Urvashi Rautela (born 25 February 1994) is an Indian film actress and model who appears in Bollywood films. Rautela was crowned Miss Diva Universe 2015 and represented India at the Miss Universe 2015 pageant.
She made her Bollywood debut with Singh Saab the Great (2013) and appeared in films like Sanam Re (2016), Great Grand Masti (2016), Hate Story 4 (2018) and Pagalpanti (2019)
Early life and education
Rautela was born in Haridwar on 25 February 1994 to Meera Rautela and Manwar Singh Rautela. Her hometown is in Kotdwar. Rautela is an alumna of Gargi College, University of Delhi.
Pageantry (2009 – 2015)
At the age of 15, Rautela got her first major break at Wills lifestyle India Fashion Week. She also won the title of Miss Teen India 2009. As a teen model, she was the show stopper for Lakme Fashion Week and she walked the ramp at Amazon Fashion Week, Dubai FW, Bombay FW etc;.
In 2011, at the age of 17, Rautela won Indian Princess 2011, Miss Tourism World 2011, and Miss Asian Supermodel 2011. She also won the title of Miss Tourism Queen Of The Year 2011 that was held in China with participants from 102 countries and became the first Indian woman to win the pageant. She was also offered Ishaqzaade but she turned it down as she wanted to focus on the Miss Universe pageant. In 2012, she won the coveted crown of I AM She – Miss Universe India as well as the special award for Miss Photogenic. However, she had to relinquish her I AM She crown as she was underage at that time
In 2015, Rautela joined the Indian pageantry again and reclaimed her title. This made her the first and only woman in history to win the Miss Universe India crown twice. Additionally, she also won the title of Miss Beautiful Smile at the Yamaha Fascino Miss Diva Universe India 2015. She represented India in Miss Universe 2015, but did not place.
Film career (2013–present)
She made her debut as the female lead opposite Sunny Deol. She received praise from various portals such as India Today and Bollywood Hungama. Taran Adarsh stated “Urvashi Rautela looks photogenic and though she’s a first-timer, she seems confident in several sequences.” wherein India.com said, “Debutante Urvashi Rautela who plays Sunny Deol’s wife manages to make her presence felt in a brief role, looking pretty and dancing gracefully.” After Singh Saab The Great, Urvashi appeared in Yo Yo Honey Singh’s international video album Love Dose, which released in October 2014.
Soon after, she delved into the South film industry and made her Kannada debut with Mr. Airavata. Though the film got negative reviews from the critics, her dancing was praised. Sunayana Suresh writing for the Times of India noted, “Urvashi is expressive and leaves her mark in the few scenes and songs she appears in, especially with her dancing.”
Following that, Rautela appeared in two films, Sanam Re and Great Grand Masti as well as two music videos in 2016. The first was Laal Dupatta with Mika Singh and Anupama Raag and the other was Gal Bann Gayi along with Vidyut Jammwal.
In 2017, Rautela starred in a special dance number Haseeno Ka Deewana in Kaabil. She was complimented on her performance by the man who originally danced to this classic song – the Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan. Apart from that, she made a special appearance in the Bangladeshi film Porobashinee.
In 2018, she appeared in the revenge drama Hate Story 4. She was praised for her performance, such as; Rachit Gupta of the Times of India stated, “Urvashi Rautela has the main role and her character has plenty to offer. She starts off as a girl dancing in a strip club, but as the story unfolds, her character gets plenty of twists, turns and reveals. There’s a lot on her table and the pretty actress handles the myriad emotions and shades with ease.”
In February 2019, Rautela started filming for Anees Bazmee’s comedy film Pagalpanti.
In the media
Urvashi launched her own app the next year which was named after her and gave fans personal information about her. She was also named as the Youngest Most Beautiful Woman In The Universe 2018 by the government and tourism of Andaman & Nicobar Islands, won the Uttrakhand Maharatna Award from the chief minister of Uttrakhand and was featured on Times Most Desirable Women’s list for four years consecutively.