Archana Puran Singh PROFILE
Archana Puran Singh was born on March 26th, 1962 and has been a well known Indian television presenter and film actress. She is most known for comedy roles, and as a judge on Comedy shows, like Sony TV's 'Comedy Circus'. Singh was born in a Punjabi family in Dehradun, where she did her schooling. She left for Mumbai, when she was eighteen, to pursue a career in modeling. Once in Mumbai, she started doing ad films, and was successful after her most famous ad for Band Aid. The ad was produced by Jalal Agha, and noticing her talent he cast her in the lead role in his serial, `Mr and Mrs'. Her next big break came with Pankaj Parasher's 'Karamchand' and from there on she has never looked back. She made her film debut in the year 1987, in the movie 'Jalwa' opposite Naseeruddin Shah. Although the movie was a big hit, Archana failed to catch the eye of the leading producers and directors, she received offers mainly for B-grade movies most of which were short on content and more of soft porn type. Later, Archana did small roles in big banner Blockbusters like 'Agneepath' (1990), 'Saudagar' (1991), 'Shola aur Shabnam' (1992), and 'Aashiq Awara' (1993); she also did item songs in movies like 'Baaz', and 'Judge Mujrim'. Thereafter, she has largely restricted herself to supporting roles in Hindi Films, often in comedies. Some of her recent movies include 'Love Story 2050', 'Mohabbatein', 'Krrish', 'Kuch Kuch Hota Hai' & 'Masti'. Amongst these, she is possibly best remembered for essaying the role of the flirtatious college professor Miss Braganza in the blockbuster 'Kuch Kuch Hota Hai'. She is married to television actor Parmeet Sethi and they have two sons. She became a television anchor, with her popular TV show 'Wah, Kya Scene Hai' on Zee TV in 1993, which was followed by the highly successful, 'Uncensored', in which she introduced the High Society (HS) and Low Society (LS) concept, and sitcoms like, 'Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron', 'Shrimaan Shrimat'i and 'Archana Talkies' on Sony TV. Later in her career she received offers from television producers and most of her Serials were big hits like 'Junoon' and 'Shriman Shrimati' which got her recognition and made her a popular television star. She also started hosting chat shows featuring celebrity guests. In television, she first entered with her tongue and cheek show, 'Kya Scene Hai', supplying Bollywood gossip in the 1990s, later in 2005 as a contestant in the Dance reality show – 'Nach Baliye' (Season 1), in which she participated along with her husband, Parmeet Sethi, they were eliminated in Episode 6. There after she appeared as a judge on comedy shows, including 'Comedy Circus'. In January 2008, she hosted 'Kaho Na Yaar Hai' on Star Plus, along with her husband, Parmeet Seth. With the end of Comedy Circus (season 2) in September 2008, it was followed by another show, 'Comedy Circus Kaante ki Takkar'