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Zareen Khan
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Khan in 2018
Zareen Khan

(1987-05-14) 14 May 1987 (age 36)
  • Actress
  • model
Years active2010–present

Zareen Khan (born 14 May 1987), also known as Zarine Khan, is an Indian actress and model. Mainly working in the Hindi film industry,[1][2] she has also appeared in Punjabi, Telugu and Tamil films.

Khan made her Bollywood debut in 2010 playing a princess in the epic action film Veer and subsequently appeared in the popular item number "Character Dheela" in the 2011 comedy Ready. She got her breakthrough with the role of a glamorous model in the 2012 comedy Housefull 2, that ranks as her highest-grossing release till date. The next year, she ventured into Tamil cinema with an item number Malgove in Naan Rajavaga Pogiren. Following a leading role in the 2014 Punjabi film Jatt James Bond, she returned to Bollywood, starring in the 2015 erotic thriller Hate Story 3.[3] In 2019, Khan debuted into Telugu cinema with the action thriller Chanakya.[4]

Early life[edit]

Zareen Khan was born on 14 May 1987 in Mumbai, India, into a Pathan family.[5][6][7] She completed her intermediate at Rizvi College of Science, Mumbai.[8][9] Zarine Khan started her career working at a call centre, followed by her stint at a corporate front desk located at the Bombay Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC). She also engaged in promotional work for various brands and served as an in-house model for them.[10]


2010–2011: Film debut and early work[edit]

Khan in 2010

Khan's acting career began while visiting the set of Yuvraj[11] at Subhash Ghai's film school Whistling Woods. Salman Khan noticed her and decided to cast her for his friend Anil Sharma's film Veer because, he said, "She looks the character – the sweet princess she is playing in Veer".[12] After a screen test, Khan was given the lead role of Princess Yashodhara. She gained eight kilograms in order to be more convincing as a 19th-century princess.[citation needed] The film revolves around the 1825 Pindari movement of Rajasthan, when India was ruled by the British. Veer did not do well at the box office; however, her performance received mixed reviews from both critics and audiences. Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama observed that "Zarine resembles Katrina Kaif, but wears one expression all through".[13] Nikhat Kazmi of Times of India concluded that "Zarine is unimpressive".[14] mentions that "Zarine is average". Critic Subhash K. Jha called her performance a "Zarine's charm adds to her adorable screen presence." Khan was nominated for the Zee Cine Award for Best Female Debut for her performance in the film.[15]

In 2011, Khan did the item number "Character Dheela" with Salman Khan in Anees Bazmee's Ready, parodying characters from Mughal-e-Azam, Sholay and Shri 420 and it was the second highest-grossing Bollywood film of 2011.[16][17]

2012–2013: Breakthrough[edit]

Khan at an event for Agent Vinod screening in 2012

Khan walked the ramp as showstopper for jewellery brand YS18 at India International Jewellery Week (IIJW), 2012.[18][19]

Khan's second release was Sajid Khan's comedy film Housefull 2, a sequel of Housefull and Hindi remake of the Malayalam film Mattupetti Machan. The film revolves around two cousins Henna and Bobby, the two daughters of the Kapoor family who hate each other very much, a model JLo, love interest of Jolly, the son of Jagga Daku and four Best friends Sunny, Max, Jolly, and Jai who fall in love with her. Khan played the role of JLo, a model who is in love with Jolly, played by Ritesh Deshmukh and featured her alongside an ensemble cast including Akshay Kumar, Asin, John Abraham and Jacqueline Fernandez. Khan earned critical acclaim for her performance, with Taran Adarsh stating, "Zarine act more as eye candy. She appears typical sultry and enticing selves; and is befitting in her own space."[20][21] Housefull 2 ranked among the highest-grossing Bollywood films of 2012.

