Shonali Nagrani at the launch of Watch Time's magazine, July 2012.
December 20, 1981 |
|Occupation||Actress, Model, TV Host|
|Height||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
Shonali Nagrani (born 20 December 1981 in Delhi, India) is a entertainment television presenter, notably hosting the IPL. Along with the IPL, she has also appeared in Hindi language films. She entered the Femina Miss India pageant in 2003 and subsequently finished first runner-up, allowing her to compete in Miss Earth. Alongside appearances as a model, Nagrani has hosted the IPL, and has presented the show for four consecutive years, making her the first woman Indian presenter to host a worldwide broadcast TV show.
Shonali Nagrani hails from a Sindhi Punjabi family in Delhi. She studied at Good Shepherd English School in Bengdubi, Bagdogra and Army Public School in Dhaula Kuan, New Delhi. She graduated from the Lady Shri Ram College in New Delhi in 1997. Nagrani's family also consists of a military background, as her father is a retired Indian Navy officer. In 2013, she married her boyfriend Shiraz Bhattacharya in Kerala.
She had finished first in Miss India International in 2003 and as a result, she was selected as India's representative in Miss World for 2003. She was consequently entered and finished second in Miss World, and as first runner up in another pageant that was hosted in Tokyo, Japan. She also subsequently was given the chance to meet the Prince of Wales at a reception on his official tour of India in 2003, citing that the opportunity was "once in a lifetime". Since then, she has been an active model, appearing in shows for numerous modelling companies.
Shonali Nagrani has enjoyed success as a television presenter, featuring on Indian and British television. In her early career, she hosted Popcorn on Zoom TV. She also appeared as a guest TV presenter for the Christmas special episode of Indian Idol. In 2007, she made her entry into the GEC's with the Great Indian Laughter Challenge on Star One. She hosted the IIFA Awards in Dubai for Star Plus in 2007, which was followed by the GIIMA in Malaysia for Sony TV. Furthermore, she went on to feature as the host of Mr. and Ms. TV on Sony, and also worked as the presenter of the show for Salaam-e-Ishq (a couple based reality show) on Star One. Her other work includes hosting Filmy Cocktail and Dumdar Hits. She was also on Colors competing in Khatron Ke Khiladi in 2009. In 2011, she entered the Bigg Boss house as a contestant in the fifth season of the show, and went on to host the New Year special of the show with Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt.
Shonali's love for cricket was showcased in 2006 and since then, she was handed many cricket hosting work. Shonali has been an active host for cricket shows since 2006, and began by hosting the Champions Trophy in the same year. She subsequently hosted the 2007 Cricket World Cup for Indian viewers. In 2008, she hosted a show titled Extra Innings, a show showcasing and highlighting cricketing action. In 2009, she worked for bigger brands in ESPN and Star Cricket, and began by hosting a cricket based show called Stumped, which again showed highlights of 2009 ICC World Twenty20 alongside Wasim Akram. In 2010, she hosted another T20 World Cup analysing program with co-presenters Cyrus Broacha and Wasim Akram, which aired on ESPN-Star Sports. After successful work for ESPN and other networks, she was signed by ITV in 2011 to co-host their coverage of the IPL, alongside Matt Smith, where she acts as an analyst and presenter alongside studio guests. Since then, she has made her foray into UK television, and has hosted the IPL for four consecutive seasons.
Shonali has also appeared in Hindi language films in predominantly supporting roles. She was initially supposed to make her debut with the 2005 film Zeher with Emraan Hashmi, although she was forced to pull out after the film faced pre-production delays, but she has not featured in a major film role since. However, she has featured in two cameo roles in Dil Bole Hadippa! and Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi.
|2008||Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi||Herself||Hindi||Cameo|
|2009||Dil Bole Hadippa!||Herself||Hindi||Cameo|
- As a contestant
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- "Shonali Nagrani wedding album". intoday.in. March 1, 2013. Retrieved March 1, 2013.
- "Shonali Nagrani to tie the knot". The Times of India. Sep 16, 2012. Retrieved Sep 16, 2012.
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- Shonali acts funny – Entertainment – DNA. Indianian.com (2007-05-15). Retrieved on 2011-11-28.
|Femina Miss India International