Aamir Khan starrer Dangal, one the most awaited movie of the year is out in the theaters.


The movie is based on life of Geeta Phogat who is a Commonwealth Games champion, becoming the first Indian to do so in her category. Geeta Phogat was also the first female wrestler to qualify for Olympics. Under the guidance of their father Mahavir Singh Phogat, Geeta and her younger sister Babita have been creating history in the wrestling ring.

Read on these little known facts about Fatima Sana Shaikh, the girl who played the role of Geeta Phogat in “Dangal”:

1. Fatima Sana Shaikh was born in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh

Fatima Sana Shaikh was born on 11th January 1992 in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh.


2. Schooling and graduation from Mumbai

Fatima completed her schooling from St. Xavier High School, Mumbai. And she completed her graduation from Mithibai College.


3. Debuted into Bollywood at the age of five

The young movie actress Fatima Sana Shaikh, who steals the show in the role of a wrestler Geeta Phogat in “Dangal”, is not new to the camera. Little people know that Fatima played a pivotal role of baby girl Bharti in the 1997 released movie “Chachi 420”.

Fatima Sana Shaikh in Chachi 420 (L) postpickle

Later Fatima worked in movies like Bade Dilwala, One 2 Ka 4, Tahaan, Bittoo Boss and Akaash Vani.

Fatima Sana Shaikh in Akaash Vani (L) mohitrathee

4. Also appeared in television serials

Fatima has played the role of Suman in “Agle Janam Mohe Bitiya Hi Kijo”.

Fatima Sana Shaikh in Agle Janam Mohe Bitiya Hi Kijo (L) youtube-downloader-mp3

5. Blessed to work with superstsrs like Kamal Hasaan and Shah Rukh Khan

Fatima worked with Kamal Hasan in “Chachi 420” and with Shah Rukh Khan in “One 2 Ka 4”.

Fatima Sana Shaikh in One 2 Ka 4 (TL) india

And now she has proved herself as show-stealer of the year.


6. Left acting after starting as a child artist

In an interview Fatima said, after starting as a child artist she left acting in between as she was missing school days fun. But  later she became keen on acting and starting going for auditions.


7. Worked in a studio as a photographer

After going for many auditions Fatima didn’t got any work so finally she started working as a photographer. Also she assisted as a cinematographer for two ads.


8. Dangal offer

Fatima struggled and gave innumerable auditions, stood in long queues for her turn. Finally she qualified six level of shortlisting before she was selected for the role of Geeta Phogat in Dangal.


9. A fantastic dancer

Being a good actor Fatima is a fabulous dancer too.

Watch Fatima dancing with Sanya Malhotra who played the role of her younger sister in Dangal.

At it again 😇 @sanyamalhotra_

A video posted by Fatima Sana Shaikh (@fatimasanashaikh) on

Don’t miss their moves in this another video:


A video posted by Fatima Sana Shaikh (@fatimasanashaikh) on

10. An amazing photographer

Fatima is a girl wearing different hats. Her photography talent can be seen from the clicks she has taken.

This one is from Bhutan:


And this from Ludhiana, Punjab:


11. An art lover

Apart from photography, Fatima has knowledge of arts. Her sketching and drawing are worth watching.


12. Taken as an intern by Aamir Khan for a year

Fatima Sana Shaikh is undoubtedly an ocean of talent no wonder why she has been taken in as the intern by one and only Aamir Khan for.


Mr. Perfectionist is supposedly so excited to have Fatima as his intern as gold need to be polished first before it starts shining.