Celina Jaitley

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Celina Jiya Jaitley is an Indian
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 actress born in Kabul
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, Afghanistan
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. She appears in mainly Bollywood
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 films. As a former beauty queen and model, she was crowned Femina Miss India Universe in 2001.

Early life

Celina Jaitley was born in Kabul, Afghanistan to a Punjabi
Punjabi people
The Punjabi people , ਪੰਜਾਬੀ ), also Panjabi people, are an Indo-Aryan group from South Asia. They are the second largest of the many ethnic groups in South Asia. They originate in the Punjab region, which has been been the location of some of the oldest civilizations in the world including, the...

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Indian Army
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 Colonel V.K. Jaitley and Meeta, an Afghan Hindu, who was a nurse in the Indian Army. Celina has a brother who is also in the Indian Army.

She wanted to grow up and join the army just like her dad, either as a pilot or a doctor. Most of her childhood was spent in different locations due to her dad being transferred in cities and towns all over India - as a result she ended up studying in over a dozen different schools. While her family was in Lucknow
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, she attended City Montessori School, Station Road, Lucknow. She also studied in Berhampur
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, Orissa
Orissa , officially Odisha since Nov 2011, is a state of India, located on the east coast of India, by the Bay of Bengal. It is the modern name of the ancient nation of Kalinga, which was invaded by the Maurya Emperor Ashoka in 261 BC. The modern state of Orissa was established on 1 April...

. She has spent a major portion of her time in Kolkata
Kolkata , formerly known as Calcutta, is the capital of the Indian state of West Bengal. Located on the east bank of the Hooghly River, it was the commercial capital of East India...

, West Bengal
West Bengal
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 where father was posted during her college days. The family is now re-settled in Kolkata.. She graduated with a degree in commerce from Indira Gandhi National Open University
Indira Gandhi National Open University
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. After graduation, Celina worked in a cell phone company briefly.


Jaitley came in first place at Femina Miss India 2001 winning the title of Femina Miss India Universe 2001. In addition to her title, she won the Miss Margo Beautiful Skin, Indiatimes Surfer's Choice, and MTV's Most Wanted
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 award. She was subsequently sent to the Miss Universe 2001
Miss Universe 2001
Miss Universe 2001 was held at Coliseo Rubén Rodríguez, Bayamón, Puerto Rico on May 11, 2001. 77 contestants participated in the prestigious event...

 contest to represent India where she was a finalist and finished as the 4th Runner Up.

In 2003, she made her film debut in Feroz Khan's Janasheen
Janasheen is a Hindi-language film that was released in 2003. The movie was directed by Feroz Khan and stars Khan, Fardeen Khan and Celina Jaitley...

. In 2007 Jaitley flew to New Zealand and shot her first international movie Love Has No Language
Love Has No Language
Love Has No Language is an upcoming film being directed by Kahn Khan. Film stars Celina Jaitley, Rati Agnihotri, Colin Mathura-Jeffree, Ben Mitchell and Kiran Kumar.- Plot :This film is a love story between an Indian girl and a Māori guy...

, a romantic comedy. Whilst there she was targeted by a stalker who had followed her from India. Jaitley was said to be traumatized by the experience.

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

Jaitley is the brand ambassador
Brand ambassador
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 of Egypt
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ian tourism and Diya Diamond Jewellery from Gitanjali Group. She has also worked in pop album videos including remix of "Zara Nazron Se Kehdo" by Bombay Vikings.

Jaitley is a supporter of the rights and equality of the LGBT
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 community and supports the gay rights movement in India
Homosexuality in India
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Personal life

In January 2011, she announced her engagement with Dubai-based Austrian businessman, hotelier and marketeer, Peter Haag. Jaitley denied her marriage rumors in December 2010 when she was in Dubai for the Christmas celebrations with Peter Haag. She married Peter Haag on 23 July 2011 at a thousand year old monastery in Austria. Now she is pregnant with twins due in April 2012.


Celina Jaitley was a vociferous proponent of abolition of Article 377 of Indian Penal Code (IPC), which criminalized homosexuality. The actress once stated that her first boyfriend was a closet homosexual who died of bulimia-induced problems. She has appeared several times on national TV channels, debating people who oppose abolition of Article 377.

The actress recently pledged her eyes to Aditya Jyot Eye Hospital, one of the leading eye care hospitals in Mumbai. The hospital had launched the "Care for the eye" program as a social initiative aimed at supporting the cause of eye donation, as part of its 19th anniversary.


Year Film Role Notes
2003 Janasheen
Janasheen is a Hindi-language film that was released in 2003. The movie was directed by Feroz Khan and stars Khan, Fardeen Khan and Celina Jaitley...

Jessica Pereira
Khel (2003 film)
Khel – No Ordinary Game is a 2003 Bollywood Action film directed by Yusuf Khan. The film stars Sunny Deol, Suniel Shetty and Celina Jaitley in lead roles...

Saanjh Batra
2005 Silsilay
Silsiilay is a Hindi romance film written and directed by Khalid Mohammed. The film stars Tabu, Bhoomika Chawla, Riya Sen, Celina Jaitley, Natassha, Divya Dutta, Rahul Bose, Jimmy Shergill, Ashmit Patel and Kay Kay Menon, while an extended appearance is played by Shahrukh Khan...

