Dancing has always been a passion for the Badhaai Ho actor Sanya Malhotra. She, in fact, shares videos of dance, time and again on social media giving the fans insights to rehearsals. Sanya has also choreographed Aamir Khan in the movie Secret Superstar. While she is never seen dancing on screen, she has had a deep connect with dance over the years.
Here is her journey from being a dance and yoga instructor to the amazing actor with blockbuster films she has had. During her college days, Sanya had joined choreography society to learn new dance forms and techniques. To continue her passion, Sanya joined a ballet company as an instructor and eventually to explore dance ahead, she had joined a school as a dance teacher. Remembering her initial days, Sanya shared, “I was paid Rs 15,000 and I gave my first salary to my parents.”
Sanya was immensely loved by her students and she even received the title of an adjudged teacher of the year on her first teacher’s day. She was always determined towards dance and taking a step towards her dream, Sanya auditioned for the reality show Dance India Dance and was shortlisted among the top 100 participants for which she had come to Mumbai for a couple of days. However, things didn’t work out.
Sanya decided to continue to stay back in Mumbai and go for a few auditions as even though she loved dancing, acting is what she was keener on doing. But, it is a struggle to survive in Mumbai for an outsider and it was no different experience for Sanya who had to struggle to get her big break.
Sanya auditioned for a few months and during the course of time, she used to teach yoga to aunties in her building. After many auditions and doing 2-3 advertisements, Sanya received a call from casting director Mukesh Chhabra’s office for a film which was for a second lead but the film eventually got shelved.
However, a few months later Sanya received another call from Mukesh’s office, this time for the main character in Dangal. Sanya had auditioned and given the screen test for the same and forgotten about it until she was informed that Aamir Khan wanted to meet her. Sanya was in Delhi then to celebrate her mother’s birthday and returned to Mumbai immediately only to discover that 20 other girls had also been shortlisted.
Recollecting how she landed up her role the actress shared, “We had to go through a few more sessions. Aamir sir came to meet us in his Mahavir Phogat avatar. The sessions went on for a month, by the end of which, we were all getting impatient to know who had bagged the part as we had been asked to not take up any other work. Then, Fatima (Sana Shaikh) and I got a call from the production house informing us that she would be playing Geeta, Mahavir’s elder daughter, while I had landed the part of the younger daughter, Babita Kumari. I will never forget that day. The rest, as they say, is history…”
Sanya Malhotra has had an amazing 2018 with Badhaai Ho entering 200 crore club and garnering immense appreciation for her performance in Pataakha. Sanya will be next seen alongside Nawazudidn Siddiqui in Ritesh Batra’s Photograph.