Celina Jaitly Biography – an Indian Actress and Former Femina Miss India

Celina Jaitly is an Indian actress who mainly works in Hindi films. She won the title of Femina Miss India in 2001 and became 4th runner-up at Miss Universe 2001. She made her acting debut with the 2003 thriller Janasheen.

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Real Name: Celina Jaitly
Profession: Indian actress
Birthplace: Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India
Spouse: Peter Haag
Age: 41

Celina Jaitly (born 24 November 1981) is an Indian actress who mainly works in Hindi films. She won the title of Femina Miss India in 2001 and became 4th runner-up at Miss Universe 2001. She made her acting debut with the 2003 thriller Janasheen.

Celina Jaitly Biography
Celina Jaitly Biography
Celina Jaitly Biography
Born 24 November 1981 (age 41)

Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India
Alma mater Indira Gandhi National Open University
Occupation(s) Actress, Model
Peter Haag (m. 2011)
Children 3 (1 deceased)
Beauty pageant titleholder
Title Femina Miss India 2001
Years active 2001–2021
Femina Miss India 2001
Miss Universe 2001
(4th Runner-up)

Early life

Celina Jaitly was born in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India to a Punjabi Hindu father, Colonel V. K. Jaitly, and an Afghan Hindu mother, Meeta, who was a nurse in the Indian Army. Jaitly has a brother who is also in the army.

She wanted to grow up and join the army just like her father, either as a pilot or a doctor. Most of her childhood was spent in different locations due to her father being transferred to cities and towns all over India – as a result, she ended up studying in over a dozen different schools. She attended City Montessori School, Station Road, Lucknow, and Canossa Convent School, Ranikhet while her family was in respective cities. She graduated with a degree in Commerce with Accountancy (Hons.) from IGNOU (Khallikote College study center) while her stay in Brahmapur, Odisha. Her mother taught at the DePaul School there. After graduation, Jaitly worked in a cell phone company in Kolkata, West Bengal briefly as a marketing executive. The family is now settled in Mhow.

Celina Jaitly Biography
Celina Jaitly Biography


2001–04: Debut and setback

Jaitly started her career with a marketing job in a mobile phone company in Kolkata before she decided to participate in a local beauty contest. She won the title at Femina Miss India 2001. She also won the Miss Margo Beautiful Skin, Indiatimes Surfer’s Choice, and MTV’s Most Wanted award. She was subsequently sent to the Miss Universe 2001 contest representing India where she finished 4th runner-up.

In 2001, she was featured in Jazzy B‘s music video for “Oh Kehri”, which was immensely popular. She also featured in music videos for Bombay Vikings.

In 2003, she made her film debut in Feroz Khan‘s Janasheen. The movie was a moderate box-office success in India. For her second release, she had a starring role opposite Sunny Deol in the romantic action Khel, but the feature was poorly received and earned little at the box office.

In 2004, Jaitly turned down the lead role in Julie. In an interview with Stardust, Jaitly commented: “I turned down Julie because I didn’t agree with the reasoning of the protagonist in the story, who resorts to prostitution because her man ditches her. I didn’t see why any educated girl would take such a drastic step. I take up roles that I mentally agree with, and this was not such a role”. In The same years, Celina appeared in the Telugu drama Suryam opposite Vishnu Manchu.

2005–08: Professional expansion

By 2005, under the direction of Khalid Mohamed, Jaitly played the role of Preeti, an air hostess, in Silsiilay. The movie was well-received by critics. reported that “Celina Jaitly sizzles in the song Belibaas”. She next portrayed the character of Sanjana in No Entry, the film was received favorably by critics and became successful at the box office with gross earnings of ₹840.9 million (US$11 million).

The following year, Jaitly co-starred in Deepak Tijori’s comedy Tom, Dick, and Harry. The film became successful at the box office with gross earnings of ₹250.7 million (US$3.1 million). She next appeared in Apna Sapna Money Money, directed by Sangeeth. It received mixed reviews, though it became a financial success, with a domestic total of ₹390.4 million (US$4.9 million). In 2006, Jaitly appeared in the music video for the Indian hit song “Zara Nazron Se Kehdo” performed by Bombay Vikings with Swedish music producers Soundism behind the studio work.

In 2007, Jaitly starred in Red: The Dark Side, directed by Vikram Bhatt, alongside Aftab Shivdasani. Her final release of 2007 was Suneel Darshan‘s comedy Shakalaka Boom Boom, with Bobby DeolUpen Patel, and Kangana Ranaut. Upon release, it did moderately well at the box office but was critically panned.

In 2008, she took a supporting role in Golmaal Returns. It received mixed reviews, though it became a financial success, with a domestic total of ₹660.9 million (US$8.3 million). Jaitly’s performance was applauded, with critic Taran Adarsh writing: “Celina stays on your mind even after the show is over”.

Recent works (2009–present)

During 2009 and 2010, all three films in which she starred; Paying GuestsAccident on Hill Road, and Hello Darling, were critically and commercially unsuccessful.

In 2011, Jaitly had two leading roles. Her first was Anees Bazmee‘s Thank You, a romantic comedy. The film was poorly received by critics but became a commercial success, earning over ₹950.6 million (US$12 million). She next appeared in Shrimathi, a Kannada film directed by Ravi Kumar. It proved a commercial success.

There were reports in 2011 that Jaitly was slated to play a Persian princess in the film Quest of Scheherezade with actors Sean Connery and Orlando Bloom, and directed by Ken Khan. This has yet to be confirmed.

Personal life (Celina Jaitly Biography)

Celina Jaitly is married to Austrian entrepreneur and hotelier Peter Haag. They became parents to twin boys born in March 2012. Jaitly gave birth to a second set of twin boys in 2017, in which one boy died due to a heart defect.

Jaitly is currently based between Austria, Singapore, and Dubai and travels for her film and endorsement work internationally.

Celina_Jaitly with her Family
Celina Jaitly with her Family

Endorsements (Celina Jaitly Biography)

Sepang Circuit Malaysia 2002, Ayur (ayurvedic hair shampoos) 2002–2004, Ponds (Dreamflower talc) 2001–2004, Margo (skin soap) 2001–2003, Gitanjali (Diamond jewels) 2003–present, Jashn (Leading Indian apparels) 2006–present, Proactv (International skin solutions) 2008–present, RICHFEEL (trichology clinics) 2012–present, 18 Again (women’s intimate care) 2012–present, PETA 2005–present, United Nations Equality Champions 2013–present.

Filmography (Celina Jaitly Biography)

Year Film Role Notes
2003 Janasheen Jessica Pereira
Khel – No Ordinary Game Saanjh Batra
2004 Suryam Madhulatha Telugu-language film
2005 Silsiilay Preeti
No Entry Sanjana Saxena
2006 Jawani Diwani: A Youthful Joyride Roma Fernandes
Zinda Nisha Roy
Tom, Dick, and Harry Celina
Apna Sapna Money Money Saania
2007 Red: The Dark Side Anahita Saxena
Shakalaka Boom Boom Sheena
Heyy Babyy Special appearance
2008 C Kkompany Special appearance
Money Hai Toh Honey Hai Shruti
Golmaal Returns Meera mena
2009 Paying Guests Kalpana
Accident on Hill Road Sonam Chopra
2010 Hello Darling Candy Fernandes
2011 Thank You Maya
Shrimathi Sonia Kannada film
2012 Will You Marry Me? Vaishali Special appearance
2020 Season’s Greetings Romita A short film on Zee5

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