Maryam Zakaria is an Iranian-Swedish-Indian film actress with Swedish nationality, working in Bollywood and South Indian Cinema. She is best known for her work in Bollywood films such as Agent Vinod (2012 film), and the adult comedy Grand Masti.
|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". 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. 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. Her performance in the hit number "Diyalo Diyala" from 100% Love was her big breakthrough. She went on to play one of the female lead characters in another Telugu film, Madatha Kaja (2011), alongside Allari Naresh, 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.
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.
Maryam Zakaria married choreographer Arvind Thakur in 2012 after converting to Hinduism. The pair produced a beautiful son, Aryan Thakur in 2015.
|2009||Paying Guests||Hindi||Special appearance|
|2011||100% Love||Telugu||Special appearance|
|Brahmigadi Katha||Telugu||Special appearance|
|2012||Sadda Adda||Hindi||Special appearance|
|Agent Vinod||Farah Faqesh||Hindi|
|Naa Ishtam||Telugu||Special appearance|
|Rowdy Rathore||Hindi||Special appearance in item number "Aa Re Pritam Pyaare"|
|Bajatey Raho||Hindi||Item Number "Nagin Dance"|
|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|
|2007||"Man Sazegaram"||Saeed Shayesteh|
|2007||"Akharin Ghasam"||Saeed Shayesteh|
|2009||"Jatt Di Zameen"||Preet Harpal|
|2009||"Doset Daram"||Saeed Shayesteh|
|2009||"Aakh Ladhde"||Jaswinder Daghima|
|2009||"Mast Malanga"||Sanoj Kumar|
|2010||"Azaaram Bedi"||Saeed Shayesteh|
|2011||"Ja Ja Ve Ve"||Rishi Singh & Rajveer Dhillon|
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