Disha Patani (pronounced [ˈd̪ɪʃa paːʈəˈni]; born 13 June 1992) is an Indian actress primarily working in Hindi films. Patani made her acting debut with the Telugu film Loafer (2015), and had her first Hindi film release with the biopic M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story (2016). After appearing in the Chinese action comedy Kung Fu Yoga (2017), Patani starred in the successful films Baaghi 2 (2018), Bharat (2019) and Malang (2020). She has appeared in Forbes India's Celebrity 100 list of 2019.[1][2]

Disha Patani
Patani in 2023
Born (1992-06-13) 13 June 1992 (age 31)
Alma materAmity University, Lucknow
OccupationActress
Years active2015–present

Early life and family edit

Disha Patani was born on 13 June 1992 in Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh, India.[3] She is from a Rajput Hindu background.[4] 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 the Indian Army.[5] She also has a younger brother, Suryansh Patani.[6] She studied engineering at Amity University, Lucknow.[7] She was the first runner up of Pond's Femina Miss India Indore 2013.[8]

Career edit

Early work and success (2015–2020) edit

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.[9]

 
Patani during promotion of M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story in 2017

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.[10] 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 collections of 216 crore (US$27 million).[11] Taran Adarsh from Bollywood Hungama and Shubhra Gupta from The Indian Express both opined that Patani "sparkle" in her debut film.[12][13] At the 18th IIFA Awards, she won the Star Debut of the Year Female. In addition, she also starred in Jackie Chan's Kung Fu Yoga, along with Sonu Sood.[14]

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 instalment of the Baaghi franchise. Produced by Sajid Nadiadwala and directed by Ahmed Khan, Baaghi 2 was released on 30 March 2018 to mixed reviews from critics with praise for its action sequences. Saibal Chatterjee from NDTV wrote, "Patani is a pretty sight all right but is only required to sleepwalk through her role".[15] The film grossed approximately 258 crore (US$32 million) worldwide to become one of the highest-grossing Hindi film of 2018.[16][17][18]

 
Patani at the premiere of Bharat in 2019

In 2019, Patani briefly appeared in the action drama film Bharat starring Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif. Bharat received positive reviews from critics on release and grossed 325.58 crore in its lifetime theatrical run,[19] becoming a commercial success.[20] She began the new decade with Mohit Suri's action thriller film Malang (2020) co-starring Aditya Roy Kapur, Anil Kapoor and Kunal Khemu. The film was praised from critics for its music, action sequences, direction and cast performances, Writing for Bollywood Hungama opined, "Patani probably gets the most screen time ever she looks gorgeous and delivers a "heartwarming performance". It was a moderate commercial success.[21][22] In March 2020, she appeared in a song in the film Baaghi 3 starring Tiger Shroff and Shraddha Kapoor, the third instalment of the Baaghi franchise.[23]

Career downturn (2021–present) edit

Patani reunited with Salman Khan as the leading lady in Prabhu Deva's Radhe (2021), which was delayed by a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[24] The film was released coinciding with Eid al-Fitr, as premium video on demand on Zee Plex through ZEE5. Although the film had strong viewership on OTT, it received highly negative reviews from critics and audiences alike, who criticised the story, screenplay, direction and VFX and even she received backlash for her unimportant character.[25] In 2022, Patani played a retail salesgirl in Mohit Suri's psychological thriller Ek Villain Returns alongside John Abraham, Tara Sutaria and Arjun Kapoor.[26] The film opened to mixed reviews from critics but was a box office debacle.[27] Sukanya Vema of Rediff wrote "Ek Villain Returns falls back on the popularity of the Galliyan track to boost its appeal".[28]

After a year absence, Patani played a terrorist disguised as an air hostess in the Sidharth Malhotra starrer Yodha (2024), which was too a delayed release.[29][30] Pratikshya Mishra of The Quint termed Patani a "potential action star", while praising her fight sequence, but added that her dialogues fail to make an impact.[31] Still, the film underperformed commercially.

Patani has signed her Tamil debut film Kanguva alongside Suriya, which is expected to be a "big-budget period epic".[32] She will also feature in another big-budget magnum opus, the Hindi-Telugu bilingual Kalki 2898 AD alongside Prabhas, Amitabh Bachhan and Deepika Padukone, and the ensemble comedy sequel Welcome to the Jungle.[33][34]

Other work and public image edit

 
Patani at an event in 2017

Patani was placed fifth in the list of most searched celebrities on Google of 2016.[35] She is one of the most followed celebrities on social media with over 57.5 million Instagram followers.[36] 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).[37]

Patani has frequently featured in Times' 50 Most Desirable Woman list. She ranked 19th in 2017 and 9th in 2018.[38] Patani was named the Times' Most Desirable Woman in 2019 and ranked 3rd in 2020.[39][40] Patani is a prominent celebrity endorser for brands and products including Joy personal care, Bata footwears and Fossil watches.[41][42][43] Patani has performed at the opening ceremony of the 2017 Indian Premier League, in Indore.[44][45] In March 2023, Patani performed in various cities in the United States for "The Entertainers" tour, alongside Akshay Kumar, Mouni Roy, Nora Fatehi, Sonam Bajwa, Aparshakti Khurana, Stebin Ben and Zahrah S Khan.[46][47]

Filmography edit

Films edit

Key
Denotes films that have not yet been released
  • All films are in Hindi unless otherwise noted.
Year Title Role(s) Notes Ref(s)
2015 Loafer Mouni / Parijatam Telugu film
2016 M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story Priyanka Jha
2017 Kung Fu Yoga Ashmita Chinese film
2018 Welcome to New York Herself Cameo appearance
Baaghi 2 Neha Rawat [48]
2019 Bharat Radha Mathur Cameo [49]
2020 Malang Sara Nambiar [50]
Baaghi 3 Herself Special appearance in song "Do You Love Me" [51]
2021 Radhe Diya Abhyankar [52]
2022 Ek Villain Returns Rasika Mapuskar [53][54]
2024 Yodha Laila Khalid [55]
Kalki 2898 AD TBA Telugu-Hindi bilingual; post-production [56]
Kanguva Rudma Tamil film; filming [57]
Welcome To The Jungle TBA Filming [58]

Music videos edit

Year Title Singer(s) Composer Notes Ref.
2016 "Befikra" Meet Bros, Aditi Singh Sharma Meet Bros [59]
2019 "Har Ghoont Mein Swag" Badshah Badshah [60]
2023 "Kyun Karu Fikar" Nikhita Gandhi Vaibhav Pani Also director [61]

Awards and nominations edit

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2017 BIG Star Entertainment Awards Most Entertaining Actor in a Drama Film – Female M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story Nominated [62]
Most Entertaining Actor Debut – Female Won
Stardust Awards Superstar of Tomorrow – Female Won [63]
Best Debut (Female) Won
International Indian Film Academy Awards Star Debut of the Year – Female Won [64]
Best Supporting Actress Nominated [65]
Screen Awards Best Female Debut Won [66]
2023 Bollywood Hungama Style Icons Stylish Mould Breaking Star Female Nominated [67]
Most Stylish Trendsetter Nominated
Stylish Glam Star Nominated
Pinkvilla Style Icons Awards Glamorous Trendsetter of the Year Won [68]
2024 Pinkvilla Screen and Style Icons Awards Most Stylish Game Changer Won [69]

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