Niharika Singh

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Niharika Singh
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Niharika Singh in 2013
Born 31 August 1982
Occupation Actress

Niharika Singh (born 31 August 1982) is an Indian film actress and a former beauty queen. She won the title of Femina Miss India Earth in 2005 and made her acting debut with the film Miss Lovely, which competed in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.[1]

Early life[edit]

Niharika spent her childhood in various hill stations and small towns in the northern parts of of India because her father worked for Uttar Pradesh Tourism and after the state was divided, Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board, Government of India. She recalls her first performance as "Bharat Mata" at the age of 4. She did children's theatre workshops with Sahitya Kala Parishad before she went to study in a boarding school, All Saints' College, in Nainital.

Singh started modeling in Dehradun at the age of 17, doing local shows which she continued when she moved to New Delhi to pursue a degree in B.Com(H) at Shri Ram College of Commerce. Realizing commerce wasn't her subject of interest, she dropped out of college and moved to Mumbai in 2003.

Career[edit]

Niharika participated in Femina Miss India in 2005 and won the title of Miss India Earth[2] along with subtitles for Miss Photogenic and Miss Beautiful Hair after which she went on to represent India at Miss Earth 2005 held in the Philippines. She appeared in several TV commercials, print ads, music videos and hosted the reality series Banungi Main Miss India. Her career in films started when she signed a 10-film contract with Raj Kanwar in 2006. The films were never made. In 2007, John Matthew Matthan and T-Series got her out of the contract and made A New Love Ishtory with her, which after various roadblocks found a TV release in 2013.

Niharika made her feature film debut with Ashim Ahluwalia's retro drama Miss Lovely.[3] The film competed in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.[4] Singh played the role of Pinky, a mysterious ingénue with a shadowy past, for which she earned rave reviews for her performance and a nomination for the most promising newcomer at the 21st Screen Awards. The actor says she rediscovered cinema after her tryst with Cannes for Miss Lovely.[5][6]

Singh made a brief appearance in Buddhadeb Dasgupta's Anwar Ka Ajab Kissa, that premiered at the 2013 BFI London Film Festival. Next, she starred in Bappaditya Bandopadhyay's Sohra Bridge, which screened at the 46th International Film Festival of India right after his untimely death.

In 2016, Niharika was selected for Berlinale Talents, an initiative by the Berlin International Film Festival.[7]

Singh reunited with director Ashim Ahluwalia for his segment "Palace of horrors" in the feature length horror anthology The Field Guide To Evil. The film had its world premiere at South by Southwest 2018.[8]

Trivia[edit]

Niharika was appointed the goodwill ambassador for Rotary Blood Bank in 2005 at the behest of the Governor of Uttarakhand Sudarshan Agarwal.[9]

After a severe backlash for a fabricated account of their relationship in his memoir, An Ordinary Life published by Penguin Random House in 2017, actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui issued an apology and withdrew the book within a fortnight after its release.[10][11]

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
2012 Miss Lovely Pinky/Sonika Nominated - Most Promising Newcomer - Screen Awards
2013 A New Love Ishtory Kamya Dhanraj
2013 Anwar Ka Ajab Kissa Ayesha
2016 Sohra Bridge Ria
2018 The Field Guide to Evil Sadhvi Segment - Palace of Horrors
2019 Ahaan Anu *Post-production*

Awards and nominations[edit]

  • IBNLive Movie Awards 2015 - Best Female Debut - Won
  • 21st Annual Life OK Screen Awards - Most Promising Newcomer Female - Nominated

References[edit]

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Jyoti Brahmin
Miss Earth India
2005
Succeeded by
Amruta Patki