Ritika Singh (born 16 December 1994) is an Indian actress and mixed martial artist, who predominantly appears in Tamil films in addition to Hindi and Telugu films. She first worked as child artist in Tarzan Ki Beti in 2002. After competing for India at the 2009 Asian Indoor Games and then participating in the Super Fight League, she played a leading role in Sudha Kongara Prasad's Tamil film Irudhi Suttru (also simultaneously shot in Hindi as Saala Khadoos) alongside R. Madhavan. She won Special Mention at the 63rd National Film Awards for her performance in the film. She next appeared in the Telugu cinema film Guru and Tamil film Shivalinga. She received Filmfare Awards thrice for a same role in three different languages: Hindi (Saala Khadoos), Tamil (Irudhi Suttru) and Telugu (Guru).
Singh at the launch of I Am Sorry in 2018
Ritika Mohan Singh
16 December 1994
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Mixed martial arts career
Singh trained as a kickboxer and as a mixed martial artist since childhood, under the guidance of her father. She made her debut in a national competition by competing in the 52 kg category at the 2009 Asian Indoor Games as a kickboxer. She subsequently appeared in the inaugural season of the Super Fight League and competed as a mixed martial artist.
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|4 matches||1 win||3 losses|
|Loss||1–3||Daizy Singh||Decision (Unanimous)||SFL 22-23||August 17, 2013||3||5:00||Mumbai, India|
|Loss||1–2||Irene Cabello Rivera||Submission (armbar)||SFL 18||May 24, 2013||1||2:06||Mumbai, India|
|Win||1–1||Aya Saber||Decision (Unanimous)||SFL 11||November 30, 2012||3||5:00||Mumbai, India|
|Loss||0–1||Manjit Kolekar||TKO (punches)||SFL 5||October 19, 2012||2||3:45||Mumbai, India|
In 2013, Singh was spotted by director Sudha Kongara Prasad in an advert for the Super Fight League and she later auditioned to play a leading role in her bilingual film, Saala Khadoos (2016), after the makers managed to contact her through the competition's chairman, Raj Kundra. Portraying Madhi, a Marwari girl who grows up in the slums of Chennai, Singh was signed because the makers wanted a professional boxer to act, rather than an actress to act as a boxer. For the Tamil version, Irudhi Suttru, Singh phonetically learned her part in Tamil by writing down the dialogues in Hindi. Co-produced by the film's lead actor R. Madhavan and Rajkumar Hirani, the film was released in late January 2016. Ritika received rave reviews for her portrayal, with Sify.com stating "she is a marvelous discovery" and "her lip sync, body language and gait is a major highlight for the film". For her performance in Irudhi Suttru, Ritika won the a Special Mention at the 63rd National Film Awards, and became the first actress, who did not dub for her role, to be recognised at the National Awards. Singh later appeared in Manikandan's Aandavan Kattalai, which was released in September 2016.
|2016||Irudhi Suttru||Ezhil Madhi||Tamil||National Film Award – Special Jury Award |
Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil
IIFA Award for Best Actress - Tamil
SIIMA Award for Best Debut Actress
|2016||Saala Khadoos||Ezhil Madhi||Hindi||Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut|
|2017||Guru||Rameshwari||Telugu||Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor – South|
|2016||Irudhi Suttru||National Film Award – Special Jury Award|
|Ananda Vikatan Cinema Awards-Best Actress Award|
|2nd IIFA Utsavam - Best Actor Female|
|Saala Khadoos||Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut|
|Zee Cine Award for Best Female Debutant|
|2017||Guru||Apsara Awards - Latest Sensation of the Year|
|2017||Irudhi Suttru||64th Filmfare Awards South - Best Actor Female|
|2017||SIIMA 2017 - Best Debutant Female Award|
|2018||Guru||65th Filmfare Awards South - Critics Award for Best Actress|
|2018||Zee Telugu Golden Awards - Best Find of the Year 2017|
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- "64th Filmfare Awards South 2017: R Madhavan wins Best Actor, Suriya bags Critics Award". Retrieved 3 July 2017.
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