with actor Rajkummar Rao since 2010.[11] On November 15, 2021 the couple got married in a traditional Hindu wedding.[12]


Patralekha made her film debut with a leading role in the drama CityLights, opposite Rajkummar Rao.[13] Directed by Hansal Mehta, the film tells the story of a poor couple living in Rajasthan who move to Mumbai in search of livelihood.[14] Made on a low budget, the film became a commercial success[15] and earned her positive reviews from critics.

Patralekha with Love Games co-stars Gaurav Arora and Tara Alisha Berry

Her next film, Love Games, was an urban-thriller directed by Vikram Bhatt and produced by Mukesh Bhatt and Mahesh Bhatt.[2][16] The cast of the film included Patralekha, Gaurav Arora and Tara Alisha Berry.[17][18]



Year Movies Role Notes
2014 CityLights Rakhi Singh Screen Award for Best Female Debut
2016 Love Games Ramona Raichand
2018 Nanu Ki Jaanu[19] Siddhi
2019 Where is My Kannadaka TBA

Television / Web seriesEdit

Year Title Character Network Notes Ref.
2017 Bose:Dead/Alive Nandani ALTBalaji [20]
2018 Cheers Prerna JioCinema India's First VR Web Series
2019 Badnaam Gali Nayonika (Nayan) ZEE5 [21]
2020 Forbidden Love Kiya ZEE5 Segment : Arranged Marriage [22]
2021 Mai Hero Boll Raha Hu Laila ALTBalaji, ZEE5 [23]


Year Award(s) Category Work Result
2015 Star Screen Awards Star Screen Award for Most Promising Newcomer - Female CityLights Won


  1. ^ a b Vaibhavi V Risbood (20 February 2016). "Reports about my break-up with Rajkummar astonished me: Patralekha". The Times of India. Retrieved 12 April 2016.
  2. ^ a b Press Trust of India (28 March 2016). "Did not get many offers after 'CityLights': Patralekha". IBNLive. Retrieved 12 April 2016.
  3. ^ "Patralekha wants to act with everyone — from Meryl Streep to Ranbir Kapoor". Hindustan Times. 29 May 2014. Retrieved 12 April 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Why Rajkummar and Patralekha are tight-lipped about their relationship". The Times of India. 6 May 2014. Retrieved 12 April 2016.
  5. ^ a b IANS (29 May 2014). "Newcomer Patralekha eyeing Hollywood". The Times of India. Retrieved 12 April 2016.
  6. ^ Anand Vaishnav (28 May 2014). "CityLights Actress Patralekha Is Happy With Her Unconventional Debut". Retrieved 12 April 2016.
  7. ^ Indo-Asian News Service (29 May 2014). "Patralekha Wants to go to Hollywood, Star With Streep, Roberts and Winslet". NDTV Retrieved 12 April 2016.
  8. ^ IANS (26 May 2014). "Patralekha has a clarity about what she's doing: Mahesh Bhatt". The Times of India. Retrieved 12 April 2016.
  9. ^ Aanchal Tuli (11 May 2014). "Patralekha talks about memories of Delhi". The Times of India. Retrieved 12 April 2016.
  10. ^ IANS (28 May 2014). "Vidya Balan my inspiration: Patralekha". The Times of India. Retrieved 12 April 2016.
  11. ^ "Bollywood celebs on a vacation".
  12. ^ "Rajkummar Rao marries Patralekhaa in Chandigarh". India Today. 15 November 2021.
  13. ^ "Rajkummar Rao's girlfriend to debut in Citylights". India Today. 2 May 2014. Retrieved 12 August 2014.
  14. ^ Jaskiran Kapoor (16 May 2014). "Girl And the City". The Indian Express. Retrieved 12 April 2016.
  15. ^ IANS (12 June 2014). "Patralekha dedicates 'Citylights' success to Mahesh Bhatt, Hansal Mehta". The Indian Express. Retrieved 12 April 2016.
  16. ^ Gaikwad, Pramod (3 March 2016). "Love Games trailer: Patralekhaa starrer is all about love, lust and betrayals". The Indian Express. Retrieved 3 March 2016.
  17. ^ "Patralekha sizzles in Love Games poster". The Hindu. 3 March 2016. Retrieved 3 March 2016.
  18. ^ "Raj Kummar Rao calls Patralekha hot in 'Love Games' poster". Times of India. Retrieved 3 March 2016.
  19. ^ Chauhan, Gaurang (26 March 2018). "It's Patralekhaa vs Rajkummar Rao at the box office as Nanu Ki Jaanu clashes with Omerta". Times Now. Retrieved 26 March 2018.
  20. ^ "Bose Dead/Alive trailer: Rajkummar Rao tells the difference between revolutionary and slave". Hindustan Times. 18 August 2017. Retrieved 11 November 2017.
  21. ^ "Patralekhaa to play surrogate mother in Zee 5 web feature Badnaam Gali; film will release on 10 May". First Post. Retrieved 8 November 2021.
  22. ^ "ZEE5 original 'Forbidden Love' pushes boundaries to deconstruct emotions & explore the edgy side of 4 love stories". India Today.
  23. ^ "Patralekhaa plays aspiring actress in Mai Hero Boll Raha Hu". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 31 March 2021.

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