In 2013, Khan made her Tamil debut in Vetrimaaran's Naan Rajavaga Pogiren, in which she did an item number in the song "Malgove" alongside Nakul Jaidev. She was appreciated for the song. Taran Adarsh commented, "Zarine Khan's song is high on energy."[22]

2014–present: Shift to leading roles[edit]

Zarine Khan looks down at the camera
Khan at the premiere of Jobs in 2014

Khan's first release of 2014 was Rohit Jugraj's Punjabi film Jatt James Bond, her first role outside Bollywood.[23] She featured in the role of a Lalli, an innocent Punjabi woman alongside Gippy Grewal. The film received positive reviews from critics, and her performance was particularly praised.[24] Film critic Komal Nahta wrote "Zarine Khan delivers an award-winning performance. She is extraordinary and lives the role of Lalli, making every scene in which she appears immensely watchable for her brilliance!"[25][26]

In 2015, Khan appeared in erotic thriller film Hate Story 3, in which she played Siya. The film was a commercial success and got Khan further recognition.[27][28] She then appeared in a music video "Pyaar Manga Hai" with Ali Fazal. The song was sung by Armaan Malik and Neeti Mohan. In 2016, Khan did an item number in the film Veerappan. The same year, she also appeared in another item song named "Mahi Ve" in the film Wajah Tum Ho.[29]

In 2017, Khan appeared in Aksar 2.[30][31][32][33] In the film, she was seen romancing with Gautam Rode,[34] and the first poster of the film was released on 4 August 2017 on YouTube.[35] Umesh Punwani from wrote, ''Zareen Khan does good in parts but sadly she is majorly used for the skin show. Years into Bollywood she still can’t emote her expressions properly.''[36] Bollywood Hungama disliked Khan's performance and wrote, ''Zareen Khan is strictly okay and though she is sizzling, it's done just for the heck of it. She tries to be the female Emraan Hashmi but it doesn't work for her. Performance-wise, she doesn't give her best shot.''[37] The film did not perform well at the box office.[38][39]

In 2018, Khan starred in Vikram Bhatt's horror film 1921, the fourth installment in 1920 film series. Shikta Sanyal of called it ''Khan’s best performance till date.''[40] Although the film received mixed reviews, it managed to recover its cost and became an ''average grosser.''[41] In January 2018, Khan signed Ashok Nanda's action film One Day: Justice Delivered, in which she was set to portray the role of a police officer.[42] She was eventually replaced by Esha Gupta.[43]

In 2019, she made her Telugu debut with action-thriller film Chanakya, which received mixed reviews from critics and performed poorly at the box office.[4][44] The same year, she appeared in Punjabi film Daaka alongside Gippy Grewal, which also received mixed reviews.[45]

Khan will next star in film Hum Bhi Akele Tum Bhi Akele with Anshuman Jha, which revolves around a unique love story about two homosexuals and is scheduled to release in 2020.[46][47]



Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Title Role Language Notes Ref.
2010 Veer Princess Yashodhara Hindi Nominated – Zee Cine Award for Best Female Debut
2011 Ready Khushi Pathak Special appearance in song "Character Dheela"
2012 Housefull 2 JLo
2013 Naan Rajavaga Pogiren Malgove Tamil Special appearance in song "Malgove"
2014 Jatt James Bond Lalli Punjabi Punjabi debut
DOA: Death of Amar Journalist Hindi
2015 Hate Story 3 Siya Deewan
2016 Veerappan Cameo Special appearance in song "Khallas"
Wajah Tum Ho Cameo Special appearance in song "Maahi Ve"
2017 Aksar 2 Sheena
2018 1921 Rose
2019 Chanakya Agent Zubeda Telugu Telugu debut [48]
Daaka Lalli Punjabi
2021 Hum Bhi Akele Tum Bhi Akele Mansi Dubey Hindi [49]


Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2018 MTV Troll Police Guest Episode 6 [50]
Host Episode 11/12

Music videos[edit]

Year Album Song Singer(s) Notes
2016 Pyaar Manga Hai "Pyaar Manga Hai" Armaan Malik, Neeti Mohan
2020 Do Vaari Jatt "Do Vaari Jatt" Jordan Sandhu
2021 Chann Chann "Chann Chann"
2022 Eid Ho Jayegi "Eid Ho Jayegi" Javed Ali, Raghav Sachar


