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Sara Ali Khan

Sara Ali Khan (pronounced [saːɾaː əˈli ˈxaːn]; born 12 August 1995) is an Indian actress who works in Hindi films. A member of the Pataudi family, she is the daughter of actors Amrita Singh and Saif Ali Khan and the paternal granddaughter of Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi and Sharmila Tagore. After graduating from Columbia University, Khan ventured into acting by playing the leading lady in the 2018 films Kedarnath and Simmba.

Sara Ali Khan
Sara Ali Khan promoting Kedarnath.jpg
Khan promoting Kedarnath in 2018
Born (1995-08-12) 12 August 1995 (age 23)[1][2]
Alma materColumbia University
Years active2018–present
Parent(s)Saif Ali Khan
Amrita Singh
RelativesSee Pataudi family


Early life and background

Sara Ali Khan was born on 12 August 1995 in Mumbai to Saif Ali Khan, son of Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi and Sharmila Tagore, and Amrita Singh; both actors of the Hindi film industry.[2][4] A member of the Pataudi family,[5] she is also the maternal granddaughter of Rukhsana Sultana and Shivinder Singh Virk.[6] She has a younger brother, Ibrahim Ali Khan.[7] Her half-brother, Taimur Ali Khan, is Saif's son from his second marriage to Kareena Kapoor.[8] Khan is of predominantly Bengali and Pathan descent on her father's side, and of Punjabi descent on her mother's side.[9][10]

When Khan was a four year-old, she acted in an advertisement.[11] According to Saif, the actress Aishwarya Rai proved to be her inspiration for pursuing a career in film after she saw her perform on stage at Chicago.[11][12] In 2004, when Khan was nine, her parents divorced, and Singh was granted legal guardianship of her children.[13] Saif was initially not allowed to see her or her brother;[13] they have since reconciled, and, according to Saif, "are more like friends [than father and daughter]".[14] Khan also shares a healthy relationship with Kapoor, her step-mother; she stated in 2018, "I would like to imbibe her professionalism in me".[15]

As a teenager, Khan struggled with her weight, and had to undergo daily workouts under a strict schedule to get fit.[16] She was also diagnosed as having Polycystic ovary syndrome, which she ascribes as a cause for her weight gain.[17] Khan gained more weight while pursuing a four-year course in law and political science at the Columbia University in New York.[18][19] In 2016, she completed her graduation early, within three years, and took off the remaining one-and-a-half years for weight training, following which she returned to India.[19][20]


Khan at the trailer launch of Simmba in 2018

Khan's debut came in 2018 with the Abhishek Kapoor-directed inter-faith romance Kedarnath, in which she played a Hindu girl who falls in love with a Muslim porter played by Sushant Singh Rajput.[21] In preparation for her role, Khan improved her knowledge of Hindi vocabulary with help from Rajput.[22] In February 2018, a dispute between Kapoor and KriArj Entertainment, the producers, led to the latter losing the film's rights to RSVP Movies, who produced it alongside Kapoor.[23][21] A few weeks before release, priests of Kedarnath Temple demanded the film's boycott as they believed it promoted Love Jihad, and a Bharatiya Janata Party leader also urged for a ban.[24][25] As a result, the film was banned in the state of Uttarakhand.[26] Kedarnath received mixed reviews with praise directed to Khan's performance.[27] Kunal Guha of Mumbai Mirror found it to be a rehash of 1980s Hindi films but appreciated Khan's act: "When her Mukku is angry, hopeful, desperate or coltish, she often conveys it through her eyes alone — giving us a taste of the diverse faces she can throw on."[28] Meena Iyer of Daily News and Analysis similarly wrote, "It is hard to believe that this is [Khan's] first film because she is so spectacular".[29] Kedarnath grossed over 966 million (US$13 million) worldwide against a budget of 350 million (US$4.9 million) to emerge as a commercial success.[30][31]

A few weeks after the release of Kedarnath, Khan starred in Rohit Shetty's action film Simmba, alongside Ranveer Singh, which was loosely based on the Telugu-language film Temper (2015).[32] She began work on it when filming of Kedarnath was temporarily suspended.[33][34] This led to Abhishek Kapoor suing Khan; they later settled out of court when she agreed to split her time between both films.[35][36] Reviewing the film for The Times of India, Ronak Kotecha opined that Khan had "precious little to do besides looking breathtakingly beautiful" and disliked the chemistry between her and Singh.[37] With worldwide earnings of 3.85 billion (US$54 million), Simmba emerged as the third highest-grossing Hindi film of 2018.[38]


Year Film Role Notes
2018 Kedarnath Mandakani "Mukku" Mishra
2018 Simmba Shagun Sathe


