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Ritika Singh (born 16 December 1994) is an Indian actress and mixed martial artist, who predominantly appears in Tamil films in addition to Hindi and Telugu films. She first worked as child artist in Tarzan Ki Beti in 2002.[2] After competing for India at the 2009 Asian Indoor Games and then participating in the Super Fight League, she played a leading role in Sudha Kongara Prasad's Tamil film Irudhi Suttru (also simultaneously shot in Hindi as Saala Khadoos) alongside R. Madhavan.[3] She won Special Mention at the 63rd National Film Awards for her performance in the film. She next appeared in the Telugu cinema film Guru and Tamil film Shivalinga.

Ritika Singh
Ritika Singh at the launch of the short film I Am Sorry.jpg
Singh at the launch of I Am Sorry in 2018
Born Ritika Mohan Singh
(1994-12-16) 16 December 1994 (age 23)[1]
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Nationality Indian
  • Actress
  • Martial artist
Years active 2016-present


Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Singh trained as a kickboxer and as a mixed martial artist since childhood, under the guidance of her father. She made her debut in a national competition by competing in the 52 kg category at the 2009 Asian Indoor Games as a kickboxer. She subsequently appeared in the inaugural season of the Super Fight League and competed as a mixed martial artist.[4][5]

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 10–0 Daizy Singh Decision (Unanimous) SFL 22-23 August 17, 2013 3 5:00 Mumbai, India
Loss 10–0 Irene Cabello Rivera Submission (armbar) SFL 18 May 24, 2013 1 2:06 Mumbai, India
Win 1–1 Aya Saber Decision (Unanimous) SFL 11 November 30, 2012 3 5:00 Mumbai, India
Loss 0–1 Manjit Kolekar TKO (punches) SFL 5 October 19, 2012 2 3:45 Mumbai, India

Acting careerEdit

In 2013, Singh was spotted by director Sudha Kongara Prasad in an advert for the Super Fight League and she later auditioned to play a leading role in her bilingual film, Saala Khadoos (2016), after the makers managed to contact her through the competition's chairman, Raj Kundra.[6] Portraying Madhi, a Marwari girl who grows up in the slums of Chennai, Singh was signed because the makers wanted a professional boxer to act, rather than an actress to act as a boxer. For the Tamil version, Irudhi Suttru, Singh phonetically learned her part in Tamil by writing down the dialogues in Hindi. Co-produced by the film's lead actor R. Madhavan and Rajkumar Hirani, the film was released in late January 2016.[7] Ritika received rave reviews for her portrayal, with stating "she is a marvelous discovery" and "her lip sync, body language and gait is a major highlight for the film".[8] For her performance in Irudhi Suttru, Ritika won the a Special Mention at the 63rd National Film Awards, and became the first actress, who did not dub for her role, to be recognised at the National Awards.[9] Singh later appeared in Manikandan's Aandavan Kattalai, which was released in September 2016.[10]

As of September 2016, Singh is working on P. Vasu's Shivalinga[11][12] and Guru, the Telugu remake of Irudhi Suttru.[13][14][15]



Year Film Award
2016 Irudhi Suttru National Film Award – Special Jury Award
Ananda Vikatan Cinema Awards-Best Actress Award[16]
2nd IIFA Utsavam - Best Actor Female[17]
Saala Khadoos Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut
Zee Cine Award for Best Female Debutant
2017 Guru Apsara Awards - Latest Sensation of the Year
2017 Irudhi Suttru 64th Filmfare Awards South - Best Actor Female[18]
2017 SIIMA 2017 - Best Debutant Female Award[19]
2018 Guru 65th Filmfare Awards South - Critics Award for Best Actress Zee Telugu Golden Awards 2017
2018 Zee Telugu Golden Awards - Best Find of the Year 2017[20]


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  2. ^ "Ritika Singh". Retrieved October 15, 2017.
  3. ^ "Ritika Singh wants to stay grounded". The Indian Express. 2016-01-14. Retrieved 2016-09-25.
  4. ^ Sunaina Kumar (2013-06-22). "Not Your Usual Punching Bags". Tehelka. Retrieved 2016-09-25.
  5. ^ "Ritika Singh MMA Stats, Pictures, News, Videos, Biography". Sherdog. Retrieved 2016-09-25.
  6. ^ "Never thought of acting in Bollywood: boxer Ritika Singh". The Indian Express. 2016-01-12. Retrieved 2016-09-25.
  7. ^ "Saala Khadoos: Ritika Singh not the only real-life boxer in the Rajkumar Hirani movie!". Retrieved 2016-09-25.
  8. ^ "Review : Irudhi Suttru review". Retrieved 2016-09-25.
  9. ^ "It's like winning an Oscar: Ritika Singh on National Award". The Indian Express. 2016-03-28. Retrieved 2016-09-25.
  10. ^ "Aandavan Kattalai: Overwhelming positive response from audiences!". Sify. Retrieved 2016-09-26.
  11. ^ "Lawrence-Ritika in 'Shivalinga' remake". Sify. Retrieved 1 October 2016.
  12. ^ Anupama, Subramanian (16 July 2016). "Lawrence-Ritika film Shivalinga starts rolling". Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 1 October 2016.
  13. ^ "Venkatesh prefers Ritika Singh for remake of Saala Khadoos". The Times of India. 2 September 2016. Retrieved 1 October 2016.
  14. ^ Krishna, Vamsi (18 September 2016). "Guru first look: Venkatesh in rugged avatar for his next, see posters". Indian Express. Hyderabad. Retrieved 1 October 2016.
  15. ^ Srivatsan (27 September 2016). "Irudhi Suttru goes to Tokyo: Director Sudha Kongara says it's a special honour". India Today. New Delhi. Retrieved 1 October 2016.
  16. ^ "Ananda Vikatan Cinema Awards - 2016". (in Tamil). Retrieved 2017-01-28.
  17. ^ "IIFA Utsavam 2017 day 2: Janatha Garage, Kirik Party, U-turn win top awards". Firstpost. 2017-03-30. Retrieved 2017-07-03.
  18. ^ "64th Filmfare Awards South 2017: R Madhavan wins Best Actor, Suriya bags Critics Award". Retrieved 2017-07-03.
  19. ^ "SIIMA 2017 concludes: Ranbir-Kat make a special appearance - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 2017-07-03.
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