Sana Khan is a former Indian actress, model and dancer. Khan began her career in modelling and went on to appear in advertisements and feature films. She has appeared in Hindi, Malayalam, Tamil, Kannada and Telugu language films, TV commercials, dance performances in films in special appearance, and for a reality television show. She has acted in 14 films across 5 languages and has appeared in over 50 ad films. She was a contestant on the reality show Bigg Boss in 2012 and became a finalist.
Sana Khan was born and raised in Mumbai (Dharavi). Her father is a Malayali Muslim from Kannur, Kerala and her mother, Saeeda, is from Mumbai.
In February 2019, Khan confirmed her relationship with choreographer Melvin Louis. They are separated as of February 2020.
On 8 October 2020, Khan posted a message on Instagram stating that she is quitting the entertainment industry and will "serve humanity and follow the order of her Creator."
On 21 November 2020, Khan married Islamic cleric Mufti Anas Sayed in Surat.
Sana Khan made her acting debut in the low-budget adult Hindi film Yehi Hai High Society, which was released in March 2005. She subsequently started appearing in television commercials and other ad films.
Khan's debut Tamil film Silambattam was produced by Lakshmi Movie Makers, and was released in December 2008. Silambarasan, the film's lead actor, who had previously signed and then dropped her for a role in his film Kettavan, called her again for the female lead role in Silambattam after seeing her ad with Shah Rukh Khan. She said in an interview with The Hindu, "Silambarasan came to Mumbai looking for a fresh face for his film Silambattam. There he saw me and selected me. I knew I had to work hard to make it big in the Tamil film industry". Khan regards the film as her first break. She received praise for her portrayal of a talkative, tomboyish brahmin village girl named Janu in the film, and won the 2009 ITFA Best New Actress Award in Singapore.
In March 2010, her next Tamil film, Thambikku Indha Ooru was released. Later that year, Khan ventured into the Telugu film industry, appearing in Nandamuri Kalyan Ram's Kalyanram Kathi, which was released in November 2010. Khan's next release was the February 2011 bilingual thriller Gaganam / Payanam – shot in Telugu and Tamil, respectively – which was based on an aircraft high-jack theme.
In May 2011, Khan stepped into Kannada films with Golden Movies' Kool...Sakkath Hot Maga. In September 2011, her next Tamil film, Aayiram Vilakku, was released, in which Khan played the role of a Madurai girl. In the March 2012 Telugu film Mr. Nookayya Khan played the role of a waitress in a pub, adding glamour to the film. Khan made her Malayalam film debut with Climax that was loosely based on the Hindi film The Dirty Picture and she played the role of late South Indian actress Silk Smitha. Khan was also signed up her sixth Tamil film, Thalaivan with Bas, which was produced by Blue Ocean Pictures.
She plays as daughter of main antagonist Danny Denzongpa in Bollywood film, Jai Ho, with the shooting of the film started in March 2013 in Dubai and released on 24 January 2014. Khan did the film Wajah Tum Ho opposite Sharman Joshi and Gurmeet Choudhary. The film was a flop at Box Office India. Her bold scenes with Gurmeet and Rajneesh Duggal in the film were much discussed after the trailer was released on YouTube. Khan did a special appearance in Toilet: Ek Prem Katha in which she was seen portraying the role of Akshay Kumar's girlfriend. Her upcoming film is Tom, Dick and Harry 2 in which she will share the screen alongside Aftab Shivdasani and Sharman Joshi.
Khan has acted in over 50 ad films, including a cosmetic commercial directed by Shirish Kunder in July 2007. She has also done a commercial for the deodorant brand, Secret Temptation and for Yatra.com. She has done an advertisement for Xbox 360 video game console.