Year Film Award Category Result Source
2011 Veer Zee Cine Awards Best Female Debut Nominated [51]
2015 Jatt James Bond PTC Punjabi Film Awards Best Female Debut Won [52]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Zarine Khan: Veer ki Heer!". The Times of India. 23 January 2010. Archived from the original on 5 November 2012. Retrieved 24 January 2010.
  2. ^ "Payal Rohatgi compares Kat, Zarine to Sunny Leone". The Times of India.
  3. ^ "Which is the raunchiest Hate Story? VOTE!". Rediff.
  4. ^ a b "Zareen Khan says Allu Arjun is her favourite dancer in Tollywood". India Today. Retrieved 3 April 2020.
  5. ^ ""I Am Muslim, I Know My Islam": Zareen Khan". Bollywood Hungama.
  6. ^ Mangal Dalal (8 January 2010). "When Men Were Men". The Indian Express. Retrieved 6 May 2014. Asked about whether it was a risk casting Zarine Khan, the debutant from the UK, Khan says: "She's a Pathan girl who speaks Hindi and Urdu well and was spectacular in the screen test. It was pure luck".
  7. ^ Mangal Dalal (8 January 2010). "'Veer' also has a social message behind it: Salman Khan". Express India. Archived from the original on 14 March 2012. Retrieved 6 May 2014. Asked about whether it was a risk casting Zarine Khan, the debutant from the UK, Khan says: "She's a Pathan girl who speaks Hindi and Urdu well and was spectacular in the screen test.
  8. ^ "No bikini for me: Zarine Khan". Mid-Day. Indo-Asian News Service. 27 January 2010. Retrieved 22 November 2010.
  9. ^ Natasha Sahgal (11 January 2010). "Zarine Khan is living a dream as the heroine in 'Veer'". The Indian Express. Retrieved 22 November 2010.
  10. ^ Coutinho, Natasha (6 November 2017). "Zarine Khan talks about her days at the call centre". Mumbai Mirror. Retrieved 5 May 2023.
  11. ^ Soumyadipta Banerjee (24 January 2010). "Zarine Khan is a tough cookie". Daily News & Analysis. Retrieved 27 January 2010.
  12. ^ Deepa Karmalkar (21 November 2008). "No candlelight dinners for me..." Screen. Archived from the original on 11 March 2010. Retrieved 27 January 2010.
  13. ^ Taran Adarsh. "Review: Veer is a colossal disappointment!". Sify Movies. Archived from the original on 4 December 2013. Retrieved 6 June 2014.
  14. ^ Nikhat Kazmi (22 January 2010). "Veer movie review". The Times of India. Retrieved 6 June 2014.
  15. ^ Shah, Kumal (5 May 2011). "Sonakshi isn't my best friend: Zarine". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 15 September 2012. Retrieved 7 May 2011.
  16. ^ "Salman & Zarine Khan – Character Dheela".
  17. ^ Kat look-alike Zarine Khan sizzles in 'Character Dheela'|Movies News Photos-IBNLive
  18. ^ "Zeenat Aman & Zarine walk the ramp for YS 18 at IIJW 2012 Day – 3". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 4 October 2012.
  19. ^ "Bollywood actress Zarine Khan walks the ramp to showcase jewellery creations by designer group YS 18 during the third season of India International Jewellery Week (IIJW) in Mumbai on August 21, 2012". The Times of India. Retrieved 4 October 2012.
  20. ^ Taran Adarsh (6 April 2012). "Housefull 2". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 1 November 2013.
  21. ^ "Housefull 2 Crossed Rs. 100 crore Mark At Box-Office In 17 Days". 23 April 2012. Retrieved 21 June 2012.
  22. ^ "B-town actresses turn item girls for K'wood". The Times of India.
  23. ^ 'Jatt James Bond' collects Rs 7 crore in first four days – IBNLive
