Hayat first came to public attention on Satellite Channel, Zee TV, where she hosted her own TV show for 3 years starting in 2000. She holds a BA (Hons) in Music and Performing Arts, and has studied acting for 7 years in total, including the Meisner Technique, which she is a huge fan of.
Hayat made her Bollywood debut playing a leading role in the film Diary of a Butterfly, which was released in April 2011. She has since signed two more Bollywood projects.
She has been shooting for the film "A Goodnite" Starring Bollywood screen legend Kay Kay Menon, Kumar Gaurav and Raj Zutchi (Slum Dog Millionaire.
She has also been shooting the lead role in the film Naachle London, a new genre of film, with its head in Hollywood, tail in Bollywood but made in London. Director Neville Rashid from Aviary films said, "When Sofia is acting, she becomes the character. There was not a single moment in the film that I did not believe her, this is definitely an award winning performance by her, and one that will be remembered for generations to come".
In November 2011 she graced the cover of India?s most prestigious "Health" Magazine, as well as "Women Era" Cover and has also opened for the "Desi Boyz" concert at Ritubhura College, Juhu Mumbai, for John Abraham, Akshay Kumar and Deepika Padukone.
She performed live at the Gitanjali races in November 2011, and went on to do perform for Gitanjali for the Bollywood show with Shiney Ahuja.
At the end of 2011, she signed a new film called "Bhai Ka Maal", directed by Anil Goyal. This is her first Bollywood comedy. The press conference for he film, saw Sofia?s image on over 250 national newspapers across India in 2 days.
On December 2011 Sofia celebrated her birthday by cutting a cake in a bikini in front of the press. In a few days she became viral and had in total over 2,000,000 hits on the video on different sites, and 800,000 on yahoo in 3 days.
Sofia never intended to enter Bollywood, but before even releasing her first film she signed 4 more.
She has appeared numerous times in India?s infamous page 3 columns and magazines as well as news channels.
Naachle London released in the UK on the 24th February 2012, where Sofia plays the lead role. The director said that he got many compliments about Sofia?s acting. Sofia could not make the premiere as she was promoting her Bollywood film, Diary of a Butterfly in India, and in rehearsals for her item number.