Malaika Arora Khan

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Malaika Arora Khan
Malaika Arora launches the Taiwan Excellence campaign 06.jpg
Born Malaika Arora
(1973-10-23) 23 October 1973 (age 41)[1]
Chembur, Maharashtra, India
Other names Malaika Khan
Ethnicity Punjabi-Malayali
Occupation Actress, Dancer, model, VJ, Television Presenter
Years active 1997–present
Spouse(s) Arbaaz Khan (m. 1997)
Children 1 son b. 2003
Parents Anil Arora
Joyce Polycarp

Malaika Arora Khan, known as Malaika Arora before her marriage, is an Indian actress, dancer, model, VJ, and television presenter.[2] She is one of India's top item girls. She is most famous for her dancing in the songs "Chaiyya Chaiyya" (1998) and "Munni Badnaam Hui" (2010). She turned film producer in 2008, with her husband, Arbaaz Khan. Their company Arbaaz Khan Productions released its first film, Dabangg, in 2010.[3]

Early life and background[edit]

Malaika Arora was born in Chembur, Mumbai to a Punjabi father, Anil Arora, a native of Indian border town Fazilka and a Malayali Catholic mother, Joyce Polycarp. Her father worked in the Merchant Navy.[4] She is Catholic.[5]

She also started working as a model. She completed her secondary education at Swami Vivekanand School in Chembur. Her aunt, Grace Polycarp, was the principal of the school. She is also an alumnus of the Holy Cross High School Thane where she studied until ninth grade. She completed her college education from Jai Hind College, Churchgate. She lived in Borla Society, Chembur opposite Basant Talkies before starting her modelling career.[6]


Malaika Arora from the SRK, Urmila, Juhi and Chitrangda at 'I Am' National Award winning bash (20)

Khan was selected as one of the MTV VJs when MTV India started its operations becoming an interviewer and later co-anchoring with Cyrus Broacha the programs Love Line and Style Check,.[7] Khan then entered the modelling world, appearing in many advertisements, for album songs like "Gur Naal Ishq Mitha"and item numbers in Bollywood films such as "Chaiyya Chaiyya" in the film Dil Se...[7]

In 2010, she featured in the item song "Munni Badnaam Hui" in the film Dabangg, which was produced by her husband Arbaaz Khan.[8] On 12 March 2011, she helped set a world record with 1235 participants performing a choreographed dance to "Munni Badnaam" which she led.[9] She was the Taiwan Excellence celebrity endorser in 2012.[10] She endorsed Dabur's 30-plus.[11] She states that she never wanted to do acting.[12] Khan performed live alongside Atif Aslam, Shaan and Bipasha Basu in series of concerts[13] at LG Arena Birmingham[14] & The O2 Arena London.

In 2014, she confirmed that she would make a cameo appearance in the Farah Khan directed action comedy-drama film Happy New Year. The film is releasing on 23 October 2014.[15]


Khan appeared in the television show Nach Baliye as one of the three judges.[2] The show was aired on STAR One in mid-2005. She continued as a judge in Nach Baliye 2 which started airing in the last quarter of 2006. In this show, she performed many item numbers as an example for the contestants. Khan appeared in the show Zara Nachke Dikha as a judge on Star One.[4] Khan was a judge in the show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa in 2010.[16]

Khan is on the judges panel in the show India's Got Talent.[17]

Personal life[edit]

Khan with husband Arbaaz Khan at the wedding of her sister Amrita Arora

Khan is married to Bollywood actor-director-producer Arbaaz Khan whom she met during a coffee ad shoot. Together they have a son, born in 2003.[18] Her sister is actress Amrita Arora, and her brothers-in-law are Bollywood actor Salman Khan and Bollywood actor-director-producer Sohail Khan. Her father-in-law is scriptwriter Salim Khan.[2]


Acting career[edit]

Film Producer[edit]

Item Numbers[edit]



  1. ^ "Birthday Special: Malaika Arora Khan turns 40". Retrieved 17 December 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "Malaika Arora – Biography". Yahoo! Movies. Retrieved 6 May 2010. 
  3. ^ Dabangg at the Internet Movie Database
  4. ^ a b "Malaika Arora Khan's Biography". Retrieved 6 May 2010. 
  5. ^ "The Catholic Khans". 12/26/2013. 
  6. ^ "Chembur will always be our home". Mid-Day. 16 June 2006. Retrieved 21 February 2011. 
  7. ^ a b "Malaika Arora – Biography". Retrieved 6 May 2010. 
  8. ^ "Munni Badnaam Hui., a big hit!". India Imagine. Retrieved 17 November 2010. 
  9. ^ "Munni in Guinness Book of Records". The Times of India. 16 March 2011. Retrieved 16 March 2011. 
  10. ^ "Malaika Arora Launches "Taiwan Excellence Campaign 2012"". Retrieved 10 July 2012. 
  11. ^ "Times of India". Retrieved 11 October 2012. 
  12. ^ "times of india". 
  13. ^ "Bipasha Basu, Atif Aslam, Malaika Arora Khan to perform UK gigs". Retrieved 11 October 2012. 
  14. ^ "Special Report: Bollywood Showstoppers Press conference!". Retrieved 29 April 2013. 
  15. ^ "Malaika Arora Khan: "I am doing a cameo in Happy New Year"". Digital Spy. Retrieved 21 January 2014. 
  16. ^ "Still with the moves, Madhuri returns to TV". Indian Express. Retrieved 28 December 2010. 
  17. ^ Khan, Malaika. "Judging in TV show". Retrieved 11 October 2012. 
  18. ^ Chopra, Simran (14 November 2013). "STAR KIDS: AbRam Khan, Aaradhya Bachchan, Azad Rao Khan…". Business of Cinema. Retrieved 28 May 2014. 
  19. ^ The author has posted comments on this article (2011-01-29). "Udaan, Dabangg top winners at Filmfare Awards - The Times of India". Retrieved 2014-08-13. 
  20. ^ "Dabangg Wins National Award for Wholesome Entertainment - NDTV". 2011-05-19. Retrieved 2014-08-13. 

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