Born on March 28, 1976, Chitrangda Singh hails from Rajasthan. Her father, Col. Niranjan Singh, is an ex-Indian Army officer, and her brother Digvijay Singh Chahal is a golfer. The dusky beauty, who has impressed everyone right from her first film Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi, has had to go through her own shares of ups and downs. Be it on the personal front or on the professional front. (All photos/mid-day archives and Instagram)
Chitrangda pursued modelling as a career in 1994. And that's how she entered the glamour and entertainment industry. Very few know that Chitrangda did modelling projects with ICICI Bank and Joyalukkas Jewellery.
Chitrangda is golfer Digvijay Singh's sister. And coincidently, the actress was married to golfer Jyoti Randhawa in 2001.
Chitrangda made her acclaimed debut with Sudhir Mishra's Hazaron Khwahishein Aisi in 2003 that brought her into the limelight. However, post that, the actress took a sabbatical of two years.
In 2005, Chitrangda came back with film Kal: Yesterday and Tomorrow. However, soon rumour mills were abuzz that there is trouble in Chitrangda's marriage owing to her career choice. Jyoti Randhawa apparently had problems with her profession and speculations started making rounds that the couple is heading for splitsville soon.
Though in 2010, Chitrangda in an interview said, "Jyoti is very encouraging. I'm very lucky to have a person who himself is very ambitious and he understands my ambition too. He understands that you want to do something with whatever god has blessed you with; if you have a talent you should utilise it. He is all for that."
Meanwhile, on the professional front, Chitrangda made a full-blown commercial film, Desi Boyz (2011) in which she starred alongside Akshay Kumar, John Abraham and Deepika Padukone. She also did I, Me Aur Main, a ravishing special number in Akshay's Joker, a strong character in Inkaar and was totally back in the business.
While everything was going on track, in 2013, news of Chitrangda's marriage ending started making the rounds, when Chitrangda and Jyoti Randhawa were seen in the vicinity of Gurgaon Court.
The couple separated in 2013 and in 2014 got divorced. It was clear that Chitrangda Singh and Jyoti Randhawa had filed for divorce at the Gurgaon family court in 2013, but after a year the court approved their request and granted them divorce.
Chitrangda and Jyoti Randhawa have a son named Zorawar. His custody has been granted to the actress.
In 2015, Chitrangda made headlines with her sensuous item song 'Aao Raja' from Gabbar Is Back and acquired a massive fan following.
In 2016, Chitrangda Singh was in the news again after she walked out of Babumoshai Bandookbaaz, starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui citing discomfort shooting intimate scenes with him. Model-turned-actress Bidita Bag later replaced her in the film.
In 2018, Chitrangda was seen with Sanjay Dutt in Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster 3 and Baazaar.
The actress, who people thought had vanished after her song 'Aao Raja' from Gabbar made a comeback as a producer with the film Soorma - a biopic on the Indian Hockey team's former captain Sandeep Singh. The film has Diljit Dosanjh portraying the sportsman.
While there was noise being made about nepotism, Chitrangda, coming from a non-filmy background, is clearly setting an example that if you are passionate about something, you will definitely achieve it. Talking about the same, she said, "If you are passionate, I really think nothing is impossible. Whether nepotism or not, whoever or wherever they come from, if you really want to have that bad, of course, you have to have a realistic and good amount of talent to back it. Sooner, or later, I think u will make it."
While Chitrangda is a remarkable actress, she is still waiting for that one magnum opus that will help her make her mark in the industry. We wish her a happy birthday and best luck for all her future endeavours!
Time and again Chitrangda Singh has been compared to the legendary Smita Patil. She was lauded for her work in films such as Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi, Sorry Bhai!, Yeh Saali Zindagi and Desi Boyz. The actress has been managing work and life flawlessly despite the odds. On her birthday today, let's take a look at some of Chitrangda's most beautiful pictures
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