Sana Khan, age 26 (born on 21st August, 1987), is an Indian actress, dancer and model. She is born into Muslim family in Mumbai. Her father is from Kannur, Kerala and her mother named Saeeda Khan is from Mumbai. Sana called it quit after 12th grade of her education to pursue her modeling career at an early age. Starting with modeling she drifted to commercial ads and feature films. Sana Khan has appeared in more than 50 ad-films and is also known for supporting roles, dance performances, Bollywood movies and reality TV shows. She has done around 14 movies with more in the pipeline.
Career GrowthAfter being in modeling for sometime Sana debuted in acting with a low-budget adult movie named ‘Yehi Hai High Society’ which was released in March 2005. She then started appearing in several ad-films and commercials. Amul Macho ad with the tagline “Yeh toh Bada Toing hai”, in which Khan appeared, became quite popular.
Sana’s career actually emerged with South-Indian film industry. Silambarasan, a prominent Tamil film actor offered her Kettavan movie which she refused then. Later the same actor successfully signed her for Silambattam movie, a project by Lakshmi Movie Makers released in 2008. Silambarasan was convinced by her skills after seeing her in an ad-film with Bollywood star Shahrukh Khan. In Silambattan, Sana justified the role of boisterous, talkative girl from village named ‘Janu’. She received praise from the critics for her portrayal of the role and bagged ITFA Best New Actress Award in 2009.
Her next Tamil project was ‘Thambikku Indha Ooru’ which was released in 2010 and was not successful. Sana signed a Telugu film named ‘Kalyanram Kathi’, the same year with NTR Arts that was released in November, 2011. She also acted in bilingual Tamil and Telugu thriller called ‘Gaganam’ in Telugu and ‘Payanam’ in Tamil. In May 2011 Sana Khan was seen in ‘Kool Sakkath ..Hot Maga’ alongside Ganesh. She did quite a few movies subsequently and was last seen in Telugu film ‘Mr. Nookayya’ which was released in March 2012. She co-acted with actor Manoj Manchu.
Upcoming projectsIt is said that Sana is set to debut Malayalam film industry also with ‘Climax’ a movie more or less based on the Hindi movie ‘The Dirty Picture’. She will be playing Silk Smitha’s role which is the lead character of the movie. The actress has also signed ‘Thalaivan’ alongside Bas; this will be her 6th Tamil movie. In January 2013, Sana expressed her interest of working in Bollywood and informed that she has been offered a few movies. However, she is waiting for the right project which is worth.
She got a major break in Bollywood with Sohail Khan Productions as she is signed for ‘Mental’, alongside Salman Khan and Daisy Shah. Sana Khan will be supposedly playing the lead female actress. The shoot of the movie is already started in March 2013. When interviewed about the film Sana said “I am very happy and super excited to work with Salman in Mental. To work with a superstar like Salman is like a dream. I feel blessed and lucky”. She considers this as her debut Bollywood movie, though she has already worked in a movie earlier in 2005. According to sources the film is expected to be released in theaters in November 2013.
Sana Khan's appearance in Bigg Boss Season 6Sana Khan was one of the contestants of ‘Bigg Boss Season 6’ and Indian reality TV show where celebrities participate. Before the onset of the show she said “I am going to flaunt my age and the fact that I am the youngest. I am going into the house without any preparation. I want to be spontaneous and show the world the real me”. Sana gained enormous popularity through the show and managed to survive till the end. She stood third in Bigg Boss Season 6. She said later that she did not expected to be in top three and appreciated the opportunity as the show provided her great exposure. Khan also asserted that she learned many things being in the show as how to handle different situations and understand different people’s outlook.
Ad filmsSana Khan has appeared in more than 50 commercial ads and few of them with prominent Bollywood celebrities. One of her notable ad-film appearances was with Shahrukh Khan for a cosmetic company directed by Shirish Kunder. She also acted in commercial for ‘Secret Temptation’ a deodorant brand. Khan was also seen with Akshay Kumar in Xbox 360 ad. Three of her commercials are with Salman Khan two of which are for Yatra.com. Sana has also worked with other celebrities such as Hrithik Roshan, M.S Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh and more.
Sana Khan - ControversiesSana Khan endorsed ‘Amul Macho’ men’s underwear and was seen on TV screen in March 2007. In the commercial, she scrubs ad washes an underwear provocatively mimicking orgasm. The ad-film created big controversy and was banned by the government for being too bold in content.. Sana said in an interview “Forget about the ban and people taking out morchas (protests) against me and burning my posters in Bombay (Mumbai). At the end of it people from the creative field have loved it”. The company hired her again for a sequel of the commercial based on a different theme which was released in February, 2008.
In May 2013, Sana Khan allegedly went absconding after a case was registered against her in Sanpada police station (Navi Mumbai) on the grounds of kidnapping, trespassing and unlawful restraint. The dilemma started with Naved Khan (22 years) Sana’s cousin who befriended the victim (a ninth standard girl) on a social networking site called FaceBook in 2012 November. They started meeting later and a few months down the line Naved proposed her for marriage which she refused. Despite of discontinuation of the kinship Naved kept pursuing her. When the girl was returning home on 30th April Naved along with three of his friends and Sana, stopped the victim at Mora circle in Sanpada. They tried to drag the victim into Sana’s BMW car but were unsuccessful and the girl ran towards her house only to find the accused already at her home. They had an argument with the girl and left after which the victim’s mother lodged a complaint against Sana Khan, Naved and three others.
Sana Khan later surrendered and denied on the accusation saying she was not a part of the kidnaping. She recently got bail after which the actress is focusing on her ‘Mental’ project. Though Sana says that her role is not a cameo in the movie Sohail Khan, the production head, maintains that she does not have a prominent role in the movie as Tabu and Daisy has the lead role. He explains that Sana was signed for the film only because Salman Khan had promised her a break in Bollywood.