Nora Fatehi (born 6 February 1992) is a Canadian dancer and actress based in India. She has appeared in Hindi, Telugu and Malayalam films. Fatehi made her acting debut with the Hindi film Roar: Tigers of the Sundarbans.[5][6]

Nora Fatehi
Fatehi in 2023
Born (1992-02-06) 6 February 1992 (age 32)[1][2]
  • Dancer
  • actress
Years active2014–present

Fatehi gained popularity in Telugu films for her special appearance songs in films like Temper, Baahubali: The Beginning and Kick 2 and has also starred in two Malayalam films, Double Barrel and Kayamkulam Kochunni. In 2015, Fatehi participated as a contestant on the reality television show Bigg Boss. In 2016, she was a participant in the reality television dance show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa. She appeared in the Bollywood film Satyameva Jayate where she was featured in the recreated version of the song "Dilbar"[7] and the song crossed 20 million views on YouTube in the first 24 hours of its release, making it the first Hindi song to achieve such numbers in India. She also collaborated with the Moroccan hip-hop group Fnaïre to release an Arabic version of the Dilbar song.[8][9]

In 2019, she collaborated with Tanzanian musician and songwriter Rayvanny to release her first international English debut song Pepeta. In October 2022, she was chosen to feature in Light The Sky, a song for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, collaborating with artists, RedOne, Manal, Balqees and Rahma Riad.[10] Fatehi has since played supporting parts in Hindi films Street Dancer 3D (2020) and Bhuj: The Pride of India (2021). She has also judged television shows Dance Deewane Juniors and Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 10.

Early life

Fatehi was born and raised in Canada, and is of Moroccan descent from her father's side. Her mother is Moroccan too.[11] She graduated from Westview Centennial Secondary School in Toronto. She studied political science and international relations at York University.[12] She has stated in interviews that she considers herself "an Indian at heart."[13]


Debut and dancing roles (2014-2019)

Fatehi at the trailer launch of Batla House

Fatehi began her career with her debut appearance in the Hindi film Roar: Tigers of the Sundarbans. She played CJ, in her acting debut.[14] She then ventured into Telugu films with item number, "Ittage Recchipodham", in Puri Jagannadh's film Temper.[15] She also made a special appearance in the film Mr. X directed by Vikram Bhatt and produced by Mahesh Bhatt, alongside Emraan Hashmi and Gurmeet Choudhary. Fatehi further appeared in item numbers for films such as Baahubali: The Beginning's song "Manohari"[16] and in Kick 2's song "Kukkurukuru".[17]

In late June 2015, she signed a Telugu film Sher. In late August 2015, she signed a Telugu film Loafer which is directed by Puri Jagannadh starring opposite Varun Tej. She also appeared as an item number in Karthi's Bilingual film Oopiri/Thozha in late November 2015.[18] In December 2015, Fatehi entered the Bigg Boss house as a wild card entrant in the ninth season.[19] She spent 3 weeks inside the house before getting evicted in the 12th week (Day 83). She also participated in the reality television show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 9 in 2016. She starred in the film My Birthday Song as the lead actress opposite Sanjay Suri.

In February 2019, she signed a contract with the record label T-Series as an exclusive artist, and will feature on their upcoming films, music videos, web series, and web films. In the same year, she appeared in Batla House, in the song "O Saki O Saki" and in Marjaavaan in the song "Ek Toh Kum Zindagani". Fatehi then played Suzan Vilayati Khan opposite Sunil Grover, in Bharat.[20]

Expansion to acting roles (2020-present)

Fatehi played Mia, a dancer in the 2020 dance film Street Dancer 3D, opposite Varun Dhawan.[21] On 6 March 2021, Fatehi became the first African-Arab female artiste whose song "Dilbar" crossed one billion views on YouTube.[22] She also made her international single debut with the song "Dirty Little Secret" in collaboration with Zack Knight which was subsequently performed by her in the 22nd IIFA Awards.[23][24][25] In that year, she played a spy Heena in Bhuj: The Pride of India, replacing Parineeti Chopra.[26]

Fatehi in 2022

In 2022, Fatehi made appearances in the song "Manike" for the film Thank God, sung by Yohani, which is a remix of the original Sri Lankan song "Manike Mange Hite".[27][28] She also appeared in the song "Jehda Nasha" from the film An Action Hero alongside Ayushman Khuranna.[29][30] In the same year she gave a performance in the closing ceremony of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.[31][32] She also took on the role of a judge in dance shows like "Dance Deewane Juniors" (season 1) and Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 10 alongside other judges.[33] In 2023, she made an appearance in the song "Achha Sila Diya" alongside Rajkummar Rao after her collaboration with him in the song "Kamariya" for the film Stree in 2018.[34] The song, composed and sung by B Praak with lyrics by Jaani, is a recreation of the film song "Achha Sila Diya Tune Mere Pyar Ka" which was featured in the 1995 Hindi film Bewafa Sanam.[35][36]

