Khan in 2018
14 May 1987
|Other names||Zarine Khan|
|Hate Story 3|
Zareen Khan made her screen debut with a leading role in the 2010 Anil Sharma's period film Veer co-starring with Salman Khan for which she was nominated for the Zee Cine Award for Best Female Debut. Khan garnered recognition from her item number "Character Dheela" in Ready, which was one of the highest-grossing Bollywood films of 2011. Khan earned commercial success in Bollywood with Sajid Khan's Housefull 2. The following year, Khan made her Tamil debut in the Tamil film Naan Rajavaga Pogiren, in which she did an item number in the song "Malgove".
She achieved further success for her leading role in the 2014 romantic thriller Punjabi film Jatt James Bond, a box office success and followed it with a leading role in the highly successful Vishal Pandya's film Hate Story 3. In 2019, she made her Telugu debut with the action thriller film Chanakya.
Zareen Khan was born on 14 May 1987 in Mumbai, into a Pathan family. She speaks Hindi, Urdu, English and Marathi, and some Pashto. She completed her intermediate at Rizvi College of Science, Mumbai.
2010–2011: Film debut and early work
Khan's acting career began while visiting the set of Yuvraj 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". 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. 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 mix reviews from both critics and public. Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama observed that "Zarine resembles Katrina Kaif, but wears one expression all through". Nikhat Kazmi of Times of India concluded that "Zarine is unimpressive". Rediff.com 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 Zee Cine Award for Best Female Debut.
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 highest-grossing Bollywood film of 2011.
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." Housefull 2 was 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."
2014–present: Shift to leading roles
Khan's first release of 2014 was Rohit Jugraj's Punjabi film Jatt James Bond, her first role outside Bollywood. 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. 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!"
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. 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.
In 2017, Khan appeared in Aksar 2. In the film, she was seen romancing with Gautam Rode, and the first poster of the movie was released on 4 August 2017 on YouTube. Umesh Punwani from Koimoi.com 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.'' 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.'' The film did not perform well at the box office.
In 2018, Khan starred in Vikram Bhatt's horror film 1921, the fourth installment in 1920 film series. Shikta Sanyal of Koimoi.com called it ''Khan’s best performance till date.'' Although the film received mixed reviews, it managed to recover its cost and became an ''average grosser.'' 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. She was eventually replaced by Esha Gupta.
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. The same year, she appeared in Punjabi film Daaka alongside Gippy Grewal, which also received mixed reviews.
|Denotes films that have not yet been released|
|2010||Veer||Princess Yashodhara||Hindi||Nominated – Zee Cine Award for Best Female Debut|
|2011||Ready||Khushi||Hindi||Special appearance in song "Character Dheela"|
|2013||Naan Rajavaga Pogiren||Malgove||Tamil||Special appearance in song "Malgove"|
|2014||Jatt James Bond||Lalli||Punjabi||Punjabi film debut|
|2014||DOA: Death of Amar||Journalist||Hindi|
|2015||Hate Story 3||Siya Deewan||Hindi|
|2016||Veerappan||Cameo||Hindi||Special appearance in song "Khallas"|
|2016||Wajah Tum Ho||Cameo||Hindi||Special appearance in song "Mahi Ve"|
|2019||Chanakya||Agent Zubeda||Telugu||Telugu film debut|
|2020||Hum Bhi Akele Tum Bhi Akele||Hindi|||
|2018||MTV Troll Police||Host/presenter||Episode 11 and 12
Also appeared as Guest in episode 6
|2016||Pyaar Manga Hai||"Pyaar Manga Hai"||Ali's girlfriend||Ali Fazal||Armaan Malik, Neeti Mohan|
|2011||Veer||Zee Cine Awards||Best Female Debut||Nominated|
|2015||Jatt James Bond||PTC Punjabi Film Awards||Best Female Debut||Won|||
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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".
- 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.
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- "Salman & Zarine Khan – Character Dheela". bollywood-illuminati.weebly.com.
- Kat look-alike Zarine Khan sizzles in 'Character Dheela'|Movies News Photos-IBNLive
- "Zeenat Aman & Zarine walk the ramp for YS 18 at IIJW 2012 Day – 3". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 4 October 2012.
