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Sana Khan
Sana Khan graces NRI Of The Year Awards.jpg
Khan at the NRI of The Year Awards in 2017
Born (1988-08-21) 21 August 1988 (age 29)[1][2]
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Nationality Indian
Occupation Actress, model, dancer
Years active 2005–present

Sana Khan (also known as Sana Khaan) is an Indian actress, model and dancer.[3][4] Khan began her career in modelling and went on to appear in advertisements and feature films. She has appeared in south Indian films, TV commercials, dance performances in films in special appearance, and for a reality television show. She has acted in 14 films across 5 languages and has appeared in over 50 ad films.[3] She also was a contestant on the reality show Bigg Boss.[5]

Early life[edit]

Sana Khan was born and raised in Mumbai. Her father is a Malayali Muslim from Kannur, Kerala and her mother, Saeeda, is from Mumbai.[6] Khan completed her high school (12th grade) from Mumbai and did not pursue any further studies as she became involved in modelling at an early age.



Sana Khan in 2013

Khan made her acting debut in the low-budget adult Hindi film Yehi Hai High Society, which was released in March 2005.[7] She subsequently started appearing in television commercials and other ad films.

Khan's debut Tamil film Silambattam was produced by Lakshmi Movie Makers,[3] and was released in December 2008.[8] Silambarasan, the film's lead actor, who had previously signed and then dropped her for a role in his film Kettavan, called her again for the female lead role in Silambattam after seeing her ad with Shahrukh Khan.[6] She said in an interview with The Hindu, "Silambarasan came to Mumbai looking for a fresh face for his film Silambattam. There he saw me and selected me. I knew I had to work hard to make it big in the Tamil film industry".[3] Khan regards the film as her first break.[3] She received praise for her portrayal of a talkative, tomboyish brahmin village girl named Janu in the film,[6] and won the 2009 ITFA Best New Actress Award in Singapore.[9][10]

In March 2010, her next Tamil film, Thambikku Indha Ooru was released. Later that year, Khan ventured into the Telugu film industry, appearing in Nandamuri Kalyan Ram's Kalyanram Kathi, which was released in November 2010.[11] Khan's next release was the February 2011 bilingual thriller Gaganam / Payanam – shot in Telugu and Tamil, respectively – which was based on an aircraft high-jack theme.

In May 2011, Khan stepped into Kannada films with Golden Movies' Kool...Sakkath Hot Maga. In September 2011,[12] her next Tamil film, Aayiram Vilakku, was released, in which Khan played the role of a Madurai girl.[10] In the March 2012 Telugu film Mr. Nookayya Khan played the role of a waitress in a pub, adding glamour to the film.[13] Khan made her Malayalam film debut with Climax that was loosely based on the Hindi film The Dirty Picture and she played the role of late South Indian actress Silk Smitha.[14][15][16] Khan was also signed up her sixth Tamil film, Thalaivan with Bas, which was produced by Blue Ocean Pictures.[17]

She plays as daughter of main antagonist Danny Denzongpa in Bollywood film, Jai Ho,[18] with the shooting of the film started in March 2013[18] in Dubai[19] and released on 24 January 2014. Khan did the film Wajah Tum Ho[20] opposite Sharman Joshi and Gurmeet Choudhary.[21][22][23] The film was a flop at Box Office India. Her bold scenes with Gurmeet and Rajneesh Duggal in the film were much discussed after the trailer was released on YouTube. Khan did a special appearance in Toilet: Ek Prem Katha[24][25] in which she was seen portraying the role of Akshay Kumar's girlfriend. Her upcoming film is Tom, Dick and Harry 2 in which she will share the screen alongside Aftab Shivdasani and Sharman Joshi.

TV commercials[edit]

Sana Khan at Payal Singhal & Shaheen Abbas’ fashion preview

Khan has acted in over 50 ad films,[3] including a cosmetic commercial directed by Shirish Kunder in July 2007.[26] She has also done a commercial for the deodorant brand, Secret Temptation and for She has done an advertisement for Xbox 360 video game console.[6]

In March 2007, Khan's TV commercial for the men's underwear brand, Amul Macho, showed her provocatively scrubbing and washing some underwear, simulating an orgasm.[27] It created a strong controversy and was banned by the Indian government on the grounds of sexual profanity.[28] Khan responded in an interview, "Forget about the ban and people taking out morchas (protests) against me and burning my posters in Bombay (Mumbai). At the end of it people from the creative field have loved it."[28] The company re-hired Khan, shot a sequel to that commercial with a different theme, and released it in February 2008.[28]

Bigg Boss[edit]

In October 2012, Khan participated in the Indian celebrity reality TV show Bigg Boss Season 6 as a contestant. Before entering the show, she said in an interview, "I am going to flaunt my age and the fact that I am the youngest. I am going into the house without any preparation. I want to be spontaneous and show the world the real me."[29] She gained a lot of popularity from the audience and managed to stay in the show till the end, though she stood third in the show. She told PTI, "I am happy to have reached top three. I did not expect this."[30]


Year Film Role Language Notes
2005 Yehi Hai High Society Sonia Hindi
2006 E Special appearance Tamil
2007 Bombay to Goa Special appearance Hindi
2007 Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal Special appearance Hindi
2008 Silambattam Jaanu Tamil
2008 Halla Bol Sania Hindi
2010 Thambikku Indha Ooru Divya Tamil
2010 Kalyanram Kathi Anjali Telugu
2011 Gaganam Sandhya Telugu
2011 Payanam Sandhya Tamil
2011 Kool...Sakkath Hot Maga Kajol Kannada
2011 Aayiram Vilakku Megha Tamil
2012 Mr. Nookayya Shilpa Telugu
2013 Climax Poongkodi/Supriya Malayalam
2013 Thalaivan Tamil
2014 Jai Ho Home Minister's Daughter Hindi
2016 Wajah Tum Ho Siya Hindi
2017 Anbanavan Asaradhavan Adangadhavan Tamil
2017 Toilet: Ek Prem Katha Mailika Hindi
2018 Tom, Dick, and Harry 2 Hindi Filming



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  19. ^ "Salman Khan to go 'Mental' with Sana Khan, Daisy and Tabu". Dubai Media Incorporated. 18 March 2013. Retrieved 20 March 2013. 
  20. ^ Wajah Tum Ho: Why so much noise over intimate scenes, asks Sana Khan
  21. ^ "Ready to witness live murder on TV?". 
  22. ^ "Sana Khan: Can't believe it's me in 'Wajah Tum Ho'". The Times of India. 6 August 2016. Retrieved 7 August 2016. 
  23. ^ "Sana Khan goes bold for erotic thriller Wajah Tum Ho". Bollywood Hungama. 4 April 2016. Retrieved 7 August 2016. 
  24. ^ "Sana Khan: Working with Akshay Kumar in 'Toilet:Ek Prem Katha' was challenging". 
  25. ^ "Going de-glam! Sana Khan looks unrecognisable in 'Toilet: Ek Prem Katha'". mid-day. Retrieved 2017-05-29. 
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  28. ^ a b c Mukhopadhyay, Sougata (20 February 2008). "Company launches banned innerwear ad's sequel". CNN-IBN. Retrieved 17 November 2012. 
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  31. ^ "BIGG BOSS 6 grand finale: Urvashi Dholakia is the winner". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  32. ^ "Bigg Boss 8: Sana Khan is the fifth challenger". Hindustan Times. January 2, 2015. Retrieved January 2, 2015. 

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