Neetu Chandra

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Neetu Chandra
Neetu chandra at Dabboo Ratnani Calendar Launch, 2011 (cropped).jpg
Chandra at Dabboo Ratnani Calendar Launch in 2011
Born (1984-06-20) 20 June 1984 (age 32)
Patna, Bihar, India
Occupation Actress, model, Film producer
Years active 2005–present

Neetu Chandra is an Indian actress, producer and theatre artist.[1] She is also an established classical dancer and an active sportsperson, involved in the promotion of Basketball in the country through her close association with the NBA and Taekwondo, being a fourth Dan blackbelt.[2] She has her own production house called Champaran Talkies, winning the National Award for the film Mithila Makhaan.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

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Neetu Chandra was born in Patna, Bihar, India. Her mother tongue is Bhojpuri.[4] She was educated at the Notre Dame Academy, Patna and completed her undergraduate education at Delhi's Indraprastha College.[5] She started modelling and Neetu gives credit of her success to her mother, a native of East Champaran in Bihar.[6] She has appeared in several advertisements and videos for firms since her graduation. She holds two Dan black belts in Taekwondo and represented India in the 1997 World Taekwondo Championships in Hong Kong.[7]

Neetu Chandra's brother is Nitin Chandra who also directed the movie Deswa.[8]

Acting career[edit]

She entered Hindi film industry in 2005 with Garam Masala in which she portrayed Sweety, an airhostess. She also acted in Godavari, a Telugu film, in 2006. In 2007 she appeared in Madhur Bhandarkar's film, Traffic Signal.

In 2008, she had four releases, being directed by Dibakar Banerjee, Rahul Dholakia, Ashwini Dheer and Vikram. Her Tamil film, Yavarum Nalam with Madhavan, released in 2009, was declared a major hit. In 2010 she was seen in four Hindi films, Rann, Apartment, No Problem, in which she made a special appearance, and Sadiyaan, and one Tamil film, Theeradha Vilaiyattu Pillai.

In 2011 Deswa, a Bhojpuri film which she produced and which was directed by her brother, is released.[9]

In 2013, she acted in the Tamil gangster film Ameerin Aadhi Baghavan with Jayam Ravi. She has completed filming for a Greek film Home Sweet Home,[10] in which she plays an Indian girl.[11] She had to learn Greek for the film and also dubbed herself.[12] She has two Hindi films, Kusar Prasad Ka Bhoot and Shooter, coming up.[4]

Other work[edit]

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Chandra was signed as the brand ambassador for the Hoop, a Gitanjali brand.[13] She also took part in a commercial for Mysore Sandal Soap. Neetu Chandra also appeared in music director Ismail Darbar's music video "Rasiya Saajan" along with Zubeen Garg.[14] She was also seen in the music video of Bombay Vikings' singer Neeraj Shridhar's hit single "Aa Raha Hoon Main".[15]

She is a Life Member of International Film And Television Club and International Film And Television Research Centre of Asian Academy of Film & Television.[citation needed]

In 2013, Chandra made her debut in theatre,[16] in a play, called Umrao, which featured her in the title role. The Times of India wrote that, "Neetu Chandra's debut on stage, though confident, doesn't create the desired impact and you wonder what's missing throughout the play".[17]

In the media and personal life[edit]

In 2008, 7Seas Technologies launched a 3D mobile game, Neetu — The Alien Killer, with Neetu Chandra as the lead character.[18]

Neetu was featured on the cover of the January 2009 issue of Indian Maxim.[19]

Neetu began a relationship with actor Randeep Hooda in mid 2010 but the couple parted ways in 2013.[20][21]


As Actress[edit]

