Ritika Singh

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Ritika Singh
Ritika Singh at the launch of the short film I Am Sorry.jpg
Ritika Mohan Singh
  • Actress
  • martial artist
Years active2016—present
Known forIrudhi Suttru
AwardsNational Film Award – Special Jury Award
Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil

Ritika Mohan Singh is an Indian actress and former mixed martial artist, who predominantly appears in Tamil films in addition to Hindi and Telugu films. After competing for India at the 2009 Asian Indoor Games and then participating in the Super Fight League, she played a leading role in Sudha Kongara Prasad's Tamil film Irudhi Suttru (also simultaneously shot in Hindi as Saala Khadoos) alongside R. Madhavan.[1] She won Special Mention at the 63rd National Film Awards for her performance in the film. She received Filmfare Awards thrice for the same role in three languages: Tamil (Irudhi Suttru), Hindi (Saala Khadoos) and Telugu (Guru).

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Singh trained as a kickboxer and as a mixed martial artist since childhood, under the guidance of her father. She appeared in the inaugural season of the Super Fight League and competed as a mixed martial artist.[2][3]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Professional record breakdown
4 matches 1 win 3 losses
By knockout 0 1
By submission 0 1
By decision 1 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 1–3 Daizy Singh Decision (Unanimous) SFL 22-23 17 August 2013 3 5:00 Mumbai, India
Loss 1–2 Irene Cabello Rivera Submission (armbar) SFL 18 24 May 2013 1 2:06 Mumbai, India
Win 1–1 Aya Saber Decision (Unanimous) SFL 11 30 November 2012 3 5:00 Mumbai, India
Loss 0–1 Manjit Kolekar TKO (punches) SFL 5 19 October 2012 2 3:45 Mumbai, India

Acting career[edit]

Ritika Singh began her acting career in 2013, she was spotted by director Sudha Kongara Prasad in an advert for the Super Fight League and she later auditioned to play a leading role in her bilingual film, Saala Khadoos (2016), after the makers managed to contact her through the competition's chairman, Raj Kundra.[4] Portraying Madhi, a Marwari girl who grows up in the slums of Chennai, Singh was signed because the makers wanted a professional boxer to act, rather than an actress to act as a boxer. For the Tamil version, Irudhi Suttru, Singh phonetically learned her part in Tamil by writing down the dialogues in Hindi. Co-produced by the film's lead actor R. Madhavan and Rajkumar Hirani, the film was released in late January 2016.[5] Ritika received rave reviews for her portrayal, with Sify.com stating "she is a marvelous discovery" and "her lip sync, body language and gait is a major highlight for the film".[6] For her performance in Irudhi Suttru, Ritika won the a Special Mention at the 63rd National Film Awards, and became the first actress, who did not dub for her role, to be recognised at the National Awards.[7] Singh later appeared in Manikandan's Aandavan Kattalai, which was released in September 2016.[8] His next following was the Telugu movie Guru (2017), remake of Irudhi Suttru.[9] Later, she performed a horror comedy by P. Vasu's Shivalinga (2017) and Telugu movie follow-up Neevevaro (2018).[10][11]

In 2020, the film Oh My Kadavule with Ashok Selvan and Vani Bhojan was an engaging romance with good performances and a solid element of surprise.[12]


Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
List of films and roles
Year Title Role Language Notes
2016 Irudhi Suttru Ezhil Madhi Tamil Debut Film; Bilingual film in Tamil & Hindi[13]
Saala Khadoos Hindi
Aandavan Kattalai Karmegha Kuzhali Tamil [14]
2017 Guru Rameshwari "Ramulu" Telugu Telugu Film Debut
Shivalinga Sathya Tamil [15]
2018 Neevevaro Anu Telugu
2020 Oh My Kadavule Anu Paulraj Tamil [16]
2021 Boxer Not yet released TBA Filming
Pichaikkaran 2 Not yet released TBA Filming[17]
TBA Vanangamudi Not yet released TBA Delayed[18]
TBA Kolai Not yet released TBA Post-Production[19]


