Payal Rohatgi (born 9 November 1984) is an Indian actress and reality TV performer who appears in Bollywood films.[2] She was a contestant on Bigg Boss in 2008.

Early life

Rohatgi was born in Banjara Hills, Hyderabad, India. She is the daughter of Veena Rohatgi and Shashank Rohatgi. She has a brother named Gaurav Rohatgi. She was brought up in a middle-class family and grew up in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. She completed her schooling from Udgam School, Ahmedabad. She stood 7th in her 12th standard exams in entire Gujarat state. Being academically very strong she choose to take up engineering in her college. She is a qualified Computer Engineer which is passed with distinction from L.D. Institute of Engineering,Ahmedabad.[3] Her father is a Chemical Engineer and mother worked as a Supervisor Teacher till like 2015 when she quit recently owing to assist in family business. Her brother is a Electronics Engineer. He is presently looking after family business in Ahmedabad. Since chilhdhood, Payal was a fitness freak and had won a lot of medals in sports competition in her school and college. Coming from a completely non-film background her foray into the Bollywood industry was quite a shocker for her family. Her inclination towards the glamour world started when was selected as the most Famous and pretty girl in her college during their annual festival days. Lateron her friends cajoled her to participate in the Miss India competition and the journey to Mumbai began.


Rohatgi started her career by being part of Femina Miss India paegent in the year with Priyanka Chopra, Lara Dutta & Dia Mirza. She later went on to represent India as Miss India Tourism in Miss Tourism World paegent internationally,.[4] There Rohatgi won the coveted title of Supermodel Miss Tourism World.[5][6]

Soon Rohatgi started modelling for popular brands like Amul, Nirma, Nescafe, Dabur Hair Oil, Jaguar Bath Panel, etc. She gained attention after appearing in a television ad for Cadbury's Temptations Chocolates. Around this time she also appeared in music videos by rock band, Silk Route and Indipop artist, KK.[3]

In 2002 she did her debut with Yeh kya ho raha hai produced By Harry Baweja and in 2006, she got her breakthrough with an Important Role in a big-budget Bollywood film 36 China Town, directed by Abbas Mustan and starring Shahid Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor, Paresh Rawal, & Akshaye Khanna.[7]

In 2006, she was offered an item song in Madhur Bhandarkar film Corporate which became one of the chartbuster song of the year. This led to Payal doing a lot of Stage Performances owing to her sudden popularity. She even trained Kathak under Pandit ViruKrishna which tremendously helped her in her shows.

In 2008, she was seen in a cameo opposite Ranvir Shorey in PNC film Ugly Aur Pagli which was released in August. In mid-September, she appeared opposite Irrfan Khan in the TV18 film Dil Kabaddi.[8]

In 2010, Payal Rohatgi made her theatre debut with director and producer Vandana Sajnani play called Fourplay.[9] She said she thoroughly enjoyed working with a lady director for the first time in her career. Also Rohatgi found the theatre medium quite powerful as compared to films and television.

September 2013 saw Rohatgi in Life OK's TV fiction show Hum Ne Li Hai Shapath where she played the supervillain Gong in the special episodal comic series.[10]

In 2014 Rohatgi was part of the National Anthem that was shot by director Rajeev Walia with 70 Indian celebrities & was released worldwide in 150 countries in August.[11] 30 September 2014 Rohatgi will make her Television Debut as a Negative lead character Anam in Sony TV show Humsafars.[12] She is very excited to be part of television fiction shows considering that earlier it was reality shows on television that gave her love and respect among her fans.[13] Ms Rohatgi was loved by the way she portrayed the stylish character Anam by the audiences. Her talent as an actress was clearly visible. The show got finished on 27 February 2015. In April 2015, Ms Rohatgi with her Fiance Wrestler Sangram Singh were seen in a Dance Reality show NachBaliye7 which was telecast on Star Plus. They gave some amazing dance performances and lasted in the show till the 7th Gala episode. They were voted out by the judges as there was No Public Voting which was quite a shocker to their fans who were showering their love on this sweet couple by trending them Pan-India everyweek till the time the couple was in the show. Nevertheless, both Sangram and Payal exited gracefully they both believe that whatever happens is for the best.[14]

Later on we came to know that Sangram Singh, Ms Rohatgi fiance and an International Wrestler had a fight with Canadian Wrestler Joe Legend in South Africa on 18 July 2015 which coincided with the Finale of NachBaliye7. Apparently Sangram and Payal had signed the show till 5 July and then the makers extended the finale dates to 18 July. Also there were reports that the makers were giving partial treatment to a few contestants by allowing them to travel abroad during the reality shooting of the show. [15] [16]. In 2016 Rohatgi was seen playing Shikhandani in the mythalogical series Suryaputra Karn and in April she worked in the Sahib Chaggar and Balaji Telefilms show Kya Mohabbat Phir Se which aired on as the negative lead Deepika Singh replacing Kavita Kaushik. She later went on to be seen in the Sony TV show Rangrasiya where she is playing the role of Aarti. In that same year she participated in the reality dance show Dance Ki Takkar 5. She got eliminated after 5 weeks.[17][18]

Personal life

In 2008, during the second season of the show, Bigg Boss, Rohatgi was romantically linked with fellow inmate, Rahul Mahajan,[19] immediately after he divorced Shweta Singh.[20] The couple broke up later, with Rohatgi citing abuse and physical assault as the main reasons of their split.[21] Reports have also surfaced of her dating South African cricketer, Herschelle Gibbs in 2010.[22] During her time in the Bigg Boss house, she had a big fight with other contestant Sambhavna Seth which led to them being rivals. After they did not see each other. In March 2013, Payal and Sambhavana made up as friends on the show Welcome – Baazi Mehmaan Nawazi Ki.

