Arbaaz Khan was born as second son into a family with strong ties to the Bollywood film industry; his father is Salim Khan, a successful screenwriter, and his mother is Salma Khan (Sushila Charak), while his stepmother is dancer and Bollywood actress Helen. He is the brother of renowned actor Salman Khan and actor-producer Sohail Khan. He has one sister Alvira Khan and an adopted sister Arpita Khan.
Arbaaz made his debut in the 1996 film Daraar where he gave a convincing performance in a villainous role of a psychotic wife-beater. He received the Filmfare Best Villain Award for his performance.
Though not a very successful actor in his solo films, he has starred in many multi-starrer hit films such as Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya (1998) and Garv: Pride and Honour (2004) where he acted opposite his brother Salman.
He played a villain role in the film Qayamat: City Under Threat (2003) which was also successful at the box office. He also played supporting roles in hit movies of Indian film director Priyadarshan, comedy films Hulchul (2004), Malamaal Weekly (2006) and Bhagam Bhag (2006). He played supporting roles as a police officer (Constable Javed Shaikh) and a mobster (Moscow Chikna) respectively in the multi-starrers Shootout at Lokhandwala and Fool and Final in 2007. He also made a cameo, alongside brother Sohail Khan, in the blockbuster Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na, starring Imran Khan and Genelia D'Souza. Khan also appeared in the television serial Karishma: A Miracle of Destiny in 2003 and has appeared in many TV programs from time to time.
In 2010, Khan ventured into film production and his first film as producer, Dabangg was released in September 2010.The film became a blockbuster within the first week of its release and broke several box office records becoming the second highest grossing Bollywood film of all time.