Archana Puran Singh is an Indian TV artist and presenter; she is also a film actress. She was born on September 26, 1962 at Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India. Archana was married to Indian film director and actor,
Parmeet Sethi. They were blessed with two kids namely, Aaryamann and Ayushmaan.
She is popular for doing comedic roles in Bollywood and as a jury in some comedy shows such as Sony TV India’s Comedy Circus. She became popular for her iconic English teacher role as Miss Briganza in the Hindi romantic comedy drama film, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. She was also starred in the Indian musical romantic drama film, Mohabbatein as Preeto and Zohra in Bollywood romantic action comedy film,
Bol Bachchan. She was also the boss of Priya and Honey in the science fiction film, Krrish. Archana was a constant jury in the reality comedy show, Comedy Circus. She was judging the show since 2006 and the only jury who have appeared in the entire episodes of the show.
She was also successful on doing a popular Band-Aid ad in Mumbai and started getting many offers in doing ad-films. The Band-Aid ad was under the production of Bollywood director,
Jalal Agha who noticed Archana’s talent so he include her in the lead role of the show, Mr and Mrs. Her next successful break was from the Indian detective series, Karamchand under the direction of Pankaj Parashar.
Archana was debuted in year 1987 in the film, Jalwa together with
Naseeruddin Shah. However, even if the movie was a hit, Archana didn’t get the attention of some of the top producers and directors. So at first, she got offers for B-grade films only which are usually short and more on semi-porn films. Later on, she appeared with small roles in films like
Raja Hindustani in 1996, Aashiq Awara in 1993, Shola Aur Shabnam in 1992, Saudagar in 1991 and Agneepath in 1990. Archana also did item songs in movies like Baaz and Judge Mujrim.
After that, she massively limits herself in doing supporting roles in Hindi, mostly in comedies. Her recent films are
Love Story 2050, Masti, Mohabbatein, Krrish, Masti, Bol Bachchan and Kuch Kuch Hota Hai where she received the Star Screen Award for Best Comedian and was nominated by Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role in 1999. But she was positively recognized for her flirty role as a college teacher in the super hit movie, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and Krrish. In 2009, she was featured in the Punjabi film, Tera Mera Ki Rishta.
In 1993, she started anchoring on TV. She has her own show entitled, Wah, Kya Scene Hain under Zee TV. Following with the popular and very successful, Uncensored where she proposed the High and Low Society or the HS and LS concept. She also did sitcoms like,
Shrimaan Shrimati, Archana Talkies and Jaane Bhi Do Paro.
Archana also joined the dance reality show on Star Plus,
Nach Baliye (Season 1) along with her husband in 2005 but both were eliminated on the 6th episode. Then the couple hosted the Season 1 of the dance reality show, Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa. From then, she started to be a jury on comedy shows such as the Season 1 and 2 of the Comedy Circus show. In 2008, she became the host of Star Plus’ Kaho Na Yaar Hai along with her husband. When the second season of the Comedy Circus ended, she hosted another show, Comedy Circus – Kaante Ki Takkar then Comedy Circus – Teen Ka Tadka, Comedy Circus Superstar and more.