  24. ^ Shome-Ray, Aditi (2 January 2014). "Salman Khan's protege Zarine Khan makes her debut in Punjabi cinema with 'Jatt James Bond'". DNA India.
  25. ^ "Beautiful Zarine Khan At The Jaat James Bond Promotions". 18 April 2014.
  26. ^ "Vindu Dara Singh elated with Jatt James Bond success". Hindustan Times. 2 May 2014.
  27. ^ "Hate Story 3 collection: Sharman, Zareen, Karan and Daisy set fire to the box office". India Today. Retrieved 3 April 2020.
  28. ^ "Box Office – Hate Story 3 And Tamasha – The Final Numbers". Koimoi. 18 December 2015. Retrieved 3 April 2020.
  29. ^ "Zareen Khan turns pole dancer for 'Maahi Ve' in 'Wajah Tum Ho' – Times of India ►". The Times of India. Retrieved 27 March 2018.
  30. ^ "Zareen Khan begins 'Aksar 2' shoot". 7 July 2016.
  31. ^ "S Sreesanth to star in 'Aksar 2' – Times of India ►". The Times of India.
  32. ^ Hungama, Bollywood. "Featured Bollywood Movie News | Featured Bollywood News – Bollywood Hungama". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 26 November 2020.
  33. ^ "Zareen Khan sheds clothes in 'Aksar 2' and '1921'". mid-day. 27 August 2017.
  34. ^ "'Aksar 2' trailer: Gautam Rode, Abhinav Shukla and Zareen Khan's love triangle is intriguing – Times of India ►". The Times of India.
  35. ^ "Gautam Rode to Romance Zareen Khan in 'Aksar 2'".
  36. ^ "Aksar 2 Movie Review: Soft Porn in First Half With Non-Existent Story". Koimoi. 17 November 2017. Retrieved 27 March 2018.
  37. ^ Hungama, Bollywood. "Aksar 2 Review – Bollywood Hungama". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 27 March 2018.
  38. ^ "Zareen Khan's Aksar 2 Takes A Slow Start At The Box Office". Koimoi. 19 November 2017. Retrieved 3 April 2020.
  39. ^ "Box Office: Tumhari Sulu is average, Aksar 2 is poor". Rediff. Retrieved 3 April 2020.
  40. ^ "1921 Movie Review: This Vikram Bhatt Film Is A Mixed Bag With Too Many Loose Ends". Koimoi. 12 January 2018. Retrieved 27 March 2018.
  41. ^ "'1921' box-office collection week 1: Zareen Khan-Karan Kundrra film mints Rs 11 crore". The Times of India. Retrieved 27 March 2018.
  42. ^ "Zareen Khan: I have always been a tomboy". The Indian Express. 13 January 2018. Retrieved 27 March 2018.
  43. ^ "Not Esha Gupta, But Zareen Khan Was The First Choice for One Day: Justice Delivered- EXCLUSIVE!". Retrieved 3 April 2020.
  44. ^ "Gopichand's Chanakya: Spy Thriller Film Faces a Tough Time at the Box Office". Retrieved 3 April 2020.
  45. ^ "Top 5 reasons to watch Gippy Grewal's 'Daaka'". The Times of India. 1 November 2019. Retrieved 3 April 2020.
  46. ^ "Hauz Khas fun for Zareen Khan, Anshuman Jha". The Times of India.
  47. ^ "Harish Vyas: Zareen Khan and Anshuman Jha's chemistry will entertain the audience". mid-day. 17 June 2019.
  48. ^ "Tollywood hates wasting time: Zareen Khan on Telugu debut in Chanakya". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 5 October 2022.
  49. ^ "Zareen Khan and Anshuman Jha's film 'Hum Bhi Akele Tum Bhi Akele' resumes after a legal battle". DNA India. 5 September 2019.
  50. ^ "Zareen Khan to host 'Troll Police'". Retrieved 19 March 2018.
  51. ^ "Happy Birthday Zareen Khan: Her 5 Must Watch Films". News18. 14 May 2021. Retrieved 4 February 2022.
  52. ^ "PTC Punjabi Film Awards". Retrieved 30 August 2013.

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