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Sanjjanna Galrani at a Celebrity Cricket League match.jpg
Sanjjanaa at a 2012 Celebrity Cricket League match
Born Archana Galrani
Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Other names Sanjana
Occupation Actress, model
Years active 2005–present
Relatives Nikki Galrani (sister)

Archana Galrani (born 10 October 1989),[1] better known by her stage name Sanjjanaa Galrani, is an Indian model and film actress. She made her film debut in the Tamil-Telugu bilingual film Oru Kadhal Seiveer (2006), and soon known for her controversial role in the Kannada film Ganda Hendathi (2006). Her supporting role in the 2008 Telugu film Bujjigadu directed by Puri Jagannadh brought her to the limelight in the Telugu industry.[2][3] She is well known for her role as Chandri in the bilingual multi-starrer superhit crime drama Dandupalya 2 (2017).[4][5][6]

Early years and personal life[edit]

Brought up in Bengaluru, Sanjjanaa is of Sindhi origin.[7] When she was doing her PUC, she received her first modelling offer. She continued her studies while working as a part-time model.[8] She appeared in over 60 television advertisements,[8] the most notable being a Fastrack advertisement with John Abraham.[7]

She has a sister, Nikki Galrani, who is also an actress.[9]


Debut (2005)[edit]

After appearing in advertisements and in uncredited cameo roles in the films Soggadu and Panduranga Vittala,[10] she got her first starring role in Ganda Hendathi.[8]

Her first release, however, was the Tamil documentary turned into a feature film - Oru Kadhal Seiveer, which met with negative reviews and poor box office returns. S R Ashok Kumar of The Hindu noted that Sanjjanaa, then credited under her birth name, was "very beautiful but has to work on her acting".[11]

Ganda Hendathi, a Kannada remake of the Hindi film Murder (2004), itself an adaptation of the Hollywood film Unfaithful (2002),[12] was also panned by critics.[13][14] The film was released in Telugu as Mogudu Pellam O Boy Friend. Sanjjanaa's performance drew mixed reviews, with a reviewer from claiming that she "utterly fails to deliver" in the emotional sequences, while Sify wrote, "Sanjjanaa has made a decent debut and she is extremely daring and does justice to her role".[12]

In 2008, she made her official Telugu film debut in Puri Jagannadh's Bujjigadu, in which she played the role of Kangana alongside Prabhas and Trisha Krishnan. Although this was a supporting role, it gained her considerable attention and popularity.[7][15] In 2010, she was seen in the Telugu film Police Police, which was followed by a cameo role in Huduga Hudugi. Her final release of that year was Mylari with Shivrajkumar, in which she played a journalist and was featured in a special song opposite Shivrajkumar. The film's success gained her offers in Kannada cinema. She won the Bangalore Times Award for Best Actor in a Negative Role Female in 2012 for I Am Sorry Mathe Banni Preethsona.[16][17]

Sanjjanaa at a Celebrity Cricket League party in 2012

In January 2012, she played one of the lead female roles in Casanovva, her maiden Malayalam venture. Reportedly the costliest Malayalam production of all time,[7] and co-starring Mohanlal and Shriya Saran, the film saw Sanjjanaa portray a salsa dancer.[18] Director Rosshan Andrrews signed her for the particular role, since she was trained in salsa.[7] Her last release is her second Malayalam film, the Shaji Kailas directed The King & the Commissioner, co-starring Mammooty and Suresh Gopi. Later in 2012 she appeared in films including Narasimha, Ondu Kshanadalli, Sagar, all of which being Kannada projects, and Yamaho Yama.

