Malaika Arora Khan , known as Malaika Arora before her marriage, is an Indian actress, dancer, model, VJ, and television presenter.[1] She is most famous for her dancing in the songs "Chaiyya Chaiyya" (1998) and "Munni Badnaam Hui" (2010). She turned film producer in 2008, with her former husband,[2] Arbaaz Khan. Their company Arbaaz Khan Productions has released films like Dabangg (2010) and Dabangg 2 (2012).[3]

Early life and background

Malaika Arora was born in Thane, Maharashtra. Her parents divorced when she was 11 years old and she shifted to Chembur with her mother and sister Amrita. Her mother, Joyce Polycarp, is a Malayali Catholic and her father, Anil Arora, was a Punjabi native to the Indian border town of Fazilka, who worked in the Merchant Navy.[4][5][6][7]

She completed her secondary education at Swami Vivekanand School in Chembur. Her aunt, Grace Polycarp, was the principal of the school. She is also an alumnus of the Holy Cross High School Thane where she studied until ninth grade. She pursued her college education from Jai Hind College, Churchgate but did not complete it on account of professional engagements. She lived in Borla Society, Chembur opposite Basant Talkies before starting her modelling career.[8]


File:Malaika Arora, Amrita Arora at Shilpa Shetty's baby shower ceremony (4).jpg

Malaika was selected as one of the MTV VJs when MTV India started its operations becoming an interviewer and later co-anchoring with Cyrus Broacha the programs Love Line and Style Check.[9] Malaika then entered the modelling world, appearing in many advertisements, for album songs like "Gur Naal Ishq Mitha" and item numbers such as "Chaiyya Chaiyya" in the 1998 Bollywood film Dil Se...[9]

In the 2000s, apart from featuring in item numbers for various films, she made cameo appearances in a few films. In 2008, she appeared in her first major acting role in the film EMI which was a box-office failure.

In 2010, she featured in the item song "Munni Badnaam Hui" in the film Dabangg, which was produced by her husband Arbaaz Khan.[10] On 12 March 2011, she helped set a world record with 1235 participants performing a choreographed dance to "Munni Badnaam" which she led.[11]

She was the Taiwan Excellence celebrity endorser in 2012.[12] She endorsed Dabur's 30-plus.[13] She states that she never wanted to do acting.[14] She performed live alongside Atif Aslam, Shaan and Bipasha Basu in a series of concerts[15] at LG Arena in Birmingham[16] and The O2 Arena in London.

In 2014, she confirmed that she would make a cameo appearance in the Farah Khan-directed action comedy-drama film Happy New Year. The film released on 23 October 2014.[17]


Malaika appeared on the television show Nach Baliye as one of the three judges.[1] The show was aired on STAR One in mid-2005. She continued as a judge in Nach Baliye 2 which started airing in the last quarter of 2006. In this show, she performed many item numbers as an example for the contestants. She appeared on the show Zara Nachke Dikha as a judge on Star One.[4] She was a judge on the show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa in 2010.[18]

Malaika is on the judges panel in the show India's Got Talent.[19]

Personal life

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Malaika was married to Bollywood actor-director-producer Arbaaz Khan whom she met during a coffee ad shoot.[2] They announced separation on 28 March 2016. Together they have a son, Arhaan, born on 9 November 2002.[20] Her sister is actress Amrita Arora, and her former brothers-in-law are Bollywood actor Salman Khan and Bollywood actor-director-producer Sohail Khan. Her former father-in-law is scriptwriter Salim Khan.[1]


As actress

As producer

As Dancer



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  5. Malaika Arora Khan - "I won’t unnecessarily fool around with Salman, and nor are we on backslapping terms!". Retrieved on 8 December 2014.
  6. ‘I have special memories of Thane’. Retrieved on 8 December 2014.
  7. Gupta, Priya (6 January 2015). "Malaika Arora Khan: Arbaaz is a complete reflection of his dad". The Times of India. Retrieved 15 March 2016. 
  8. Chembur will always be our home. Mid-Day (16 June 2006). Retrieved on 21 February 2011.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Malaika Arora – Biography. Retrieved on 6 May 2010.
  10. Munnif Badnaam Hui., a big hit!. India Imagine. Retrieved on 17 November 2010.
  11. "Munni in Guinness Book of Records". The Times of India. 16 March 2011. Retrieved 16 March 2011. 
  12. Malaika Arora Launches "Taiwan Excellence Campaign 2012". Retrieved on 10 July 2012.
  13. "Times of India". Retrieved 11 October 2012. 
  14. "times of india". 
  15. "Bipasha Basu, Atif Aslam, Malaika Arora Khan to perform UK gigs". Retrieved 11 October 2012. 
  16. "Special Report: Bollywood Showstoppers Press conference!". Retrieved 29 April 2013. 
  17. Malaika Arora Khan: "I am doing a cameo in Happy New Year". Digital Spy. Retrieved on 21 January 2014.
  18. Still with the moves, Madhuri returns to TV. Indian Express. Retrieved on 28 December 2010.
  19. Khan, Malaika. "Judging in TV show". Retrieved 11 October 2012. 
  20. MALAIKA ARORA KHAN. Retrieved on 8 December 2014.
  21. Udaan, Dabangg top winners at Filmfare Awards — The Times of India. (29 January 2011). Retrieved on 13 August 2014.
  22. Dabangg Wins National Award for Wholesome Entertainment — NDTV. (19 May 2011). Retrieved on 13 August 2014.

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