Fatima Sana Shaikh

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Fatima Sana Shaikh
Fatima Sana Shaikh at Juhu PVR, 2020 (03) (cropped).jpg
Shaikh in 2020
Born (1992-01-11) 11 January 1992 (age 29)
OccupationFilm actress
Years active1997–present

Fatima Sana Shaikh (born 11 January 1992)[1] is an Indian film actress. She is known for her works in Hindi-language cinema and television.[2] Shaikh appeared as a child artist in films such as Chachi 420 and One 2 Ka 4.[3] In 2016, she portrayed Indian freestyle wrestler, Geeta Phogat in the sports drama film Dangal.[4]

Early and personal life[edit]

Fatima Sana Shaikh was born on 11 January 1992 in Hyderabad and raised in Mumbai. Her mother, Raj Tabassum, is from Srinagar, and her father, Vipin Sharma, is from Jammu.[5] While her father was raised Hindu and her mother raised Muslim, Shaikh identifies as an atheist.[6] She has indulged in photography prior to becoming an actor.[7]


Sanya Malhotra and Fatima Sana Shaikh on the sets of Dangal

Shaikh began her career as a child artist in Chachi 420 and One 2 Ka 4.[3] Years later, she played Zoya in the Indian drama film Tahaan, which received "The German Star of India award" at "Bollywood and Beyond" festival at Stuttgart Germany in 2009.[8]

Shaikh was selected for Nitesh Tiwari's biographical sports film Dangal along with Sanya Malhotra, who had never acted before. Shaikh was chosen to portray Geeta Phogat.[9] To prepare for her role, she watched several videos on wrestling to understand "how wrestlers move, walk, their body language".[9] Both Malhotra and Sheikh went through five rounds of auditions, physical training and workshops with Tiwari and Aamir Khan.[7] They were trained by coach and former wrestler Kripa Shankar Patel Bishnoi.[7] Released in 2016, Dangal received critical acclaim and became the highest-grossing Indian film ever with earnings of more than 2,000 crore (US$270 million) worldwide.[10][11]

She played Zafira Baig, a warrior-archer Thug in the epic action-adventure film, Thugs of Hindostan.[12] Shaikh will be featuring in a Hindi remake of Tamil movie Aruvi. The Hindi version is being produced by Applause Entertainment.[13]


Film performances
Year Title Role Notes Ref.
1997 Ishq Cameo As child artist [14]
Chachi 420 Bharti Ratan As child artist [15]
1999 Bade Dilwala Baby Sana As child artist
2001 One 2 Ka 4 Inspector Abbas' youngest daughter As child artist
2008 Tahaan Zoya
2012 Bittoo Boss Priya
2013 Akaash Vani Sumbul [16]
2015 Nuvvu Nenu Okkatavudam Sruti Telugu film
2016 Dangal Geeta Phogat Lead role [17]
2018 Thugs of Hindostan Zafira Baig Lead role [18]
2020 Ludo Pinky Released on Netflix [19]
Suraj Pe Mangal Bhari Tulshi Rane [20]
2021 Ajeeb Daastaans Lipakshi Netflix release [21]
Television performances
Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2009 Ladies Special Geeti Season 1 [citation needed]
Agle Janam Mohe Bitiya Hi Kijo Suman Recurring role [22]
2011 Best Of Luck Nikki Richa Shivoy Special Appearance in Boys Meet Girls [citation needed]
Music videos
Year Title Singer Label Ref.
2020 Palkein Kholo Vishal Bhardwaj VB Music [23]


Year Awards Category Film Result Reference
2017 Screen Awards Best Actress (Popular) Dangal Nominated [24]
News 18 Movie Awards Best Debut (Female) Won [25]
Jackie Chan Action Movie Awards Best Action Actress Won [26]


Shaikh was ranked in The Times Most Desirable Women at No. 48 in 2020.[27]


