Archana Puran Singh (born 26 September 1962) is an Indian television presenter, personality and film actress. She is best known for comedy roles in Bollywood movies and as a judge on comedy shows,like Sony TV India’s Comedy Circus. Puran Singh became popular when she played inconic comic roles of Miss Briganza in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Preeto in Mohabbatein and lately Zohra in Bol Bachchan going through the role of Priyanka Chopra’s boss in Krrish. Archana Puran Singh has been judging the television reality comedy show known as Comedy Circus since 2006 and is the only judge to have appeared in all episodes.
She made her film debut with Nari Hira’s TV movie Abhishek opposite Aditya Pancholi in 1987. Later that year, she starred in Jalwa opposite Naseeruddin Shah, which turned out to be her biggest hit. Later, she did small roles in big banner films like Agneepath (1990), Saudagar (1991), Shola aur Shabnam (1992), Aashiq Awara (1993), and Raja Hindustani (1996); she did item songs in films like the Govinda-starrer thriller Baaz and Suniel Shetty starrer Judge Mujrim.
She became a television anchor, with her popular TV show Wah, Kya Scene Hai on Zee TV in 1993,which was followed by the highly successful, Uncensored, in which she introduced High Society (HS) and Low Society (LS) concept, and sitcoms like, Jaane Bhi Do Paro, Shrimaan Shrimati and Archana Talkies on Sony TV India.
She was born in a Punjabi family in Dehradun, where she did her schooling. Singh left for Mumbai, when she was eighteen, to pursue a career in modeling. In Mumbai, she started doing ad-films, and was successful after her most famous ad for Band-Aid. The ad was produced by Jalal Agha, and noticing her talent he casted her in the lead role in his serial,`Mr and Mrs’. Her next big break came with Pankaj Parasher’s Karamchand. She made her film debut in the year 1987, in the movie Jalwa opposite Naseeruddin Shah. Although the movie was a big hit, Archana failed to catch the eye of the leading producers and directors, she received offers mainly for B-grade movies most of which were short on content and more of soft porn type. Later, Archana did small roles in big banner Blockbusters like Agneepath (1990), Saudagar (1991), Shola aur Shabnam (1992), and Aashiq Awara (1993); she also did item songs in movies like , the Govinda starrer thriller Baaz, and Suniel Shetty starrer, Judge Mujrim.