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Malaika Arora Khan
Malaika Arora at the launch of Richfeel Ice Cube 2.0 technology.jpg
Arora at the launch of Richfeel Ice Cube in 2017.
Born (1973-10-23) 23 October 1973 (age 44)[1]
Thane, Maharashtra, India
Other names Malaika Arora Khan
Occupation Actress, Dancer, Model, VJ, Television presenter
Years active 1997–present
Arbaaz Khan
(m. 1998; div. 2017)
Children 1
Relatives Amrita Arora (sister)

Malaika Arora Khan (born 23 October 1973),[2] is an Indian actress, dancer, model, VJ, and television presenter.[3] She is most famous for her dancing in the songs Chaiyya Chaiyya (1998), Gur Naalo Ishq Mitha (1998), Maahi Ve (2002), Kaal Dhamaal (2005) and Munni Badnaam Hui (2010). She turned into a film producer in 2008, with her former husband,[4] Arbaaz Khan. Their company Arbaaz Khan Productions has released films like Dabangg (2010) and Dabangg 2 (2012).

Early life and background

Malaika Arora was born in Thane, Maharastra. Her parents divorced when she was 11 years old and she moved to Chembur with her mother & sister Amrita. Her mother, Joyce Polycarp, is a Malayali Catholic and her father, Anil Arora, was a Punjabi native to Indian border town of Fazilka, who worked in the Merchant Navy.[5][6][7][8]

She completed her secondary education from 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.[9]


Malaika Arora (left) with her sister Amrita Arora, 2012.

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.[10] Malaika then entered the modelling world, appearing in many advertisements, for album songs like Bally Sagoo's "Gur Naalo Ishq Mitha" opposite Jas Arora and item numbers such as "Chaiyya Chaiyya" in the 1998 Bollywood film Dil Se...[10]

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 former husband Arbaaz Khan.[11] On 12 March 2011, she helped set a world record with 1235 participants performing a choreographed dance to "Munni Badnaam" which she led.[12]

She was the Taiwan Excellence celebrity endorser in 2012.[13] She endorsed Dabur's 30-plus.[14] She states that she never wanted to do acting.[15] She performed live alongside Atif Aslam, Shaan and Bipasha Basu in a series of concerts[16] at LG Arena in Birmingham[17] 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.[18]


Malaika appeared on the television show Nach Baliye as one of the three judges.[3] 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.[5] She was a judge on the show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa in 2010.[19]

Malaika is on the judges panel in the show India's Got Talent.[20]

Personal life

Malaika with former husband Arbaaz Khan at the wedding of her sister Amrita Arora

Malaika was married to Bollywood actor-director-producer Arbaaz Khan in 1998 whom she met during a coffee ad shoot.[4] On 28 March 2016, they announced separation citing compatibility issues.[21][22] The couple officially got divorced on May 11, 2017.[23] Together they have a son, Arhaan, born on 9 November 2002.[24] The custody of the son after the divorce is with Malaika. While Arbaz has visitation rights on his son, as per the settlement reached in the Bandra Family Court. 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.[3]


As actress

As producer

As Dancer


No. Name Role Channel Year
1. Nach Baliye 1 Judge Star One 2005
2. Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa Sony Entertainment Television (India) 2006
3. Zara Nachke Dikha Star One 2008
4. Nachle Ve with Saroj Khan Herself NDTV Imagine 2008
5. Perfect Bride Judge Star Plus 2009
6. India's Got Talent 5 Colors TV 2009
7. Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 4 Sony Entertainment Television (India) 2010
8. Swaragini Herself Colors TV 2015
9. India's Next Top Model (cycle 3) Host/Main Judge MTV India 2017
10. India's Got Talent 8 Colors TV 2018-Present


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  2. ^ "Bollywood's item queen Malaika Arora turns 39". NDTV. 23 October 2012. Archived from the original on 13 September 2015. Retrieved 7 June 2016.
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  7. ^ Arya, Reshma. "'I have special memories of Thane'". Daily News and Analysis. Retrieved 8 December 2014.
  8. ^ Gupta, Priya (6 January 2015). "Malaika Arora Khan: Arbaaz is a complete reflection of his dad". The Times of India. Retrieved 15 March 2016.
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  10. ^ a b "Malaika Arora – Biography". Archived from the original on 6 April 2010. Retrieved 6 May 2010.
  11. ^ "Munnif Badnaam Hui., a big hit!". India Imagine. Archived from the original on 1 October 2010. Retrieved 17 November 2010.
  12. ^ "Munni in Guinness Book of Records". The Times of India. 16 March 2011. Retrieved 16 March 2011.
  13. ^ "Malaika Arora Launches "Taiwan Excellence Campaign 2012"". Archived from the original on 10 May 2015. Retrieved 10 July 2012.
  14. ^ "Times of India". Retrieved 11 October 2012.
  15. ^ "times of india".
  16. ^ "Bipasha Basu, Atif Aslam, Malaika Arora Khan to perform UK gigs". Retrieved 11 October 2012.
  17. ^ "Special Report: Bollywood Showstoppers Press conference!". Retrieved 29 April 2013.
  18. ^ "Malaika Arora Khan: "I am doing a cameo in Happy New Year"". Digital Spy. Retrieved 21 January 2014.
  19. ^ "Still with the moves, Madhuri returns to TV". Indian Express. Retrieved 28 December 2010.
  20. ^ Khan, Malaika. "Judging in TV show". Retrieved 11 October 2012.
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  24. ^ "MALAIKA ARORA KHAN". Movie Talkies. Retrieved 8 December 2014.
  25. ^ "Udaan, Dabangg top winners at Filmfare Awards — The Times of India". 29 January 2011. Retrieved 13 August 2014.
  26. ^ "Dabangg Wins National Award for Wholesome Entertainment — NDTV". 19 May 2011. Retrieved 13 August 2014.

External links

  • Malaika Arora on IMDb
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