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Sanjjanna Galrani at a Celebrity Cricket League match.jpg
Sanjjanaa at a 2012 Celebrity Cricket League match
Born Archana Galrani
Bengaluru, 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, is an Indian model and film actress. She made her film debut in the Tamil film Oru Kadhal Seiveer (2006) and soon became noted after 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 limelight in the Telugu industry.[2][3]

Early years and personal life[edit]

Brought up in Bengaluru, Sanjjanaa is of Sindhi origin.[4] When she was doing her PUC, she received her first modelling offer. She continued her studies while working as a part-time model.[5] She appeared in over 60 television advertisements,[5] the most notable being a Fastrack advertisement with John Abraham.[4]

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


After appearing in a couple of advertisements and in uncredited cameo roles in the films Soggadu and Panduranga Vittala,[6] she got her first starring role in Ganda Hendathi.[5] Her first release, however, became the low-budget Tamil 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 "beautiful but has to work on her acting".[7] Ganda Hendathi, a Kannada remake of the Hindi film Murder (2004), itself an adaptation of the Hollywood film Unfaithful (2002),[8] was also panned by critics.[9][10] 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".[8] In 2008, she made her Telugu film debut in Puri Jagannadh's Bujjigadu, in which she played a notable role alongside Prabhas and Trisha Krishnan. Although her role was small, the film gained her considerable attention and helped her growing in popularity.[4][11] In 2010, she was first 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 that featured her opposite Shivrajkumar. It was the biggest milestone in her Kannada career as she was subsequently flooded with offers in Kannada cinema. Regarding her performance in the film, the Times of India wrote that she "shines in her lively and mischievous role".[12] She won the Bangalore Times Award for Best Actor in a Negative Role Female in 2012 for I Am Sorry Mathe Banni Preethsona.[13][14]

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,[4] co-starring Mohanlal and Shriya Saran, the film saw Sanjjanaa portray a salsa dancer.[15] Director Rosshan Andrrews signed her for the particular role, since she was trained in salsa.[4] 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 was seen 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? in which she played a NRI again.[16] She is currently filming for a Telugu comedy film, Saradha, directed by RP Patnaik,[17] while her Kannada films Agarja, opposite Jaggesh, and Rebel which film has Aditya in the lead, and the Telugu film, Once Upon a Time have been finished.[18]



  • Best Actor in a Negative Role Female for Mathe Banni Preethsona - The Bangalore Times Film Awards 2011.[26]
  • In 2015, She entered into Limca Book of World Records by cycling for 104 hours.[27]
  • She was awarded as the Celebrity Social Media Icon 2016 award by GMASA.[28]


  1. ^ "Happy Birthday Sanjjanaa". Ytalkies. Retrieved 10 October 2015. 
  2. ^ "Sanjana hopes to make a mark - The Times of India". The Times Of India. 
  3. ^ "Sanjana on a roll - The Times of India". The Times Of India. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Sanjjanaa dancing her way into Mollywood Archived 30 January 2012 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ a b c "Sanjana Interview". Retrieved 10 March 2016. 
  6. ^ "Sanjjanaa reunites with Sogadu director". The Times of India. Retrieved 10 March 2016. 
  7. ^ "Sordid affair - Oru Kadhal Seiveer". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 2006-03-10. 
  8. ^ a b "Review : Ganda Hendathi". Sify. Retrieved 10 March 2016. 
  9. ^ "Ganda Hendathi Review". nowrunning. 1 February 2006. Retrieved 10 March 2016. 
  10. ^ "Ganda Hendathi review. Ganda Hendathi Kannada movie review, story, rating -". IndiaGlitz. Retrieved 10 March 2016. 
  11. ^ "Sanjana loves auto ride". Retrieved 10 March 2016. 
  12. ^ "Mylari - The Times of India". The Times Of India. 
  13. ^ "The Times of India: Latest News India, World & Business News, Cricket & Sports, Bollywood". The Times Of India. 
  14. ^ "Sanjjanaa took home the Best Actor in a Negative Role Female award". The Times Of India. 
  15. ^ "A season of releases for Sanjjanaa". dna. 24 January 2012. Retrieved 10 March 2016. 
  16. ^ "Sweden calling for Sanjjanaa's next Telugu film - The Times of India". The Times Of India. 
  17. ^ "Three men for Sanjjanaa - The Times of India". The Times Of India. 
  18. ^ Features, Express. "Sanjjanaa lives her dreams". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 2014-06-05. 
  19. ^ "Sanjjanaa's wait continues". Deccan Chronicle. 2014-01-18. Retrieved 2014-06-05. 
  20. ^ "Sanjjanaa enjoying 'spicy' song shoot for Bangalore 23 - The Times of India". 2014-05-07. Retrieved 2014-06-05. 
  21. ^ "Elated to act with Pawan Kalyan: Sanjjanaa". The Times of India. Retrieved 10 March 2016. 
  22. ^ "Sanjjana recommends Tilak for Just Akasmika". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 2015-04-09. 
  23. ^ "Sanjjana in `Life In a Metro`". 2014-02-28. Retrieved 2014-06-05. 
  24. ^ "Sanjjana goes de glam to play cold blooded murderer". The Times of India. Retrieved 2016-05-20. 
  25. ^ "Sanjjannaa back in Mollywood !". The Times of India. Retrieved 10 March 2016. 
  26. ^ "The Bangalore Times Film Awards 2011". The Times Of India. 21 June 2012. 
  27. ^ "Sanjjanaa's in the Limca Book of Records". 
  28. ^ "GMASA 2016 Wraps Up With A Bang". 

External links[edit]

Year Film Role Language Notes
2005 Soggadu Sanjana Telugu Cameo
Pandu Ranga Vittala Kannada Cameo
2006 Oru Kadhal Seiveer Tamil
Ganda Hendathi Kannada
2007 Autograph Please
2008 Arjun
Bujjigadu Kangana Telugu
2009 Satyameva Jeyathe Sanjana
Mast Maja Maadi Kannada Special appearance
Samardhudu Telugu
2010 Police Police Sundhya
Huduga Hudugi Sanjana Kannada Guest appearance
2011 Ee Sanje Anu
Rangappa Hogbitna Sneha
Dusshasana Sunjana Telugu
I Am Sorry Mathe Banni Preethsona Sinchana Kannada
Take It Easy Guest appearance
Mugguru Yamini Telugu
2012 Ko Ko Kannada Special appearance
Casanovva Nidhi Malayalam
The King & the Commissioner Nitha Rathore
Narasimha Rani Kannada
Ondu Kshanadalli Shilpa
Yamaho Yama Nisha Telugu
2013 Mahanadhi Meenakshi Kannada
Nenem…Chinna Pillana? Telugu
Jagan Nirdoshi
2014 Love You Bangaram Special appearance[19]
Agraja Kannada
2015 Rebel Laila
Ram-Leela Guest appearance
Bangalore 560023 [20]
Ring Road Cameo
Avunu 2 Telugu
2016 Sardaar Gabbar Singh Gayathri [21]
Just Akasmika Aarohi Kannada[22]
Santheyalli Nintha Kabira
Mandya to Mumbai   [23]
Dandupalya 2 [24]
2017 Badarul Muneer Husnul Jamal Aiysha Malayalam Delayed[25]
chila Nerangalil chilar Delayed
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