27 March 1976
Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India
|Spouse(s)||Jyoti Singh Randhawa
(m.2001–2014; divorced - 1 child)
Chitrangada Singh (born 30 August 1976) is an Indian film actress who works primarily in Bollywood. She has starred in some successful films including Yeh Saali Zindagi, Desi Boyz, Inkaar, and I, Me Aur Main.
Chitrangada Singh was born in a Hindu Jat family and brought up in Meerut in Western Uttar Pradesh. Her brother is golfer Digvijay Singh. As a girl, she was known for looking like the late actress Smita Patil. "You have outdone Smita Patil", said Shekhar Kapur, when he saw Chitrangada Singh's performance in her debut movie Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi (2003). She received training in Kathak (a classical dance) and enjoyed acting.
Chitrangada Singh was married to golfer Jyoti Singh Randhawa and has a son named Zorawar Randhawa. While Jyoti has been ranked among the world's top 100 golfers and has 10 professional Tour wins. Chitrangada and her husband separated in 2013 and then formally got divorced in April 2014. The couple has a son named Zorawar; his custody has been granted to Chitrangada.
Debut and sabbatical break (2003 to 2010)
She began her career in Delhi as a model before making the transition to the silver screen. After completing her education from Lady Irwin College, New Delhi in Home Science she entered modeling, where her ad credits include ICICI bank and Alukkas Jewellery, and gradually shifting to music videos, she performed in Gulzar's "Sunset Point."
It was in a music video of singer Abhijeet Bhattacharya, that she was spotted by Sudhir Mishra’s production manager. Subsequently, she made her much acclaimed debut with Sudhir Mishra's film Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi in 2003. The role got her wide acclaim: a Washington Post review noted her for giving "her character a deep sense of dignity and decency." After that Chitrangada acted in the 2005 film Kal: Yesterday and Tomorrow. Chitrangada made her debut as a special song girl in Shirish Kunder's Joker. Also she is to lend her voice to a score in the movie.
She took a sabbatical break from acting from 2005 to 2008. In 2008, she made her comeback with the leading role opposite Sanjay Suri in the director Onir's romantic-comedy, Sorry Bhai!. Its release over the weekend of the Mumbai terror attacks proved disastrous at the box office.
Success and stardom (2011–present)
In Sudhir Mishra's movie Yeh Saali Zindagi (2011), Chitrangada played the role of an aspiring singer from Delhi who goes to Mumbai to get fame and money. She then starred in Rohit Dhawan's Desi Boyz, where she played the role of an economics teacher opposite Akshay Kumar. Desi Boyz also starred John Abraham and Deepika Padukone. She gained stardom by appearing along Akshay Kumar in Desi Boys .
Chitrangada Singh is brand ambassador for Airtel, Parachute, Puma, Borges Olive Oil, Garnier, Aliva Crackers, Taj Mahal Tea and Joyalukkas Jewellers. She also endorses Tata Group's Tanishq and Titan Eye Plus.
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|2003||Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi||Hindi||Geeta Rao||Nominated—Zee Cine Award for Best Female Debut
Nominated—Apsara Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
|2005||Kal: Yesterday and Tomorrow||Hindi||Bhavana Dayal|
|2011||Yeh Saali Zindagi||Hindi||Priti|
|2011||Desi Boyz||Hindi||Tanya Sharma|
|2012||Joker||Hindi||Herself||Special appearance in song Kafirana|
|2013||Inkaar||Hindi||Maya Luthra||Nominated—Screen Award for Best Actress|
|2013||I, Me Aur Main||HindI||Anushka Lal|
|2015||Gabbar is Back||Hindi||Herself||Special appearance|
- Won: Bollywood Movie Award - Best Female Debut (2006)
- Nominated: Screen Award for Most Promising Newcomer – Female (2006)
- Nominated: Zee Cine Award for Most Promising Debut – Female (2005)
- Nominated: Apsara Award for Best Actress (2005)
- Won: Young Women Achiever Award by FICCI (2009)
- "Personal Agenda: Chitrangada Singh". Hindustan Times. 16 March 2012. Retrieved 2012-03-18.
- "Chitrangada Singh Mini Biography". Perfectpeople.net. Retrieved 2010-12-08.
- "Chitrangada is back!". Rediff. Retrieved 2010-12-08.
- I tried to react, not act: Chitrangada Singh Interview by Subhash K. Jha, Friday, 13 May 2005.
- GOLF and the Comrade: Why Chitrangada Singh feels like someone else, Indian Express, 10 April 2005.
- university-was-strict-Chitrangada-Singh/Article1-428259.aspx "Lady Irwin was strict: Chitrangada Singh". The Hindustan Times. 3 July 2009. Retrieved 2011-06-15.
- "Chitrangada Singh, Jyoti Randhawa granted divorce". Retrieved 2014-04-18.
- "Celebrity splits of 2013". Retrieved 2013-12-27.
- "Chitrangada Singh divorces Jyoti Randhawa, fears losing custody of son Zoravar". Retrieved 2013-12-27.
- "The next Smita Patil". Calcutta, India: The Telegraph (Calcutta). 14 Apr 2005. Retrieved 30 Jan 2012.
- The Comeback Girl Indian Express, 11 November 2008.
- 'A Thousand Dreams': Impassioned in India by John Pancake, Washington Post. 21 April 2005.
- "Chitrangda turns playback singer". The Times Of India. 23 July 2012.
- 'Chitrangada is just taking a break' Ashok Chatterjee, TNN, The Times of India, 8 November 2005.
- "Chitrangada not in golfing news". The Times of India. 6 September 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-18.
- Sorry Bhai is new beginning for me, says Chitrangada Singh IANS, Sify.com, Wednesday, 29 October 2008.
- Me and slapstick humor? Not sure: Chitrangda Singh Indian Express, 19 December 2008.
- "Chitrangada: I wasn't taken seriously as an actor". Retrieved 26 February 2013.
- "Chitrangada again with Akshay" Retrieved 26 March 2015
- "tanishk". Retrieved 12 October 2012.
- "Chitrangada bags another brand" .Retrieved 26 March 2015
- Chitrangada Singh gets FICCI achievement award IANS, Sify.com, 21 April 2009.
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