Archana Puran Singh is an Indian Television Presenter and Film Actress. She is best known for being a judge on the stand up comedy show on Sony TV - Comedy Circus.
Archana began her career in Mumbai, her most successful one being the Band-Aid ad. The producer of the ad, Jalal Agha, noticed her talent and cast her in a lead role in his serial, Mr. and Mrs. Her next break came with Pankaj Parasher's Karamchand.
She made her bollywood debut with the 1987 film, Jalwa, opposite Naseeruddin Shah. Although the film was a big hit, Archana failed to catch the eye of the leading producers and directors, she received offers mainly for B-grade movies most of which were short on content and more of soft porn type.
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 also did item songs in films like, the Govinda starrer thriller Baaz, and Suniel Shetty starrer, Judge Mujrim.
Thereafter, she has largely restricted herself to supporting roles in Hindi Films, often in comedies. Some of her recent films include Love Story 2050, Mohabbatein, Krrish, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and Masti. Amongst these, she is possibly best remembered for essaying the role of the flirtatious college professor Miss Braganza in the blockbuster Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. In 2009 she starred in the Punjabi film Tera Mera Ki Rishta.
She became a television anchor, with her popular TV show Wah, Kya Scene Hai on Zee TV in 1993, which was followed by the highly successful, Uncensored, in which she introduced High Society (HS) and Low Society (LS) concept, and sitcoms like, Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron, Shrimaan Shrimati and Archana Talkies on Sony TV India.
Later in her career, she received offers from television producers and most of her serials were successful like Junoon and Shriman Shrimati. She also started hosting chat shows featuring celebrity guests.
In television, she first entered with her tongue and cheek show, Kya Scene Hai, supplying Bollywood gossip in the 1990s. In 2005, she was a contestant in the dance reality show, Nach Baliye (Season 1), in which she participated along with her husband, Parmeet Sethi, they were eliminated in the sixth episode. In 2006, she, along with 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) (2007) and Comedy Circus (season 2) (2008). In January 2008, she hosted Kaho Na Yaar Hai on Star Plus, along with her husband, Parmeet Sethi. With the end of Comedy Circus (season 2) in September 2008, it was followed by another show, Comedy Circus - Kaante Ki Takkar. After Comedy Circus - Kaante Ki Takkar, she was the judge of Comedy Circus - Teen Ka Tadka, Comedy Circus Ke Superstar, Comedy Circus Ka Jaddo , Jubilee Comedy Circus and Comedy Circus Ke Taansen. Recently she is the judge of Comedy Ka Naya Daur-Tabla toad.
She is married to actor Parmeet Sethi and they have two children.