Upasana Singh, born on June 29, 1975, is a dynamic Indian actress and stand-up comedian who has cemented her place in the entertainment industry through her exceptional performances in Hindi and Punjabi films. Her roles have traversed the entire spectrum of emotions, from heart-wrenching drama to laugh-out-loud comedy, and her powerful on-screen presence has established her as a force to be reckoned with.
Singh first made her mark in the film industry through her remarkable portrayal of a deaf-mute character in the 1997 film ‘Judaai.’ She then turned heads with her spellbinding performance as the dark fairy, Cruella/Kalipari, in ‘Son Pari.’ Her versatility as an actress was further illustrated through her comedic role as Gangaa in the patriotic sitcom ‘Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani’ and the thriller show ‘Tamanna House’ on Zee.
Over time, Singh became a regular face in Priyadarshan’s and David Dhawan’s films, playing various roles that further showcased her range. However, it was her character as “Bua” (paternal aunt) in the TV show ‘Comedy Nights with Kapil’ that brought her widespread acclaim. Known for her unique style and humorous dialogue delivery, Singh’s portrayal of Bua left a lasting impression on viewers and critics alike.
Singh’s career spans over numerous Bollywood films and regional cinema, including Punjabi, Bhojpuri, Rajasthani, and Gujarati. She made her acting debut in 1986 with the Hindi movie ‘Babul,’ and two years later, she featured in the Rajasthani film ‘Bai Chali Sasariye,’ a milestone for Rajasthani cinema. Over the years, Singh has established herself in various regional film industries and has performed numerous supporting roles in films such as ‘Darr,’ ‘Jawani Zindabad,’ ‘Loafer,’ ‘Judaai,’ ‘Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon,’ ‘Mujhse Shaadi Karogi,’ ‘Aitraaz,’ ‘Old Is Gold,’ ‘My Friend Ganesha,’ ‘Golmaal Returns,’ and ‘Hungama.’
Her exceptional comic timing led her to feature in several popular series, including ‘Raja Ki Aayegi Baraat,’ ‘Pari Hoon Main,’ ‘Maayka,’ ‘Ye Meri Life Hai,’ ‘Bani – Ishq Da Kalma,’ and ‘Sonpari.’ One of her most loved characters was Tarawanti from ‘Nadaniyaan’ and the iconic “Bua” in ‘Comedy Nights with Kapil’ with her trademark dialogue, “Bittu, Kaun hai ye aadmi?” (Bittu, who is this man?), echoing in the hearts of millions.
In 2015, Singh showcased her talent in ‘Chalk N Duster,’ playing the role of Manjeet alongside the Bollywood bigwigs Juhi Chawla, Shabana Azmi, and Girish Karnad. 2017 saw her sharing the screen with Varun Dhawan, Jacqueline Fernandez, and Taapsee Pannu in the hit film ‘Judwaa 2.’
Singh has also made a significant impact on Punjabi cinema. She played a part in ‘Carry On Jatta’s sequel, one of the highest-grossing Punjabi films in India. Currently, she is tickling funny bones with her role as Panchami (Bebe), Pancham’s mother in SAB TV’s comedy serial ‘Jijaji Chhat Per