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March 23, 1976
|Political party||Bharatiya Janata Party|
|Children||Shanelle, Zohr, Zoish|
Smriti Zubin Irani (née: Smriti Malhotra; born 23 March 1976) is a former model, actress, producer and politician from India. She is one of India's highest paid television soap opera actors. Smriti's NGO provides safe drinking water to poor people in remote areas.
- 1 Family
- 2 Career
- 3 Awards and achievements
- 4 Works and appearances
- 5 Social work
- 6 See also
- 7 References
- 8 External links
In January 2001, Smriti married her childhood friend Zubin Irani,who is ten years elder to her. In the year 2001, Smriti gave birth to their son Zohr. In September 2003 Smriti gave birth to their daughter Zoish. Also, Smriti is a stepmother to Shanelle who is Irani's daughter from his previous marriage with co-ordinator and former beauty contestant Mona Irani.
2000-06: Breakthrough and Success
Smriti was the finalist of the beauty pageant FEMINA MISS INDIA 1997. She did a short ad which was shot in Mumbai before starting her career. In early 2000 she made her debut with Aatish on Star Plus & Hum Hain Kal Aaj Kal Aur Kal on the same channel but she could not find her space in television.
In mid-2000, she went for auditions for the role of Tulsi Virani in Ekta Kapoor's Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi on Star Plus. Almost everyone rejected her due to her looks but Ekta Kapoor, the producer of the show said She is my Tulsi and she was chosen to play the protagonist Tulsi. In the show, she played the role of a daughter-in-law, who is a typical Indian lady, who respects her elders and obey them. The show revolved around her that ideally revolves on the concept Every mother-in-law, was in past also a daughter-in-law It acted like a milestone for her career as she quickly stole the limelight for her role. Her acting was appreciated by viewers as well as TV critics. She received a lot of appreciation & recognition for her role of Tulsi in the serial and it made her a household name and brought her almost the accolades of her career. Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi ran for almost 9 years and was the top show of its time.
Her acting skills were well praised by the critics for her performance in Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi. She holds the record of winning five consecutive Indian Television Academy Awards for Best Actress (Popular), four Indian Telly Awards, eight Star Parivaar Awards and other awards all for her performance in Kyunki. She isthe only actress on Indian Television to have won five consecutive Indian Television Academy Awards.
In 2001, she also played the mythological character Sita in Zee TV's Ramayan. Sita is one of the protagonists and the beloved wife of Rama and the daughter of king Janaka. Sita is the avatar of Goddess Lakshmi, the consort of Vishnu. Sita is portrayed as the epitome of female purity and virtue. She follows her husband into exile and is abducted by Ravana. She is imprisoned on the island of Lanka until Rama rescues her by defeating the demon king Ravana. Later, she gives birth to Lava and Kusha, the heirs of Rama. Her performance was well appreciated by critics as well as well accepted by the audience.
Later in 2001, Smriti was seen as a guest along with Amar Upadhyay in an episode of Kaun Banega Crorepati (Season 1) (Indian version of the international reality game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?) hosted by Amitabh Bachchan to celebrate the first anniversary of his show Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi. She won an amount of Rs. 50,00,000 along with Amar Upadhyay. In the year 2002, she also appeared as a guest in Khullja Sim Sim on Star Plus along with his costar Amar Upadhyay.
In 2004, she also made her special appearance on Koffee with Karan hosted by Karan Johar along with Saakshi Tanwar. In 2005, she again was seen as a guest in the Diwali special episode of the second season of Kaun Banega Crorepati hosted by Amitabh Bachchan along with Sakshi Tanwar. She along with Sakshi won an amount of Rs. 6,40,000.
Since 2006, Smriti started working in Thodi Si Zameen Aasmaan which was launched as a weekend show on Star Plus. She herself acted in the show as Uma a caring and independent daughter. She also turned producer through this show. This show was producer by her production house under the banner Ugraya Entertainment and it was produced in collaboration with Ekta Kapoor's Balaji Telefilms.
2007: Exit from Kyunki & Producer
Smriti who became over-night star and achieved stardom through path breaking saga Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi had fallout with the producer Ekta Kapoor that contemplated to replace her. She left the show in June 2007 due to personal problems encountering between herself and producer Ekta Kapoor and was replaced by Gautami Kapoor. Her replacement from the show exiting from Kyunki became the national news and the News channels along with the news papers were eager to take her interview for taking the bold step of her exit from the show. The news became top interviews.
