Shonali Nagrani at the launch of Watch Time's magazine, July 2012.
December 20, 1981 |
|Occupation||Actress, Model, TV host|
|Years active||2003 − present|
|Height||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|Spouse(s)||Shiraz Bhattacharya (2013-Present)|
Shonali Nagrani (born on 20 December 1981 in Delhi) is a cricket and entertainment television presenter and who has also appeared in Hindi language films. She won the pageant of former Miss India International in 2003 and subsequently finished first runner-up of Miss International 2003. Alongside appearances as a model and as a television anchor most notably as a cricket presenter for the Indian PremierLeague for Sony India, Set Max and subsequently for Itv in the U.K making her the first Indian woman presenter to host a show in the U.K for three consecutive years.
Shonali Nagrani hails from a Sindhi Punjabi family in Delhi. She studied at Good Shepherd English School, Bengdubi, Bagdogra and Army Public School, Dhaula Kuan, New Delhi She finished her graduation in History(hons) from Lady Shri Ram College, New Delhi. Father of Shonali Nagrani is a retired Indian Army officer and she has a brother who currently lives in Australia..On 10th Feb 2013 she married her long time film director and Pentagram drummer beau 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 to Miss International for 2003. She was consequently entered and finished second in Miss International 2003 as first runner up at the 43rd Pageant in Tokyo, Japan. She also subsequently was given the chance to meet Charles, Prince of Wales at a reception on his official tour of India in 2003 citing that the opportunity was "once in a lifetime".
Since she has been an active model, appearing in shows for Satya Paul., Ritu Kumar, JJ Vallaya, Raghuvendra Rathore etc. .
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 . Also appeared as a guest TV presenter for the Christmas special episode of Indian Idol, India. for Sony TV. In 2007 she made her entry into GEC's with the Great Indian Laughter Challenge on Star One. She hosted the Iifa Dubai for Star Plus in 2007. 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 as the presenter of the show, for Salaam -e-Ishq( a couple)based reality show) on Star one. Other work includes hosting Filmy Cocktail on Filmy channel and Dumdar Hits on Sony TV. She was also on Colors for Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi (season 2) in 2009. She hosted the Police show for Star Plus in 2009 and 2010. In 2011 she entered the Bigg Boss5 house as a contestant and went on to host the Bigg Boss 5 New Year episode with famous Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt on Colors.
Shonali's love for cricket was showcased in 2006 and since then she hasn't looked back.Shonali has been an active host for cricket shows since 2006 with the Champions Trophy India, followed by the 2007 World Cup One day international in the West Indies for Set Max, Sony. In 2008 she hosted Extra Innings, the first Indian premier League for Set max again. In 2009 her love for cricket continued for Espn and Star Cricket where she hosted a cricket based show called Stumped for the T 20 World Cup 2009 along with Wasim Akram. In 2010 she hosted another T20 World Cup with co presenter Cyrus Broacha and Wasim Akram on ESPN-Star Sports, after rising to fame by presenting Extra Innings T20 in MAX for the DLF IPL IPL T20 Tournament. She has also hosted Cricket World Cup matches in South Africa. In 2011 she was signed by ITV to co-host their coverage of IPL4 with co-host Matt Smith, where she acts as an analyst and presenter alongside studio guests. Since she made her foray into U.k TV, ITV has invited her to continue hosting the IPL in 2012 and once again in 2013 too, making it a hat trick for her. Recently, she was also seen in the fifth season of the reality television show Big Boss 5 where her popularity grew even further.
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. She did two cameos for Yash Raj Films, Dil Bole Haddippa, where she played herself(a cricket presenter) And soon after another cameo for Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi.
|2008||Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi||Herself||Hindi||Cameo|
|2009||Dil Bole Hadippa!||Herself||Hindi||Cameo|
- As Contestant
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- "Catch-Up With The Past Miss Indias". The Times Of India. Retrieved 11 December 2010.
- "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.
- Valencia-born Gormandizer Azure wins Venezuela's 4th Miss International beauty title. headline.com. October 8, 2003
- "Indian designs going places". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 1 June 2004.
- Shonali acts funny – Entertainment – DNA. Indianian.com (2007-05-15). Retrieved on 2011-11-28.
|Femina Miss India International