Pappu Khanna Wiki, Age, Wife, Children, Family, Biography & More

Pappu Khanna


Pappu Khanna is an Indian choreographer and film director who mainly works in Bollywood. He is known for his choreography in the films “Laajo” (1983), “Jeeva” (1986), and “Sarfarosh” (1999).


Pappu Khanna was born in Mumbai, Maharashtra. Pappu was inclined towards dance since childhood. He learnt Kathak from his guru Badri Prasad Awasthi for 11 years. Pappu started his career as a slow dancer in a Gujarati film. Later, he joined a dance academy to learn group dance.

Physical Appearance

Height (approx.): 5′ 8″

Hair Colour: Black

Eye Colour: Brown

Family & Caste

Parents & Siblings

Pappu’s father, Sohan Lal Khanna, was a choreographer. Not much is known about his mother & siblings.

Wife & Children

He is married to Nisha Khanna and has a daughter named Priya C Mehta (Model & Actress).

Pappu Khanna’s wife and daughter


Pappu Khanna made his debut as a choreographer in the early ’80s with a Punjabi film. He choreographed songs for the Punjabi films Lambhardarni (1976) and Sarpanch (1982) and started receiving acting offers in Punjabi films. Subsequently, he choreographed songs for many Bollywood films like Damini (1993), Guddu (1995), Ghatak (1996).

Pappu Khanna working on the choreography of a song

He has also choreographed songs for the films Nikaah (1982), Jai Kishen (1994), Lal Baadshah (1999), and Babuji Ek Ticket Bambai (2017). In 2017, he choreographed the song of the Marathi film Kay Re Rascalaa. He has also choreographed songs for many Bhojpuri films.

Pappu Khanna on the sets of a film

Khanna has worked with many well-known Bollywood celebrities including Amitabh Bachchan, Dharmendra, Jeetendra, Akshay Kumar, and Shah Rukh Khan.

Pappu Khanna teaching dance steps to Jeetendra

Favourite Things

  • Travel Destination: Kashmir


  • Pappu likes to watch cricket in his leisure time.
  • His first salary as a choreographer was Rs. 101.
  • Pappu has performed group dance in Hindi films like “Don” (1978). He was seen playing the flute in the song Ee Hai Bambai Nagariya Tu Dekh Babua from the film Don.

    Pappu Khanna playing the flute in Don

  • In 2015, Khanna opened his dance academy in Andheri, Mumbai named Dance Sensations.
  • In 2017, Khanna received the Dada Saheb Phalke Academy Award for his contribution to the Indian film industry as a choreographer.

    Pappu Khanna with Dada Saheb Phalke Academy Award

  • In 2019, Pappu’s daughter, Priya Mehta, was crowned Mrs India Queen 2019.

    Pappu Khanna’s daughter crowned as Mrs India Queen 2019

  • He appeared in the comedy show The Kapil Sharma Show in 2021 along with the cast of the Punjabi film Bhoot Uncle Tussi Great Ho (2021).

    Pappu Khanna on the sets of The Kapil Sharma Show with the cast of the film Bhoot Uncle Tussi Great Ho