Celina Jaitly

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Celina Jaitly
Beauty pageant titleholder
Celina Jaitley at Swarovski Gems event (4) (cropped).jpg
Jaitly in 2007
Born (1981-11-24) 24 November 1981 (age 32)
Shimla, India
Occupation Actress, Entrepreneur, Writer
Years active 2001–present
Height 170 cm (5 ft 7 in)
Title(s) Femina Miss India Universe 2001
Major
competition(s)
Femina Miss India Universe 2001
(Winner)
Miss Universe 2001
(4th Runner-up)
Spouse Peter Haag (m. 2011)
Children 2

Celina Jaitly[1] (born 24 November 1981)[2][3] is a[1] Indian actress who mainly appears in Bollywood films. A former beauty queen and model, she was crowned Femina Miss India Universe in 2001.

Early life[edit]

Celina Jaitly was born on 24 November 1981[1] in Shimla to V.K. Jaitley, a retired Indian Army Colonel from Punjab, India and Meeta, an Afghan nurse in the Indian Army.[4] She has one brother, who is currently serving the Indian Army Special Force. Her parents are settled in the Army town of Mhow in the Indore district of Madhya Pradesh.

Due to her army background, Jaitly grew up in several cities in India, like Lucknow, where she attended City Montessori School. However most of her life was spent in the Kashmir valley and the north eastern states of India She also spent some years of her childhood in Cuddalore, Tamil Nadu and graduated from St Joseph's College, Manjakuppam. She has, however, spent most of her time in Kolkata, India.

During her teenage years, Jaitly aspired to be a part of the Indian army, either as a doctor or a pilot. However, she started modeling alongside studies at the age of 16 Celina and took part in the 2001 Ms India pageant. She won the crown and then went on to become a runner up at Ms Universe the same year.

In the year 2003, Jaitly was discovered by noted actor & director Feroz Khan who offered her the lead role in her debut film Janasheen. For comedy film Golmaal Returns, Celina won several awards for her performance in the film.

Career[edit]

Jaitly came in first place at Femina Miss India 2001 winning the title of Femina Miss India Universe 2001. In addition to her title, she won the Miss Margo Beautiful Skin, Indiatimes Surfer's Choice, and MTV's Most Wanted award. She was subsequently sent to the Miss Universe 2001 contest representing India where she was finished 4th runner up.[5]

In 2001, she featured in Jazzy B's music video of Oh Kehri, which was immensely popular.[6] She also featured in music videos for Bombay Vikings.[7]

In 2003, she made her film debut in Feroz Khan's Janasheen. In 2007 Jaitly flew to New Zealand and shot her first international movie Love Has No Language, a romantic comedy. While there, she was targeted by a stalker who had followed her from India. Jaitly was said to be traumatized by the experience.

There were reports that Jaitly was slated to play the character of a Persian princess in the film Quest of Scheherzade along with actors Sean Connery and Orlando Bloom, and directed by Ken Khan.[8] However, this has yet to be confirmed.

Jaitly is the brand ambassador of Egyptian tourism and Diya Diamond Jewellery from Gitanjali Group.

Personal life[edit]

In January 2011, she announced her engagement with Austrian businessman, hotelier and marketeer, Peter Haag.[9][10] She married Peter Haag on 23 July 2011 at a thousand year old monastery in Austria.[11] Now she is living in Mumbai, Dubai and Singapore.[12]. On 24 March 2012 she gave birth to twin boys Winston and Viraaj.[13]

Activism[edit]

Celina Jaitly in campaign organised by PETA

Jaitly is a supporter of the rights and equality of the LGBT community and supports the gay rights movement in India. She has been involved in various activities concerning human rights, women and children health, and sex workers rehabilitation in India for the past 10 years.[14][15][16]

Jaitly was a vociferous proponent of abolition of Section 377 of Indian Penal Code (IPC), which criminalized homosexuality. The actress once stated that her first boyfriend was a closet homosexual who died of bulimia-induced problems. She has appeared several times on national TV channels, debating people who oppose abolition of Section 377. She even expressed shock and disbelief over Supreme Court's Verdict on Section 377.[17]

She took part in the Mumbai gay pride march to support sexual minorities.[18] On 16 April 2009, India's first gay magazine Bombay Dost, was re-launched by Celina Jaitley in Mumbai.[19]

The actress recently pledged her eyes to Aditya Jyot Eye Hospital, one of the leading eye care hospitals in Mumbai. The hospital had launched the "Care for the eye" program as a social initiative aimed at supporting the cause of eye donation, as part of its 19th anniversary.

