Maryam Zakaria is a Swedish-Iranian actress with Swedish nationality, working in Bollywood and South Indian Cinema. She is best known for her work in Bollywood films such as Agent Vinod (2012 film), and the adult comedy Grand Masti.
In Sweden, Zakaria worked as model, dance teacher, choreographer, and established a Bollywood dance school, the Indisk Dans Studio, which was the first dance school in Sweden to teach the "jhatkas and matkas of Bollywood cinema". She moved to Mumbai, India, in 2009 to work in Bollywood and began working as a model, appearing in various television adverts, the most notable being the adverts of Set Wet, Layz, and Coke. She also appeared in a Coca-Cola advertisement with Imran Khan.
Tamil film director Sundar C. signed her to perform an item number in his film Nagaram (2010), after watching a dance video of hers on YouTube. Her performance in the hit number "Diyalo Diyala" from 100% Love was her big breakthrough. She went on to play one of the female lead characters in another Telugu film, Madatha Kaja (2011), alongside Allari Naresh. and signed to do another Telugu movie as leading actress in Arjuna. In 2012, she appeared in the item number "Dilli Ki Billi" in Muazzam Beg's film Sadda Adda.
In the Saif Ali Khan film Agent Vinod, she acted as Farah and performed a mujra in the song "Dil Mera Muft Ka" alongside Kareena Kapoor, which gave her a fame in Bollywood. In 2012, she signed for Indra Kumar's movie Grand Masti, as leading actress opposite Aftab Shivdasani, which released on 13 September 2013. Grand Masti is the highest grossing Bollywood film with an A (Adults Only) certificate in India to be a big hit, subsequently entering Bollywood's 100-crore club in India. The film was declared a Super Hit in India by Box Office India.