Smriti Irani Profile

Smriti Irani

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Smriti Irani
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Minister of Human Resource Development
Assumed office
26 May 2014
President Pranab Mukherjee
Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Preceded by Pallam Raju
Vice-President of Bharatiya Janata Party
Assumed office
President Rajnath Singh
Member of Parliament for
Assumed office
Personal details
Born 23 March 1976 (age 38)
New Delhi, India
Political party Bharatiya Janta Party
Spouse(s) Zubin Irani
Residence MumbaiMaharastra, India
Occupation Politician
Religion Hinduism

Smriti Zubin Irani (née Malhotra, born 23 March 1976) is an Indian politician and former model, television actress and producer. She represents the Bharatiya Janata Party and is the incumbent Minister of Human Resource Development of Government of India.[1][2]



Early life and education[edit]

Smriti was born in Delhi to a family of PunjabiBengali background, and was eldest amongst three sisters.[3][4] Before finding modelling stardom, she worked as a waitress at McDonald's.[3][4]

She studied up to class 12 at Holy Child Auxilium School and discontinued further education.[5][6] Irani has herself provided conflicting affidavits of her educational qualifications. In 2004, she submitted that she had obtained a graduate degree in Arts (B.A, 1996) from Delhi University (School of Correspondence); and in 2014, she submitted that she had completed a part of a graduate degree in Commerce (Part I B.Com, 1994) from Delhi University.[7] Furthermore, a leak from the School of Correspondence, as reported by a newspaper, claims that Irani had enrolled in 2013, but had not written her examination.[8]

Acting career[edit]

Irani was one of the finalists of the beauty pageant Miss India 1998, along with Gauri Pradhan Tejwani.[9][10][11][12][13][4] In 1998, Irani appeared in a song "Boliyan" of the album "Saawan Mein Lag Gayi Aag" with Mika Singh.[14][15] In 2000, she made her debut with TV series Aatish and Hum Hain Kal Aaj Kal Aur Kal, both aired on Star Plus. In mid-2000, Irani bagged the lead role of Tulsi Virani in Ekta Kapoor's production Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi on Star Plus. She holds the record of winning five consecutive Indian Television Academy Awards for Best Actress (Popular), four Indian Telly Awards, eight Star Parivaar Awards. Irani had fallout with the producer Ekta Kapoor and she left the show in June 2007 and was replaced by Gautami Kapoor. She made her comeback in May 2008 in a special episode.[16] At 6th Star Parivaar Awards, 2008, she was given Special recognition and was declared as The Base of Star Parivaar with a special trophy awarded to her for her immense contribution to the show and the channel.[17][18][19]

In 2001, she also played the mythological character Sita in Zee TV's Ramayan. In 2006, Irani co-produced the show Thodi Si Zameen Thoda Sa Aasmaan under her banner Ugraya Entertainment and Balaji Telefilms. She also played the lead role of Uma in it. In 2007, she produced the TV serial Virrudh for Sony TV and also portrayed the lead character of Vasudha in it. She also produced Mere Apne for 9X and portrayed the protagonist alongside Vinod Khanna. She also acted in a supporting role in Zee TV's Teen Bahuraaniyaan.[20]

In 2008, Irani along with Sakshi Tanwar hosted the show Yeh Hai Jalwa, a dance based reality show featuring celebrities along with their troops on 9X. In the same year she also produced another show on Zee TVWaaris which ended in 2009. In 2009, she came in a comedy show, aired on SAB TV. She also co-produced the show in collaboration with Contiloe Entertainment. In 2012, she also worked in Bengali movie Amrita[21][22] In 2014, Irani will make her Bollywood debut in the film, All Is Well.[23][24]

Political career[edit]

Irani joined the Bharatiya Janata Party in 2003.[25] She became vice-president of the Maharashtra Youth Wing in 2004.[26] In the 2004 general elections for the 14th Lok Sabha, she contested unsuccessfully against Kapil Sibal from the Chandni Chowk constituency in Delhi. She was nominated as executive member of the central committee of the BJP.[17][19][27] In December 2004, Irani threatened to "fast unto death" until then Gujarat Chief Minister, Narendra Modi resigned, blaming him for BJP's electoral losses.[28]However she later retracted this demand after BJP's central leadership threatened to take action against her.[29][30] In May 2009, Irani while campaigning for Vijay Goel's candidature in New Delhi, voiced her concerns about the safety of women in the capital. She advocated capital punishment for rapists as a deterrent.[31]