She has also done a photoshoot to show her support for PETA.

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
2003 Janasheen Jessica Pereira
Khel Saanjh Batra
2005 Silsiilay Preeti
No Entry Sanjana Saxena
Suryam Madhu Telugu-language film
2006 Jawani Diwani: A Youthful Joyride Roma Fernandes
Zinda Nisha Roy
Tom, Dick, and Harry Celina
Apna Sapna Money Money Saania
2007 Red: The Dark Side Anahita Saxena
Shakalaka Boom Boom Sheena
Heyy Babyy Special appearance
2008 C Kkompany Item number
Money Hai Toh Honey Hai Shruti
Golmaal Returns Meera mena
2009 Paying Guests Kalpana
Accident on Hill Road Sonam Chopra
2010 Hello Darling Candy Fernandes
2011 Thank You Maya
Shrimathi Sonia Kannada film
2012 Will You Marry Me?
Run Bhola Run
2014 Hello 2 Radhika Jha

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Celina Jaitly (Actress) Official website
  2. ^ "I am unlucky in love: Celina". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 25 November 2008. Retrieved 13 May 2009. 
  3. ^ Gavin Rasquinha, Reagan (19 November 2006). "On your guard". Times of India. Retrieved 13 May 2009. 
  4. ^ "Accident... will show another side of me: Celina...", The Hindustan Times, 26 December 2009, retrieved 19 March 2013 
  5. ^ "Celina Jaitly". The Times of India. 10 December 2002. Retrieved 11 November 2008. 
  6. ^ Bhandari, Geetika Sasan (15 September 2001). "How ice hockey made Jaswinder into Jazzy". The Times of India. Retrieved 18 February 2012. 
  7. ^ "Celina Jaitly". Indiatimes.com. Retrieved 2 March 2012. 
  8. ^ "Celina Jaitly and Sean Connery, Will They Team Up". Pamil-visions.net. Retrieved 29 August 2011. 
  9. ^ "Celina to tie the knot in Egypt". Times of India. 9 January 2011. Retrieved 9 January 2011. 
  10. ^ "Celina Jaitley engaged to Peter Haag". Bollygraph. 4 January 2011. Retrieved 16 January 2011. 
  11. ^ KBR, Upala (30 August 2011). "I had a beautiful wedding: Celina Jaitley". The Times of India. Retrieved 4 September 2011. 
  12. ^ Sharma, Mukul Kumar (15 February 2012). "Celina Jaitley Obsessed with "Will You Marry Me"". Bollygraph. Retrieved 17 February 2012. 
  13. ^ "Celina Jaitley delivers twin boys.". IBN Live. 24 March 2012. Retrieved 24 March 2012. 
  14. ^ "Celina Jaitly talks about Twitter, LGBT issues". HeadlinesIndia. 14 September 2009. Retrieved 14 September 2009. 
  15. ^ ""Bollywood supports gay rights", says Celina Jaitly". Sify. 29 June 2009. Retrieved 4 July 2009. 
  16. ^ Hingorani, Piya (30 June 2009). "Celina Jaitly campaigns for gay rights". CNN-IBN. Retrieved 4 July 2009. 
  17. ^ "Celina Jaitely saddened by the Supreme Court’s ruling on Gay Rights". IANS. Biharprabha News. Retrieved 29 January 2014. 
  18. ^ "Mumbai’s gay pride comes to fore". 
  19. ^ Post To: (19 April 2009). "Celina Jaitley at re-launch of pro-gay mag Bombay Dost". Bollywood Reloaded. Retrieved 20 January 2011. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
N/A
Miss Universe 4th Runner Up
2001
Succeeded by
Venezuela Cynthia Lander
Preceded by
Lara Dutta
Miss India Universe
2001
Succeeded by
Neha Dhupia