Payal Rohatgi is a Bollywood actress and an item girl. A computer engineer by profession, Payal won the title of Miss Tourism World in 2001, against candidates from 65 countries. She was also a finalist at the Femina Miss India contest in 2000. Thereafter, Payal tried to enter the entertainment industry and moved to Mumbai. She started her career by modelling for popular brands like Amul, Nirma, and Nescafe. She gained attention after appearing in a television ad for Cadbury's Temptations Chocholates. Around this time she also appeared in music videos by rock band Silk Route and Indipop artist Kay Kay.
After her career in Bollywood took off, Payal has cut back on the number of products she endorses. However, she has agreed to appear along with cricketer Virender Sehwag in an ad film for Dabur's Lal Dantmanjan. The film will be directed by Pradeep Sarkar. Payal's Bollywood debut was in Harry Baweja's Yeh Kya Ho Raha Hai, a Hindi remake of the Hollywood teen flick American Pie. However, she went unnoticed in the multi-starrer. She shot into the limelight with Tauba Tauba. She followed this up with a string of movies with sexual themes such as Fun, a movie about wife-swapping; and Mr. 100%, where the central character was a gigolo. Payal stated that she consciously chose movies that would get her noticed. However, she seemed to have a change of heart and dissociated herself from the movie Mazaa Mazaa, which she said was too vulgar.
Her other films include Harry Baweja's 'Yeh Kya Ho Raha Hai', 'Plan' 'Rakht', Subhash Ghai's '36 Chaina Town' and Madhur handarkar's 'Corporate'.