In 2024, Fatehi took on more acting roles. She appeared as Alia, a social media influencer, in Crakk opposite Vidyut Jammwal.[37] The film received negative reviews and Monika Rawal Kukreja of Hindustan Times stated, "Nora is used as a mere prop and even though her character arc takes the story forward, she doesn't get ample scope to perform."[38] Fatehi next played Tasha, opposite Divyenndu in Kunal Khemu's directorial debut Madgaon Express.[39] Mayur Sanap from noted, "For a change, Nora Fatehi gets a legit role to play and she is suitably affable."[40]

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Fatehi in 2022, on the sets of Dance Deewane

Vedanshi Pathak of Filmfare noted, "One song after the other, Fatehi proved that there is no one in the industry who can dance with such conviction and look appealing while doing so."[41] She is an endorser for brands such as Dabur and CakeZone.[42][43] Fatehi became the only actress to perform the second time at the IIFA Awards in 2023.[44] In March 2023, Fatehi performed in various cities in the United States for "The Entertainers" tour, alongside Akshay Kumar, Disha Patani, Mouni Roy, Sonam Bajwa, Aparshakti Khurana, Stebin Ben and Zahrah S Khan.[45]



Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Title Role(s) Language(s) Notes Ref.
2014 Roar: Tigers of the Sundarbans CJ Hindi
2015 Crazy Cukkad Family Amy
Temper Herself Telugu Special appearance in song "Ittage Rechchipodam"
Mr. X Herself Hindi Special appearance in song "Alif se"
Double Barrel Herself Malayalam Special appearance
Baahubali: The Beginning Unnamed Telugu / Tamil Special appearance in song "Manohari"
Kick 2 Herself Telugu Special appearance in song "Kiruku Kick"
Sher Herself Special appearance in song "Napere Pinky"
Loafer Herself Special appearance in song "Nokkey Dochey"
2016 Rocky Handsome Herself Hindi Special appearance in song "Rock Tha Party"
Oopiri / Thozha Nemali Telugu / Tamil Special appearance in song "Door Number"
2018 My Birthday Song Sandy Hindi
Satyameva Jayate Unnamed Special appearance in song "Dilbar"
Stree Unnamed Special appearance in song "Kamariya" [46][47]
Kayamkulam Kochuni Herself Malayalam Special appearance in song "Nrithageethikalennum"
2019 Bharat Suzan Vilayati Khan Hindi
Batla House Huma / Victoria Special appearance in song "O Saki O Saki"
Marjaavaan Herself Special appearance in song "Ek Toh Kum Zindagani"
2020 Street Dancer 3D Mia [21]
2021 Bhuj: The Pride of India Heena Rehman
Satyameva Jayate 2 Dilruba Special appearance in song "Kusu Kusu" [48]
2022 Thank God Herself Special appearance in song "Manike"
An Action Hero Herself Special appearance in song "Jehda Nasha"
2024 Crakk Alia [49]
Madgaon Express Tasha [50]
Dancing Dad TBA Completed [51]
Matka TBA Telugu Filming [52][53]


Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2015–2016 Bigg Boss 9 Contestant 9th place
2016 Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 9 10th place
2018 MTV Dating in the Dark Host
2022 Dance Deewane Juniors 1 Herself Judge [54]
Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 10 [55]
2023 Hip Hop India 1 Herself Judge

Web series

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2021 Star vs Food (Season 2) Herself Episode 5 [56]
2022 Moving In With Malaika Episode 7 [57][58][59]

Music videos

Year Title Singer(s) Ref.
2017 Pop The Bottle Vishal Dadlani, Shekhar Ravjiani, Akasa Singh, Badshah [60]
Naah Harrdy Sandhu [61]
Baby Marvake Maanegi Raftaar [62]
2018 Dilbar Arabic Version Herself, Fnaïre [9]
2019 Pachtaoge Arijit Singh [63]
Pepeta Herself, Rayvanny [64]
2020 Pachtaoge (Female version) Asees Kaur [65]
Naach Meri Rani Guru Randhawa, Nikhita Gandhi [66]
Body (Dance Cover) Megan Thee Stallion [67]
2021 Chhor Denge Parampara Tandon [68]
Dance Meri Rani Guru Randhawa, Zahrah S Khan [69][70]
2023 Achha Sila Diya B Praak [71]
2024 Zaalim Payal Dev, Badshah [72]


Year Title Co-singer Ref.
2018 Dilbar Arabic Version Fnaïre [73]
2019 Pepeta Rayvanny [74]
2022 Dirty Little Secret Zack Knight [75]
Light The Sky Balqees, Rahma Riad, Manal [76]
2023 Sexy In My Dress [77]
Im Bossy
2024 Who's Your Mommy Srushti Tawade, Sameer Uddin
Body On Me Badshah


Year Award Category Result Ref.
2023 Pinkvilla Style Icons Awards Fashion Trailblazer Won [78]
Bollywood Hungama Style Icons Most Stylish Glam Star Nominated [79]


  1. ^ Sources claim that she was born in either Montreal or Toronto. However, there's no official confirmation on the correct city from Fatehi herself.


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