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Celina Jaitly (Miss India 2001)

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Name– Celina Jaitly

D.O.B– 24 November 1981

Known as– Miss India 2001

Profession– Model, Actress, Entrepreneur and Writer

Fathers’ name– V.K Jaitly

Mother’s name– Meeta

Award- Miss India in 2001

 


 

Personal Life

Celina Jaitly was born on 24th Nov 1981 in Shimla, India to a Punjabi Indian father and an Afghan mother. A former beauty queen and model, she won the Miss India in 2001 and was the 4th runner-up at Miss Universe 2001.

Celina is married to hotelier Peter Haag and they are the parents of twin boys Winston and Viraaj, born in March 2012.Celina is currently based in Singapore and Dubai, and travels for her film and endorsement work in Mumbai. She and Haag recently announced that they are expecting twins again.

 

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Early Life

Due to her army background, Celina grew up in several cities in India, like Lucknow, where she attended City Montessori School. However most of her life was spent in the Kashmir valley and the north eastern states of India She also spent some years of her childhood in Berhampur, Orissa. She has, however, spent most of her time in Kolkata, India.

During her teenage years, Celina aspired to be a part of the Indian the army, either as a doctor or a pilot. However, fate had something else in store for her. She started modeling alongside studies at the age of 16 Celina, given her natural beauty and stunning looks, was encouraged to take part in the 2001 Ms India pageant. She won the crown and then went on to become a runner up at Ms Universe the same year.

 

Career

2001–04: Debut and setback

Jaitley started her career from 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 featured in Jazzy B's music video of "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".The same years Jaitly appeared in the Telugu language drama Suryam opposite Vishnu Manchu.

 

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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. Rediff.com reported that "Celina Jaitley sizzles in the song Belibaas". She next portrayed the character of Sanjana in No Entry, the film was received favourably by critics and became successful at the box office with gross earnings of 840.9 million.

The following year, Jaitley co-starred in Deepak Tijori's comedy Tom, Dick, and Harry. The film became successful at the box office with gross earnings of (US$3.9 million). She next appeared in Apna Sapna Money Money directed by Sangeeth. It received mixed reviews, though became a financial success, with a domestic total of 390.4 million.

Jaitly's final release of 2007 was Suneel Darshan's comedy Shakalaka Boom Boom, with Bobby Deol, Upen 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 became a financial success, with a domestic total of 660.9 million. Jaitley's performance was applauded with critic Taran Adarsh writing "Celina stays on your mind even after the show is over”.

Recent work (2009–present)

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

In 2011, Jaitley had two leading roles. Her first was Anees Bazmee's Thank You, a romantic comedy. The film was poorly received by critics but became an economic success, earning over 950.6 million. She next appeared in Shrimathi a Kannada film directed by Ravi kumar. It proved a commercial success.

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

 

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