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 Smriti Irani Biography

Smriti Irani  born March 23, 1976 is an Indian politician and former model, television actress and producer. She is the current Minister of Human Resource Development in the Narendra Modi led NDA government.

Smriti was born in Delhi to a family of Punjabi–Bengali background, and was eldest amongst three sisters. Before finding modelling stardom, she worked as a waitress in McDonald's. In 2001, Smriti married Zubin Irani, a Zoroastrian. In the same year, the couple had their first child, a son named Zohr. 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. Smriti also runs an organization, "People for Change" which provides drinking water to the poor in India’s remote areas.

Irani was the finalist of the beauty pageant Femina Miss India 1998. In early 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. 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.

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. In 2008, Smriti 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 TV, Waaris 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.

Irani joined the Bharatiya Janata Party in 2003. In the 14th Lok Sabha elections in 2004, she contested unsuccessfully against Kapil Sibal from the Chandni Chowk constituency in Delhi. She became vice-president of the Maharashtra Youth Wing in 2004. She has been nominated as executive member of the central committee for five times and had been appointed as National Secretary.In December 2004, Irani threatened to "fast unto death" until then Gujarat Chief Minister, Narendra Modi resigned, blaming him for BJP's electoral losses. However she later retracted this demand after BJP's central leadership threatened to take action against her. 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.

In early 2010, Irani was appointed as the National Secretary of the party and on 24 June, she was appointed as All India President of the BJP's women's wing, BJP Mahila Morcha. In August 2011, she was sworn in as a Member of Parliament from Gujarat to the Rajya Sabha.In the same year, she also led the BJP's women's wing in Himachal Pradesh.

Irani contested the 2014 general elections against the Indian National Congress' Vice President, Rahul Gandhi in Amethi, Uttar Pradesh. She lost the election, with Gandhi holding the seat with a reduced margin of victory of 1.07 lakh votes.

On 26 May, 2014, Irani was selected by newly elected, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, to be the Minister of Human Resource Development in his cabinet. She was at 38, the youngest member of this cabinet.

Awards and achievements

Year Award Function Category For The Show Character
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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