Born on February 25, 1992, Sanya Malhotra was born and raised in Delhi. The Dangal actress studied in Ryan International School, Mayur Vihar, Delhi and graduated from Gargi College of Delhi University. During her college days, Sanya had joined the 'Choreography Society' to learn and explore new dance forms and techniques. She realised that she has an interest in acting through dance (All photos/Sanya Malhotra's official Instagram account)
Pictured: Sanya Malhotra with her Dangal co-star Aamir Khan.
To continue with her passion, Sanya Malhotra joined a ballet company as an instructor and to explore dance further, she later joined a school as a dance teacher. "I was paid Rs 15,000 and I gave my first salary to my parents," Sanya said recalling her initial days as a dancer.
Taking a step forward towards her dream, Sanya Malhotra auditioned for a dance reality show titled Dance India Dance in Mumbai and was shortlisted among the top 100, but, got rejected because her backstory wasn't strong enough for the show.
However, Sanya decided to stay back in Mumbai to appear for a few more auditions and try her hand in dancing and acting. She eventually ended up doing 10 ads a year!
Sanya Malhotra auditioned for a few months, during which she also worked as a yoga instructor for the women in her locality. After appearing for several auditions and working in commercials, she got a call from casting director Mukesh Chhabra's office for a film which was for a second lead but the flick eventually got shelved.
Pictured: Sanya Malhotra with her Dangal co-star Fatima Sana Shaikh
A few months later, Sanya received another call from Mukesh's office, this time for the main role in Dangal. Sanya had auditioned and appeared for the screen test but had forgotten about it until she was informed that Aamir Khan wanted to meet her.
Sanya, who was in Delhi, returned to Mumbai immediately but discovered that 30 other girls were shortlisted for the same character.
"We had to go through a few more sessions. Aamir sir came to meet us in his Mahavir Phogat avatar. The sessions went on for a month, by the end of which, we were all getting impatient to know who had bagged the part as we had been asked to not take up any other work," Sanya said.
Pictured: Sanya Malhotra with her Badhaai Ho co-star Ayushmann Khurrana
"Then, Fatima Sana Shaikh and I got a call from the production house informing us that she would be playing Geeta, Mahavir's elder daughter, while I had landed the part of the younger daughter, Babita Kumari. I will never forget that day. The rest, as they say, is history," Sanya Malhotra shared on how she finally got the role.
Sanya Malhotra has always been passionate about dancing. The 26-year-old actor keeps treating her fans with her dance videos time and again on social media. Well, do you know Sanya is trained belly dancer too?
While she hasn't gotten the chance to show her stunning dance moves on the big screen yet, she has had a special connect with dance over the years. Interestingly, she also choreographed Aamir Khan in the movie Secret Superstar.
After Dangal, Sanya Malhotra starred in Ayushmann Khurrana's Badhaai Ho and Vishal Bhardwaj's Pataakha. She also bagged a few commercials and brand endorsements and ever since the actress hasn't looked back.
After starring opposite Nawazuddin Siddiqui in Photograph, Sanya Malhotra recently lent her voice for Hollywood actor Tessa Thompson for the Hindi version of Men In Black: International.
Here's wishing all the very best to Sanya Malhotra for her future endeavours.
Sanya Malhotra is making news for her recent Hollywood outing - Men In Black: International, where she has done voice work for Tessa Thompson's character, Agent M. The actress who made her debut with Dangal is a trained belly dancer. Here are some more interesting facts about the actress.
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