Zarine Khan (born 14 May 1987) is an Indian actress and model who mainly works in the Hindi film industry, though has also appeared in Tamil and Punjabi language films.
Khan made her screen debut with a leading role in the 2010 Anil Sharma’s period film Veer co-starring with Salman Khan for which she was nominated for the Zee Cine Award for Best Female Debut. Khan garnered recognition from her item number “Character Dheela” in Ready, which was one of the highest-grossing Bollywood films of 2011. Khan earned commercial success in Bollywood with Sajid Khan’s Housefull 2. The following year, Khan made her Tamil debut in the Tamil film Naan Rajavaga Pogiren, in which she did an item number in the song “Malgove”. She achieved further success for her leading roles in the 2014 romantic thriller Jatt James Bond, a box-office success.
Khan wanted to be a doctor but joined acting. Her acting career began while visiting the set of Yuvraj at Subhash Ghai’s film school Whistling Woods. Salman Khan noticed her and decided to cast her for his friend Anil Sharma’s film Veer because, he said, “She looks the character — the sweet princess she is playing in Veer”.After a screen test, Khan was given the lead role of Princess Yashodhara. She gained eight kilograms in order to be more convincing as a 19th-century princess. The film revolves around the 1825 Pindari movement of Rajasthan, when India was ruled by the British. Veer did not do well at the Box office; however, her performance received mix reviews from both critics and public. Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama observed that “Zarine resembles Katrina Kaif, but wears one expression all through”.Nikhat Kazmi of Times of India concluded that “Zarine is unimpressive”.Rediff.com mentions that “Zarine is average”. Critic Subhash K. Jha called her performance a “Zarine’s charm adds to her adorable screen presence.” Khan went on to nominate for Zee Cine Award for Best Female Debut.
In 2011, Khan did the item number “Character Dheela” with Salman Khan in Anees Bazmee’s Ready, parodying characters from Mughal-e-Azam, Sholay and Shri 420 and it was the highest-grossing Bollywood films of 2011.
Khan’s first release of 2014 was Rohit Jugraj’s Punjabi film Jatt James Bond, her first role outside the Bollywood. She featured in the role of a Lalli, an innocent Punjabi woman alongside Gippy Grewal. The film received positive reviews from critics, and her performance was particularly praised. Film critic Komal Nahta wrote “Zarine Khan delivers an award-winning performance. She is extraordinary and lives the role of Lalli, making every scene in which she appears immensely watchable for her brilliance!”
As of March 2014, Khan has several projects in various stages of production. She is all set to appear in Tamil film Karikalan directed by Gandhi Krishna, in which she is playing the lead role of Velir Princess opposite Vikram.Zarine upcoming films are David Dhawan’s Partner 2, which is the sequel to Partner, in which she will star alongside Salman Khan, Sanjay Dutt and Govinda, Remo D’Souza’s Amar Must Die opposite Rajeev Khandelwal and Hate Story 3 opposite Sharman Joshi, Karan Singh Grover and Daisy Shah. She has also signed for her second Punjabi film titled Ishq My Religion opposite Arjan Bajwa.