In early 2010, Irani was appointed as the National Secretary of BJP and on 24 June, she was appointed as All India President of the BJP's women's wing, BJP Mahila Morcha.[25][32]In August 2011, she was sworn in as a member of parliament from Gujarat to the Rajya Sabha.[33][34][35]

Irani contested the 2014 general elections against Rahul Gandhi in Amethi, Uttar Pradesh.[36] Gandhi held the seat with a reduced margin of victory of 107,000 compared to 370,000 votes in the previous 2009 election.[37][38] On 26 May 2014, Prime Minister Narendra Modi appointed her as the Minister of Human Resource Development in his cabinet. At 38, she is the youngest member of the cabinet.[1][39]

Personal life[edit]

In 2001, Smriti married Zubin Irani, a Zoroastrian.[25] In October of the same year, the couple had their first child, a son named Zohr.[40] In September 2003, the couple had their second child, a daughter named Zoish. Smriti is also a stepmother to Shanelle who is Zubin Irani's daughter from his previous marriage with coordinator and former beauty contestant Mona Irani.[4]

Works and appearances[edit]

Irani walks the ramp in fashion designer Manish Malhotra & Shaina NC's fundraiser organised forCancer Patients Aid Association (CPAA).


  Aatish   Star Plus
  Hum Hain Kal Aaj Kal Aur Kal   Star Plus
2000 Kavita Kavita Star Plus
2000–2008 Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi Tulsi Mihir Virani Star Plus
2001–2003 Kya Hadsaa Kya Haqeeqat Smriti Sony TV
2001–2003 Kuch... Diiil Se Host SAB TV
2001–2002 Ramayan Seeta Zee TV
2004 Koffee with Karan Herself (Guest Along with Sakshi Tanwar) Star World
2006–2007 Thodi Si Zameen Thoda Sa Aasmaan Uma Star Plus
2007–2008 Virrudh Vasudha Sushant Sharma Sony TV
2007–2008 Mere Apne Sharda 9X
2007–2008 Teen Bahuraaniyaan Vrinda Zee TV
2008 Yeh Hai Jalwa Host (Along with Sakshi Tanwar) 9X
2008 Waaris Producer Zee TV
2009–2010 Maniben Jamankumar Patel SAB TV
2012 Savdhaan India[41] Host Life OK
2013 Ek Thhi Naayka Swati Life OK

Theatre Projects[edit]

Kuch Tum Kaho Kuch Hum Kahein Hindi Sargam Gujarati Mani
Koi Taru Bau Saru Thayu Gujarati Devika
Muktidhaam Gujarati Mother
Garv Thi Kaho Ame Gujarati Chhiye Gujarati Mridula


2010 Malik Ek Personification of Dwarkamai Hindi
2011 Jai Bolo Telangana Activist Telugu
2012 Amrita   Bengali
2014 All Is Well   Hindi[42]

Awards and achievements[edit]

YearAward FunctionCategoryFor The ShowCharacter
2001 Indian Television Academy Awards ITA Award for Best Actress-Drama(Popular) Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi Tulsi Virani
2002 Indian Television Academy Awards ITA Award for Best Actress-Drama(Popular)
Indian Telly Awards Best Actress(Popular)
2003 Indian Television Academy Awards ITA Award for Best Actress-Drama(Popular)
Indian Telly Awards Best Actress(Popular)
Best TV Personality
STAR Parivaar Awards Favorite Bahu
Favorite Patni
2004 Indian Television Academy Awards Best Actress(Popular)
STAR Parivaar Awards Favorite Maa
Favorite Saas
2005 Indian Television Academy Awards ITA Award for Best Actress-Drama(Popular)
STAR Parivaar Awards Favorite Saas
Gr8! Women Achiever's Awards Best Home-Maker Award
2006 STAR Parivaar Awards Favorite Saas
2007 Indian Telly Awards Best Actress(Jury) Virrudh Vasudha Sharma
STAR Parivaar Awards Favorite Saas Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi Tulsi Virani
Zee Astitva Awards Best TV Personality
2008 STAR Parivaar Awards Special Recognition
2009 Gujarati Stage Awards Best Actress Maniben Patel
2010 Indian Television Academy Awards ITA Milestone Award Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi Tulsi Virani
2014 Garv Indian TV Awards Best TV Personality of The Decade

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