Disha Patani Biography – an Indian actress and “M.S. Dhoni” Fame

Disha Patani is an Indian actress who is known for her work in Hindi films. She began her acting career with the Telugu film Loafer. She had her first Hindi film release with the biopic M.S.

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Real Name: Disha Patani
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Birthplace: Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh, India
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Disha Patani (born 13 June 1992) is an Indian actress who is known for her work in Hindi films. She began her acting career with the Telugu film Loafer (2015). She had her first Hindi film release with the biopic M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story (2016), for which she won the Stardust Award for Superstar of Tomorrow – Female and the IIFA Award for Star Debut of the Year – Female.

Patani subsequently played the leading lady in the Chinese action comedy Kung Fu Yoga (2017) and the Hindi films Baaghi 2 (2018), Bharat (2019), Malang (2020), and Ek Villain Returns (2022).

Disha Patani Biography
Disha Patani Biography
Disha Patani Biography
Disha Paatni

13 June 1992/1993

Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh, India
Alma mater Amity University, Lucknow
Occupation Actress
Years active 2015–present
Family Khushboo Patani (elder sister)

Early life and family

Patani was born on 13 June 1992/1993, in Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh. She is a Kumaoni, from a Rajput background. Her father, Jagadish Singh Patani is a police officer and her mother is a health inspector. Her elder sister, Khushboo Patani is a lieutenant in Indian Army. She also has a younger brother, Suryansh Patani. She studied engineering at Amity University, Lucknow. She was the first runner-up of Pond’s Femina Miss India Indore 2013.


Early work (2015–2018)

Patani debuted with a Telugu film, Loafer alongside Varun Tej in 2015. She played the role of Mouni, a girl who runs from home to escape a forced marriage. Directed by Puri Jagannadh and produced by C. Kalyan under C.K. Entertainment, the film was made on a budget of ₹200 million and performed poorly at the box office with a lifetime collection of ₹106 million. In the following year, Disha appeared in a music video, Befikra along with Tiger Shroff which was produced by Bhushan Kumar and Krishan Kumar under T-Series and composed by Meet Bros. Written and directed by Meet Bros, the singer, Aditi Singh Sharma lent her voice.

Patani found her commercial break with Neeraj Pandey’s M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story, a biographical sports film based on the life story of MS Dhoni, the former captain of the Indian Cricket Team along with Sushant Singh Rajput and Kiara Advani. She played the role of Priyanka Jha, the girlfriend of MS Dhoni’s character who dies in a car accident. Directed by Neeraj Pandey and produced by Fox Star Studios, the film was released on 30 September 2016 and was a massive hit with an estimated collection of ₹216 crores (US$27 million). In addition, she also starred in Jackie Chan‘s Kung Fu Yoga, along with Sonu Sood.

Disha Patani Biography
Disha Patani Biography

Patani then acted in Baaghi 2 along with Tiger Shroff, a sequel to the 2016 film Baaghi starring Tiger Shroff and Shraddha Kapoor and the second installment of the Baaghi franchise. Produced by Sajid Nadiadwala and directed by Ahmed Khan, Baaghi 2 was released on 30 March 2018 worldwide and grossed approximately ₹258 crores (US$32 million) worldwide.

Rise to prominence (2019–present)

In June 2019, she appeared in the film Bharat starring Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif. Patani was seen as one of his leading ladies in an extended cameo appearance. The film was commercially successful but received mixed reviews.

She started 2020 with the action thriller release Malang opposite Aditya Roy Kapur also starring Anil Kapoor and Kunal Khemu. The film was praised by critics for its music, action sequences, direction, and cast performances, Malang has earned ₹84.50 crores (US$11 million) worldwide thus becoming a commercial success. In March 2020, she appeared in a song in the film Baaghi 3 starring Tiger Shroff and Shraddha Kapoor, the third installment of the Baaghi franchise.

Patani next appeared in Prabhu Deva‘s action film Radhe, in which she reunited with Salman Khan this time as his leading lady. The film was released coinciding with Eid al-Fitr, as premium video on demand on Zee Plex through ZEE5, Though Radhe received highly negative reviews from critics and audiences alike, who criticized the story, screenplay, direction, and VFX. It became a huge OTT success. With 4.2 Million views, it became the most-watched OTT film on the day of release.

In 2022, she starred in Mohit Suri’s psychological thriller Ek Villain Returns alongside John AbrahamTara Sutaria, and Arjun Kapoor. The film opened to mixed reviews from critics and performed moderately at the box office. Sukanya Verma of Rediff wrote, “Ek Villain Returns falls back on the popularity of the Galliyan track to boost its appeal”.

Patani finished shooting for Karan Johar‘s Yodha opposite Sidharth Malhotra. In mid-2022, she signed her Tamil debut film Suriya 42 alongside Suriya.

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Patani’s debut was one of the most talked about debuts of 2016. That year, she ranked fifth in the list of most searched celebrities on Google. She is often termed the National Crush Of India.

In 2019, Patani appeared in Forbes India‘s Celebrity 100 list, ranking 43rd with an estimated annual income of ₹58.0 million (US$730,000). She is one of the most followed celebrities on social media with over 56.8 million massive Instagram followers.

Patani has been featured in The Times of Indias Most Desirable Woman List, ranked at No. 19 in 2017 and No. 9 in 2018. Patani was named the Most Desirable Woman in the year 2019 and ranked No. 3 in 2020.

She’s often referred to as a sex symbol among the youth for her bold photoshoots and public appearances.

Disha_Patani with her Boyfriend
Disha Patani with her Boyfriend



Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
  • All films are in Hindi unless otherwise noted.
Year Title Role Notes
2015 Loafer Mouni / Parijatam Telugu film
2016 M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story Priyanka Jha
2017 Kung Fu Yoga Asmita Chinese film
2018 Welcome to New York Herself Cameo appearance
Baaghi 2 Neha Rawat
2019 Bharat Radha Mathur
2020 Malang Sara Nambiar
Baaghi 3 Herself Special appearance in the song “Do You Love Me”
2021 Radhe Diya Abhyankar
2022 Ek Villain Returns Rasika Mapuskar
2023 Yodha Films that have not yet been released TBA Completed
Untitled Siva film Films that have not yet been released TBA Tamil film; filming
2024 Project K Films that have not yet been released TBA Telugu-Hindi bilingual; filming

Music videos

Year Title Singer(s) Composer
2016 “Befikra” Meet Bros, Aditi Singh Sharma Meet Bros
2019 “Har Ghoont Mein Swag” Badshah Badshah
Disha Patani Biography
Disha Patani Biography

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result
2017 Stardust Awards Superstar of Tomorrow – Female M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story Won
Best Debut (Female) Won
International Indian Film Academy Awards Star Debut of the Year – Female Won
Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Screen Awards Best Female Debut Won
2023 Bollywood Hungama Style Icons Stylish Mould Breaking Star Female Nominated
Most Stylish Trendsetter Nominated
Stylish Glam Star Nominated
Pinkvilla Style Icons Awards Glamorous Trendsetter of the Year Won

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