Chitrangada Singh is an Indian film actress known for working in the Hindi film industry. She was born on 30 August 1976 in Jodhpur, Rajasthan. Chitrangada’s real name is Chitrangada Singh Chahal. In an interview, she had told that she was named ‘Chitrangada’ after one of the wives of Arjuna from Mahabharata. Most of her childhood took place in Kota, Rajasthan. Chitrangada’s father Niranjan Singh is a retired army officer, due to which his transfer used to happen in different places of the country.
At the time of Chitrangada’s birth, he was posted in Jodhpur, after that, he moved to Bareilly and after a few days of posting in Bareilly, his last posting was in Meerut city of Uttar Pradesh. Chitrangada did her early education at Sophia Girls High School in Meerut. After this, she went to Delhi for her graduation, where she graduated in Home Science from Lady Irwin College, New Delhi.
Since her college days, she wanted to become an air hostess, for which she also applied for the post of an air hostess in various airlines, but her dream remained incomplete due to three consecutive failures. After finishing college, she started her career as a model and also did some modeling projects. During that time she modeled for brands like ICICI Bank and Alukkas Jewellery. She performed in Altaf Raja’s song Tum To Thahere Pardeshi which brought her to the limelight for the first time.
After this, she caught everyone’s attention by working in the music video Sunset Point for the song sung by Gulzar. Chitrangada also worked in the music video Koi Lauta De Woh Pyare Pyare Din. While working on this music video, film director Sudhir Mishra caught sight of him, after which he offered Chitrangada a role in his film Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi. Taking advantage of this opportunity, she made her debut in the Bollywood industry with the Bollywood film Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi, released in the year 2003.
Her role in the film was appreciated by the critics and the audience. After this film, she acted in another Bollywood film Kal: Yesterday and Tomorrow in the same year 2005. In this film, she played the lead role of Bhavna Dayal. After this, Chitrangada took a break from films between 2005 to 2008 and returned to the big screen after about 3 years in 2008. She made a comeback on the big screen with the Bollywood film Sorry Bhai, but the film failed at the box office.
In the year 2011, she played the role of Preeti in the Bollywood film Yeh Saali Zindagi, while in the same year released Akshay Kumar and John Abraham starrer film Desi Boyz, she played the role of economics teacher Tanya Sharma. Despite having such a big star in the film, it could not do any wonders at the box office and was average. Although the film was a musical hit, the songs of which were liked by the audience. She has acted in many films and has also done item numbers in some films.
Some of the popular movies of Chitrangada are Desi Boyz, Anjaan, Gabbar Is Back, Munna Michael, and Baazaar. Despite her long career, Chitrangada could not achieve the fame she deserves in acting. After working in films, she also tried her hand in film production and produced the film Soorma released in the year 2018. Now she is going to be seen in the lead role in the crime mystery thriller film Bob Biswas in the year 2021. Abhishek Bachchan will also be seen in the lead role with him in this film.