Rochelle Rao

Rochelle Rao (born 25 November 1988) is an Indian model, actor and anchor. She was crowned Miss India International in 2012. She was featured in Kingfisher Calendar and various TV shows. She was a contestant on Bigg Boss 9 in 2015. She also appeared as a main character named 'Lottery' in The Kapil Sharma Show.

Rochelle Rao
Rochelle Rao

(1988-11-25) 25 November 1988[1]
Alma materM.O.P. Vaishnav College for Women, Chennai[2]
OccupationModel, TV anchor, actor
Spouse(s)Keith Sequeira (m. 2018)
Modeling information
Height5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)[3]

Early life

Rochelle Rao was born in Chennai in 1988. She holds a BSc in Electronic Media from MOP Vaishnav College for Women, Chennai.[4]

Femina Miss India

Rochelle Rao competed in the fifth Pantaloons Femina Miss India South pageant in January 2012 where she was first runner up. She lost the title to Shamata Anchan.[5] She later participated at Femina Miss India and emerged as the Femina Miss India International 2012 winner. She has also won three subtitles. "Miss Glamorous Diva", "Miss Ramp Walk", "Miss Body Beautiful". She represented India at Miss International 2012 pageant held in October 2012 (Okinawa, Japan) where she ranked ninth out of 68 countries.[6]

Year Title Result Role
2012 Miss India South First runner up Herself
2012 Femina Miss India Winner Herself
2012 Miss International Ranked 9th out of 68 countries Herself


She won the Femina Miss India International 2012[7] crown. Prior to this she was a model and anchor in Chennai. Rochelle was crowned by the outgoing titleholder Ankita Shorey.

She later turned host for season six of the Indian Premier League.[8] Currently living in Mumbai, she has anchored various events and TV shows. She has also featured in many men's magazines.[9][10]

She was featured in the February 2014 page of the Kingfisher calendar.[11]

In August 2013, Rochelle was seen in Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa season 6 which aired on Colors as a wild card entrant. She did not get chosen for the show as she did her performance.

She was also seen in season 5 of the show Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi in 2014. She was the second contestant to be eliminated from the show that was hosted by Rohit Shetty. In late 2014 she was seen on an adventurous travel show on Fox Life called Life Mein Ek Baar along with Evelyn Sharma, Pia Trivedi and Mehak Chahal.[12]

In 2015, Rao became a contestant on the popular Indian reality TV series, Bigg Boss 9 along with boyfriend Keith Sequeira.[13][14] She was paired with Prince Narula but later changed with Rimi Sen.[15]

Rao is currently playing various roles in the popular comedy show The Kapil Sharma Show on Sony TV which started on April 2016.[16]


2013Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 6ContestantColors TVEntered as wild card (not selected)
2014Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi 5Eliminated 2nd week (16th place)
2015–2016Bigg Boss 9Finalist, third runner up (Day 105) [13]
2016–2017The Kapil Sharma Show Season 1 Lottery (Nurse)Sony TV
2018–presentThe Kapil Sharma Show Season 2 Chingari (Neighbour) [17]
2019Nach Baliye 9ContestantStar Plus

Other appearances

2013Life Mein Ek BaarContestantFox LifeAlong with Evelyn Sharma, Pia Trivedi and Mehak Chahal


  1. Team Rochelle Rao on Twitter: "@RochelleRaoFC 25 th november.. I'm a Sagittarius and this year is special as I turned 25 on the 25th!". (22 March 2014). Retrieved on 2015-10-23.
  2. "Rochelle Maria Rao: Lesser known facts". The Times of India. 22 January 2016. Retrieved 13 June 2016.
  3. Rochelle Maria Rao – Profile. (10 February 2012). Retrieved on 2015-10-23.
  4. "Rochelle Maria Rao: Lesser known facts". The Times of India. 22 January 2016. Retrieved 13 June 2016.
  5. B'lore girl Shamata is Femina Miss India South – The Times of India. (23 December 2011). Retrieved on 2015-10-23.
  6. "All eyes on Rochelle Maria Rao". Retrieved 1 October 2012.
  7. Miss India – Miss Diva – World Pageants – Retrieved on 23 October 2015.
  8. "Miss India International Rochelle Maria Rao and Bigg Boss 6 hottie Karishma Kotak to glam up IPL 6". Retrieved 29 March 2013.
  9. Men's magazine 1. (22 February 1999). Retrieved on 2015-10-23.
  10. Men's magazine 2. (22 February 1999). Retrieved on 2015-10-23.
  12. "Rochelle Maria Rao eliminated from Khatron Ke Khiladi". The Times of India.
  13. "Bigg Boss 9 Contestant No 9: Rochelle Maria Rao, beauty with brains, to set BB on fire!". Retrieved 12 October 2015.
  14. "Want to connect with Hindi audience with 'Bigg Boss': Rochelle Rao". Retrieved 13 October 2015.
  15. "Rishabh deserved to win, he never stopped entertaining us: Rochelle Rao". Retrieved 27 January 2016.
  16. "After Bigg Boss 9, Rochelle Rao turns comedian with The Kapil Sharma Show?". Retrieved 1 April 2016.
  17. Farzeen, Sana (29 December 2018). "Rochelle Rao on The Kapil Sharma Show: The audience expects a lot from us". Indian Express.
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Ankita Shorey
Miss International India
Succeeded by
Gurleen Grewal
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