Sonika Kaliraman

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Sonika Kaliraman
Born 11 June 1983 (1983-06-11) (age 35)
Delhi, India
Nationality Indian
Occupation Sportswoman (Wrestler)
Known for Wrestling
Notable work First Indian Woman Wrestler Bharat Kesari
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 77 kg (170 lb)

Big Boss 5

Khatron Ke Khiladi

Zor Ka Jhatka
Title First Indian Woman Wrestler
Parent(s) Chandgi Ram (Father)

Jagdish Kaliraman (Brother)

Deepika Kaliraman (Sister)

Sonika Kaliraman is the first Indian woman wrestler to win the title of Bharat Kesri in Bharat Kesri Dangal in 2001[1].

Personal life[edit]

Kaliraman is daughter of former wrestler Chandgi Ram (Master Chadgiram). She was trained by her father who always dreamt of his four daughters becoming wrestlers. He even had to fight against social norms and with the Indian Wrestling Foundation for many years.[2][1]

Her brother Jagdish Kaliraman is also a wrestler.[1] She married US-based businessman, Siddharth Malik.[2]


Kaliraman is one of 200 Indian women who wrestle professionally. She is also one of the 50 Indian women who represented India internationally.[2] She won a gold medal at the Asian Women Wrestling Championship in 2000.

In August 2009, she participated in the of Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi (season 2) and participated in Bigg Boss (season 5).[3]

She demanded Open Trials for selection into the National Squad after she was dropped.[4][5]


Kaliraman alleged that in 1998-99 when she travelled to Poland as part of a junior sub-team, she was sexually harassed by the coach there. She complained to her father as well as the WFI president GS Mander. However, GS Mander refuted these statements and also said that he will file a defamation suit against her.[6]

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