Amrita Singh

Amrita Singh (born February 9, 1958)[1] is an Indian film and television actress. She was a popular actress in the 1980s and took a break from acting in the early 1990s. She returned to acting in 2002 and has since occasionally played supporting roles in film and also made her debut on television in 2005. Amrita keeps a low public profile and gives few interviews.

Amrita Singh
Singh in 2017.
Born (1958-02-09) 9 February 1958
OccupationFilm and television actress
Years active1983–1993
Saif Ali Khan
(m. 1991; div. 2004)
Children2, Sara Ali Khan (Daughter)
Ibrahim Ali Khan(Son)
Parent(s)Shivinder Singh (father)
Rukhsana Sultana

She is the daughter of Rukhsana Sultana who raised her as a single parent.

Early life

She was born to a Muslim mother Rukhsana Sultana[2] and a Sikh father, army officer Shivinder Singh Virk, from a feudal family.[3] Her mother was a political associate of Sanjay Gandhi during the Indian Emergency in the 1970s.[4][5][6][7] [8] Through her paternal grandmother Mohinder Kaur, 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. The actress Begum Para is her great-aunt and her husband was Nasir Khan, who is the brother of Dilip Kumar. Actor Ayub Khan is her second cousin.[2] Singh was a childhood friend of Shahrukh Khan. Their mothers often worked together in the Old Delhi area and Singh attended the same school as Khan's sister, Shahnaz.[9]

Singh attended Modern School in New Delhi and is fluent in English, Punjabi and Hindi.[10]



Singh made her Bollywood debut in 1983 with Betaab, an immensely successful film in which she was paired with Sunny Deol. This was quickly followed by a succession of hits, such as Sunny in 1984, Mard (which was the biggest hit of that year) and Saaheb in 1985, Chameli Ki Shaadi and Naam in 1986 and Khudgarz in 1987. Singh made a successful pair in several films, not only with Sunny Deol and Sanjay Dutt, but also with Anil Kapoor and Amitabh Bachchan, two leading actors of the 1980s.[11] As well as playing leading roles, she also played supporting negative roles in films such as Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman (1992) and Aaina (1993). She also won the Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award for the latter. Amrita is a symbol of that era of Bollywood, when drama-romance-action charged Masala films were popular. She was famous icon of glossy make-up, long skirt and sleeveless gown. Her comic timings are still remembered. She decided to retire into family life and quit acting after her appearance in the 1993 film Rang.


Singh returned to acting in 2002 with the film 23rd March 1931: Shaheed, in which she played the mother of Bhagat Singh (played by Bobby Deol). She joined the television industry with Ekta Kapoor's family drama Kavyanjali, aired on Star Plus in 2005. Singh was seen in a negative role in the show, that soon gained immense popularity.[12] Later that year, she won acclaim for her performance in yet another negative role for the film Kalyug. In 2007, Singh played the role of gangster Maya Dolas' mother, Ratnaprabha Dolas, in the Sanjay Gupta film Shootout at Lokhandwala, directed by Apoorva Lakhia. Vivek Oberoi played the role of Ma. Later on she appeared in the anthology film Dus Kahaniyaan, where she appeared in the short story Poornmasi.

Continuing her acting journey, Singh played in the film Kajraare in 2010, and also appeared in Aurangzeb under the Yash Raj Films banner, where she was paired with Jackie Shroff after almost two decades.[13] In 2014, she was seen in the film 2 States, produced by Dharma Productions, portraying the role of co-actor Arjun Kapoor's mother. The film released on 18 April 2014.[14] In 2016, she appeared in Flying Jat playing Tiger Shroff's mother and recently in 2017 she appeared in the acclaimed drama Hindi Medium. She played the Principal's role for a glance. She was recently seen in Sujoy Ghosh's Badla, released on 8 March 2019. She played the role of Rani Kaur.

Personal life

Singh married actor Saif Ali Khan in 1991. The couple married in an Islamic wedding ceremony.[15] Twelve years younger than her, Khan is the son of former Indian test cricket captain Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, the eight Nawab of Pataudi and actress Sharmila Tagore. Despite controversies, they remained married. She gave up acting after her marriage to Khan. After thirteen years of marriage, the couple divorced in 2004.[16]

Their daughter Sara Ali Khan was born in 12 August 1995 and son Ibrahim Ali Khan in October 2001. Sara graduated from Columbia University and their son Ibrahim Ali Khan is studying in England. Ibrahim was a child actor in the movie Tashan. Sara Ali Khan made her debut in the movie Kedarnath on 7 December 2018.


YearTitleRoleOther notes
1983BetaabRoma (Dingy)
1984DuniyaRoma Verma
1985SaahebNatasha 'Nikki'
1986Mera DharamDurga Thakur
1986Chameli Ki ShaadiChameli
1986Kala Dhanda Goray LogMrs. Ramola Gauri Shankar / Pooja
1987Naam O NishanVanisha
1987KhudgarzMrs. Sinha
1988Charnon Ki SaugandhKanchan Singh
1989Sachai Ki TaqatMrs. Ram Singh
1989Galiyon Ka BadshahCameo
1989IlaakaSub-Inspector Neha Singh
1990Veeru dadaMeena
1990Karishma Kali KaaParvati
1990Maut Ke Farishtey
1990Aag Ka Dariya
1990CIDMeghna Saxena
1991Sadhu SantMeena Kapoor
1991Paap Ki AandhiReshma
1991Dharam SankatMadhu
1991Rupaye Dus KarodAarthi Saxena
1991Pyaar Ka SaayaMaya Gangadhami
1992Raju Ban Gaya GentlemanSapna L. Chhabria
1992SuryavanshiPrincess Suryalekha
1992Kal Ki AwazPrincipal Nahim Bilgrami
1992Dil Aashna HaiRaj
1993AainaRoma MathurFilmfare Best Supporting Actress Award
200223rd March 1931: ShaheedVidya
2005KalyugSimi Roy
2007Shootout at LokhandwalaMom
2007Dus KahaniyaanMalaPooranmasi (story)
2011KajraareZohra Baano
2013AurangzebNeena Wadhwa
20142 StatesKavita MalhotraNominated, Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award
2016A Flying JattMrs. Dhillon
2017Hindi MediumPrincipal
2019 BadlaRani Kaur


Awards and nominations


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  14. "2 States: Amrita Singh to play Arjun Kapoor's punjabi mother with an expert polish the role seemed totally typical or original in tone. On the other hand, Revati of south-indian films, as Alia's mother gave a skilled acting performance that was a pleasure for viewers.Also the unmatched relation with Ronit Roy's character was a strong feeling scene for viewers. Amrita was fabulous in 2 States". the times of india. Retrieved 18 March 2014.
  15. "No one changes their religion in order to get married: Saif Ali Khan speaks about 'love jihad'". The Express Tribune. 24 April 2015. Retrieved 21 April 2016.
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