Celina Jaitly

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Celina Jaitly
Celina Jaitly at the promotion event (cropped).jpg
Jaitly in 2014
Born (1981-11-24) 24 November 1981 (age 39)
Alma materSt. Joseph College
OccupationActress, Model
Years active2001–2021
TitleFemina Miss India 2001
Peter Haag
(m. 2011)
Beauty pageant titleholder
Femina Miss India 2001
Miss Universe 2001
(4th Runner-up)

Celina Jaitly[1] (born 24 November 1981)[2][3] is an Indian film actress who mainly appears in Bollywood films. A former beauty queen and model, she won the Miss India in 2001 and was the 4th runner-up at Miss Universe 2001.[4] She made her acting debut with the 2003 thriller Janasheen.

Early life[edit]

Celina Jaitly was born in Kabul, DR Afghanistan[5][6] to a Punjabi father, Colonel V. K. Jaitly and an Afghan Hindu mother, Meeta, who was a nurse in the Indian Army.[7][8][9][10] Celina has a brother who is also in the army.[11]

She wanted to grow up and join the army just like her father, either as a pilot or a doctor.[12] Most of her childhood was spent in different locations due to her father being transferred in cities and towns all over India - as a result she ended up studying in over a dozen different schools.[12] While her family was in Lucknow, she attended City Montessori School, Station Road, Lucknow. She also studied in Berhampur, Odisha. She has spent a major portion of her time in Kolkata, West Bengal where father was posted during her college days. The family is now settled in Mhow.[13] She graduated with a degree in commerce from Indira Gandhi National Open University.[14] After graduation, Celina worked in a cell phone company briefly.


2001–04: Debut and setback[edit]

Celina started her career with a marketing job in a mobile phone company in Kolkata before she decided to participate in a local beauty contest.[15][16] She won the title at Femina Miss India 2001.[4] She also won the Miss Margo Beautiful Skin, Indiatimes Surfer's Choice, and MTV's Most Wanted award.[citation needed] She was subsequently sent to the Miss Universe 2001 contest representing India where she finished 4th runner-up.[14]

In 2001, she featured in Jazzy B's music video of "Oh Kehri", which was immensely popular.[17] She also featured in music videos for Bombay Vikings.[18]

In 2003, she made her film debut in Feroz Khan's Janasheen. The movie was a moderate box office success in India.[19] For her second release, she had a starring role opposite Sunny Deol in the romantic action Khel, but the feature was poorly received and earned little at the box office.[20]

In 2004, Celina turned down the lead role in Julie. In an interview with Stardust, Celina commented: "I turned down Julie because I didn't agree with the reasoning of the protagonist in the story, who resorts to prostitution because her man ditches her. I didn't see why any educated girl would take such a drastic step. I take up roles that I mentally agree with, and this was not such a role".[21] The same years Celina appeared in the Telugu drama Suryam opposite Vishnu Manchu.

2005–08: Professional expansion[edit]

By 2005, under the direction of Khalid Mohamed, Celina played the role of Preeti, an air hostess, in Silsiilay. The movie was well received by critics.[22] Rediff.com reported that "Celina Jaitly sizzles in the song Belibaas". She next portrayed the character of Sanjana in No Entry, the film was received favourably by critics and became successful at the box office with gross earnings of 840.9 million (US$11 million).[23][24]

The following year, Celina co-starred in Deepak Tijori's comedy Tom, Dick, and Harry. The film became successful at the box office with gross earnings of 250.7 million (US$3.3 million).[25] She next appeared in Apna Sapna Money Money, directed by Sangeeth. It received mixed reviews, though it became a financial success, with a domestic total of 390.4 million (US$5.2 million).[26][27] In 2006, Celina Jaitly appeared in the music video for the Indian hit song Zara Nazron Se Kehdo performed by Bombay Vikings with Swedish music producers Soundism behind the studio work.[28]

In 2007, Celina starred in Red: The Dark Side, directed by Vikram Bhatt, alongside Aftab Shivdasani. Her final release of 2007 was Suneel Darshan's comedy Shakalaka Boom Boom, with Bobby Deol, Upen Patel and Kangana Ranaut. Upon release it did moderately well at the box office but was critically panned.[29]

In 2008, she took a supporting role in Golmaal Returns. It received mixed reviews, though it became a financial success, with a domestic total of 660.9 million (US$8.8 million).[30] Celina's performance was applauded, with critic Taran Adarsh writing: "Celina stays on your mind even after the show is over".[31]

Recent work (2009–present)[edit]

During 2009 and 2010, all three films in which she starred; Paying Guests, Accident on Hill Road and Hello Darling, were critically and commercially unsuccessful.[32]

In 2011, Celina had two leading roles. Her first was Anees Bazmee's Thank You, a romantic comedy. The film was poorly received by critics but became a commercial success, earning over 950.6 million (US$13 million).[33] [34] She next appeared in Shrimathi, a Kannada film directed by Ravi Kumar. It proved a commercial success.[35]

There were reports that Celina was slated to play a Persian princess in the film Quest of Scheherezade with actors Sean Connery and Orlando Bloom, and directed by Ken Khan.[36] This has yet to be confirmed.

