Ritika Singh

Indian actress and mixed martial artist
Ritika Singh
Ritika Singh at Saala Khadoos screening (cropped).jpg
Ritika Singh in 2016
Born Ritika Mohan Singh
(1994-12-16) 16 December 1994 (age 22)[1]
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Nationality Indian
Occupation Actor, martial artist
Years active 2016–present
Height 5 ft 4 in (163 cm)
Weight 56 kg (123 lb)

Ritika Singh (born 16 December 1994) is an Indian actress and mixed martial artist, who predominantly appears in Tamil films and also has appeared in Hindi and Telugu films. 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 shot in Hindi as Saala Khadoos) alongside R. Madhavan.[2] She won Special Mention at the 63rd National Film Awards for her performance in Irudhi Suttru.

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Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Ritika Singh trained as a kickboxer and as a mixed martial artist from her 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.[3][4]

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 1–3 Daizy Singh Decision (Unanimous) SFL 22-23 August 17, 2013 3 5:00 Mumbai, India
Loss 1–2 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 was 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.[5] 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.[6] Ritika received rave reviews for her portrayal, with Sify.com stating "she is a marvelous discovery" and "her lip sync, body language and gait is a major highlight for the film".[7] 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.[8] Singh later appeared in Manikandan's Aandavan Kattalai, which was released in September 2016.[9]

As of September 2016, Singh is working on P. Vasu's Shivalinga[10][11] and Guru, the Telugu remake of Irudhi Suttru.[12][13][14]

FilmographyEdit

Year Film Role Language Notes
2016 Irudhi Suttru Ezhil Madhi Tamil National Film Award – Special Jury Award
Saala Khadoos Hindi Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut
Aandavan Kattalai Karmeghakuzhali Tamil
2017 Shivalinga Sathya Tamil Post-Production
Guru Telugu Filming
Vanangamudi Tamil Filming

AwardsEdit

Year Film Award
2016 Irudhi Suttru National Film Award – Special Jury Award
Ananda Vikatan Cinema Awards-Best Actress Award[15]
Saala Khadoos Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Ritika Singh learns Tamil for her next". The Times of India. 6 April 2016. Retrieved 7 October 2016. 
  2. ^ "Ritika Singh wants to stay grounded". The Indian Express. 2016-01-14. Retrieved 2016-09-25. 
  3. ^ Sunaina Kumar (2013-06-22). "Not Your Usual Punching Bags". Tehelka. Retrieved 2016-09-25. 
  4. ^ "Ritika Singh MMA Stats, Pictures, News, Videos, Biography". Sherdog. Retrieved 2016-09-25. 
  5. ^ "Never thought of acting in Bollywood: boxer Ritika Singh". The Indian Express. 2016-01-12. Retrieved 2016-09-25. 
  6. ^ "Saala Khadoos: Ritika Singh not the only real-life boxer in the Rajkumar Hirani movie!". India.com. Retrieved 2016-09-25. 
  7. ^ "Review : Irudhi Suttru review". Sify.com. Retrieved 2016-09-25. 
  8. ^ "It's like winning an Oscar: Ritika Singh on National Award". The Indian Express. 2016-03-28. Retrieved 2016-09-25. 
  9. ^ "Aandavan Kattalai: Overwhelming positive response from audiences!". Sify. Retrieved 2016-09-26. 
  10. ^ "Lawrence-Ritika in 'Shivalinga' remake". Sify. Retrieved 1 October 2016. 
  11. ^ Anupama, Subramanian (16 July 2016). "Lawrence-Ritika film Shivalinga starts rolling". Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 1 October 2016. 
  12. ^ "Venkatesh prefers Ritika Singh for remake of Saala Khadoos". The Times of India. 2 September 2016. Retrieved 1 October 2016. 
  13. ^ Krishna, Vamsi (18 September 2016). "Guru first look: Venkatesh in rugged avatar for his next, see posters". Indian Express. Hyderabad. Retrieved 1 October 2016. 
  14. ^ 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. 
  15. ^ "Ananda Vikatan Cinema Awards - 2016". www.vikatan.com (in Tamil). Retrieved 2017-01-28. 

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