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Fatima Sana Shaikh Biography – an Indian Actress known as “Dangal Girl”

Fatima Sana Shaikh Biography
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Real Name: Fatima Sana Shaikh
Profession: Indian actress
Birthplace: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Boyfriend: Aamir Khan
Age: 31

Fatima Sana Shaikh (born 11 January 1992) is an Indian actress, who works in Hindi films. Shaikh appeared as a child artist in such films as Chachi 420 (1997) and One 2 Ka 4 (2001). In 2016, she portrayed wrestler Geeta Phogat in the top-grossing sports film Dangal. She has since starred in the streaming anthology projects Ludo (2020), Ajeeb Daastaans (2021), and Modern Love Mumbai (2022).

Fatima Sana Shaikh Biography
Fatima Sana Shaikh Biography
Fatima Sana Shaikh Biography
Born 11 January 1992 (age 31)

Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Occupation Actress
Years active 1997–present

Early and personal life (Fatima Sana Shaikh Biography)

Fatima Sana Shaikh was born on 11 January 1992 and brought up in Mumbai. Her mother, Raj Tabassum, is from Srinagar, and her father, Vipin Sharma, is from Jammu. While her father was raised a Hindu and her mother a Muslim, Shaikh identifies as an atheist. She had received experience in photography prior to becoming an actress.

Personal Life

She was born in a well-stable family in Hyderabad, Telangana, and brought up in Mumbai, Maharashtra. Officially she is not dating anyone but one of the tweets states that Aamir Khan will soon marry Fatima Sana Shaikh, citing their alleged relationship that began during the filming of “Dangal”, which has caused a sensation among fans and followers of the actors.

Fatima_Sana Shaikh with Aamir Khan
Fatima Sana Shaikh with Aamir Khan


Shaikh began her career as a child artist in Chachi 420 and One 2 Ka 4. Years later, she played Zoya in the Indian drama film Tahaan, which received “The German Star of India award” at “The Bollywood and Beyond” festival in Stuttgart, Germany in 2009.

Shaikh was selected for Nitesh Tiwari‘s biographical sports film Dangal along with Sanya Malhotra, who had never acted before. Shaikh was chosen to portray Geeta Phogat. To prepare for her role, she watched several videos on wrestling to understand “how wrestlers move, walk, and their body language”. Both Malhotra and Sheikh went through five rounds of auditions, physical training, and workshops with Tiwari and Aamir Khan. They were trained by coach and former wrestler Kripa Shankar Patel Bishnoi. Released in 2016, Dangal received critical acclaim and became the highest-grossing Indian film ever with earnings of more than ₹2,000 crore (US$250 million) worldwide.

She played Zafira Baig, a warrior-archer Thug in the epic action-adventure film, Thugs of Hindostan. Shaikh will be featured in a Hindi remake of the Tamil movie Aruvi. The Hindi version is being produced by Applause Entertainment. Fatima will be seen as Indira Gandhi, along with Vicky Kaushal and Sanya Malhotra in an untitled 2022 Sam Manekshaw biography film directed by Meghna Gulzar.


Denotes films that have not yet been released


Year Title Role Notes
1997 Ishq Cameo As child artist
Chachi 420 Bharti Ratan As child artist
1999 Bade Dilwala Baby Sana As child artist
2001 One 2 Ka 4 Inspector Abbas’ youngest daughter As child artist
2008 Tahaan Zoya
2012 Bittoo Boss Priya
2013 Akaash Vani Sumbul
2015 Nuvvu Nenu Okkatavudam Sruti Telugu film
2016 Dangal Geeta Phogat
2018 Thugs of Hindostan Zafira Baig
2020 Ludo Pinky
Suraj Pe Mangal Bhari Tulshi Rane
2021 Ajeeb Daastaans Lipakshi
2022 Thar Chetna
2023 Dhak Dhak † TBA Filming
Sam Bahadur † Indira Gandhi Completed


Year Title Role Notes
2002–2004 Kitty Party Unknown
2009 Ladies Special Geeti Season 1
Agle Janam Mohe Bitiya Hi Kijo Suman Recurring role
2011 Best of Luck Nikki Richa Shivoy Special appearance in Boys Meet Girls
2022 Modern Love Mumbai Lalzari Segment: “Raat Rani”
Fatima Sana Shaikh Biography
Fatima Sana Shaikh Biography

Music videos

Year Title Singer
2015 Tujhse Meri Aditya Salankar
2020 Palkein Kholo Vishal Bhardwaj


Year Award Category Work Result
2017 Screen Awards Best Actress (Popular) Dangal Nominated
Jackie Chan Action Movie Awards Best Action Actress Won
2022 Filmfare OTT Awards Best Actor in a Web Original Film (Female) Thar Nominated


Shaikh was ranked in The Times Most Desirable Women at No. 48 in 2020.

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