No Entry
No Entry
No Entry is a Hindi comedy film released in 2005. It was directed by Anees Bazmee and produced by Boney Kapoor. The films stars Salman Khan, Anil Kapoor, Fardeen Khan, Lara Dutta, Celina Jaitley, Esha Deol and Bipasha Basu. Sameera Reddy makes a special appearance...

Sanjana Saxena
Suryam Madhu Telugu
Telugu language
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-language film
2006 Jawani Diwani: A Youthful Joyride
Jawani Diwani: A Youthful Joyride
Jawani Diwani is a 2006 Hindi adult comedy film directed by Manish Sharma starring Emraan Hashmi, Celina Jaitley, Hrishitaa Bhatt, Tiku Talsania and Mahesh Manjrekar.-Plot:...

Roma Fernandes
Zinda (film)
Zinda is a 2006 Bollywood film, starring Sanjay Dutt, John Abraham, and Lara Dutta. Zinda was directed by Sanjay Gupta and written by Gupta and Suresh Nair. Vishal-Shekhar composed the film's thematic music, with background music composed by Sanjoy Chowdhury...

Nisha Roy
Tom, Dick, and Harry Celina
Apna Sapna Money Money Saania
2007 Red: The Dark Side
Red: The Dark Side
Red: The Dark Side is a 2007 Bollywood film directed by Vikram Bhatt.-Sypnosis:Red is Basically A Crime Thriller Film.It Became More Famous Due To its Song 'Amen' Featuring Celina Jaitly As Anaita, Aftab Shivdasani As Neil Oberoi And Amrita Arora As Ria...

Anahita Saxena
Shakalaka Boom Boom
Shakalaka Boom Boom
Shakalaka Boom Boom is a Bollywood Musical film directed and produced by Suneel Darshan and written by Anurag Kashyap. The film stars Bobby Deol, Upen Patel, Celina Jaitley, Kangana Ranaut and Anupam Kher in the lead...

Heyy Babyy
Heyy Babyy
Heyy Babyy is a 2007 Hindi comedy film starring Akshay Kumar, Vidya Balan, Fardeen Khan, Riteish Deshmukh and Boman Irani. It is the first full-length feature film directed by Sajid Khan. It released on 24 August 2007 to a good response and was the seventh highest grossing Bollywood film of 2007...

Special appearance
2008 C Kkompany
C Kkompany
C Kkompany is a 2008 Hindi comedy film directed by debutant Sachin Yardi, and starring Tusshar Kapoor, Anupam Kher, Rajpal Yadav and Raima Sen. It also features Mithun Chakraborty, Mahesh Bhatt, Sakshi Tanwar, producer Ekta Kapoor and Karan Johar in special appearances. Sanjay Dutt has an extended...

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Money Hai Toh Honey Hai
Money Hai Toh Honey Hai
Money Hai Toh Honey Hai is a Bollywood comedy film directed by Ganesh Acharya and produced by Kumar Mangat. It features a cast of stars including Govinda, Aftab Shivdasani, Upen Patel, Hansika Motwani, Celina Jaitley and Manoj Bajpai in the lead roles with Ravi Kissen and Prem Chopra in supporting...

Golmaal Returns
Golmaal Returns
Golmaal Returns is a 2008 Bollywood comedy film directed by Rohit Shetty. The film is a sequel to the 2006 film, Golmaal Fun Unlimited with Ajay Devgn, Tusshar Kapoor and Arshad Warsi reprising their roles and Shreyas Talpade taking on the role originally played by Sharman Joshi. Kareena Kapoor,...

Meera mena
2009 Paying Guests Kalpana
Accident on Hill Road
Accident on Hill Road
Accident on Hill Road is a 2009 Bollywood film, directed by Mahesh Nair and produced by Nari Hira, starring Farooq Sheikh, Abhimanyu Singh, Celina Jaitley...

Sonam Chopra
2010 Hello Darling Candy Fernandes
2011 Will You Marry Me?
Will You Marry Me? (film)
Will You Marry Me? is an upcoming Hindi romantic comedy starring Shreyas Talpade, Rajeev Khandelwal, Mugdha Godse, Celina Jaitley and Muzamil Ibrahim in lead roles. The film is about a beach wedding...

Thank You
Thank You (2011 film)
Thank You is a 2011 Bollywood romantic comedy film directed by Anees Bazmee and produced by UTV Motion Pictures. It features Akshay Kumar, Bobby Deol, Sonam Kapoor, Suniel Shetty, Irrfan Khan, Celina Jaitley and Rimi Sen. The film was released on April 8, 2011. Thank You is about three married men...

Shrimathi Sonia Kannada film
2012 Run Bhola Run
Run Bhola Run
Run Bhola Run is an upcoming Bollywood comedy film directed and written by Neeraj Vora, with a star cast of Govinda, Tusshar Kapoor, Ameesha Patel and Celina Jaitley in lead roles. Produced by Dhilin Mehta under Shree Ashtavinayak Cine Vision Ltd, the theatrical trailer of the film was released...

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