Nidhi Singh is one of the most popular breakout actresses of the digital India. She played the famous role of Tanya Nagpal in TVF’s hit web series called ‘Permanent Roommates’ which brought her into public attention thanks to the popularity of the show that instantly took over YouTube India and developed its own cult following.
India’s youth were right away enamoured by Singh’s performance in the show. Her character’s charm and relatability managed to steal all of our hearts.
She has also appeared in Bollywood movies like ‘Brij Mohan Amar Rahe’ (2017) and ‘Dil Junglee’ (2018) along with numerous web series and videos. Singh is beloved by her fans for her splendid acting and her candid personality.
Singh was born in 1986 into a well-educated family in the city of Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh. She completed her education from St. Mary’s Convent Inter College in Allahabad. Nidhi revealed in an interview that her love for acting emerged as a result of extensively reading the plays of Shakespeare which propelled her towards the performing arts.
Her mother Rashmi Singh is a teacher, whereas her father Birendra Singh is a doctor. When Nidhi told them about her passion for acting, they were unsurprisingly confused as to where that love for acting took its roots from. But after some further explaining from Nidhi’s side, her parents were finally convinced to let her pursue acting as a seventeen-year-old teenager but they also insisted upon her completing her graduation first.
Singh found her way to the place where all aspiring actors wind up going to – Mumbai. But her acting career did not begin right away. Nidhi had her apprehensions about the instability of a career in acting and so she did not plunge in into it but decided to take baby steps towards achieving her dream.
Singh specialized in advertising from St. Andrew’s College in Mumbai, from where she completed her Bachelor in Mass Media (BMM) as well for practical purposes and then later went on to work for an advertising agency called JWT based in Mumbai itself.
She worked there in JWT for two years where she also met Shernaz Patel, another renowned Indian Film and Television actress, who helped Nidhi renew her love for acting and exhorted Nidhi to pursue it. Soon after JWT, Nidhi began freelancing as an assistant director and helped with theatre productions and infomercials/advertisement films.
After countless auditions, Singh finally landed a gig in a commercial for Minto gol but her acting debut was with a role in a multilingual movie called ‘Khuli Khidki’ (2013). Her big break came from her role as the girl next door, Tanya Nagpal, in TVF’s ‘Permanent Roommates’ which ran from 2014 to 2016.
She received this golden opportunity of working with TVF thanks to her role in a theatre performance which TVF found her acting in. They saw the spark of talent in Nidhi’s performance and that’s how the cute couple of Mikesh and Tanya came into existence and left a lasting impression on all of our hearts.
Nidhi Singh had also received a nomination in Indian Television Academy Awards for the role of Best Actress.
Body of Work
Nidhi Singh boasts an impressive work portfolio which includes a variety of gigs for both the big screen and the small screen. She has ten credits in acting on IMDB.
Singh played the role of the girl in the house in ‘Khuli Khidki’, a short film in 2013, which marked her debut performance. She also played the role of Niharika in another short called ‘The Drama of the Dagger’ in 2013 as well.
Her first association with YouTube web series came through her role as the neighbourhood sweetheart, Tanya Nagpal, in TVF’s ‘Permanent Roommates’ from 2014 to 2016. Singh portrayed her character with astounding finesse which elicited a heavy response from the audience who were simply taken by her charisma and just couldn’t have enough of her.
Her character of an ordinary girl with real human complexities reverberated through her audience who found themselves reflected back in her character. Her role in this series propelled her towards nationwide fame and made her the subject of much admiration and envy. Check out the review for season one of ‘Permanent Roommates’.
Singh also played a small but impressionable role in YFilms’ uber-popular ‘Man’s World’ (2015) where she played the role of a stubborn woman persistently trying pick up lines on the show’s main lead, Kiran, in a bar.
In 2017, she debuted on the big screen when she played the role of Sweety in the movie ‘Brij Mohan Amar Rahe’, a dark comedy movie directed by Nikhil Bhat, where she starred alongside actors like Sheetal Thakur, Arjun Mathur, and Manav Vij.
In 2018, Singh made an appearance in another movie called ‘Dil Juunglee’ where she played the role of Ayesha Kumar and worked with actors Taapsee Pannu and Saqib Saleem.
Nidhi once again played the lead in a web series in 2018 in ‘Apharan’ where she played the role of Ranjana Shrivastav and once again impressed everyone with her acting chops. She also appeared in TVF’s latest YouTube web series ‘ImMATURE’ (2019) as Sonam Miss.
Singh has made appearances in numerous Girliyapa (the female-centric division of TVF) videos as well. She was part of ‘Love is Love’, ‘Does Size Matter?’, ‘Maa Ke Haath Mein Steering’, and ‘Baaki Battein Shower Baad’.
Nidhi Singh has also played a role in FilterCop’s ‘Annoying Things Husbands Do’ two months ago. Her part in Adeeb Rais’ short film ‘Lovey Dovey’ (2017) can’t go unmentioned either.
Singh again charmed people through her collaboration with BeingIndian in ‘Every Delhi Girl in the World’, which albeit generalizing in its nature, manages a rough idea of our desi Delhi girls with a dollop of light humour. Singh also appeared in an episode of TVF’s ‘Humorously Yours’, ‘Truth Or Dare: Husband Vs Wife‘, and ‘Emotional Atya-charge: Recharge Qtiyapa’, along with the role of an assistant girl in ‘K.I.D’.
In an interview, Singh said that she’s more like Sumeet Vyas’s goofy and impulsive character, Mikesh, in real life, than she is like the calm and mature Tanya Nagpal.
Singh had played a small role in the Ranbir Kapoor starrer ‘Barfi’ in 2012 but it was removed before its release.
Besides acting, Singh is also fond of cooking, watching movies, doing art and craft projects, and animals. She is also a bibliophile.
Her favourite film is ‘The Bridges of Madison Country’ (1995) which is an adaptation of a book by the same name written by Robert James Waller.
Aileen from ‘Monster’ (2003) and Francesca from ‘The Bridges of Madison Country’ (1995) are two roles that she dreams of playing.
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