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Payal Rohatgi Biography – Indian actress & Femina Miss India pageant

Payal Rohatgi is an Indian actress and reality TV performer who appears in Hindi films. She was a contestant in the reality show Bigg Boss in 2008. In 2022, she participated in ALT Balaji's reality television show Lock Upp and emerged as the Runner-Up.

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Real Name: Payal Rohatgi
Profession: Indian actress and reality TV performer
Birthplace: Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh (present-day Telangana), India
Boyfriend: Sangram Singh
Age: 37

Payal Rohatgi (born 9 November 1984) is an Indian actress and reality TV performer who appears in Hindi films. She was a contestant in the reality show Bigg Boss in 2008. In 2022, she participated in ALT Balaji’s reality television show Lock Upp and emerged as the Runner-Up.

Payal Rohatgi Biography
Payal Rohatgi Biography
Payal Rohatgi Biography
Born 9 November 1984 (age 37)

Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh (present-day Telangana), India
Occupation Actress, model
Years active 2002–2018, 2022- 2022
Title Supermodel Miss Tourism World 2001
Miss India Tourism 2001
Spouse(s)
Sangram Singh (m. 2022)

Early life

Rohatgi was born on 9 November 1984 in Hyderabad and earned a degree in computer engineering.

Career

Rohatgi started her career by being part of the Femina Miss India pageant. She later went on to internationally represent India as Miss India Tourism in the Miss Tourism World pageant. There Rohatgi won the title of Supermodel Miss Tourism World.

Rohatgi modeled for popular brands like Amul, Nirma, Nescafe, Dabur Hair Oil, and Jaguar Bath Panel. She gained attention after appearing in a television ad for Cadbury’s Temptations Chocolates. Around this time, she also appeared in music videos by the rock bands Silk Route and Indipop artist KK.

In 2002, she did her debut with Yeh Kya Ho Raha Hai?, and in 2006, she appeared in 36 China Town. The same year, she was offered an item song in the Madhur Bhandarkar film Corporate. She made a cameo appearance in Ugly Aur Pagli, which was released in August 2008. In mid-September, she appeared opposite Irrfan Khan in Dil Kabaddi. Rohatgi was considered a sex symbol by the Indian media during her early career in films.

Payal Rohatgi made her theatre debut with director and producer Vandana Sajnani’s play Fourplay in 2010.

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In September 2013, Rohatgi was featured in Life OK’s TV fiction show Hum Ne Li Hai Shapath, where she played the supervillain Gong, in a special episode of the comic series. In 2014, Rohatgi was part of the National Anthem shot by director Rajeev Walia. In September 2014, Rohatgi made her television debut on the Sony TV show Humsafars. In February 2022, she returned to the entertainment industry as she participated in the OTT reality show Lock Upp.

Personal life (Payal Rohatgi Biography)

Rohatgi has been in a relationship with Indian wrestler Sangram Singh since 2011, whom she met on the sets of the reality show Survivor India. On 27 February 2014, she got engaged to wrestler Sangram Singh in Ahmedabad. In April 2015, Rohatgi, with her fiancé and wrestler Sangram Singh, was seen in the dance reality show Nach Baliye 7 on Star Plus. They lasted in the show till the seventh final episode. Both of them also did a film together, called Night’.

Payal Rohatgi with her Husband
Payal Rohatgi with her Husband

They were the brand ambassadors of the International Human Rights Organisation (IHRO), an Indian NGO from New Delhi.

Controversies

In 2012, Rohatgi alleged sexual harassment by director Dibakar Banerjee and Anurag Kashyap.

Rohatgi shared fake news and fringe theories multiple times from their Twitter accounts. She was locked from Twitter for a week for “communalizing” the 2019 Hyderabad gang rape. Twitter handle of Mumbai police blocked Rohatgi in 2019 but later unblocked her when Chief Minister‘s wife, Amruta Fadnavis, voiced support for her.

During the 2018 Kerala floods, Payal Rohatgi claimed it was God’s wrath due to cow slaughter. Her remarks were called “insensitive,” and she was trolled on Twitter due to her remarks.

In July 2019, she also commented on inequality in Islam on Instagram over Zaira Wasim’s decision to leave Bollywood. A police complaint against her was lodged at Oshiwara police station in August 2019 over her remarks.