List of awards and nominations
Year Title Award Ref.
2016 Irudhi Suttru National Film Award – Special Jury Award [20]
Ananda Vikatan Cinema Award for Best Actress [21]
IIFA Utsavam for Best Actress [22]
Saala Khadoos Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut [23]
Zee Cine Award for Best Female Debut [24]
2017 Irudhi Suttru Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil [25]
SIIMA Award for Best Debut Actress [26]
2018 Guru Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actress – South [27]
Zee Golden Award for Best Find of the Year [28]


  1. ^ "Ritika Singh wants to stay grounded". The Indian Express. 14 January 2016. Retrieved 25 September 2016.
  2. ^ Sunaina Kumar (22 June 2013). "Not Your Usual Punching Bags". Tehelka. Retrieved 25 September 2016.
  3. ^ "Ritika Singh MMA Stats, Pictures, News, Videos, Biography". Sherdog. Retrieved 25 September 2016.
  4. ^ "Never thought of acting in Bollywood: boxer Ritika Singh". The Indian Express. 12 January 2016. Retrieved 25 September 2016.
  5. ^ "Saala Khadoos: Ritika Singh not the only real-life boxer in the Rajkumar Hirani movie!". India.com. Retrieved 25 September 2016.
  6. ^ "Review : Irudhi Suttru review". Sify.com. Retrieved 25 September 2016.
  7. ^ "It's like winning an Oscar: Ritika Singh on National Award". The Indian Express. 28 March 2016. Retrieved 25 September 2016.
  8. ^ "Aandavan Kattalai: Overwhelming positive response from audiences!". Sify. Retrieved 26 September 2016.
  9. ^ "Guru movie review: Venkatesh and Ritika Singh battle egos in this intense sports drama-Entertainment News , Firstpost". 30 March 2017.
  10. ^ "Sivalinga (Aka) Shivalinga review". 13 April 2017.
  11. ^ "Neevevaro Movie Review {3/5}: A promising plot, but is too cluttered to make any impact". The Times of India.
  12. ^ "Oh My Kadavule (Aka) OMK review". 12 February 2020.
  13. ^ "Ritika Singh gets 'immense appreciation' over 'Saala Khadoos' trailer - Times of India". Timesofindia.indiatimes.com. Retrieved 28 January 2016.
  14. ^ "Ritika to play an urban girl in Manikandan's next film - Times of India". The Times of India.
  15. ^ "Lawrence Raghava, Ritika Singh pair up for horror flick Shivalinga". The Indian Express. 24 November 2016. Retrieved 30 August 2020.
  16. ^ "Oh My Kadavule first look out: Ritika Singh and Ashok Selvan are cute together". India Today. Ist. Retrieved 13 January 2020.
  17. ^ "Director Priya Krishnaswamy out, Ananda Krishnan in Vijay Antony's 'Pichaikkaran 2' - Times of India ►". The Times of India.
  18. ^ "Rithika to play a lively young girl". deccanchronicle.com/. 22 August 2017. Archived from the original on 25 August 2017. Retrieved 26 August 2017.
  19. ^ "Vijay Antony's next titled 'Kolai'!". Sify. Retrieved 18 October 2021.
  20. ^ "She got a special mention at the National Awards: Who is Ritika Singh? - SheThePeople TV".
  21. ^ "Ananda Vikatan Cinema Awards - 2016". www.vikatan.com (in Tamil). Retrieved 28 January 2017.
  22. ^ "IIFA Utsavam 2017 day 2: Janatha Garage, Kirik Party, U-turn win top awards". Firstpost. 30 March 2017. Retrieved 3 July 2017.
  23. ^ "Filmfare Awards 2017: Complete list of winners". 15 January 2017.
  24. ^ "Best actor (Male): Amitabh Bachchan for Pink".
  25. ^ "64th Filmfare Awards South 2017: R Madhavan wins Best Actor, Suriya bags Critics Award". Retrieved 3 July 2017.
  26. ^ "SIIMA 2017 concludes: Ranbir-Kat make a special appearance - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 3 July 2017.
  27. ^ "65th Filmfare Awards (South): Here's a full list of winners". The New Indian Express. 17 June 2018. Retrieved 14 March 2021.
  28. ^ Hooli, Shekhar H. (1 January 2018). "Zee Telugu Golden Awards 2017 winners list and photos". International Business Times, India Edition.

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