Smriti Irani: The 43-year-old's journey from a model to BJP Minister

Updated: Mar 23, 2019, 10:47 IST
  • Smriti Irani: The 43-year-old's journey from a model to BJP Minister

    Smriti Zubin Irani was born as Smriti Malhotra is an Indian politician, former model, television actress and producer. Smriti Irani was born in Delhi and is the eldest of 3 sisters. She has been a part of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) from childhood as her grandfather was an RSS Swayamsevak. Smriti Irani passed class 12 from Holy Child Auxilium School in New Delhi. Photos/Smriti Irani Instagram and YouTube

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  • Smriti Irani: The 43-year-old's journey from a model to BJP Minister

    In one of her interviews, Smriti Irani was quoted as saying that she started earning after the 10th standard - the Delhi girl used to earn Rs. 200 for promoting a beauty product. But determined to chart her own destiny Smriti, one of the three daughters of a conservative Punjabi-Bengali family, broke free of the norms and decided to try her luck in the glamour world.

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  • Smriti Irani: The 43-year-old's journey from a model to BJP Minister

    In 1998, Smriti Irani featured in a music album titled 'Boliyan' of the album 'Saawan Mein Lag Gayi Aag' with Mika Singh

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  • Smriti Irani: The 43-year-old's journey from a model to BJP Minister

    Smriti Irani participated in the beauty pageant Miss India 1998, along with Gauri Pradhan Tejwani. Gauri Pradhan is in the extreme left in the photo. The 1998 Miss India contest in which Smriti Irani contested was won by Lymaraina D'Souza. Smriti Irani couldn't reach the finals of the contest but fate took her to Mumbai, the entertainment capital of the country, where she joined McDonald's Bandra outlet to support herself while auditioning for work in showbiz

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  • Smriti Irani: The 43-year-old's journey from a model to BJP Minister

    Lady luck was smiling on her and Smriti Irani was called to replace actress Neelam Kothari to host an episode of "Ooh La La La". She got that episode and was noticed by producer Ekta Kapoor, and the rest, as they say, is history

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  • Smriti Irani: The 43-year-old's journey from a model to BJP Minister

    In mid-2000, Smriti Irani won the lead role of Tulsi Virani in Ekta Kapoor's production 'Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi' on Star Plus. She won five consecutive Indian Television Academy Awards for Best Actress (Popular), four Indian Telly Awards

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  • Smriti Irani: The 43-year-old's journey from a model to BJP Minister

    Grabbing the opportunity, Smriti Irani's popularity soared so high that she became the most popular 'bahu' of the small screen. While playing a perfect 'bahu' on the small screen, Smriti Irani settled down with her childhood friend Zubin Irani

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  • Smriti Irani: The 43-year-old's journey from a model to BJP Minister

    Smriti Irani is pictured alongside the late Vinod Khanna in a throwback picture. She also produced 'Mere Apne' for 9X and portrayed the protagonist alongside Vinod Khanna

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  • Smriti Irani: The 43-year-old's journey from a model to BJP Minister

    In 2001, Smriti Irani played the epic character Sita in Zee TV's 'Ramayan'

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  • Smriti Irani: The 43-year-old's journey from a model to BJP Minister

    Smriti Irani also produced TV shows under her banner Ugraya Entertainment, feeding family viewing audiences with entertainers like "Thodi Si Zameen Thoda Sa Aasmaan" and "Virrudh" in 2006 and 2007 respectively

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  • Smriti Irani: The 43-year-old's journey from a model to BJP Minister

    Smriti Irani reportedly had a fallout with her 'Kyunkii... producer Ekta Kapoor but then they later made up and are now friends once again

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  • Smriti Irani: The 43-year-old's journey from a model to BJP Minister

    In 2001, Smriti married Zubin Irani, a Parsi businessman and her childhood friend

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  • Smriti Irani: The 43-year-old's journey from a model to BJP Minister

    In October the same year, Smriti Irani and Zubin Irani had their first child, son Zohr

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  • Smriti Irani: The 43-year-old's journey from a model to BJP Minister

    In September 2003, Smriti Irani and Zubin Irani had their second child, daughter Zoish. Smriti Irani is also a stepmother to Shanelle who is Zubin Irani's daughter from his previous marriage

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  • Smriti Irani: The 43-year-old's journey from a model to BJP Minister

    Smriti Irani decided to plunge into politics while pursuing acting, and her dedication and determination took her places

     

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  • Smriti Irani: The 43-year-old's journey from a model to BJP Minister

    A star in her own right, Smriti's political journey started in 2003 when she joined the BJP which has just pulled off a landslide win in the 16th parliamentary election by winning 282 out of the 543 contested seats. She became the vice-president of the Maharashtra Youth Wing in 2004

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  • Smriti Irani: The 43-year-old's journey from a model to BJP Minister

    In 2004, Smriti Irani was accused of providing contradictory affidavits about her educational qualifications during different elections. Smriti Irani's degrees were caught in a row after a petitioner alleged she had given contradictory information in her affidavits filed before contesting elections in 2004, 2011 and 2014

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  • Smriti Irani: The 43-year-old's journey from a model to BJP Minister

    After holding important positions like the national secretary of the party and All India President of the BJP Mahila Morcha in 2010, Smriti Irani became BJP's vice-president. Though the party had other actresses too as members, it was the articulate and uncomplaining Smriti who rose above the challenges

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  • Smriti Irani: The 43-year-old's journey from a model to BJP Minister

    Smriti Irani is a Member of Parliament, being elected to the Rajya Sabha from the state of Gujarat. She is the current Textiles Minister in the Government of India. Smriti Irani had lost to Rahul Gandhi in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls in Amethi but was seen to have put up a spirited fight. She is set to contest against Rahul Gandhi again in the 2019 general elections in the Amethi constituency

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  • Smriti Irani: The 43-year-old's journey from a model to BJP Minister

    Smriti Irani's political journey is best described in her own words - she once said that she has an "ideological umbilical cord with the BJP. We are three generation party supporters. My grandfather was a swayamsevak, my mother a BJP booth activist"

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First a model, then a TV star to now a politician, Smriti Irani has had a meteoric rise. On her birthday today, we trace down her journey from her initial Miss India days to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Minister

 

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