Born on February 9, 1958, Amrita Singh's mother Rukhsana Sultana was a political associate of Sanjay Gandhi during the Indian Emergency in the 1970s, while her father Shivinder Singh Virk was a Sikh army officer. Amrita was raised in Delhi and completed her education in the capital city. (All photos/mid-day archives)
Amrita has many connections in high places through birth and marriage. Amrita is the great-granddaughter of Sobha Singh, one of the builders of New Delhi, and the great-niece of the late novelist Khushwant Singh.
Pictured: Amrita Singh in Waaris, starring Smita Patil and Raj Babbar. Rekha had dubbed the lines for Smita Patil's character, who died before the film's release. The songs from Waaris were super hit, like 'Mere Pyaar Ki Umar Ho Itani Sanam', 'Ghata Cha Gayi Hai Bahaar Aa Gayi Hai', 'Husn Ki Vaadiyo Me' and 'Khud Ko Samajh Na Akeli'
Amrita Singh was 25 when she made her Bollywood debut with Betaab, starring Sunny Deol. After tasting success with her first film itself, Amrita went on to give more hits such as - Sunny, Mard, Saaheb, Chameli Ki Shaadi, Naam and Khudgarz.
Pictured: Amrita Singh with Smiley Suri. The duo didn't really share screen space with each other but were part of the same film. Any guesses? Well, that's Emraan Hashmi and Kunal Kemmu starrer Kalyug
Amrita made a successful on-screen pair with Sunny Deol, Sanjay Dutt, Anil Kapoor and Amitabh Bachchan.
Pictured: Amrita Singh and Bijay Anand in Aasman Se Aagay, produced by Aanand Mahendroo and Viveck Vaswani. The film was directed by Vikram Bhatt
Besides lead roles, Amrita also played negative roles in a number of films such as Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman (1992) and Aaina (1993).
Pictured: 90s heroines and their style still looks so fresh! Amrita Singh wears flowers in her hair and poses lying down on grass.
Amrita Singh was quite the fashion icon too. She was a fan of glossy makeup, skirts and sleeveless gowns.
Pictured: When pouting was not the trend! Amrita Singh poses for the camera while filming for B. Subhash's production venture Pyaar Ka Saaya, which was directed by Vinod Verma
Amrita married Saif Ali Khan in 1991. 12 years younger than her, the couple got married in an Islamic wedding ceremony.
Pictured: Amrita Singh and Saif Ali Khan at the inauguration of Visible Changes beauty salon at The Orchid, along with Zarine Edekar and daughter Anaita Edekar Gandhi.
Khan and Amrita have a daughter Sara Ali Khan and son Ibrahim Ali Khan. After thirteen years of marriage, they divorced in 2004.
Pictured: A still from the sets of Kalyug, which was based on the pornographic film industry.
Amrita Singh's character in Kalyug was lauded by critics, however, the film didn't work well at the Box Office.
Pictured: The film was directed by Mohit Suri and produced by Mahesh Bhatt and Amrita Singh played the character of Simi Roy, who is a creator of a porn website.
In 1993, Amrita retired into family life and she quit her acting career after her film Rang released.
Pictured: Amrita Singh on the sets of Karishma Kali Ka. The film also starred Shatrughan Sinha.
In 2002, Amrita made a comeback into Bollywood with the film 23rd March 1931: Shaheed.
Pictured: Amrita Singh (Dingy) and Navneet Nishan (Daisy) chat with director Raman Kumar at the 'Silver Jubilee' party of popular Television show Tara.
In the film, she played the role of Bhagat Singh's mother. Bhagat Singh was played by Bobby Deol.
Pictured: Hotness personified! Amrita Singh oozes oomph in this picture.
In 2005, Amrita made a foray into the television industry with Ekta Kapoor's TV serial Kavyanjali.
Pictured: This picture will indeed make you do a double take for Sara Ali Khan's unmissable resemblance to her mother, actress Amrita Singh.
She played a negative character in the show, which gained her immense popularity.
Pictured: Amrita Singh on the sets of Naam, while filming the song 'Veriya Ve Kiya Kya Qasoor Maine Tera Ve'.
In 2007, Amrita Singh played the role of gangster Maya Dolas' mother, Ratnaprabha Dolas, in the film Shootout at Lokhandwala. Vivek Oberoi played the role of Maya.
Pictured: Amrita Singh pulls off a retro avatar while on the sets of one of her films.
Amrita Singh did a few films after this, namely Kajraare, Aurangzeb, and more recently, 2 States, where she played Arjun Kapoor's mother.
Pictured: One of the glitzy glamour parties, where Amrita Singh pulled off a sexy shimmery dress to grace the event.
In 2016, Amrita was seen in Flying Jat in which she portrayed the role of Tiger Shroff's mother.
Pictured: Amrita Singh was spotted at Bandra, Mumbai with daughter Sara Ali Khan during an outing.
Amrita's daughter Sara is taking her legacy forward. Only two films old, Sara has already become one of the most sought-after actresses in Bollywood.
Pictured: Sara Ali Khan and Amrita Singh look great together at the Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla's show.
Amrita's son Ibrahim, too, was a child artiste in the film Tashan, starring Kareena Kapoor Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Anil Kapoor and Akshay Kumar.
Pictured: Amrita Singh attended the Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla's show in New Delhi with her daughter Sara Ali Khan. The lady looked great in her off-white and gold outfit
Amrita Singh today gives very few interviews, and she prefers to keep a low profile.
Pictured: Dimple Kapadia, Amrita Singh and fashion designer Abu Jani were spotted exiting popular restaurant Bastian in Bandra, Mumbai
We wish the stunning Amrita Singh a very happy birthday!
Pictured: Sara Ali Khan enjoyed a dinner outing with her mother Amrita Singh and actor Sushant Singh Rajput at a restaurant in Khar, Mumbai. This was just when Kedarnath's announcement was done.
It's actress Amrita Singh's 61st birthday today. As Amrita Singh turned a year older today, here are some exclusive pictures of the actress from our archives. We bet you haven't seen them in the past
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