Chitrangada Singh

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Chitrangada Singh
File:Chitrangda Singh at the IIFA Rocks fashion show (cropped).jpg
Born Chitrangada Singh
(1976-08-30) 30 August 1976 (age 44)
Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India
Nationality Indian
Occupation Actress, model
Years active 2003–present
Spouse(s) Jyoti Singh Randhawa
(m.2001–2014; 1 child)
Parent(s) Col. Niranjan Singh
Family Digvijay Singh (brother)

Chitrangada Singh (born 30 August 1976[1]) is an Indian film actress who works primarily in Bollywood.[2] She has starred in critically applauded films like Yeh Saali Zindagi and Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi besides films like Desi Boyz, Inkaar, and I, Me Aur Main.[3]

Early life

Chitrangada Singh is from Jodhpur in Rajasthan. She was born in Jodhpur to an Indian Army officer (Col Niranjan Singh) in a Jat family. Her brother Digvijay Singh is a golfer. After her schooling in Meerut at Sophia Girl's School ,graduation in Home Sciene (food and nutrition) from Lady Irwin College, New Delhi.[4] She has received formal training in Kathak.


Debut and sabbatical (2003 to 2010)

She began her career as a model before making the transition to the silver screen. After completing her college education she began modeling with brands like ICICI bank and Alukkas Jewellery among others.

She drew attention when she performed in a music video Sunset Point by Gulzar."[5]

A music video of singer Abhijeet Bhattacharya followed. Subsequently, she made her much acclaimed debut with Sudhir Mishra's film Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi in 2003.[6] The role got her wide acclaim: a Washington Post review noted her for giving "her character a deep sense of dignity and decency."[7] After that Chitrangada acted in the 2005 film Kal: Yesterday and Tomorrow. Chitrangada made her debut as a special song girl in Shirish Kunder's Joker. Also she is to lend her voice to a score in the movie.[8]

She took a break from acting from 2005 to 2008.[9][10] In 2008, she made her comeback with the leading role opposite Sanjay Suri in the director Onir's romantic-comedy, Sorry Bhai!.[11] Its release over the weekend of the Mumbai terror attacks proved disastrous at the box office.[12][13]

Success and stardom (2011–present)

In Sudhir Mishra's movie Yeh Saali Zindagi (2011), Chitrangada played the role of an aspiring singer from Delhi who goes to Mumbai to get fame and money.

She then starred in Rohit Dhawan's Desi Boyz, where she played the role of an economics teacher opposite Akshay Kumar. Desi Boyz also starred John Abraham and Deepika Padukone. She gained stardom by appearing along Akshay Kumar in Desi Boys .

In 2012, she then appeared in a special song along with Akshay Kumar in his movie Joker.

In 2013, her next movie was I, Me Aur Main with John Abraham .[14]In 2014, She then appeared in a special song with Suriya in Tamil film Anjaan

She got together again with her mentor Sudhir Mishra for a short movie Kirchiyaan in 2013.[15]

In 2015, She again performed a special song with Akshay Kumar for the second time in his film Gabbar is Back.[16]

Brand endorsement

Chitrangada Singh is a brand ambassador for Airtel, Parachute, Puma, Borges Olive Oil, Garnier, Aliva Crackers, Taj Mahal Tea and Joyalukkas Jewellers. She also endorses Tata Group's Tanishq[17] and Titan Eye Plus.[18]

Personal life

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Singh at IIFA 2012

Chitrangada Singh was married to golfer Jyoti Randhawa. Chitrangada and her husband separated in 2013 and then formally got divorced in April 2014.[19] The couple has a son named Zorawar; his custody has been granted to Chitrangada.[20][21]


Year Film Language Role Notes
2003 Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi Hindi Geeta Rao Nominated—Zee Cine Award for Best Female Debut
Nominated—Apsara Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
2005 Kal: Yesterday and Tomorrow Hindi Bhavana Dayal
2008 Sorry Bhai! Hindi Aaliya
2011 Yeh Saali Zindagi Hindi Priti
2011 Desi Boyz Hindi Tanya Sharma
2012 Joker Hindi Herself Special appearance in song Kafirana
2013 Inkaar Hindi Maya Luthra Nominated—Screen Award for Best Actress
2013 I, Me Aur Main Hindi Anushka Lal
2013 Kirchiyaan Hindi Prostitute short film by Sudhir Mishra
2014 Anjaan Tamil Herself Special appearance
2015 Gabbar is Back Hindi Herself Special appearance in song Aao Raja
2016 Babumoshai Bandookbaaz[22] Hindi



  2. "Personal Agenda: Chitrangada Singh". Hindustan Times. 16 March 2012. Retrieved 2012-03-18.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Chitrangada Singh Mini Biography". Retrieved 2010-12-08.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Lady Irwin was strict: Chitrangada Singh". The Hindustan Times. 3 July 2009. Retrieved 2015-08-04.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "The next Smita Patil". Calcutta, India: The Telegraph (Calcutta). 14 Apr 2005. Retrieved 30 Jan 2012. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. The Comeback Girl Indian Express, 11 November 2008.
  7. 'A Thousand Dreams': Impassioned in India by John Pancake, Washington Post. 21 April 2005.
  8. "Chitrangda turns playback singer". The Times Of India. 23 July 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. 'Chitrangada is just taking a break' Ashok Chatterjee, TNN, The Times of India, 8 November 2005.
  10. "Chitrangada not in golfing news". The Times of India. 6 September 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-18.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. "Chitrangada is back!". Rediff. Retrieved 2010-12-08.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  12. Sorry Bhai is new beginning for me, says Chitrangada Singh IANS,, Wednesday, 29 October 2008.
  13. Me and slapstick humor? Not sure: Chitrangda Singh Indian Express, 19 December 2008.
  14. "Chitrangada: I wasn't taken seriously as an actor". Retrieved 26 February 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  15. "Sudhir Mishra, Chitrangada Singh team up again in Kirchiyaan". First Post. 31 January 2013. Retrieved 4 August 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  16. "Chitrangada again with Akshay" Retrieved 26 March 2015
  17. "tanishk". Retrieved 12 October 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  18. "Chitrangada bags another brand" .Retrieved 26 March 2015
  19. "Chitrangada Singh, Jyoti Randhawa granted divorce". Retrieved 2014-04-18.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  20. "Celebrity splits of 2013". Retrieved 2013-12-27.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  21. "Chitrangada Singh divorces Jyoti Randhawa, fears losing custody of son Zoravar". Retrieved 2013-12-27.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  22. Indian Express Article
  23. Chitrangada Singh gets FICCI achievement award IANS,, 21 April 2009.

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