Amrita Singh

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Amrita Singh
Born (1958-02-09) 9 February 1958 (age 57)
Occupation Film and television actress
Years active 1983–present
Religion Sikh
Children Sara Ali Khan
Ibrahim Ali Khan

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

Early life[edit]

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 actress 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.

She attended Modern School in New Delhi and is fluent in the English, Punjabi and Hindi languages.[3]

Film career[edit]


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.[4]

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.[5] 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.[6] 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.[7]

Personal life[edit]

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).

She was seen as part of a Marathi Nrutya-Naatika (Dance-Play). Saif attended the show to see his daughter's dance performance.[8]

After thirteen years of marriage, they divorced in 2004. Saif is now married to fellow actress Kareena Kapoor.


Year Title Role Other notes
1983 Betaab Roma (Dingy)
1984 Sunny Amrita
1984 Duniya Roma Verma
1985 [[didnndh

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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 (1988 film) 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 Maut Ke Farishtey
1990 Aag Ka Dariya
1990 Krodh
1990 CID Meghna Saxena
1991 Sadhu Sant
1991 Paap Ki Aandhi
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 (nom) Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award


Awards and nominations[edit]


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