Sonika Kaliraman

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Sonika Kaliraman
Born11 June 1983 (1983-06-11) (age 35)
Delhi, India
OccupationSportswoman (Wrestler)
Known forWrestling
Notable work
First Indian Woman Wrestler Bharat Kesari
Height1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Weight98 kg (216 lb)
TitleFirst Indian Woman Wrestler
Parent(s)Chandgi Ram (Father)
FamilyJagdish Kaliraman Om kaliraman Hanumante Kaliraman (Brother)
Deepika Kaliraman Laxmi kaliraman (Sister)

Sonika Kaliraman is the first Indian woman wrestler to win the title of Bharat Kesri in Bharat Kesri Dangal in 2001[1]. She was a contestant on the popular reality show Bigg Boss in 2011.

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 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.[3]


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 5.[4]

She demanded Open Trials for selection into the National Squad after she was dropped.[5][6]


Year Shows Role Channel Notes
2009 Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi 2 Contestant Colors
2011 Bigg Boss 5 Celebrity Contestant Colors TV Evicted Week 7, Day 49

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Haryana men wrestle social norms to train their daughters - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 25 August 2018.
  2. ^ a b c "Indian woman wrestler overcomes fear factor". 17 December 2009 – via
  3. ^ "Women wrestlers and WFI unite against Sonika, refute charges - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 25 August 2018.
  4. ^ "Bigg Boss Season 5 : Housemates of 2011".
  5. ^ "Woman wrestler cries foul over Games selections".
  6. ^ "Wrestler Sonika leads the fight for open trials".