Celina Jaitly (born 24 November 1981) is an Indian actress who mainly appears in Bollywood films. A former beauty queen and model, she was crowned Femina Miss India Universe in 2001.
Jaitley’s breakthrough film role was in the 2003 thriller Janasheen. She rose to fame in the late 2000s following roles in the films Silsiilay (2005), No Entry (2005), Tom, Dick, and Harry (2006) and Golmaal Returns (2008).
Jaitley started her career from a marketing job in a Cell phone company in Kolkata before she decided to participate in a local beauty contest. She 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 representing India where she finished 4th runner up.
In 2001, she featured in Jazzy B’s music video of “Oh Kehri,” which was immensely popular. She also featured in music videos for Bombay Vikings.
In 2003, she made her film debut in Feroz Khan’s Janasheen.The movie was a moderate box-office success in India. For her second release she had a starring role opposite Sunny Deol, in the romantic action Khel, but the feature was poorly received and earned little at the box office.
In 2004, Jaitly turned down the lead role in Julie. In an interview with Stardust Jaitly commented, “I turned down Julie because I didn’t agree with the reasoning of the protagonist in the story, who resorts to prostitution because her man ditches her. I didn’t see why any educated girl would take such a drastic step. I take up roles that I mentally agree with, and this was not such a role”. The same years Jaitly appeared in the Telugu language drama Suryam opposite Mohan Babu.