Personal life[edit]

Celina at LA1-crop

Celina Jaitly is married to Austrian entrepreneur and hotelier Peter Haag and they are parents to twin boys born in March 2012.[37] Jaitly gave birth to a second set of twin boys in 2017, in which one boy died due to a heart defect.[38]

Celina Jaitly is currently based between Austria, Singapore and Dubai and travels for her film and endorsement work internationally.


Sepang Circuit Malaysia 2002, Ayur (ayurvedic hair shampoos) 2002–2004, Ponds (Dreamflower talc) 2001–2004, Margo (skin soap) 2001–2003, Gitanjali (Diamond jewels) 2003–present, Jashn (Leading Indian apparels) 2006–present, Proactv (International skin solutions) 2008–present, RICHFEEL (trichology clinics) 2012–present, 18 Again (women's intimate care) 2012–present, PETA 2005-till present, United Nations Equality Champions 2013–present.


Year Film Role Notes
2003 Janasheen Jessica Pereira
Khel – No Ordinary Game Saanjh Batra
2004 Suryam Madhulatha Telugu-language film
2005 Silsiilay Preeti
No Entry Sanjana Saxena
2006 Jawani Diwani: A Youthful Joyride Roma Fernandes
Zinda Nisha Roy
Tom, Dick, and Harry Celina
Apna Sapna Money Money Saania
2007 Red: The Dark Side Anahita Saxena
Shakalaka Boom Boom Sheena
Heyy Babyy - Special appearance
2008 C Kkompany - Special appearance
Money Hai Toh Honey Hai Shruti
Golmaal Returns Meera mena
2009 Paying Guests Kalpana
Accident on Hill Road Sonam Chopra
2010 Hello Darling Candy Fernandes
2011 Thank You Maya
Shrimathi Sonia Kannada film
2012 Will You Marry Me? Vaishali Special appearance
2020 Season's Greetings Romita Short film on Zee5[39][40][41]


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  3. ^ Gavin Rasquinha, Reagan (19 November 2006). "On your guard". Times of India. Retrieved 13 May 2009.
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  22. ^ "Silsiilay: Women's lib, anyone?". rediff.com.
  23. ^ "No Entry - Starring Anil Kapoor, Salman Khan, Fardeen Khan, Bipasha Basu, Esha Deol, Lara Dutta, Celina Jaitley. No Entry's box office, news, reviews, video, pictures, and music soundtrack". ibosnetwork.com. Retrieved 1 October 2017.
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  25. ^ "Tom Dick and Harry - Starring Dino Morea, Jimmy Shergill, Anuj Sawhney, Celina Jaitley, Kim Sharma, Avtar Gill, Rakesh Bedi, Shakti Kapoor, Gulshan Grover. Tom Dick and Harry's box office, news, reviews, video, pictures, and music soundtrack". ibosnetwork.com. Retrieved 1 October 2017.
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  27. ^ "Apna Sapna Money Money - Starring Jackie Shroff, Sunil Shetty, Ritesh Deshmukh, Riya Sen, Celina Jaitley, Koena Mitra, Chunky Pandey, Rajpal Yadav, Anupam Kher, Shreyas Talpade, Payal Rohatgi, Bobby Darling, Sunil Pal, Avtar Gill, Vrajesh Hirjee, Sanjay Mishra, Vijay Patkar. Apna Sapna Money Money's box office, news, reviews, video, pictures, and music soundtrack". ibosnetwork.com. Retrieved 1 October 2017.
  28. ^ "Bombay Vikings "Zara Nazron Se Kehdo" is Number 3 on India Chart". soundism.com.
  29. ^ "Shakalaka Boom Boom - Starring Bobby Deol, Upen Patel, Celina Jaitley, Kangna Ranaut, Asrani, Anupam Kher, Dilip Tahil, Seema Rahmani, Govind Namdeo, Vivek Vaswani, Panchali Gupta, Nikhil Patil. Shakalaka Boom Boom's box office, news, reviews, video, pictures, and music soundtrack". ibosnetwork.com. Retrieved 1 October 2017.
  30. ^ "Golmaal Returns - Starring Ajay Devgan, Arshad Warsi, Kareena Kapoor, Shreyas Talpade, Tusshar Kapoor, Anjana Sukhani, Amrita Arora, Celina Jaitley. Golmaal Returns's box office, news, reviews, video, pictures, and music soundtrack". ibosnetwork.com. Retrieved 1 October 2017.
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  32. ^ "Box-Office Report: Paying Guests doesn't payback. Hopes shifted to New York". The Times of India.
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  35. ^ "Review: SRIMATHI - Sandalwood News & Gossips". Bharatstudent.
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  37. ^ "Celina to tie the knot in Egypt". The Times of India. 9 January 2011. Archived from the original on 4 November 2012. Retrieved 9 January 2011.
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  39. ^ "Bollywood's Celina Jaitly reveals battle with depression". gulfnews.com.
  40. ^ "Season's Greetings becomes India's first feature film to collaborate with UN".
  41. ^ Karki, Tripti (14 April 2020). "Celina Jaitly on Season's Greetings: My mother's last wish was to see me back in films". www.indiatvnews.com.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Miss Universe 4th Runner Up
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Miss India Universe
Succeeded by