Malaika Arora

Malaika Arora

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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 (1968-10-23) 23 October 1968 (age 50)[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
11. India’s Next Top Model (cycle 4) Host/Main Judge MTV India 2018-Present

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