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Rohatgi also attacked the 19th-century Indian social reformer Raja Ram Mohan Roy as a “traitor” & lackey of the British and accused him of defaming the tradition of Sati. She also glorified the tradition of Sati, saying that women burned themselves alive to evade rape. Hindol Sengupta and Sanjeev Sanyal presented a balanced view of the events over her remarks. Museum Secretary of Raja Ram Mohan Roy Memorial Museum said that Rohatgi seems to know nothing about him.

In June 2019, Rohatgi claimed that Maratha ruler Shivaji was born in shudra varna and later moved up in the caste hierarchy. NCP leader Jitendra Awhad filed a complaint against her in Mumbai and demanded her arrest over her remarks. She issued a video apology over Twitter.

Rohatgi claimed that Jawaharlal Nehru, the first prime minister of India, was not a legitimate child of Motilal Nehru but born out of an illicit relationship of Kamala Nehru with another man in a Facebook video in October 2019. She also alleged that Motilal Nehru had five wives. Youth Congress leader lodged a police complaint against her for insulting the Nehru family. Later, she offered a public apology to Priyanka Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi. On 15 December, she was detained by Bundi Police in Ahmedabad due to her remarks on the Nehru-Gandhi family. She was later arrested. On 16 December 2019 Court sent her in Judicial custody for 9 days till 24 December 2019. On 17 December, she was released on bail.

Rohatgi wrote a series of vulgar tweets about Muslim women participating in Citizenship (Amendment) Bill protests, for which Twitter suspended her account for a week in June 2020. Her account was permanently suspended in July 2020. A Metropolitan Magistrate court in Mumbai noted that the tweets prima facie “show disregard against Muslim women and Community” and ordered a technical investigation.

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Filmography (Payal Rohatgi Biography)

Year Title Role language Other notes
2002 Yeh Kya Ho Raha Hai? Esha Hindi A remake of American Pie
2002 Refuge Miss World Tourism 2001 English
2002 Patth Hindi
2003 Tumse Milkar Flora Hindi
2004 Plan Tanya Hindi
2004 Police Force: An Inside Story Item Song Hindi
2004 Rakht Tanya Hindi
2005 Laila – A Mystery Laila Hindi
2004 Tauba Tauba Payal Hindi A remake of Private Lessons
2005 Chetna: The Excitement Chetna Hindi
2005 Fun – Can Be Dangerous Sometimes Natasha Hindi First Indian film based on wife swapping
2006 36 China Town Gracy Hindi A remake of Once Upon a Crime
2006 Mr. 100% Hindi
2006 Corporate Item Song Hindi
2007 Heyy Babyy Special appearance Hindi A remake of Three Men and a Baby
2007 Thirupachi Aruva Item Song Tamil
2007 Dhol Sophie Hindi
2008 Ugly Aur Pagli Guest Appearance Hindi
2008 Dil Kabaddi Kaya Hindi
2012 Valentine’s Night Sanjana Hindi
2018 Halfa Macha Ke Gail Item Song Bhojpuri
Payal Rohatgi Biography
Payal Rohatgi Biography

Television

Year Name Role Notes
2007 Fear Factor India 2 Contestant 4th Place
2008 Bigg Boss 2 Evicted on Day 69
2009 Raaz Pichhle Janam Ka
2010 Meethi Choori No 1
CID Herself
2011 Zor Ka Jhatka: Total Wipeout 1 Contestant
2012 Survivor India 1 6th Place, Voted out on Day 41
2013 Hum Ne Li Hai-Shapath Payal
Welcome – Baazi Mehmaan Nawazi Ki 1 Contestant Winner
Bigg Boss 7 Guest To support Sangram Singh
2014 Box Cricket League 1 Contestant The player in Rowdy Banglore
2014–2015 Humsafars Anam Negative lead
2015 Nach Baliye 7 Contestant Eliminated-7th
2025 Jaane Kya Hoga Aage Forum Special appearance
Agent Raghav – Crime Branch Manjeera
2016 Suryaputra Karn Amba / Shikhandini / Shikhandi Supporting role
2022 Lock Upp Contestant Runner-Up

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