Amrita Singh

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Amrita Singh
Amrita Singh & Sara Ali Khan at Shaadi By Marriott showcase (08).jpg
Singh with her daughter Sara Ali Khan
Born (1958-02-09) 9 February 1958 (age 60)
OccupationFilm and Television actress
Years active1983–present
Saif Ali Khan
(m. 1991; div. 2004)
Children2, Sara Ali Khan (Daughter)
Ibrahim Ali Khan (Son)
Parent(s)Shivinder Singh (father)

Amrita Singh (born 9 February 1958)[1] is an Indian film and television actress.[2]

Early life[edit]

Singh was born to a Muslim mother, Rukhsana Sultana,[3] who was a political associate of Sanjay Gandhi during the Indian Emergency in the 1970s.[4][5][6][7] [8] and a Sikh father, army officer Shivinder Singh, from a feudal family.[9] Through her paternal grandmother Mohinder Kaur, Amrita is the great-granddaughter of Sobha Singh, one of the builders of New Delhi, and the great-niece of the late novelist Khushwant Singh. The actress Begum Para is her aunt, while the actor Ayub Khan is her second cousin.[3] Singh attended Modern School in New Delhi and is fluent in English, Punjabi and Hindi.[10]

Film career[edit]


Singh made her Bollywood debut in 1983 with Betaab, an immensely 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 and Khudgarz in 1987. Singh 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.[11] 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 she quit acting after her appearance in the 1993 film Rang.


Singh 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 joined the television industry with Ekta Kapoor's family drama Kavyanjali, aired on Star Plus in 2005. Singh was seen in a negative role in the show, that soon gained immense popularity.[12] Later that year, she won acclaim for her performance in yet another negative role for the film Kalyug. In 2007, Singh played the role of 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 she appeared in the anthology film Dus Kahaniyaan, where she appeared in the short story Poornmasi.

Continuing her acting journey, Singh played in the film Kajraare in 2010, and also appeared in Aurangzeb under the Yash Raj Films banner, where she was paired with Jackie Shroff after almost two decades.[13] In 2014, she was seen in the film 2 States, produced by Dharma Productions, portraying the role of co-actor Arjun Kapoor's mother. The film released on 18 April 2014.[14] In 2016, she appeared in Flying Jat playing Tiger Shroff's mother and recently in 2017 she appeared in the acclaimed drama Hindi Medium.

Personal life[edit]

Singh married actor Saif Ali Khan in 1991. The couple married in an Islamic wedding ceremony. Singh converted to Islam before marriage.[15] 12 years younger than her, Khan is the son of former Indian test cricket captain Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, the ninth Nawab of Pataudi and actress Sharmila Tagore.

Their daughter Sara Ali Khan was born in 1993,[16] and son Ibrahim Ali Khan in 2001.[17] [18] Singh gave up acting after her marriage to Khan. After thirteen years of marriage, the couple got divorced in 2004.[19]


