After graduating from the University of Warwick, Malik returned to India and worked in the Creative Development department at Disney UTV. Following a stint as an assistant director with Rohan Sippy, Malik went on to become a junior copywriter with Leo Burnett Worldwide in India and worked on the Tide (brand) campaign for the South Asian market. She eventually became Head of the Script Department at Yash Raj Films and worked on films such as Mardaani and Dum Laga Ke Haisha.
In 2020, Malik made her debut as an author with the book Three Impossible Wishes published by HarperCollins. A young-adult romantic comedy, the book was praised by actor Ayushmann Khurrana for being “Totally cheeky, completely hilarious and endlessly charming. ” According to a positive review by Scroll.In, the book is “A breezy campus romance that is a reminder of a life that college students are missing in the lockdown.”
Under her pen name she has written several pieces of micro-fiction for Terribly Tiny Tales, a popular storytelling platform with over 12 million readers. In 2019, she was invited to write two pieces of short fiction for their third book titled With Love released by Penguin Books.
For Bound India’s Jotted platform, Malik wrote The Visitor, an excerpt from a longer piece of work that has piqued the interest of fans. She was also a guest on their podcast Books And Beyond for the episode “Writing Genre-Bending Romantic Comedies”
She has also written for several publications including Mansworld, In Defence Of ‘I’m Too Busy’
In November, she was invited to speak at the Chandigarh Literature Festival for a session titled Impossible Secrets: Coming Of Age Stories For Young Adults.
Malik began her singing career by lending her voice for the movie Biwi No.1. She went on to record her first vocal track at the age of five. This was followed by other movies where Malik sang as a child artist, such as Mela and Badal.
In the year 2006, director J.P.Dutta cast her as the singer for lead actress Aishwariya Rai in the movie Umrao Jaan. Her next release was the song “Chal Mera Hath Pakad Le” from the Satish Kaushik movie Teree Sang. During the film’s pre-release the song gained popularity after Malik’s impromptu live performance on the music reality show Indian Idol.
Malik’s discography includes various popular songs such as “Suno Suno” from Gali Gali Chor Hai, “Big Fat Indian Wedding” from the movie Yeh Jo Mohabbat Hai, “Ek Mulaqat” from the movie Sonali Cable. She also sang the Western Version of “Old School Girl” from the movie Tanu Weds Manu Returns in 2015. Recently Malik sang “Time Lagaya Kaiko” in Welcome Back.
In October 2015, her first indie single as a singer, “Lamhein”, an official adaptation of Coldplay‘s “Paradise”, was released under EMI Records India. The music was recreated by her father, Anu Malik, and the lyrics were written by Manoj Muntashir. A music video, directed by Mohit Suri, featured Malik and Mohit Marwah.
In 2021, she was chosen to sing Chura Ke Dil Mera 2.0 from the movie Hungama 2. It became the highest ranked dance track of the year.
Malik launched her first English single “Let Me Come Home” in February 2017; the song is written, composed and sung by her. Malik put the song on YouTube first, where it grabbed the attention of the programming execs at VH1. She went on to release songs such as Into The Night and Isn’t That Why with Universal Music Group
For Hindi, Zee Music Company signed Malik up to write and compose Jiya Na Jaye, Yeh Ishq Nahi Aasaan, Bhabhiji Remix, Tere Bina Dil Lagta Nahi.