In March 2007, Khan's TV commercial for the men's underwear brand, Amul Macho, showed her provocatively scrubbing and washing some underwear, simulating an orgasm. It created a strong controversy and was banned by the Indian government on the grounds of sexual profanity. Khan responded in an interview, "Forget about the ban and people taking out morchas (protests) against me and burning my posters in Bombay (Mumbai). At the end of it people from the creative field have loved it." The company re-hired Khan, shot a sequel to that commercial with a different theme, and released it in February 2008.
In October 2012, Khan was a celebrity contestant in the sixth season of the Indian version of the reality TV show Big Brother, Bigg Boss. Before entering the show, she said in an interview, "I am going to flaunt my age and the fact that I am the youngest. I am going into the house without any preparation. I want to be spontaneous and show the world the real me." She gained a lot of popularity from the audience and managed to stay in the show till the end, though she stood third in the show. She told PTI, "I am happy to have reached top three. I did not expect this." She became the 2nd runner up of the show.
Awards and Nominations
- "PIX: Sana Khan's birthday bash". Rediff. Retrieved 23 December 2019.
- "Sana Khan celebrates birthday with Ajaz Khan, Rajeev Paul". 22 August 2015.
- Kumar, S. R. Ashok (18 February 2010). "My First Break – Sana Khan". The Hindu. Retrieved 17 November 2012.
- "Celeb cook in: Sana Khan". Retrieved 23 December 2019.
- "Sana Khan in Bigg Boss Hala Bol as fifth challenger!". Retrieved 2 January 2015.
- Pillai, Sreedhar (9 November 2008). "Simbu's new girl". Times of India. Retrieved 27 October 2009.
- "Bigg Boss contestant Sana Khan confirms dating choreographer Melvin Louis". Times of India. 14 February 2019. Retrieved 14 February 2019.
- "Sana Khan shares screenshots of personal messages after ex-boyfriend Melvin's cryptic post - Times of India ►". The Times of India. 13 February 2020. Retrieved 13 February 2020.
- Raghuvanshi, Aakanksha (9 October 2020). ""My Happiest Moment": Bigg Boss Alumnus Sana Khan Quits Showbiz". NDTV.com. Retrieved 9 October 2020.
- Farzeen, Sana (9 October 2020). "Sana Khan quits showbiz, says 'want to serve humanity'". The Indian Express. Retrieved 9 October 2020.
- "Bigg Boss 6 fame Sana Khan gets married to Mufti Anas in Surat after quitting showbiz". 21 November 2020. Retrieved 21 November 2020.
- "Sana Khan ties knot with Mufti Anas in Gujarat". 21 November 2020. Retrieved 22 November 2020.
- Raghuvanshi, Aakansha (21 November 2020). "Sana Khan married Anas Sayed in an intimate ceremony". NDTV. Retrieved 22 November 2020.
- "Yehi Hai High Society". Hungama Digital Media Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. Retrieved 17 November 2012.
- "Silambattam gets ready for release". The Times of India. TNN. 16 December 2008. Retrieved 17 November 2012.
- "Bigg Boss > Contestants > Sana Khan". Retrieved 17 November 2012.
- "Sana Khan on aayiram vilakku Part 2". behindwoodstv (on Youtube). Retrieved 29 November 2012.
- Ramchander (12 November 2010). "Kalyanram Kathi – Movie Review". One Indian Entertainment/ Greynium Information Technologies Pvt. Ltd. Retrieved 17 November 2012.
- "Tamil " Movies " Aayiram Vilakku". One India Entertainment/Greynium Information Technologies Pvt. Ltd. Retrieved 17 November 2012.
- Dundoo, Sangeetha Devi (10 March 2012). "Mr. Nookayya: A thriller that meanders". The Hindu. Retrieved 17 November 2012.
- "Sana Khan as 'Silk' Smitha in Malayalam". The New Indian Express. Express Features. 16 June 2012. Retrieved 20 November 2012.
- "First Look: Sana Khan as Silk Smitha in Climax". Rediff.com. 16 August 2012. Retrieved 20 November 2012.
