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Celina Jaitley (Hindi: सेलीना जेटली, ; born 24 November 1981) is an Indian actress and former beauty queen. She was crowned Femina Miss India Universe in 2001.

Early life

Jaitley was born in Kabulmarker, Afghanistanmarker to a Punjabi Indian father and an Afghan mother. Her father, V.K. Jaitley, is a retired Indian Army colonel, and her mother, Meeta, an Afghan Hindu, was a nurse in the Indian army as well as an Afghan beauty queen. She has one brother who is serving the Indian army.

Celina grew up in several cities, including Lucknowmarker, where she attended City Monetessori school. She also studied in Berhampurmarker, Orissamarker when her father was posted there. She has spent most of her time in Kolkatamarker, West Bengalmarker. She is a Hindu by faith. She has said that when she was young, she wanted to join the army, either as a doctor or a pilot. She graduated with a degree in commerce from Indira Gandhi National Open Universitymarker.


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 award. She was subsequently sent to the Miss Universe 2001 contest to represent India where she was a finalist and finished in fifth place.

In 2003, she made her film debut in Feroz Khan's Janasheen. In 2007 Jaitley flew to New Zealand and shot her first international movie Love Has No Language, 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.

Jaitley is slated to play the character of a Persianmarker princess in the film Quest of Scheherezade along with actors Sean Connery and Orlando Bloom. The film is based on Arabian Nights and will be directed by Ken Khan. This will be Celina's first venture into Hollywoodmarker. She is also the brand ambassador of Egyptianmarker tourism and D'damas.

Jaitley is also a supporter of the rights and equality of the LGBT community and supports the gay rights movement in India.


Year Film Role Notes
2003 Janasheen Jessica Pereira
Khel Saanjh Batra
2005 Silsilay Preeti
No Entry Sanjana Saxena
Suryam Madhu Telugu-language film
2006 Jawani Diwani: A Youthful Joyride Roma Fernandes
Zinda Nisha Roy
Tom, Dick, and Harry Celina
Apna Sapna Money Money Saania Badnaam
2007 Red: The Dark Side Anahita Saxena
Shakalaka Boom Boom Sheena
Heyy Babyy Special appearance
2008 C Kkompany Item number
Money Hai Toh Honey Hai Shruti
Golmaal Returns Meera
2009 Paying Guest Kalpana
Run Bhola Run
Accident on Hill Road Sonam Chopra
Unusual Love Story
One Night
Sreemathi Kannada film
2010 The Quest of Scheherazade Announced


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