Payal Rohatgi

Payal Rohatgi (born 9 November 1984[1]) is an Indian actress and reality TV performer who appears in Bollywood films.[1] She was a contestant in the reality show Bigg Boss in 2008.[3]

Payal Rohatgi
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Payal Rohatgi at the Colors Indian Telly Awards, 2012
Born9 November 1984 (1984-11-09) (age 36)[1]
OccupationActress, Model
Years active2002–2018
TitleSupermodel Miss Tourism World 2001
Miss India Tourism 2001[2]
Partner(s)Sangram Singh (2011–present)

Early lifeEdit

Rohatgi was born in Hyderabad and earned a degree in computer engineering.[citation needed]


Rohatgi started her career by being part of the Femina Miss India pageant in the year with Priyanka Chopra, Lara Dutta and Dia Mirza.[citation needed] She later went on to represent India as Miss India Tourism in Miss Tourism World pageant internationally.[4][better source needed] There Rohatgi won the title of Supermodel Miss Tourism World.[5][6][better source needed]

Rohatgi modeled for popular brands like Amul, Nirma, Nescafe, Dabur Hair Oil, Jaguar Bath Panel.[citation needed] She gained attention after appearing in a television ad for Cadbury's Temptations Chocolates. Around this time she also appeared in music videos by rock band, Silk Route and Indipop artist, KK.[7][better source needed]

In 2002, she did her debut with Yeh Kya Ho Raha Hai?, and in 2006, she appeared in 36 China Town.[8] In the same year, she was offered an item song in the Madhur Bhandarkar film Corporate. She made a cameo appearance in Ugly Aur Pagli, which was released in August 2008. In mid-September, she appeared opposite Irrfan Khan in Dil Kabaddi.[9] Rohatgi was considered a sex symbol by the Indian media during her early career in films.[10][11]

Payal Rohatgi made her theatre debut with director and producer Vandana Sajnani's play called Fourplay in 2010.[12]

Payal Rohatgi and Sangram Singh with Sumeet Raghavan on the sets of Jay Hind! show

In September 2013, Rohatgi was featured in Life OK's TV fiction show Hum Ne Li Hai Shapath where she played the supervillain Gong in a special episode of the comic series.[13] In 2014, Rohatgi was part of the National Anthem shot by director Rajeev Walia.[14][15] In September 2014, Rohatgi made her television debut on the Sony TV show Humsafars.[16]

Personal lifeEdit

Rohatgi is in a relationship with Indian Sangram Singh since 2011, whom she met on the sets of reality show Survivor India.[17][18] On 27 February 2014, she got engaged to wrestler Sangram Singh in Ahmedabad.[19] In April 2015, Rohatgi with her fiancé wrestler Sangram Singh were seen in the dance reality show Nach Baliye 7, on Star Plus. They lasted in the show till the 7th final episode.[20][21][22]

They were the brand ambassadors of International Human Rights Organisation (IHRO), an Indian NGO from New Delhi,[23] and are a part of their new campaign Aware India for Health and Education.[24][better source needed]


In 2012, Rohatgi alleged sexual harassment by director Dibakar Banerjee[25][26] and Anurag Kashyap.[27]

Rohatgi shared fake news and fringe theories multiple times from Twitter account.[28][29][30][31] She was locked from Twitter for a week for "communalising" 2019 Hyderabad gang rape.[32] Twitter handle of Mumbai police blocked Rohatgi in 2019 but later unblocked her when Chief Minister's wife, Amruta Fadnavis, voiced support for her.[33][34]

During 2018 Kerala floods, Payal Rohatgi claimed that it was wrath of God due to cow slaughter.[31] Her remarks were called as "insensitive" and she was trolled on Twitter due to her remarks.[35]

In July 2019, she also commented on inequality in Islam in Instagram over Zaira Wasim's decision to leave Bollywood.[36] Police complaint against her was lodged at Oshiwara police station in August 2019 over her remarks.[37][38]