- Nayar, Parvathy S (16 February 2013). "Sana Khan moves from the Bigg Boss house to a new house!". The Times of India. TNN. Retrieved 19 February 2013.
- "Thalaivan". The Times of India. TNN. 13 August 2012. Retrieved 17 November 2012.
- "Bigg Boss contestant Sana Khan feels blessed to act with Salman Khan". The Indian Express. PTI. 17 March 2013. Retrieved 20 March 2013.
- "Salman Khan to go 'Mental' with Sana Khan, Daisy and Tabu". Dubai Media Incorporated. 18 March 2013. Retrieved 20 March 2013.
- "Wajah Tum Ho: Why so much noise over intimate scenes, asks Sana Khan". 20 October 2016.
- "Ready to witness live murder on TV? - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 23 December 2019.
- "Sana Khan: Can't believe it's me in 'Wajah Tum Ho'". The Times of India. 6 August 2016. Retrieved 7 August 2016.
- "Sana Khan goes bold for erotic thriller Wajah Tum Ho". Bollywood Hungama. 4 April 2016. Retrieved 7 August 2016.
- "Sana Khan: Working with Akshay Kumar in 'Toilet:Ek Prem Katha' was challenging". Retrieved 23 December 2019.
- "Going de-glam! Sana Khan looks unrecognisable in 'Toilet: Ek Prem Katha'". mid-day. Retrieved 29 May 2017.
- Padukone, Chaitanya (16 July 2007). "Sanaa fulfills her 'fantasy'". DNA. Retrieved 17 November 2012.
- "'Bigg Boss 6': Who is Sana Khan? Hint – 'Ye toh bada toing hai!'". IBNLive/IBN South. 8 October 2012. Retrieved 17 November 2012.
- Mukhopadhyay, Sougata (20 February 2008). "Company launches banned innerwear ad's sequel". CNN-IBN. Retrieved 17 November 2012.
- Thomas, Amy Rose (8 October 2012). "I will flaunt my age: Sana Khan". Postnoon. Retrieved 17 November 2012.
- "Sana Khan wants to work in Bollywood". The Times of India. PTI. 13 January 2013. Retrieved 13 January 2013.
- "BIGG BOSS 6 grand finale: Urvashi Dholakia is the winner". Hindustan Times. Archived from the original on 12 January 2013. Retrieved 13 January 2013.
- "Bigg Boss 8: Sana Khan is the fifth challenger". Hindustan Times. 2 January 2015. Archived from the original on 2 January 2015. Retrieved 2 January 2015.
- "Sana Khan to participate in 'Khatron Ke Khiladi'?". 5 November 2014.
- "Bigg Boss 9: Hotel BB9 Welcomes Andy, Ali and Sana". 4 November 2015.
- "Comedy nights bachao, Full Episode -22, February 6th 2016". Colors TV. Retrieved 7 February 2016.
- TNN (18 December 2015). "200 Actors, 10 Teams, and 1 Winner... Let The Game Begin". The Times of India. Retrieved 26 April 2018.
- "Sana Khan, Sapna Choudhary and Zorawar Kalra to enter Bigg Boss 12". indianexpress.com. Retrieved 1 November 2016.
- "Parth Samthaan and Sana Khan the next guests on Kitchen Champion". 11 April 2019.
- "Sana Khan, Urvashi Rautela to enter Bigg Boss 12". indianexpress.com. Retrieved 26 October 2018.
- Menezes, Gladwin (20 March 2020). "'Special Ops': It's cast & everything you need to know about the new series". Republic World. Retrieved 20 March 2020.
- Roy, Tulip (21 August 2020). "On Sana Khan's birthday, take a look at details about the actor's life". Republic World. Retrieved 7 October 2020.
- "Nominations for Stardust Awards 2014". Bollywood Hungama. 8 December 2014. Retrieved 8 December 2014.
- "Big ZEE Entertainment Awards: Nominations list". 22 July 2017.
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