Patralekha Mishra Paul (born 20 February 1990) is an Indian film actress. Her father, a chartered accountant, wanted her to follow in his footsteps, but she was interested in acting. She made her debut with director Hansal Mehta's Hindi film CityLights, alongside Rajkummar Rao.
Patralekha was born in Shillong, Meghalaya, to a Chartered Accountant father and a housewife mother Papri Paul. In an interview, she stated that her grandmother was a poet. She has two siblings Parnalekha Mishra Paul and Agnish Paul. She went to a boarding school in Assam named The Assam Valley School and then graduated from Bishop Cotton Girls' School, Bengaluru. While studying in H.R. College of Commerce and Economics she did a few commercials for Blackberry, and Tata Docomo, before getting a break in films.
Patralekha made her film debut with a leading role in the drama CityLights, opposite Rajkummar Rao. Directed by Hansal Mehta, the film tells the story of a poor couple living in Rajasthan who move to Mumbai in search of livelihood. Made on a low budget, the film became a commercial success and earned her positive reviews from critics. Her next film, Love Games, was an urban-thriller directed by Vikram Bhatt and produced by Mukesh Bhatt and Mahesh Bhatt. The cast of the film included Patralekha, Gaurav Arora and Tara Alisha Berry. It was released on 8 April 2016 and received negative reviews, however her performance was better received.