Amrita Singh

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Amrita Singh
Born (1958-02-09) 9 February 1958 (age 59)
Occupation Film and television actress
Years active 1983-present
Spouse(s) Saif Ali Khan (m. 1991; div. 2004)
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]

Singh was born into a Sikh family.[3] She is the daughter of Rukhsana Sultana,[4] who was a political activist[5] and army officer Shivinder Singh Virk from a feudal family.[6] Through her paternal grandmother Mohinder Kaur, Amrita is the great-granddaughter of Sobha Singh, OBE, of Hadali, Sargodha,[7] one of the builders of New Delhi, and the great-niece of the late novelist Khushwant Singh.[4]

Her maternal grandmother Zarina Khan was the elder sister of actress Begum Para. The latter is the mother of actor Ayub Khan. The two sisters were daughters of Mian Ehsan Ul Haque, who came from a landowning family and was the Chief Justice in the princely state of Bikaner, northern Rajasthan. Her mother Rukhsana Sultana's father was a Punjabi Hindu, Group Captain Madan Mohan Bimbet. Zarina took her daughter with her after the marriage failed and the child was renamed Rukhsana Sultana and raised a Muslim. She inherited most of Ehsan Ul Haque's property.

Singh attended Modern School in New Delhi and is fluent in English, Punjabi and Hindi.[8]

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.[9]

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 1993.


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.[10] 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.[11] 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.[12]

Personal life[edit]

In 1991, Singh married film actor Saif Ali Khan in an Islamic wedding ceremony and converted to Islam before marriage.[3] Twelve 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. In 1993, Amrita 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.[13]


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


Awards and nominations[edit]


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  3. ^ a b "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. 
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  5. ^ "#1975Emergency रुखसाना सुल्ताना : एक मुस्लिम सुंदरी जिसे देखते ही मुस्लिम मर्दों की रूह कांप जाती थी". 
  6. ^ "Rare Pictures & Interesting Facts about 80s B-town Sensation Amrita Singh". 10 February 2016. Retrieved 21 April 2016. 
  7. ^ Saran, Renu. Encyclopedia of Bollywood–Film Actresses. Diamond Pocket Books Pvt Ltd. 
  8. ^ rafflesia. "Saif Ali Khan and Amrita Singh". Retrieved 21 April 2016. 
  9. ^ "Bollywood Actress: Amrita Singh's Biography". Archived from the original on 6 May 2008. Retrieved 21 April 2016. 
  10. ^ "Amrita Singh". Retrieved 21 April 2016. 
  11. ^ "Arjun Kapoor Likely to Team Up with Yash Raj Films Again". PTI. Archived from the original on 22 February 2014. Retrieved 21 April 2016. 
  12. ^ "2 States: Amrita Singh to play Arjun Kapoor's mother". the times of india. Retrieved 18 March 2014. 
  13. ^ Iyer, Meena (3 November 2014). "Bollywood has a low divorce rate". The Times of India. Retrieved 21 April 2016. 

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