Since 2011 Rohatgi has been in a committed relationship with Gold medal Indian Wrestler Sangram Singh whom she met on the sets of reality show Survivor India.[23][24] She is an ardent devotee of Sai Baba of Shirdi.[25]

On 27 February 2014, she got engaged to wrestler Sangram Singh in Ahmedabad.[26] Sangram has been like a son to her family as he was instrumental in reuniting Payal's father and mother after 16 years as they were separated due to some difference in opinions. He is more close to her family than she is, is what Ms Rohatgi jokes sometimes.[27]

Payal proclaims that she has become an ardent fan of Yoga on her own and thoroughly enjoys the regime as it doubles up as her fitness routine too.[28]


Year Title Role language Other notes
2002 Yeh Kya Ho Raha Hai? Esha Hindi Remake of American Pie
2002 Refuge[29] Miss World Tourism 2001 English
2002 Patth Hindi
2003 Tumse Milkar Flora Hindi
2003 Plan Tanya Hindi
2003 Police Force: An Inside Story Item Song Hindi
2004 Rakht Tanya Hindi
2004 Laila Laila Hindi
2004 Tauba Tauba Payal Hindi 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 Remake of Once Upon a Crime
2006 Mr. 100% Hindi
2006 Corporate Item Song Hindi
2007 Heyy Babyy Special Appearance Hindi Remake of Three Men and a Baby
2007 Thirupachi Aruva[30] Item Song Telugu
2007 Dhol Sophie Hindi
2008 Ugly Aur Pagli Guest Appearance Hindi
2008 Dil Kabaddi Kaya Hindi
2012 Valentine's Night Sanjana Hindi
N/A Black Currency Hindi Shelved film
N/A Phir Zindagi[31] Hindi Shelved film


Non Fiction/Reality Shows
Year Show Place
2008 Bigg Boss 2[32] 9th Place
Evicted Day 55
2009 Raaz Pichhle Janam Ka Contestant
2011 Zor Ka Jhatka: Total Wipeout Contestant
2012 Survivor India 6th Place
Voted out Day 41
2013 Welcome – Baazi Mehmaan Nawazi Ki Winner of her Episodal series
2013 Bigg Boss 7 Guest (to support Sangram)
2015 Nach Baliye 7 Eliminated on 7th Gala episode
2016 Dance Ki Takkar 5 Eliminated in 5th week
Fiction Shows


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  3. 3.0 3.1 Payal Rohatgi - Biography.
  7. Payal Rohatgi: Biography. Retrieved on 19 June 2010.
  8. Love Guru makes Bollywood debut with 'Dil Kabaddi'. Imdb News. Retrieved on 6 December 2008.
  10. Payal Rohatgi on Shapath.
  12. Payal Rohatgi excited about her TV fiction show debut.
  13. Payal Rohatgi moves from reality TV to soaps.
  15. 7 controversies on Nach Baliye 7!.
  16. Did Sangram leave Nach Baliye in protest?.
  17. Dance Ki Takkar 5: Payal Rohatgi to participate. Retrieved on 7 October 2016.
  18. Dance Ki Takkar 5: After Harbhajan Singh; Payal gets eliminated!. Retrieved on December 4, 2016.
  19. Sanjay reveals all about Rahul Mahajan, Payal Rohatgi (25 August 2008). Retrieved on 2010-08-28.
  20. "Wife No. 1 Shweta Singh". The Times of India. 31 July 2010. Retrieved 2013-05-19. 
  21. Rahul Mahajan assaulted me: Payal Rohatgi. Retrieved on 2010-08-28.
  22. Shah, Kunal M (1 May 2010). "Payal's dinner date with Gibbs". The Times Of India. Retrieved 2010-08-28. 
  24. Payal Rohatgi is dating a wrestler
  25. Payal Rohtagi spotted at Shirdi Temple with Wrestler Sangram Singh. IANS. Retrieved on 8 February 2014.
  26. Sangram Singh brought stability in my life, says Payal Rohatgi. IANS. Retrieved on 2 March 2014.
  27. I feel like I am in Singapore when I come to Gurgaon: Payal Rohatgi. The Times Of India.
  28. 5 killer moves of Payal Rohatgi that will make you turn to Yoga.
  29. Refuge(2002). 
  30. Thirupachi Aruva.
  31. Phir Zindagi.
  32. "Payal Rohatgi on Bigg Boss". Retrieved 2010-12-06.

External links

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Dance Ki Takkar 5
1st runners—up
2nd runners—up