In the same year, she produced Virrudh a critically acclaimed show on Sony TV and also portrayed the lead character Vasudha in the show that made her win Indian Telly Award for Best Actress (Critics). Though her acting in the show was acclaimed and the concept of the show was also critically acclaimed but it never generated great TRP's and was taken off air within few months.
Smriti also produced Mere Apne on 9X, a newly launched Hindi GEC and also portrayed the protagonist alongside Vinod Khanna. The show was lauded with great performances by its Ensemble Cast but as the channel itself was flop, the show did not took over a great start and went off air after a short run. Mean while she also played a supporting role of Vrinda Maasi in Zee TV's Teen Bahuraaniyaan post her exit from Kyunki.
2008: Re-Entry in Kyunki & End of Kyunki
Though Kyunki was still top show in its eighth year too but due to consequential decline in its viewership as compared to Smriti's presence in the show, Ekta decided to bring back Smriti in the show.Again her re-entry in the show became the national news and she was again caught by the news houses to know as to why was she making her comeback in the show. Smriti made her comeback in May 2008 in a special episode.
Also 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.
But due to conflicts between the channel Star Plus and producer Ekta Kapoor, Star Plus, decided to end its most TRP generating, path-breaking, longest running top show Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi. On November 6, the show breathed its last and was abrubtly ended.
2008-10: Reality Shows and beyond
In 2008, Smriti along with Sakshi Tanwar hosted the show Yeh Hai Jalwa, a dance based reality show featuring celebritries along with their troops on 9X. Smriti also has been a panel of Jury for many award shows like 8th Star Parivaar Awards, 2010, BIG Television Awards, Indian Television Academy Awards and others.
In 2009, Smriti returned on television after Kyunki, with a comedy show Maniben.com, a comedy drama series that aired on SAB TV. She also co-produced the show in collaboration with Contiloe Entertainment. She portrayed a very different character as compared to her previous role. The show took a great start and was appreciated but after a year or so was ended.
Smriti joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the year 2003. The party gave her a ticket to 14th Lok Sabha elections in the year 2004 from the Chandni Chowk constituency in Delhi where she was fielded against veteran political leader Kapil Sibal. Though, Smriti did not win the election but she continued to work for the party. Looking at her dedication and hard work Smriti was made Vice-President of the Maharashtra Youth Wing. Smriti has been nominated as executive member of the central committee for five times and had been appointed as National Secretary. She's currently Vice-President of Bharatiya Janata Party 
In the first quarter of the year 2010, Smriti was appointed as the National Secretary of the party and on 24 June 2010, she was appointed as All India President of the Women's Wing of the party i.e. Bharatiya Janata Party Mahila Morcha. After becoming President of the women's' cell, Smriti has raised various issues like women empowerment in Indian Military and has shown a red eye towards crime against women and has urged government to take necessary steps to ensure safety of women specially in New Delhi. In August 2011, she was sworn in as a Member of Parliament from Gujarat to the Rajya Sabha.
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|
|2004||Indian Television Academy Awards||Best Actress(Popular)|
|STAR Parivaar Awards||Favorite Maa|
|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.com||Maniben Patel|
|2010||Indian Television Academy Awards||ITA Milestone Award||Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi||Tulsi Virani|
Works and appearances
|???||Hum Hain Kal Aaj Kal Aur Kal||??||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|
|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||Teen Bahuraaniyaan||Vrinda||Zee TV|
|2008||Yeh Hai Jalwa||Host (Along with Sakshi Tanwar)||9X|
|2009–2010||Maniben.com||Maniben Jamankumar Patel||SAB TV|
|2012||Savdhaan India||Host||Life OK|
|2013||Ek Thhi Naayka||Swati||Life OK|
|Kuch Tum Kaho Kuch Hum Kahein||Hindi||Sargam|
|Koi Taru Bau Saru Thayu||Gujarati||Devika|
|Garv Thi Kaho Ame Gujarati Chhiye||Gujarati||Mridula|
|Eureka Forbes||Water Purifier|
|2010||Malik Ek||Personification of Dwarkamai||Hindi|
|2011||Jai Bolo Telangana||Activist||Telugu|
Smriti runs an organization People for Change which provides drinking water to the poor in India’s remote areas.
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- "Smriti Irani on Women's Security & Safeguards".
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- "Smriti Back on television with Savdhaan India".
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