  1. ^ "Fatima Sana Shaikh: Lesser known facts about the actress". The Times of India. TOI. Archived from the original on 11 May 2019. Retrieved 17 April 2019.[better source needed]
  2. ^ "Meet Aamir Khan's wrestler daughters". Mumbai Mirror. Archived from the original on 18 August 2016. Retrieved 31 March 2019.
  3. ^ a b Ghosh, Samrudhi (3 April 2019). "Fatima Sana Shaikh on her #MeToo story: It happened when I was very young". India Today. Delhi. Retrieved 19 August 2019.
  4. ^ Aneja, Atul (25 June 2017). "China's 'Dangal' mega-success echoes at second BRICS film festival". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 25 June 2017. Retrieved 19 August 2019.
  5. ^ "I am an atheist, I believe in karma: actress Fatima Sana Shaikh". The Siasat Daily. 29 October 2020. Retrieved 22 November 2020.
  6. ^ Interview With Fatima Sana Shaikh for 'Suraj Pe Mangal Bhaari' And 'Ludo' | The Quint (in Hindi and English). The Quint. 27 October 2020. Event occurs at 08:55. Retrieved 23 February 2021. I am an atheist. I have a mother who is Muslim, I have a father who is Hindu. My brother and myself, we are atheist. We do not follow any religion, we do not follow any god.
  7. ^ a b c Rathi, Vasundhara (20 December 2016). "Braving the bruises". The Hindu. Retrieved 26 September 2018.
  8. ^ Jha, Subhash K. (24 July 2009). "Santosh Sivan unaware of Tahaan honour in Germany". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 5 July 2021.
  9. ^ a b "Dangal selection process: Sanya Malhotra talks about the emotionally exhausting experience". India.com. 16 December 2016. Retrieved 26 September 2018.
  10. ^ Goswami, Parismita (23 December 2016). "Dangal review roundup: Critics verdict is out; check out what they have to say about Aamir Khan-starrer". International Business Times. Retrieved 26 September 2018.
  11. ^ Cain, Rob (19 June 2017). "How An Indian Drama Became The World's Highest-Grossing Sports Movie Of 2017". Forbes.
  12. ^ "Thugs of Hindostan Movie Review: Bloated And Tacky Despite Amitabh Bachchan Plus Aamir Khan". Ndtv.com. Archived from the original on 8 November 2018. Retrieved 8 November 2018.
  13. ^ "Fatima Sana Shaikh gearing up for remake of this Tamil superhit film". Mid Day. 6 March 2021. Retrieved 6 March 2021.
  14. ^ Ruchita (29 October 2020). "Fatima Sana Shaikh gets nostalgic reminiscing fond memories; talks about struggles & more [Exclusive]". www.ibtimes.co.in. Retrieved 7 August 2021.
  15. ^ "Fatima Sana Shaikh Shares Throwback Pic From The Sets Of Chachi 420, Featuring Tabu". NDTV.com. Retrieved 7 August 2021.
  16. ^ "Movie Review: Akaash Vani". Mid-Day. Mumbai. 26 January 2013. Archived from the original on 19 May 2013. Retrieved 27 June 2013.
  17. ^ Hungama, Bollywood (23 December 2020). "4 Years of Dangal: Sanya Malhotra shares unseen BTS pictures featuring the cast including Aamir Khan : Bollywood News - Bollywood Hungama". Retrieved 7 August 2021.
  18. ^ MumbaiOctober 28, Tiasa Bhowal; October 28, 2020UPDATED; Ist, 2020 16:17. "What Fatima Sana Shaikh learnt from the Thugs of Hindostan debacle: Interview". India Today. Retrieved 7 August 2021.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  19. ^ "Anurag Basu's upcoming film Ludo featuring Abhishek Bachchan, Rajkummar Rao to release on 24 April 2020". Firstpost. 27 December 2019. Archived from the original on 27 December 2019. Retrieved 27 December 2019.
  20. ^ "सूरज पे मंगल भारी ने दर्शकों को द‍िखाया स‍िनेमाघरों का रास्‍ता, द‍िलजीत बोले #ChaloCinema". News18 India. Retrieved 17 November 2020.
  21. ^ "Karan Johar unveils teaser of Netflix anthology Ajeeb Daastaans which is set to premiere on April 16". Bollywood Hungama. 19 March 2021. Retrieved 19 March 2021.
  22. ^ "Fatima Sana Shaikh: five things you didn't know". Hindustan Times. 10 January 2021. Retrieved 7 August 2021.
  23. ^ "'Palkein Kholo': Fatima Sana Shaikh turns director for Vishal Bharadwaj's music video". DNA India. 3 September 2020. Retrieved 14 October 2021.
  24. ^ "Screen Awards 2017 nominations announced". Screen. Retrieved 7 August 2021.
  25. ^ "NEWS18 MOVIE AWARDS 2017". Network 18. news18.com. Archived from the original on 24 May 2017. Retrieved 23 May 2017.
  26. ^ "Dangal girls Fatima Sana Shaikh and Sanya Malhotra win action award in China". Mid-Day. 23 July 2018. Archived from the original on 10 April 2019. Retrieved 9 April 2019.
  27. ^ "The Times Most Desirable Woman of 2020: Rhea Chakraborty - Living through a trial by fire, gracefully - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 7 August 2021.

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