Malaika Arora is an Indian actress, dancer, model, VJ, and television presenter. 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, Arbaaz Khan. Their company Arbaaz Khan Productions has released films like Dabangg (2010) and Dabangg 2 (2012).
Malaika Arora was named after the Swahili word “Malaika” meaning “angel”. She 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.
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.
Arora was selected as one of the VJs when MTV India started its operations.
She began working as an interviewer, hosted shows such as Club MTV, and later co-hosted with Cyrus Broacha the shows Love Line and Style Check. 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…
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.
On 12 March 2011, she helped set a world record with 1235 participants performing a choreographed dance to “Munni Badnaam” which she led.
She was the Taiwan Excellence celebrity endorser in 2012.She endorsed Dabur’s 30-plus.
She states that she never wanted to do acting. She performed live alongside Atif Aslam, Shaan and Bipasha Basu in a series of concerts at LG Arena in Birmingham 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.
Malaika was married to Bollywood actor-director-producer Arbaaz Khan in 1998 whom she met during a coffee ad shoot. On 28 March 2016, they announced separation citing compatibility issues. The couple officially got divorced on May 11, 2017. Together they have a son, Arhaan, born on 9 November 2002.
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.