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|Born||9 February 1958|
|Occupation||Film and television actress|
|Children||Sara Ali Khan
Ibrahim Ali Khan
Amrita was born to a Sikh family. She is the daughter of Rukhsana Sultana, who was a political activist and Shivinder Singh Virk, who was an army officer, and himself from a landowning family (his sister married a former ruling prince). Through her maternal grandmother Mohinder Kaur, Amrita is the great-granddaughter of Sir Sobha Singh, OBE, of Hadali, Sargodha, one of the builders of New Delhi, and the great-niece of the late novelist Khushwant Singh. The Singh dynasty, descended from Sir Sobha Singh and his brother, is wealthy but stays out of the public eye.
Her maternal grandmother Zarina, was the elder sister of actor Begum Para, mother of actor Ayub Khan. Zarina and Begum Para 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. Her mother Rukhsana Sultana's father was a Punjabi Hindu, Group Captain Madan Mohan Bimbet, but Zarina took her daughter back after the marriage failed and the child was renamed Rukhsana Sultana and became a Muslim, thus inheriting most of Ehsan Ul Haque's property.
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.
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). Amrita Singh joined the television industry with Ekta Kapoor’s family drama Kkavyanjali aired on Star Plus in 2005. Amrita was seen in a negative role in the show that soon gained immense popularity. 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 actor Saif Ali Khan in an Islamic wedding ceremony and converted to Islam before marriage. 12 years younger than her, Khan 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. Saif is now married to fellow actress Kareena Kapoor.
|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||Waaris (1988 film)||Shibo|
|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||Aarthi Saxena|
|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||(nom) Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award|
- Kavyanjali as Nitya Nanda
Awards and nominations
- 1994: Won: Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award for Aaina
- 2007: Nom: Filmfare Best Villain Award for Kalyug
- 2005: Won: Indian Telly Awards Best Actress in Negative Role (Jury) for Kavyanjali
- 2006: Won: Star Parivaar Award for Favorite Khalnayak for Kavyanjali
- 2014: Nominated: Stardust Best Actor in a Supporting role - Female for 2 States
- 2015: Nominated: Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award for 2 States
- Amrita Singh
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- "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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