  1. ^ Sara Ali Khan Answers The Most Googled Questions On Her. Daily News and Analysis. Event occurs at 1:19. Retrieved 11 December 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Sara Ali Khan is a bundle of joy as she cuts birthday cake. See more pics from the party". Hindustan Times. 13 August 2018. Retrieved 17 November 2018.
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  4. ^ Bhagat, Shama (14 November 2018). "Sara Ali Khan leaves it to the audience to accept her in Kedarnath". The Telegraph. Retrieved 17 November 2018.
  5. ^ Basu, Nilanjana (3 January 2018). "Saif Ali Khan On Taimur's Gene Pool: Rabindranath Tagore, Raj Kapoor, Tiger Pataudi". NDTV. Retrieved 17 November 2018.
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  11. ^ a b "The actress who inspired Sara for a career in films, as revealed by father Saif Ali Khan". Times Now. The Times Group. 2 January 2018. Retrieved 17 November 2018.
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  13. ^ a b "Saif Ali Khan's throwback interview on Amrita Singh: I feel like crying, I miss my daughter Sara all the time". The Indian Express. 23 May 2017. Retrieved 17 November 2018.
  14. ^ "We are more like friends, we have drink together: Saif Ali Khan on his relationship with daughter Sara". India TV. Independent News Service. 19 July 2018. Retrieved 17 November 2018.
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  16. ^ "This singer's songs helped Sara Ali Khan to lose weight". Mid Day. 17 November 2018. Retrieved 17 November 2018.
  17. ^ Srivastava, Soumya (19 November 2018). "Koffee With Karan 6: Sara Ali Khan says mom Amrita Singh dressed her up for dad Saif's wedding with Kareena Kapoor". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 19 November 2018.
  18. ^ Mandal, Manisha (1 December 2018). "Sara Ali Khan Explains Why She Chose To Become An Actress Despite Studying From Columbia". Indiatimes. Times Internet. Retrieved 13 December 2018.
  19. ^ a b "Sara Ali Khan reveals story of her dramatic weight transformation, says mom Amrita Singh couldn't recognise her". Hindustan Times. 10 December 2018. Retrieved 17 December 2018.
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  22. ^ "Kedarnath: Sara Ali Khan says Sushant Singh Rajput helped her improve her Hindi". Hindustan Times. 14 November 2018. Retrieved 17 November 2018.
  23. ^ "Kedarnath vs Zero: Abhishek Kapoor's production parts ways with Prernaa Arora's KriArj Entertainment". India Today. 12 February 2018. Retrieved 17 November 2018.
  24. ^ Joshi, Deep (14 November 2018). "Kedarnath: Priests in the shrine town threaten to hold protests if Sushant Singh Rajput starrer is not banned". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 17 November 2018.
  25. ^ "Nothing Offensive In Film Kedarnath, Say Makers Amid BJP's Demand For Ban". NDTV. 12 November 2018. Retrieved 17 November 2018.
  26. ^ Singh, Kautilya (7 December 2018). "'Kedarnath' movie banned in Uttarakhand, tourism minister says against sentiments of people". The Times of India. Retrieved 7 December 2018.
  27. ^ "Sara Ali Khan's debut film 'Kedarnath' opens to mixed reviews". The News International. 7 December 2018. Retrieved 7 December 2018.
  28. ^ Guha, Kunal (6 December 2018). "Kedarnath movie review: Sara Ali Khan shines, Sushant Singh Rajput struggles in this Abhishek Kapoor film". Mumbai Mirror. Retrieved 6 December 2018.
  29. ^ Iyer, Meena (6 December 2018). "'Kedarnath' Review: Sara Ali Khan shines in this gloomy love story". Daily News and Analysis. Retrieved 7 December 2018.
  30. ^ Laha Roy, Tasmayee (6 December 2018). "In the battle of debuts, Sara Ali Khan may come out on top with Kedarnath". Retrieved 8 December 2018.
  31. ^ "Kedarnath Box Office collection till- Now Bollywood Hungama". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 23 January 2019.
  32. ^ "Ranveer Singh's Simmba in legal trouble for trademark infringement - details inside". Times Now. The Times Group. 14 November 2018. Retrieved 17 November 2018.
  33. ^ "Kedarnath: KriArj Entertainment executive alleges Abhishek Kapoor made unreasonable demands during shoot". Firstpost. 13 February 2018. Archived from the original on 16 August 2018. Retrieved 9 December 2018.
  34. ^ "Kedarnath makers KriArj Entertainment take their tussle with director Abhishek Kapoor to court". Firstpost. 15 February 2018. Archived from the original on 19 June 2018. Retrieved 9 December 2018.
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  36. ^ "Kedarnath dialogue promo: Unabashed Sara Ali Khan asks for Sushant Singh Rajput's attention". Times Now. The Times Group. 4 December 2018. Retrieved 6 December 2018.
  37. ^ Ronak, Kotecha (28 December 2018). "Simmba Movie Review". The Times of India. Retrieved 28 December 2018.
  38. ^ "Simmba Closes In On 400 Crore Worldwide". Box Office India. 23 January 2019. Retrieved 23 January 2019.

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