In 2013 she appeared in Jagan Nirdoshi in Telugu which was made under Padmalaya Films and in Mahanadhi in Kannada, which was her first heroine-centric film. She was then seen in Nenem…Chinna Pillana?[19] She is currently filming for a Telugu comedy film, Saradha, directed by RP Patnaik,[20] Her Kannada films Agarja, opposite Jaggesh; Rebel, which has Aditya in the lead; and the Telugu film Once Upon a Time have been finished.[21]


She shared a space with South Indian actress Pooja Gandhi in the bilingual commercially successful crime drama film Dandupalya 2 in (2017), for which she received a critical appraisal from the critics and audience for her notable performance in the film as Chandri.[22]


Year Film Role Language Notes
2006 Oru Kadhal Seiveer Tamil Uncredited
Ganda Hendathi Sanjana Kannada
Jackpot Herself Kannada Guest appearance
2007 Autograph Please Herself Kannada
2007 Mission 90 Days Anitha Malayalam
2008 Arjun Herself Kannada Guest appearance
Varasdhaara Herself Kannada
Bujjigadu Kangana Telugu
2009 Satyameva Jeyathe Sanjana Telugu
Mast Maja Maadi Kannada Special appearance
Samardhudu Telugu
2010 Police Police Sundhya Telugu
Huduga Hudugi unnamed Kannada Guest appearance
Mylari Kannada Special appearance
2011 Ee Sanje Anu Kannada
Rangappa Hogbitna Sneha Kannada
Dusshasana Telugu
I Am Sorry Mathe Banni Preethsona Sinchana Kannada Guest appearance
Take It Easy Kannada Guest appearance
Mugguru Yamini Telugu
2012 Ko Ko Kannada Special appearance
Casanovva Nidhi Malayalam
The King & the Commissioner Nitha Rathore Malayalam
Narasimha Rani Kannada
Ondu Kshanadalli Shilpa Kannada
Sagar Kannada Guest appearance
Yamaho Yama Nisha Telugu
2013 Mahanadhi Meenakshi Kannada
Nenem…Chinna Pillana? Telugu Special appearance
Jagan Nirdoshi Telugu
2014 Love You Bangaram Kannada Special appearance[23]
Agraja Kannada Guest appearance
2015 Rebel Laila Kannada
Ram-Leela Kannada Guest appearance
Bangalore 560023 Kannada [24]
Ring Road Kannada Cameo appearance
Avunu 2 Sanjana Telugu
2016 Sardaar Gabbar Singh Gayathri Telugu [25]
Just Akasmika Aarohi Kannada [26]
Santheyalli Nintha Kabira Kannada Special appearance in a song
Mandya to Mumbai   Kannada [27]
2017 Dandupalya 2 Chandri Kannada
2 Countries Telugu
2018 Rajasimha Kannada
Dandupalya 3 Chandri Kannada
Chila Nerangalil Chilar Malayalam
Vasavadutta Vasavadatha Malayalam Pre-production
Badarul Muneer Husunul Jamal Malayalam Delayed


Sanjana was a contestant on Bigg Boss Kannada in its debut season.[29]


  • Best Actor in a Negative Role Female for Mathe Banni Preethsona – The Bangalore Times Film Awards 2011[30]
  • In 2015, she entered into the Limca Book of World Records by cycling for 104 hours.[31]
  • She was given the Celebrity Social Media Icon 2016 award by GMASA.[32]


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  25. ^ "Elated to act with Pawan Kalyan: Sanjjanaa". The Times of India. Retrieved 10 March 2016. 
  26. ^ "Sanjjana recommends Tilak for Just Akasmika". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 2015-04-09. 
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  28. ^ "Sanjjana goes de glam to play cold blooded murderer". The Times of India. Retrieved 2016-05-20. 
  29. ^ "'Bigg Boss - I tolerated Thilak's cheap comments thrice: Sanjjanna '". Filmibeat. 15 September 2014. Retrieved 15 September 2014. 
  30. ^ "The Bangalore Times Film Awards 2011". The Times Of India. 21 June 2012. 
  31. ^ "Sanjjanaa's in the Limca Book of Records". 
  32. ^ "GMASA 2016 Wraps Up With A Bang". 

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