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Amrita Singh in 2011
|Born||9 February 1958|
|Occupation||Film and television actress|
|Years active||1983 – present|
|Children||Sara and Ibrahim Ali Khan|
Her maternal grandmother Zarina, was the elder sister of actor Begum Para, mother of actor Ayub Khan. She was also the daughter of Mian Ehsan Ul Haque, who came from a landowning family. He was a judge and the Chief Justice of the highest court in the princely state of Bikaner, northern Rajasthan. Through her father, she is a relative of novelist Khushwant Singh and businessman Sir Sobha Singh of New Delhi.
1983 to 1993
Amrita made her Bollywood debut in 1983 with Betaab, a vastly successful film in which she was paired with Sunny Deol. This was quickly followed by a succession of hits, such as: Sunny in 1984, Mard (which was the biggest hit of that year) and Saaheb in 1985, Chameli Ki Shaadi and Naam in 1986, Khudgarz in 1987, etc. Amrita made a successful pair in several films not only with Sunny Deol and Sanjay Dutt, but also with Anil Kapoor and Amitabh Bachchan, two leading actors of the 1980s.
As well as playing leading roles, she also played supporting negative roles in films such as Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman (1992) and Aaina (1993). She also won the Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award for the latter. These successes did not dissuade her from her resolve to retire into family life and Amrita quit acting after 1993.
2002 to Present
She returned to acting in 2002 with the film 23rd March 1931: Shaheed, in which she played the mother of Bhagat Singh (played by Bobby Deol). She then appeared on the Star Plus television serial, Kkavyanjali, in 2005. Later that year, she won acclaim for her performance in yet another negative role for the film Kalyug.
In 2007, Amrita played the role of the gangster Maya Dolas' mother, Ratnaprabha Dolas, in the Sanjay Gupta film Shootout at Lokhandwala, directed by Apoorva Lakhia. Vivek Oberoi played the role of Maya. Later on Amrita appeared in the anthology film Dus Kahaniyaan, where she appeared in the short story Poornmasi.
Continuing her acting journey, Amrita played in the film Kajraare in 2010 and recently appeared in Aurangzeb under the Yash Raj Films banner where she was paired with Jackie Shroff after almost two decades. In 2014 she was seen in the movie 2 States produced by Dharma Productions portraying the role of co-actor Arjun Kapoor's mother. Film released on 18 April 2014.
In 1991, Amrita married Saif Ali Khan. He is the son of cricketer Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, the Ninth Nawab of Pataudi and actress Sharmila Tagore. In 1993, she gave up acting for a family life with her husband. Together they have two children, a daughter named Sara Ali Khan (born September 1993) and a son named Ibrahim Ali Khan (born October 2001).
After thirteen years of marriage, they divorced in 2004.
|1986||Mera Dharam||Durga Thakur|
|1986||Chameli Ki Shaadi||Chameli|
|1986||Kala Dhanda Goray Log||Mrs. Ramola Gauri Shankar / Pooja|
|1987||Naam O Nishan||Vanisha|
|1988||Charnon Ki Saugandh||Kanchan Singh|
|1989||Sachai Ki Taqat||Mrs. Ram Singh|
|1989||Galiyon Ka Badshah||Cameo|
|1989||Ilaaka||Sub-Inspector Neha Singh|
|1990||Maut Ke Farishtey|
|1990||Aag Ka Dariya|
|1991||Paap Ki Aandhi|
|1991||Rupaye Dus Karod|
|1991||Pyaar Ka Saaya||Maya Gangadhami|
|1992||Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman||Sapna L. Chhabria|
|1992||Kal Ki Awaz||Principal Nahim Bilgrami|
|1992||Dil Aashna Hai||Raj|
|1993||Aaina||Roma Mathur||Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award|
|2002||23rd March 1931: Shaheed||Vidya|
|2007||Shootout at Lokhandwala||Aai|
|2007||Dus Kahaniyaan||Mala||Pooranmasi – Story|
|2014||2 States||Kavita Malhotra|
- Kavyanjali as Nitya Nanda
Awards and nominations
- 1994: Won: Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award for *Aaina
- 2007: Nominated: Filmfare Best Villain Award for Kalyug
- 2005: Won: Indian Telly Awards Best Actress in Negative Role (Jury) for Kavyanjali
- Iloveindia.com: Bollywood – Amrita Singh
- "Amrita Singh's back". The Hindu. 6 December 2004. Retrieved 22 August 2011.
- "2 States: Amrita Singh to play Arjun Kapoor's mother". the times of india. Retrieved 18 March 2014.
- Zee24Taas (10 February 2012). "Saif Kareena @ Marathi Natak.flv". YouTube. Retrieved 13 August 2012.
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