Rohatgi also attacked the 19th century Indian social reformer Raja Ram Mohan Roy as a "traitor" & lackey of British, and accused him of defaming the tradition of Sati.[39][40] She also glorified the tradition of Sati, saying that women burned themselves alive in order to evade rape by Islamic invaders.[41][42][43] Hindol Sengupta and Sanjeev Sanyal presented balanced view of the events over her remarks. Museum Secretary of Raja Ram Mohan Roy Memorial Museum said that Rohatgi seems to know nothing about him.[44]

In June 2019, Rohatgi claimed that maratha ruler Shivaji was born in shudra varna and later moved up in caste hierarchy.[45][46] NCP leader Jitendra Awhad filed complaint against her in Mumbai and demanded arrest of her over her remarks.[47] She issued a video apology over Twitter.[48][49][50]

Rohatgi claimed that Jawaharlal Nehru, first prime minister of India, was not legitimate child of Motilal Nehru but born out of an illicit relationship of Kamala Nehru with another man in Facebook video in October 2019.[51] She also alleged that Motilal Nehru had five wives.[52] Youth Congress leader lodged police complaint against her for insulting the Nehru family.[53][54][55][56] Later, she offered public apology to Priyanka Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi.[57] On 15 December, she was detained by Bundi Police in Ahmedabad due to her remarks on Nehru-Gandhi family.[58] She was later arrested. On 16 December 2019 Court sent her in Judicial custody for 9 days till 24 December 2019.[59] On 17 December she was released on bail.[60]

Rohatgi wrote a series of vulgar tweets about Muslim women participating in Citizenship (Amendment) Bill protests for which Twitter suspended her account for a week in June 2020. Her account was permanently suspended in July 2020.[61] A Metropolitan Magistrate court in Mumbai noted that the tweets prima facie "show disregard against Muslim women and Community" and ordered a technical investigation.[62][63]


Year Title Role language Other notes
2002 Yeh Kya Ho Raha Hai? Esha Hindi Remake of American Pie
2002 Refuge[64] Miss World Tourism 2001 English
2002 Patth Hindi
2003 Tumse Milkar Flora Hindi
2004 Plan Tanya Hindi
2004 Police Force: An Inside Story Item Song Hindi
2004 Rakht Tanya Hindi
2005 Laila – A Mystery Laila Hindi
2004 Tauba Tauba Payal Hindi Remake of Private Lessons
2005 Chetna: The Excitement Chetna Hindi
2005 Fun - Can Be Dangerous Sometimes Natasha Hindi First Indian film based on wife swapping
2006 36 China Town Gracy HIndi Remake of Once Upon a Crime
2006 Mr. 100% Hindi
2006 Corporate Item Song Hindi
2007 Heyy Babyy Special appearance Hindi Remake of Three Men and a Baby
2007 Thirupachi Aruva[65] Item Song Telugu
2007 Dhol Sophie Hindi
2008 Ugly Aur Pagli Guest Appearance Hindi
2008 Dil Kabaddi Kaya Hindi
2012 Valentine's Night Sanjana Hindi
2018 Halfa Macha Ke Gail[66] Item Song Bhojpuri


Year Name Role Notes Ref(s)
2007 Fear Factor India 2 Contestant 4th Place
2008 Bigg Boss 2 Evicted on Day 69 [67]
2009 Raaz Pichhle Janam Ka
2010 Meethi Choori No 1
CID Herself
2011 Zor Ka Jhatka: Total Wipeout 1 Contestant
2012 Survivor India 1 6th Place, Voted out Day 41
2013 Hum Ne Li Hai-Shapath Payal
Welcome – Baazi Mehmaan Nawazi Ki 1 Contestant Winner
Bigg Boss 7 Guest To support Sangram Singh
2014 Box Cricket League 1 Contestant Player in Rowdy Banglore [68]
2014–2015 Humsafars Anam Negative lead
2015 Nach Baliye 7 Contestant Eliminated 7th
2025 Jaane Kya Hoga Aage Forum Special appearance
Agent Raghav - Crime Branch Manjeera Special appearance
2016 Suryaputra Karn Amba / Shikhandini / Shikhandi Supporting role


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