Year Title Role Other notes
1983 Betaab Roma (Dingy)
1984 Sunny Amrita
1984 Duniya Roma Verma
1985 Saaheb Natasha 'Nikki'
1985 Mard Ruby
1986 Mera Dharam Durga Thakur
1986 Chameli Ki Shaadi Chameli
1986 Kala Dhanda Goray Log Mrs. Ramola Gauri Shankar / Pooja
1986 Karamdaata Pinky
1986 Naam Rita
1987 Naam O Nishan Vanisha
1987 Khudgarz Mrs. Sinha
1987 Thikana Shaila
1988 Mulzim Mala
1988 Kabzaa Rita
1988 Tamacha Maria
1988 Shukriyaa Neema
1988 Waaris Shibo
1988 Charnon Ki Saugandh Kanchan Singh
1988 Agnee Tara
1989 Sachai Ki Taqat Mrs. Ram Singh
1989 Hathyar Suman
1989 Galiyon Ka Badshah Cameo
1989 Ilaaka Sub-Inspector Neha Singh
1989 Batwara Roopa
1989 Toofan Pickpocketer
1989 Jaadugar Mona
1990 Veeru dada Meena 1990 Karishma Kali Kaa Parvati
1990 Maut Ke Farishtey
1990 Aag Ka Dariya
1990 Kroadh Matki
1990 CID Meghna Saxena
1991 Sadhu Sant Meena Kapoor
1991 Paap Ki Aandhi Reshma
1991 Dharam Sankat Madhu
1991 Akayla Sapna
1991 Rupaye Dus Karod Aarthi Saxena
1991 Pyaar Ka Saaya Maya Gangadhami
1992 Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman Sapna L. Chhabria
1992 Suryavanshi Princess Suryalekha
1992 Kal Ki Awaz Principal Nahim Bilgrami
1992 Dil Aashna Hai Raj
1993 Aaina Roma Mathur Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award
1993 Rang Indu
2002 23rd March 1931: Shaheed Vidya
2005 Kalyug Simi Roy
2007 Shootout at Lokhandwala Aai
2007 Dus Kahaniyaan Mala Pooranmasi (story)
2011 Kajraare Zohra Baano
2013 Aurangzeb Neena Wadhwa
2014 2 States Kavita Malhotra Nominated, Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award
2016 A Flying Jatt Mrs. Dhillon
2017 Hindi Medium Principal


Awards and nominations[edit]


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  3. ^ a b Varma, Anuradha (14 June 2009). "In Bollywood, everyone's related!". The Times of India. Retrieved 21 April 2016.
  4. ^ Das, Veena. (Editor); Tarlo, Emma (2000). Violence and subjectivity (9th printing. ed.). Berkeley: University of California Press. p. 266. ISBN 9780520216082.
  5. ^ Tarlo, Emma (2001). Unsettling memories : narratives of the emergency in Delhi. Berkeley: University of California Press. pp. 38–39, 143. ISBN 9780520231221. Retrieved 13 February 2017.
  6. ^ Gwatkin, Davidson R. "Political will and family planning: the implications of India's emergency experience." Population and Development Review (1979): 29-59.
  7. ^ French, Patrick (2011). India : a portrait (1st U.S. ed.). New York: Alfred A. Knopf. p. 43. ISBN 978-0307272430. Retrieved 13 February 2017.
  8. ^ "#1975Emergency रुखसाना सुल्ताना : एक मुस्लिम सुंदरी जिसे देखते ही मुस्लिम मर्दों की रूह कांप जाती थी".
  9. ^ "Rare Pictures & Interesting Facts about 80s B-town Sensation Amrita Singh". 10 February 2016. Retrieved 21 April 2016.
  10. ^ rafflesia. "Saif Ali Khan and Amrita Singh". Retrieved 21 April 2016.
  11. ^ "Bollywood Actress: Amrita Singh's Biography". Archived from the original on 6 May 2008. Retrieved 21 April 2016.
  12. ^ "Amrita Singh". Retrieved 21 April 2016.
  13. ^ "Arjun Kapoor Likely to Team Up with Yash Raj Films Again". PTI. Archived from the original on 22 February 2014. Retrieved 21 April 2016.
  14. ^ "2 States: Amrita Singh to play Arjun Kapoor's mother". the times of india. Retrieved 18 March 2014.
  15. ^ "No one changes their religion in order to get married: Saif Ali Khan speaks about 'love jihad'". The Express Tribune. 24 April 2015. Retrieved 21 April 2016.
  16. ^ Sara Ali Khan DoB
  17. ^ Saif Ali Khan bio on IMDB
  18. ^ Singh, Aparna (19 May 2016). "Saif Ali Khan's daughter Sara graduates from Columbia University". India Today. Retrieved 29 July 2016.
  19. ^ Iyer, Meena (3 November 2014). "Bollywood has a low divorce rate". The Times of India. Retrieved 21 April 2016.

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