Arora at the launch of Richfeel Ice Cube in 2017.
|Born||Thane, Maharashtra, India|
|Occupation||Actress, Dancer, Model, VJ, Television presenter|
(m. 1998; div. 2017)
|Relatives||Amrita Arora (sister)|
Malaika Arora is an Indian actress, dancer, model, VJ, and television presenter. She is most famous for her dancing in the songs Chaiyya Chaiyya (1998), Gur Naalo Ishq Mitha (1998), Maahi Ve (2002), Kaal Dhamaal (2005) and Munni Badnaam Hui (2010). She turned into a film producer in 2008, with her former husband, Arbaaz Khan. Their company Arbaaz Khan Productions has released films like Dabangg (2010) and Dabangg 2 (2012).
Early life and background
Malaika Arora was born in Thane, Maharastra. Her parents divorced when she was 11 years old and she moved to Chembur with her mother & sister Amrita. Her mother, Joyce Polycarp, is a Malayali Catholic and her father, Anil Arora, was a Punjabi native to Indian border town of Fazilka, who worked in the Merchant Navy.
She completed her secondary education from 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 pursued her college education from Jai Hind College, Churchgate but did not complete it on account of professional engagements. She lived in Borla Society, Chembur opposite Basant Talkies before starting her modelling career.
Arora was selected as one of the VJs when MTV India started its operations. She began working as an interviewer, hosted shows such as Club MTV, and later co-hosted with Cyrus Broacha the shows Love Line and Style Check. Malaika then entered the modelling world, appearing in many advertisements, for album songs like Bally Sagoo's "Gur Naalo Ishq Mitha" opposite Jas Arora and item numbers such as "Chaiyya Chaiyya" in the 1998 Bollywood film Dil Se...
In the 2000s, apart from featuring in item numbers for various films, she made cameo appearances in a few films. In 2008, she appeared in her first major acting role in the film EMI which was a box-office failure.
In 2010, she featured in the item song "Munni Badnaam Hui" in the film Dabangg, which was produced by her former husband Arbaaz Khan. On 12 March 2011, she helped set a world record with 1235 participants performing a choreographed dance to "Munni Badnaam" which she led.
She was the Taiwan Excellence celebrity endorser in 2012. She endorsed Dabur's 30-plus. She states that she never wanted to do acting. She performed live alongside Atif Aslam, Shaan and Bipasha Basu in a series of concerts at LG Arena in Birmingham and The O2 Arena in London.
Malaika appeared on the television show Nach Baliye as one of the three judges. 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. She appeared on the show Zara Nachke Dikha as a judge on Star One. She was a judge on the show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa in 2010.
Malaika was married to Bollywood actor-director-producer Arbaaz Khan in 1998 whom she met during a coffee ad shoot. On 28 March 2016, they announced separation citing compatibility issues. The couple officially got divorced on May 11, 2017. Together they have a son, Arhaan, born on 9 November 2002. The custody of the son after the divorce is with Malaika. While Arbaz has visitation rights on his son, as per the settlement reached in the Bandra Family Court. Her sister is actress Amrita Arora, and her former brothers-in-law are Bollywood actor Salman Khan and Bollywood actor-director-producer Sohail Khan. Her former father-in-law is scriptwriter Salim Khan.
- 2000: Bichhoo (cameo appearance)
- 2002: Maa Tujhhe Salaam (cameo appearance)
- 2002: Kaante as Lisa
- 2007: Om Shanti Om (cameo appearance)
- 2008: EMI as Nancy
- 2009: Helloo India (cameo appearance)
- 2010: Housefull as Pooja (cameo appearance)
- 2012: Housefull 2 as Sarla/Hetal/Anarkali (cameo appearance)
- 2014: Happy New Year (cameo appearance)
- 2010: Dabangg – Filmfare Award for Best Film, National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment
- 2012: Dabangg 2
- 2015: Dolly Ki Doli
- 1998: Dil Se.. in Chaiyya Chaiyya
- 1999: Pyar Ke Geet in Dholna
- 2000: Bichhoo in Ekwari Tak Le
- 2001: Indian in Yer Pyar
- 2002: Kaante in Maahi Ve
- 2005: Kaal in Kaal Dhamaal
- 2007: Heyy Babyy in Heyy Babyy
- 2007: Athidhi in Rathraina (Telugu)
- 2007: Om Shanti Om in Deewangi Deewangi
- 2007: Welcome in Hoth Rasiley
- 2010: Prem Kaa Game in I Wanna Fall Fall in Love
- 2010: Dabangg in Munni Badnaam Hui
- 2012: Gabbar Singh in Kevvu Keka (Telugu)
- 2012: Housefull 2 in Anarkali Disco Chali
- 2012: Dabangg 2 in Pandey Ji Seeti
- 2015: Dolly Ki Doli in Fashion Khatam Mujh Par
- 2018: Pataakha in Hello Hello
|2005-06||Nach Baliye||Judge||Star One||First two seasons|
|2008||Zara Nachke Dikha||Star One|
|2008||Nachle Ve with Saroj Khan||Herself||NDTV Imagine|
|2009||Perfect Bride||Judge||Star Plus|
|Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa||Sony TV
|Seasons 4 & 8|
|2012-Present||India's Got Talent||Judge||Colors TV||Season 4 onwards|
|2017-Present||India's Next Top Model||Host/Main Judge||MTV India||Season 3 onwards|
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