Archana Puran Singh
Singh in 2019
Born (1962-09-26) 26 September 1962 (age 58)
EducationLady Shri Ram College
Television personality
Years active1982–present
(m. 1992)

Archana Puran Singh (born 26 September 1962)[1] is an Indian film actress and television presenter. She is known for comedy roles in Bollywood movies and as a judge on comedy shows[2] like Sony TV India's The Kapil Sharma Show. She is mostly regarded for her role of Miss Braganza in the film Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. She has been judging the television reality comedy show, Comedy Circus, since 2006 and is the only judge to have appeared in all the seasons. Archana Puran Singh has been featured in 100+ Movies and Television serials.

Personal life

Archana married Parmeet Sethi on 30 June 1992. They have two sons Aaryamann Sethi and Aayushmaan Sethi.


In films

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. 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 the Suniel Shetty starrer Judge Mujrim.

Thereafter, she has largely restricted herself to supporting roles in Hindi films, often in comedies. Some of her films are Love Story 2050, Mohabbatein, Krrish,[3] Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Masti, De Dana Dan and Bol Bachchan.

In television

She became a television anchor, with Wah, Kya Scene Hai on Zee TV in 1993 which was followed by Uncensored. She later acted in Shrimaan Shrimati, Junoon and hosted Archana Talkies on Sony Entertainment Television.[4][5]

She also directed sitcoms like Jaane Bhi Do Paaro and Nehle Pe Dehla and produced Samne Wali Khidki.[6][7][8]

In 2005, she was a contestant in the dance reality show Nach Baliye 1, in which she participated with her husband, Parmeet Sethi; they were eliminated in the sixth episode. In 2006, she and her husband hosted another dance reality show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa (season 1).

Thereafter, she appeared as a judge on comedy shows, including Sony TV India's Comedy Circus. She appeared as a judge in Comedy Circus (season 1) (2006) and Comedy Circus (season 2) (2008).[9] In January 2008, she hosted Kaho Na Yaar Hai on Star Plus, along with her husband, Parmeet Sethi.[10] With the end of Comedy Circus (season 2) in September 2008, it was followed by another show, Comedy Circus – Kaante Ki Takkar.[11] After Comedy Circus – Kaante Ki Takkar, she was the judge of Comedy Circus – Teen Ka Tadka, Comedy Circus Ke Superstar, Comedy Circus Ka Jadoo, Jubilee Comedy Circus, Comedy Circus Ke Taansen, Comedy Ka Naya Daur, Kahaani Comedy Circus Ki, Comedy Circus Ke Ajoobe, and Comedy Circus Ke Mahabali. She appeared in SAB TV's The Great Indian Family Drama as Begum Paro.

In 2019, she entered as the judge in The Kapil Sharma Show. In 2019, she acted as Lakhan's mother, Radha, in TV serial, My Name Ijj Lakhan.




Year Serial Role Notes
1987-88 Mr Ya Mrs Seema
1993 Wah, Kya Scene Hai Anchor
Zee Horror Show Julie Dastak - 4 Episodes (1993)
1994 Shrimaan Shrimati Prema Shalini Twins Parallel lead role Double Role
Junoon Rekha
2005 Nach Baliye 1 Contestant with Parmeet Sethi
2006 Kandy Floss Host
2006 Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa Host
2007-2018 Comedy Circus Judge
2015 The Great Indian Family Drama Begum Paro
2019 My Name Ijj Lakhan Paramjeet
2019–2021 The Kapil Sharma Show Judge Also appeared as a guest in 1 episode.

Awards and Nominations

Year Award Category Work Result
1997 Filmfare Awards Best Actor in a Supporting Role Raja Hindustani Nominated
1999 Screen Awards Best Comedian Kuch Kuch Hota Hai Won
1999 Screen Awards Best Anchor Archana Talkies Nominated
1999 Filmfare Awards Best Performance in a Comic Role Kuch Kuch Hota Hai Nominated
2000 IIFA Awards Best Actress in a Comic Role Mohabbatein Nominated
2001 Indian Television Academy Awards Best Actress in a Comic Role - Won
2006 Method Fest Best Ensemble Cast The Gold Bracelet Nominated


  1. ^ "Face Off – Archana Puran Singh". Indian Express. 7 July 1998. Archived from the original on 24 February 2011.
  2. ^ Archana Puran Singh – filmography Archived 10 October 2012 at the Wayback Machine, The New York Times.
  3. ^ Alive and kicking Archived 13 May 2008 at the Wayback Machine The Tribune, 6 May 2006.
  4. ^ "Archana uncensored - Times of India". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 26 June 2020. Retrieved 1 April 2020.
  5. ^ "Rashami-Shilpa to reprise Reema and Archana's roles from Shriman Shrimati". Times of India. Archived from the original on 26 December 2015. Retrieved 2 July 2016.
  6. ^ "Tribuneindia... Film and tv". Archived from the original on 11 September 2012. Retrieved 1 April 2020.
  7. ^ "Tribuneindia... Film and tv". Archived from the original on 23 October 2016. Retrieved 1 April 2020.
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 17 June 2020. Retrieved 5 April 2020.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ Comedy Circus[permanent dead link] Sony TV India.
  10. ^ Archana, Parmeet entertain in Kaho Na Yaar Hai 30 January 2008.
  11. ^ Comedy Circus Kaante ki Takkar[permanent dead link] Hindustan Times, 9 September 2008.