Jul 16, 1984 in Chandigarh, Punjab, India
Jul 16, 1984 in Chandigarh, Punjab, India
A well-known face in the Punjabi film industry, Surveen Chawla in an Indian television and film actress who made her acting debut on the small screen with Ekta Kapoor’s Kahiin to Hoga in 2003. After having appeared in two of the Indian television’s most prominent serials back in the day, Surveen stepped foot into the film industry, making her debut with the Kannada movie Paramesha Panwala in 2008. Having worked in the Tamil, Telugu, and Punjabi film industries, Surveen has also been a part of Hindi movies, and is best remembered for her performance in the 2014 thriller Hate Story 2.
Early LifeBorn on the 16th of July, 1984 in Chandigarh, India, Surveen Chawla belongs to a Punjabi family. While her father and brother are businessmen, her mother is a homemaker. Surveen initially wanted to become a doctor but ended up studying commerce for two years, after which she completed her graduation with a degree in arts from Chandigarh College for Women.
Movie CareerBefore Surveen could make a mark in the film industry, she, like many other actors, started with the small screen. She first appeared in Balaji Telefilms’ Kahiin to Hoga in 2003, which also co-starred Rajeev Khandelwal and Aamna Shariff in lead roles. After her portrayal of Charu Sinha won her immense praise, she was seen in yet another Balaji Telefilms’ drama Kasautii Zindagii Kay. She then appeared in Kajjal, where she played the titular role.
After having done a substantial amount of work in television, spanning between 2003 and 2008, Surveen made her movie debut with the Kannada movie Paramesha Panwala, which, despite all the hype, failed to become a box-office success. The same year, the emerging actor was seen in the dance reality show Ek Khiladi Ek Haseena, where she was paired opposite the former Indian fast bowler S. Sreesanth. The following year, in 2009, she made her Telugu debut with the movie Raju Maharaju.
Before making her Punjabi movie debut in 2011, Surveen hosted the comedy show Comedy Circus Ke SuperStars in 2010. Following this, she was seen in the Punjabi political suspense thriller Dharti, which went on to become a commercial and critical success. The movie co-starring Jimmy Shergill and Rannvijay Singh went on to outdo other movies like Dum Maaro Dum and Mr. Perfect, which released on the same date, in Punjab and other places overseas. Making her Bollywood debut, Surveen appeared in a cameo role in the movie Hum Tum Shabana in 2011.
Following the success of her debut Punjabi movie, Surveen was cast in several other Punjabi movies like Taur Mittran Di, Saadi Love Story, and Singh vs Kaur. In 2013, she was seen in the Tamil movie Moondru Per Moondru Kadhal, which opened to mixed, mainly negative, reviews. After a series of Tamil and Punjabi movies, Surveen was seen in the erotic thriller Hate Story 2, which, despite being a box-office success, was bashed by the critics. However, Surveen’s performance was well-received. She was then seen in Anurag Kashyap’s neo-noir psychological thriller Ugly where she, along with Girish Kulkarni, Ronit Roy, Tejaswini Kolhapure, and Vineet Kumar Singh, plays a pivotal role. The movie, which first screened at the Cannes Film Festival, opened to widespread critical acclaim upon its release.
Apart from featuring in lead roles in movies, Surveen has also made special appearances in songs of movies such as the 2013 movie Himmatwala, the Bipasha Basu-starred Creature 3D, and the 2015 comedy Welcome Back. Surveen was seen in Leena Yadav’s drama Parched co-starring Radhika Apte, Tannishtha Chatterjee, and Riddhi Sen. The movie revolves around the lives of four women living an unwanted life, battling the age-old customs of the Indian society. The movie that was screened at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival has won 18 international film awards, and released in India in 2016. Surveen was also seen in the Indian crime-drama 24, co-starring Anil Kapoor, in its second season, which aired in 2016. The same year, she was seen in the dance-reality show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa Season 9, which is judged by ace filmmaker Karan Johar, Bollywood actor Jacqueline Fernandez, and choreographer Ganesh Hegde.