Year Film Role Language Notes
2003 Vishnu Hero Friend Telugu
2005 Garam Masala Sweety Hindi
2006 Godavari Raji Telugu
2007 Traffic Signal Rani Hindi
2008 One Two Three Inspector Mayawati Chautala Hindi
2008 Summer 2007 Digamber's wife Hindi
2008 Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! Sonal Hindi
2009 Satyameva Jayate Basara Papa Telugu
2009 Yavarum Nalam Priya Manohar Tamil
2009 13B Hindi
2009 Mumbai Cutting Hindi 2016
2010 Rann Yasmin Hussain Hindi
2010 Theeradha Vilaiyattu Pillai Tejaswini Tamil
2010 Apartment Neha Bhargav Hindi
2010 No Problem Sophia Hindi Special appearance
2010 Sadiyaan Hindi
2011 Yuddham Sei Tamil Special appearance in song "Kannitheevu Ponna"
2011 Kucch Luv Jaisaa Ria Hindi
2013 Aadhi Baghavan Rani Sampatha / Karishma Tamil SIIMA Award for Best Actor in Negative role
2013 Settai Tamil Special appearance in song "Laila Laila"
2013 Block 9" Greek 2016
2014 Manam Telugu Cameo appearance[22]
2014 Power Kannada Special appearance[23]
2015 Thilagar Tamil Special appearance[24][25]
2016 S3 Tamil Filming
2014 Shooter Hindi Filming
2014 Kusar Prasad Ka Bhoot Hindi Filming
2015 Vaigai Express Tamil Filming

As producer[edit]

Year Film Language Notes
2011 Deswa Bhojpuri
2016 Mithila Makhaan Maithili 2016


  1. ^ "'Mithila Makhaan' has something for all: Neetu Chandra". TIMES OF INDIA. 
  2. ^ "'Taekwondo' has something for all: Neetu Chandra". TIMES OF INDIA. 
  3. ^ "'Champaran Talkies' has something for all: Neetu Chandra". Champaran Talkies. 
  4. ^ a b "Bhojpuri film industry not growing: Neetu Chandra". 2013-09-04. Retrieved 2014-02-01. 
  5. ^ "Neetu shoots kick & punch". The Telegraph (Calcutta). 2012-09-03. Retrieved 2014-07-07. 
  6. ^ "Bollywood Celebrity Interview". Retrieved 2016-05-28. 
  7. ^ "Neetu Chandra receives second black belt in Taekwondo". The Times of India. 17 October 2012. Retrieved 20 January 2013. 
  8. ^ "Patna boy to represent India at global business meet in Ireland". 2013-04-05. Retrieved 2016-05-28. 
  9. ^ "Timing relief for Deswa". The Telegraph. Calcutta. 12 December 2011. Retrieved 2011-12-13. 
  10. ^ IANS (2013-07-04). "Rediscovered myself with my Greek film: Neetu Chandra - Times Of India". Retrieved 2013-12-13. 
  11. ^ "Neetu in awe of her Greek film look". Hindustan Times. 2012-07-03. Retrieved 2013-12-13. 
  12. ^ "I'm too young for marriage: Neetu Chandra - Times Of India". 2013-09-05. Retrieved 2013-12-13. 
  13. ^ Das, Chuman (29 January 2009). "Neetu Chandra signs her first ad campaign". Retrieved 2014-02-01. 
  14. ^ "| Bollywood News | Hindi Movies News | Celebrity News". Retrieved 2012-07-10. 
  15. ^ "Bombay Vikings - Aa Raha Hoon Main". Universal Music India/Vevo. Retrieved 26 September 2015. 
  16. ^ Jha, Subhash K. (2013-11-12). "Don't want to dilute my moment of glory: Neetu Chandra". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 2013-12-13. 
  17. ^ "Theatre Review: Umrao". The Times of India. Retrieved 2013-12-13. 
  18. ^ "7Seas Technologies ropes in Neetu Chandra for 3D mobile action game — The Economic Times". The Times Of India. 20 March 2008. 
  19. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 18 January 2009. Retrieved 11 January 2009. 
  20. ^ "Neetu Chandra and Randeep Hooda split". Times of India. 9 April 2013. Retrieved 18 July 2014. 
  21. ^ "Randeep Hooda and Neetu Chandra back together?". India Today. 3 April 2014. Retrieved 17 July 2014. 
  22. ^ "Neetu Chandra does a cameo in 'Manam'". Times of India. 9 February 2014. Retrieved 18 July 2014. 
  23. ^ "Exclusive: Neetu Chandra put on 5 kgs [sic] for Sandalwood debut". The Times of India. 
  24. ^ "Neetu shoots in half-sari for Thilakar". The Times of India. 
  25. ^ "Thilagar is based on a true story". The Times of India. 

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