Sanjeeda Sheikh, born in Kuwait City, is originally from Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India. Sanjeeda settled in Mumbai with her parents and her younger brother. She spent her childhood and schooling days in Ahmedabad.
Sanjeeda never aspired to be an actor, she came to Mumbai from Ahmedabad to help a friend open a dance school, after a few days in the city, she decided to stay and conduct dance classes in the school. She used to teach fusion dance. She acted in three south Indian films in a span of one and half year; co-incidence brought her to the world of Indian Television, Ekta Kapoor spotted her in a party and immediately approached her to act in her television show.
Sanjeeda initially gave a screen-test for Kahani Ghar Ghar Ki on being insisted to act in television by Ekta Kapoor but overtly impressed by Sanjeeda's screen-test, Ekta finalized her as the main lead, Nimmo of Kya Hoga Nimmo Ka. Sanjeeda was appreciated by the critics and the audiences for her portrayal of the sweet, loving, accident-prone, girl next door Nimmo. Post-Kya Hoga Nimmo Ka, Sanjeeda refused conventional characters and wanted to try challenging roles on a condition that there is variety in them. In early 2007, she chose to play the volatile, aggressive and vengeful Ayesha of Kayamath. After Kayamath's role came to an end, Balaji Telefilms asked Sanjeeda to allot dates for another serial of theirs, Kya Dil Mein Hain on 9x. Sanjeeda played the character of Naina Oberoi, a lawyer by profession, but a fun loving, free-spirited and ambitious young woman but the turning point of Sanjeeda's career was Nach Baliye in the year 2007. Sanjeeda with real life beau Aamir Ali participated in the 3rd season of the first and the most popular celebrity dance-based reality show Nach Baliye. Voted as the best couple by audiences all over the world, Aamir and Sanjeeda danced their way to victory outshining the pair of Rakhi Sawant and her then boyfriend Abhishek Avasti on December 22, 2007. After the success of Nach Baliye the couple did and continues to do a lot of stage shows all over India and abroad along with product endorsements and special appearances in television shows. They hosted 8 episodes of Nach Baliye's 4th season. Sanjeeda in the gap shot for UTV's film starring Amitabh Bachchan, Sarika, Dia Mirza, Jimmy Shergill and Shrysh titled Johnny Mastana under the direction of Shoojit Sircar. After a hiatus of one year Sanjeeda returned to television in Cinevistaas Jaane Pehchaane Se Ye Ajnabbi (ended after its 239th episode on September 17, 2010), as the story's female lead Ayesha Sharma and gender-war dance reality show Zara Nachke Dikha's second season, which she eventually won.
Television and Print advertisements featuring Sanjeeda are Ponds Cold Cream from the googly voogly wooksh series of the brand Ponds, the advertisement also featured her beau actor Aamir Ali. Other advertisements include washing powder Nirma and Hair Oil Keo Karpin and PBL Jewellers. Also endorsed satellite television provider, Videocon D2H along side, Aamir Ali, Barkha Bisht and Indraneil Sengupta.
Sanjeeda won the Gold Award 2008, Best Actress in a Negative Role for Kayamath.
20th December 1984
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