- "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.
- Taran Adarsh (6 April 2012). "Housefull 2". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 1 November 2013.
- "Housefull 2 Crossed Rs. 100 crore Mark At Box-Office In 17 Days". Koimoi.com. 23 April 2012. Retrieved 21 June 2012.
- "B-town actresses turn item girls for K'wood". The Times of India.
- 'Jatt James Bond' collects Rs 7 crore in first four days – IBNLive
- Shome-Ray, Aditi (2 January 2014). "Salman Khan's protege Zarine Khan makes her debut in Punjabi cinema with 'Jatt James Bond'". DNA India.
- "Beautiful Zarine Khan At The Jaat James Bond Promotions". boldsky.com. 18 April 2014.
- "Vindu Dara Singh elated with Jatt James Bond success". Hindustan Times. 2 May 2014.
- "Hate Story 3 collection: Sharman, Zareen, Karan and Daisy set fire to the box office". India Today. Retrieved 3 April 2020.
- "Box Office – Hate Story 3 And Tamasha – The Final Numbers". Koimoi. 18 December 2015. Retrieved 3 April 2020.
- "Zareen Khan turns pole dancer for 'Maahi Ve' in 'Wajah Tum Ho' – Times of India ►". The Times of India. Retrieved 27 March 2018.
- "Zareen Khan begins 'Aksar 2' shoot". 7 July 2016.
- "S Sreesanth to star in 'Aksar 2' – Times of India ►". The Times of India.
- Hungama, Bollywood. "Featured Bollywood Movie News | Featured Bollywood News – Bollywood Hungama". Retrieved 26 November 2020.
- "Zareen Khan sheds clothes in 'Aksar 2' and '1921'". mid-day. 27 August 2017.
- "'Aksar 2' trailer: Gautam Rode, Abhinav Shukla and Zareen Khan's love triangle is intriguing – Times of India ►". The Times of India.
- "Gautam Rode to Romance Zareen Khan in 'Aksar 2'".
- "Aksar 2 Movie Review: Soft Porn in First Half With Non-Existent Story". Koimoi. 17 November 2017. Retrieved 27 March 2018.
- Hungama, Bollywood. "Aksar 2 Review – Bollywood Hungama". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 27 March 2018.
- "Zareen Khan's Aksar 2 Takes A Slow Start At The Box Office". Koimoi. 19 November 2017. Retrieved 3 April 2020.
- "Box Office: Tumhari Sulu is average, Aksar 2 is poor". Rediff. Retrieved 3 April 2020.
- "1921 Movie Review: This Vikram Bhatt Film Is A Mixed Bag With Too Many Loose Ends". Koimoi. 12 January 2018. Retrieved 27 March 2018.
- "'1921' box-office collection week 1: Zareen Khan-Karan Kundrra film mints Rs 11 crore". The Times of India. Retrieved 27 March 2018.
- "Zareen Khan: I have always been a tomboy". The Indian Express. 13 January 2018. Retrieved 27 March 2018.
- "Not Esha Gupta, But Zareen Khan Was The First Choice for One Day: Justice Delivered- EXCLUSIVE!". spotboye.com. Retrieved 3 April 2020.
- "Gopichand's Chanakya: Spy Thriller Film Faces a Tough Time at the Box Office". Masala.com. Retrieved 3 April 2020.
- "Top 5 reasons to watch Gippy Grewal's 'Daaka'". The Times of India. 1 November 2019. Retrieved 3 April 2020.
- "Hauz Khas fun for Zareen Khan, Anshuman Jha". The Times of India.
- "Harish Vyas: Zareen Khan and Anshuman Jha's chemistry will entertain the audience". mid-day. 17 June 2019.
- "Zareen Khan and Anshuman Jha's film 'Hum Bhi Akele Tum Bhi Akele' resumes after a legal battle". DNA India. 5 September 2019.
- "Zareen Khan to host 'Troll Police'". Retrieved 19 March 2018.
- "PTC Punjabi Film Awards". CinePunjab.com. Retrieved 30 August 2013.
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