Payal Rohatgi

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Payal Rohatagi
Born (1984-11-09) 9 November 1984 (age 33)
Hyderabad, Telangana, India
Occupation Actress, Model
Years active 2002–present
Title Supermodel Miss Tourism World 2001
Miss India Tourism 2001[1]
Partner(s) Sangram Singh (2011-present)

Payal Rohatgi (born 9 November 1984) is an Indian actress and reality TV performer who appears in Bollywood films.[2] She was a contestant in the reality show Bigg Boss in 2008.

Early life[edit]

Rohatgi was born in Banjara Hills, Hyderabad, India. She is the daughter of Veena Rohatgi and Shashank Rohatgi. She has a brother named Gaurav Rohatgi. She was brought up in a middle-class family and grew up in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. She completed her schooling from Udgam School, Ahmedabad. She stood 7th in her 12th standard exams in the entire Gujarat state. Being academically very strong, she choose to take up engineering in her college. She is a qualified Computer Engineer, which she passed with distinction from Lalbhai Dalpatbhai College of Engineering, Ahmedabad.[3] Her father is a chemical engineer and mother worked as a supervisor teacher till around 2015, when she quit recently, needing to assist in the family business. Her brother is an Electronics Engineer. He is presently looking after the family business in Ahmedabad. Since childhood, Payal was a fitness freak and had won many medals in sports competition in her school and college. Coming from a completely non-film background, her foray into the Bollywood industry was quite a shocker for her family. Her inclination towards the glamour world started when was selected as the most famous and pretty girl in her college during their annual festival days. Later on her friends cajoled her to participate in the Miss India competition and the journey to Mumbai began.

Background summary[edit]

Rohatgi has been in Bollywood for almost 15 years and has done a number of films and many TV shows. Her notable assignments in cinema are Corporate, Dhol, 36 China Town, Dil Kabaddi, Rakht and Plan. TV serials are Big Boss Season 2, Survivor India, Nach Baliye 7, Suryaputra Karn and Humsafar.

Rohatgi is also a trained Kathak dancer.

She has also earned the title of Super Model Miss Tourism World 2002, that was hosted in Medellin, South America. Apart from being an actor, Payal has "walked the ramp" as a show stopper for various designers like Nitya Bajaj Birla, Sanjana Jon, Archana Kochar etc.

She has done TV commercials for Nescafe, Jaguar, Dabur Amla, Amul Milk, Gits Dosa etc.

Payal is a mass entertainer in "live shows" with large gatherings and has many shows to her credit. She has been associated with Country Club for the past 6 years and has performed for corporate shows at schools, colleges and for various reputed brands.

She has anchored a few TV shows and award functions like "Brand Impact" awards.

Payal is trained in Yoga. Being highly religious by nature, she takes out time for regular meditation to keep herself fit and get energy to stay ahead in this high competitive field.


Rohatgi started her career by being part of the Femina Miss India pageant in the year with Priyanka Chopra, Lara Dutta and Dia Mirza. She later went on to represent India as Miss India Tourism in Miss Tourism World pageant internationally.[4] There Rohatgi won the coveted title of Supermodel Miss Tourism World.[5][6]

Soon, Rohatgi started modelling for popular brands like Amul, Nirma, Nescafe, Dabur Hair Oil, Jaguar Bath Panel, etc. She gained attention after appearing in a television ad for Cadbury's Temptations Chocolates. Around this time she also appeared in music videos by rock band, Silk Route and Indipop artist, KK.[3]

In 2002, she did her debut with Yeh Kya Ho Raha Hai, produced By Harry Baweja and in 2006, she got her breakthrough with an important role in a big-budget Bollywood film 36 China Town, directed by Abbas Mustan and starring Shahid Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor, Paresh Rawal, and Akshaye Khanna.[7]

In 2006, she was offered an item song in the Madhur Bhandarkar film Corporate, which became one of the chartbuster songs of the year. This led to Payal doing a lot of stage performances owing to her sudden popularity. She even trained in Kathak under Pandit ViruKrishna, which tremendously helped her in her stage shows.

In 2008, she was seen in a cameo opposite Ranvir Shorey in PNC film Ugly Aur Pagli, which was released in August. In mid-September, she appeared opposite Irrfan Khan in the TV18 film Dil Kabaddi.[8]

In 2010, Payal Rohatgi made her theatre debut with director and producer Vandana Sajnani's play called Fourplay.[9] She said she thoroughly enjoyed working with a lady director for the first time in her career. Also Rohatgi found the theatre medium quite powerful as compared to films and television.

