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 Simba. Both films were commercially successful and the former earned her the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut.
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. In preparation for her role, Khan improved her knowledge of Hindi vocabulary with help from Rajput. 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.
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.As a result, the film was banned in the state of Uttarakhand. Kedarnath received mixed reviews with praise directed to Khan’s performance.
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.
” 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”. Kedarnath grossed over ₹966 million (US$14 million) worldwide against a budget of ₹350 million (US$5.1 million) to emerge as a commercial success. Khan was awarded with the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut.