Maryam Zakaria

Maryam Zakaria is an Iranian-Swedish-Indian film actress with Swedish nationality, working in Bollywood and South Indian Cinema.[1][2] She is best known for her work in Bollywood films such as Agent Vinod (2012 film), and the adult comedy Grand Masti.

Maryam Zakaria
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Maryam Zakaria
Maryam Zakaria

OccupationModel, Actress,
Years active2009–present
Spouse(s)Arvind Thakur (m. 2012)


In Sweden, Zakaria worked as model, dance teacher, choreographer, and established a Bollywood dance school, the Indisk Dans Studio, which was the first dance school in Sweden to teach the "jhatkas and matkas of Bollywood cinema".[3] She moved to Mumbai, India, in 2009 to work in Bollywood and began working as a model, appearing in various television adverts, the most notable being the adverts of Set Wet, Layz, and Coke.[3][4] She also appeared in a Coca-Cola advertisement with Imran Khan.

Tamil film director Sundar C. signed her to perform an item number in his film Nagaram (2010), after watching a dance video of hers on YouTube.[5][6] Her performance in the hit number "Diyalo Diyala" from 100% Love was her big breakthrough.[7] She went on to play one of the female lead characters in another Telugu film, Madatha Kaja (2011), alongside Allari Naresh,[3] and signed to do another Telugu movie as leading actress in Arjuna.[clarification needed] In 2012, she appeared in the item number "Dilli Ki Billi" in Muazzam Beg's film Sadda Adda.[8]

In the Saif Ali Khan film Agent Vinod, she acted as Farah and performed a mujra in the song "Dil Mera Muft Ka" alongside Kareena Kapoor, which gave her a fame in Bollywood. In 2012, she signed for Indra Kumar's movie Grand Masti, as leading actress opposite Aftab Shivdasani, which released on 13 September 2013. Grand Masti is the highest grossing Bollywood film with an A (Adults Only) certificate in India to be a big hit, subsequently entering Bollywood's 100-crore club in India. The film was declared a Super Hit in India by Box Office India.

Personal lifeEdit

Maryam Zakaria married choreographer Arvind Thakur in 2012 after converting to Hinduism. The pair produced a beautiful son, Aryan Thakur in 2015.[9]


Year Film Role Language Notes
2009 Paying Guests Hindi Special appearance
2010 Nagaram Tamil Special appearance
2011 100% Love Telugu Special appearance
Brahmigadi Katha Telugu Special appearance
Madatha Kaja Priya Telugu
2012 Sadda Adda Hindi Special appearance
Agent Vinod Farah Faqesh Hindi
Naa Ishtam Telugu Special appearance
Dammu Telugu Special appearance
Chakradhaar Hindi Special appearance
Rowdy Rathore Hindi Special appearance in item number "Aa Re Pritam Pyaare"
2013 D-Day Hindi Special appearance
Bajatey Raho Hindi Item Number "Nagin Dance"
Grand Masti Rose Hindi
2014 Anjaan Tamil Special appearance in song "Bang Bang Bang"
2016 Missing on a Weekend Hindi Special appearance in song "Bairi"
2017 Firangi Hindi Special appearance in song Guldaban
2020 Arjuna Shruti Telugu
Music videos
Year Title Artist Notes
2007 "Goli" Saeed Shayesteh
2007 "Man Sazegaram" Saeed Shayesteh
2007 "Akharin Ghasam" Saeed Shayesteh
2008 "Ghorboni" Saeed Shayesteh
2009 "Jatt Di Zameen" Preet Harpal
2009 "Doset Daram" Saeed Shayesteh
2009 "Aakh Ladhde" Jaswinder Daghima
2009 "Mast Malanga" Sanoj Kumar
2010 "Khoshgeleh" Saeed Shayesteh
2010 "Azaaram Bedi" Saeed Shayesteh
2011 "Ja Ja Ve Ve" Rishi Singh & Rajveer Dhillon


  1. ^ "Swedish Sizzle". India Today. 30 April 2011. Retrieved 13 October 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Maryam Zakaria". Retrieved 4 July 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ a b c "Set Wet commercial girl Mushtaq Ahmed in Tollywood". Deccan Chronicle. 29 September 2011. Retrieved 13 October 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ Itsy bitsy – Balancing act. The Hindu. 11 February 2012
  5. ^ Sizzling item number in Nagaram Archived 22 January 2014 at the Wayback Machine. (2010-11-17). Retrieved on 2012-03-30.
  6. ^ Where are all the item girls? – Times Of India. (2010-12-19). Retrieved on 2012-03-30.
  7. ^ The girl who follows her dreams Archived 23 February 2012 at the Wayback Machine. Postnoon. Retrieved on 2012-03-30.
  8. ^ "Swedish Model Dances To Dilli Ki Bill". NDTV Movies. 20 April 2011. Retrieved 13 October 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ "I Decided To Have A Baby After Grand Masti!- Maryam Zakaria". 7 November 2014. Retrieved 7 April 2021.

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