Rakul Preet Singh is an Indian film actress and model who predominantly works in Telugu film industry. She also appeared in few Hindi, Tamil and Kannada films.
Rakul started a modelling career while in college, during which she also made her acting debut in the Kannada film Gilli (2009). In 2011, she participated in the Femina Miss India pageant in which she was placed fifth and won five pageant titles, including ‘Miss India People’s Choice’. She subsequently opted to become a full-time actress, making her Telugu debut in Keratam the same year and her Tamil debut in Thadaiyara Thaakka, the following year. In 2014 she also made her Bollywood debut in Yaariyan in which her performance was better received.
She was part of the commercially successful Telugu films Venkatadri Express (2013), Current Theega (2014) and Loukyam (2014), leading her to being referred to as Telugu cinema’s “new age super star” and land bigger projects in the industry like Kick 2 (2015), Bruce Lee (2015) and Nannaku Prematho (2016).
Rakul, who said that she had always dreamt of being an actress, began her career in modelling at age 18 while she was still in college.2009 she made her acting debut in the Kannada film, Gilli, a remake of Selvaraghavan’s 7G Rainbow Colony. She stated that she signed up the film “with the aim to earn a little extra pocket money” and that she was unaware “how big south Indian films were”. She won critical acclaim for her role in the film before returning to complete her degree and compete in the 2011 Femina Miss India pageant.Apart from the Miss India Poll, Rakul won four subtitles at the pageant including Pantaloons Femina Miss Fresh Face, Femina Miss Talented, Femina Miss Beautiful Smile and Femina Miss Beautiful Eyes.
She returned to films in 2011, featuring opposite debutant Siddharth Rajkumar in Keratam, though critics noted that she “got very little screen time”. The film was also made in Tamil simultaneously with the same cast but a different director as Yuvan, though the film is yet to release.