September 2013 saw Rohatgi in Life OK's TV fiction show Hum Ne Li Hai Shapath where she played the supervillain Gong in a special episode of the comic series.[10]

In 2014, Rohatgi was part of the National Anthem that was shot by director Rajeev Walia with 70 Indian celebrities & was released worldwide in 150 countries in August.[11] On 30 September 2014, Rohatgi will make her television debut as a negative lead character Anam in the Sony TV show Humsafars.[12] She is very excited to be part of television fiction shows considering that earlier it was reality shows on television that gave her love and respect among her fans.[13] Ms. Rohatgi was loved by the way she portrayed the stylish character Anam by the audiences. Her talent as an actress was clearly visible. The show got finished on 27 February 2015. In April 2015, Ms. Rohatgi with her fiancé wrestler Sangram Singh were seen in the dance reality show Nach Baliye 7, which was telecast on Star Plus. They gave some amazing dance performances and lasted in the show till the 7th Gala episode. Nevertheless, both Sangram and Payal exited gracefully, they both believe that whatever happens is for the best.[14]

Later on, we came to know that Sangram Singh, Ms Rohatgi's fiancé and an international wrestler, had a fight with Canadian wrestler Joe Legend in South Africa on 18 July 2015 which coincided with the finale of Nach Baliye 7. Apparently Sangram and Payal had signed the show till 5 July and then the makers extended the finale dates to 18 July. Also there were reports that the makers were giving partial treatment to a few contestants by allowing them to travel abroad during the reality shooting of the show.[15][16] In 2012, the sultry actress rocked India by exposing casting couches by Director Dibakar Banerjee,[17] Anurag Kashyap[18] after he tried to defend Dibakar. Dibakar had been reportedly antiquely at Payal's home with a bottle of beer, and had asked for personal favours. She has been active on the agenda ever since. Earlier there had been rumours of an FIR lodged by her complaining of rape for casting.

Personal life[edit]

Since 2011, Rohatgi has been in a committed relationship with Gold medal Indian Wrestler Sangram Singh, whom she met on the sets of reality show Survivor India.[19][20] On 27 February 2014, she got engaged to wrestler Sangram Singh in Ahmedabad.[21] Sangram has been like a son to her family as he was instrumental in reuniting Payal's father and mother after 16 years as they were separated due to some difference in opinions. He is more close to her family than she is, is what Ms. Rohatgi jokes sometimes.[22]

Payal proclaims that she has become an ardent fan of Yoga on her own and thoroughly enjoys the regime as it doubles up as her fitness routine too.[23] She is an ardent devotee of Sai Baba of Shirdi.[24]

Both Payal and Sangram want to use their celebrity status for creating awareness on education and healthy living. They are the brand ambassadors of IHRO International Human Rights Organisation and are a part of their new campaign Aware India for Health and Education [25]


Year Title Role language Other notes
2002 Yeh Kya Ho Raha Hai? Esha Hindi Remake of American Pie
2002 Refuge[26] Miss World Tourism 2001 English
2002 Patth Hindi
2003 Tumse Milkar Flora Hindi
2003 Plan Tanya Hindi
2003 Police Force: An Inside Story Item Song Hindi
2004 Rakht Tanya Hindi
2005 Laila - A Mystery Laila Hindi
2004 Tauba Tauba Payal Hindi Remake of Private Lessons
2005 Chetna: The Excitement Chetna Hindi
2005 Fun - Can Be Dangerous Sometimes Natasha Hindi First Indian film based on wife swapping
2006 36 China Town Gracy HIndi Remake of Once Upon a Crime
2006 Mr. 100% Hindi
2006 Corporate Item Song Hindi
2007 Heyy Babyy Special Appearance Hindi Remake of Three Men and a Baby
2007 Thirupachi Aruva[27] Item Song Telugu
2007 Dhol Sophie Hindi
2008 Ugly Aur Pagli Guest Appearance Hindi
2008 Dil Kabaddi Kaya Hindi
2012 Valentine's Night Sanjana Hindi
N/A Black Currency Hindi Shelved film
N/A Phir Zindagi[28] Hindi Shelved film
2018 Halfa Macha Ke Gail[29] Item Song Bhojpuri


Non Fiction/Reality Shows
Year Show Place
2008 Bigg Boss 2[30]
9th Place
Evicted Day 55
2009 Raaz Pichhle Janam Ka
2011 Zor Ka Jhatka: Total Wipeout 1
2012 Survivor India 1
6th Place
Voted out Day 41
2013 Welcome – Baazi Mehmaan Nawazi Ki 1
Winner of her Episodal series
2013 Bigg Boss 7
Guest (to support Sangram)
2015 Nach Baliye 7
Eliminated on 7th Gala episode
Fiction Shows


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  14. ^ India Trends 🇮🇳 [@Trends247] (16 May 2015). "6. #StarWorldWeekendBinge 7. #WhyBapujiTargeted 8. Payal Sangram Slaying 9. MoUs 10. Gerrard 380217" (Tweet) – via Twitter.  |
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  16. ^ "Did Sangram leave Nach Baliye in protest?". 
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  22. ^ "I feel like I am in Singapore when I come to Gurgaon: Payal Rohatgi". The Times Of India. 
  23. ^ "5 killer moves of Payal Rohatgi that will make you turn to Yoga". 
  24. ^ "Payal Rohtagi spotted at Shirdi Temple with Wrestler Sangram Singh". IANS. Retrieved 8 February 2014. 
  25. ^ "Payal-Sangram to spread education and health awareness". timesofindia. 
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  27. ^ "Thirupachi Aruva". 
  28. ^ "Phir Zindagi". 
  29. ^ "Halfa Macha Ka Gail". 
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