16 May 1981
Chaya Singh (born 16 May 1981 in Bangalore) is an Indian actress. She started her acting career in Kannada films and has worked in Tamil, Malayalam, Bengali, Bhojpuri, Telugu and Oriya films. She has a reputation of being very selective in her roles.
Her parents had migrated from Uttar Pradesh to Karnataka before her birth. She belongs to a Rajput family. Chaya grew up in Bangalore. She did her schooling at Lourdes School, Bangalore and studied for her Plus Two there.
Her first film role was in Munnudi. She went to do more films in Kannada including Haseena which was directed by Girish Kasaravalli, Thuntata, which was a success, Dinesh Babu's Chitte and Sai Prakash's Rowdy Aliya.
After having few chances in the Kannada industry she migrated to Tamil movies. Chaya Singh's most famous movie is Thiruda Thirudi in Tamil which has the popular song Manmadharasa. She also acted in its Kannada remake Sakha Sakhi, which unlike the original was not successful. Chaya later acted in little known films Kavithai and Jaisurya and did item numbers in Arul and Thirupaachi, though she stated that she dislikes doing them. She returned to Tamil with Vallamai Tharayo and then starred in the supernatural thriller Anandhapurathu Veedu.
She has performed in Akasha Gange in Kannada which released in 2008. About her performance in the film, Rediff wrote, "The highlight of the film is Chaya Singh who has come out with an outstanding performance as a music teacher who comes to her lover's house to win over his family". Sify wrote, "This is Chaya Singh's yet another best performance. She speaks from her lovely eyes". She acted in the Kannada short film Simply kailawesome which won the prestigious Platinum Remi Award at the 44th Annual WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival. The film made on playwright T. P. Kailasam revolves around conversations between Kailasam and female protagonists from four of his plays. Chaya Singh played all the four characters: Paatu from Tollugatti, Eeke from Gandaskathri, Venkamma from Home Rule and Sule from the play Sule.
She has acted in two Malayalam films, too, Mullavalliyum Thenmavum and Police, both directed by V. K. Prakash. In 2008 she was acting in two Bhojpuri films. Her first Bhojpuri release was Mahamaayi. She has directed a Bengali film, too.
She has done supporting roles in Kannada TV shows such as E-TV's Sarojini and Prema Kathegalu. She has acted in Tamil serial Nagamma, airing on Sun TV. She was a judge in the show Kuniyonu Bara on a Kannada television channel. Since 2012, she acts in Telugu serial "Kanchna Ganga", airing on Maa TV. She is currently acting in the Tamil film Idhu Kathirvelan Kadhal.
|2001||Chitte||Shanthi||Kannada||National Film Award for Best Film on Other Social Issues|
|2002||Balagalittu Olage Baa||Kannada|
|2003||Thiruda Thirudi||Vijayalakshmi (Viji)||Tamil|
|2003||Amma Appa Chellam||Nandhitha||Tamil|
|2003||Mullavalliyum Thenmavum||Rajasree||Malayalam||(as Minnu)|
|2004||Arul||Ponni||Tamil||Special Appearance in "Marudha Malai Adivaaram" Song|
|2005||Thirupaachi||Kumbuda Pona Deivam||Tamil||Special Appearance in "Kumbudu Pona Deivam" Song|
|2008||Simply kailawesome||Paatu/Eeke/Venkamma/Sule||Kannada||Win-orldFest-Houston International Film Festival Best Film|
|2010||Anandhapurathu Veedu||Revathy Bala||Tamil|
|2012||Ki Kore Bojhabo ...Tomake||Sapna||Bengali||Also director|
|2013||Idhu Kathirvelan Kadhal||Vineethra||Tamil|
- Sarojini (Kannada)
- Prema Kathegalu (Kannada)
- Kanchana Ganga (Telugu)
- Nagamma (Tamil)
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- T. Lalith Singh (4 July 2012). "Engrossing fare on Telugu telly". The Hindu. Retrieved 11 September 2013.
- "Chaya Singh returns to big screen – Times of India". Articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com. 26 February 2013. Retrieved 11 September 2013.
- M Suganth, TNN 15 June 2012, 06.33PM IST (15 June 2012). "Actress Chaya Singh marries TV actor Krishna – Times of India". Articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com. Retrieved 11 September 2013.