Sriti Jha

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Sriti Jha
Jha in 2022
Born (1986-02-26) 26 February 1986 (age 38)
Alma materSri Venkateswara College, University of Delhi
Years active2007–present
Notable workDil Se Di Dua... Saubhagyavati Bhava?
Balika Vadhu
Kumkum Bhagya

Sriti Jha (born 26 February 1986) is an Indian actress who primarily works in Hindi television. Jha earned wider recognition with her portrayal of Pragya Arora Mehra in Kumkum Bhagya. She is a recipient of several accolades including two ITA Awards, two Indian Telly Awards and two Gold Awards.[1]

Jha made her acting debut in 2007 with the teen drama, Dhoom Machaao Dhoom, playing Malini Sharma. Jha then established herself as a leading actress with her portrayal of Sudha "Devika" Sharma Vashisht in Jyoti, Sandhya Savratkar Pradhan in Rakt Sambandh and Jhanvi Dobriyal / Sia Pratapsingh in Dil Se Di Dua... Saubhagyavati Bhava?. In 2022, she participated in Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi 12, where she finished at 10th place and became the 3rd runner-up in Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 10.[1][2]

Early life and education[edit]

Jha was born on 26 February 1986 in Begusarai, Bihar.[3][4] She went to live with her family in Kolkata, where they stayed for 10 years, then moved to Kathmandu, Nepal. They then moved to New Delhi, where she continued her studies at Laxman Public School.[5] She completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in English at Sri Venkateswara College, New Delhi. She has an elder sister, Meenakshi and a younger brother, Shashank.[6][7] As a child artist, Jha appeared in Falguni Pathak's song "O Piya", in 2001.[8]


Debut and early breakthrough (2007-2013)[edit]

Jha made her acting debut in 2007 playing Malini Sharma in Disney India's teen drama Dhoom Machaao Dhoom.[9] In 2008, she played Sunaina Kotak opposite Saurabh Pandey in Jiya Jale and also participated in the friend-based reality show Kaho Na Yaar Hai. Jha played Suhani, a royal princess in Shaurya Aur Suhani, opposite Saurabh Pandey, in 2009.[10]

Jha's first major role was in Jyoti, where she played Sudha Sharma, a split personality patient opposite Alok Narula, from 2009 to 2010.[11] In 2010, Jha played a visually impaired girl, Sandhya Savratkar Pradhan opposite Naman Shaw and Dhruv Bhandari in Rakt Sambandh.[12] Critic from The Indian Express noted, "Sriti is well cast as she brings a certain vulnerability and quiet strength to her character." In that year, she appeared as a contestant on Nachle Ve with Saroj Khan and Meethi Choori No 1.[13]

From 2011 to 2013, Jha portrayed Jhanvi Sharma Dobriyal / Sia Sharma Pratapsingh, a victim of domestic violence in Dil Se Di Dua... Saubhagyavati Bhava?, opposite Harshad Chopda and Karanvir Bohra. The show proved to be her breakthrough and earned her recognition.[14][15] In 2013, Jha also played Ganga Singh opposite Shashank Vyas in Balika Vadhu.[16]

Success and establishment with Kumkum Bhagya (2014-2022)[edit]

Jha in a scene of Kumkum Bhagya

From 2014 to 2021, Jha portrayed Pragya Arora Mehra in Ekta Kapoor's Kumkum Bhagya opposite Shabir Ahluwalia.[17][18] The series earned her critical acclaim, success and established her among the leading actresses of Indian television.[19] Her portrayal of Pragya earned her various accloades including ITA Award for Best Actress - Drama and Indian Telly Award for Best Actress in a Lead Role.[20]

Alongside her role in Kumkum Bhagya, Jha acted as the narrator for Naagin 2 in 2016.[21] She also played Deepa in the 2020 short film U-Turn and in 2021, she played Sakshi Deewan in the podcast series Darmiyaan.[22]

In 2022, Jha first participated in Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi 12 and ended up finishing at the 10th place.[23][24] In the same year, she participated in Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 10, as a wildcard entry and finished as the 3rd runner-up.[25]

Recent work (2023-present)[edit]

In 2023, Jha played Jaya, an actress in Karan Johar's Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani.[26] In the same year, she appeared as the ghost of Jhanvi / Sia in Saubhagyavati Bhava: * Niyam Aur Shartein Laagu, a sequel to her 2011 series. She played a working wife in the short film Chawal, alongside Nihal Parashar, in the same year.[27]

Since November 2023, Jha is seen playing Amruta Chitnis, a banker opposite Arjit Taneja in Kaise Mujhe Tum Mil Gaye.[28][29]

Other work and public image[edit]

Jha at an event in 2018

Jha's acting performances in the series - Jyoti, Rakt Sambandh, Dil Se Di Dua... Saubhagyavati Bhava? and Kumkum Bhagya, established her among the leading and highest-paid actresses of the Hindi television.[30][31][32] Jha is widely known for her style and fashion sense.[33]

For her performance as Pragya in Kumkum Bhagya, The Indian Express placed her at fifth position in its "Top 10 television actresses" list of 2017.[34] The Times of India noted Jha's different portrayals and appearances mainly in female-led shows and roles.[35] Jha and Shabir Ahluwalia's pair was named among the "Best jodis of television" in 2014.[36][37] Jha is a celebrity endorser for brands including, Accessorize India, Belleza, and Kalki Fashion and Nupur Henna.[38] In 2020, Jha became a part of a fundraiser for people affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2023, Jha along with the cast of Kaise Mujhe Tum Mil Gaye and Kumkum Bhagya, celebrated Christmas with SNEHA foundation.[39][40]

In addition to her acting career, Jha also recite poems and does live shows. In January 2021, Jha recited a poem, "Confessions Of An Asexual Romantic", during the 2020 Kommune India Spoken Fest, in which she spoke about how the life of an asexual might be and how there is a lack of freedom in India when it comes to talking about one's sexuality.[41] In an interview, she clarified she is not an asexual and that the poem isn't about her.[42] She also recited two more poems regarding people with different sexual preferences and the problems they face such as "Choodiyaan" which talks about a gay male,[43] and "Chaabi Gum Gai Hai", based on a lesbian female.[44] In "It's Pehla Pyaar Every Time", she talks about how every time we fall in love, it feels as if it's the first time.[45]

Her other works, such as "To Like? Or To Love?" differentiate between loving and liking and how liking is free of boundaries while love is limiting.[46] Jha's first open letter "A Letter To Myself" is about what she wants to tell her 15-year-old self in the past and that we should never compromise under any circumstance.[47] In this collaboration with ITC Vivel, Jha inspires women to uncondition, challenge stereotypes and go forth to fulfill their dreams with confidence and say out loud, "Ab Samjhauta Nahin". She also presented a poem "Cheesy Stupid Ishq", as a narrator a day before the Valentines Day in 2021.[48]



Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2020 U-Turn Deepa Short film [49]
2023 Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani Jaya Cameo [50]
Chawal Wife Short film [51]


Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2007–2008 Dhoom Machaao Dhoom Malini Sharma [9]
2008 Jiya Jale Sunaina Kotak
Kaho Na Yaar Hai Contestant
2009 Shaurya Aur Suhani Princess Suhani [52]
2009–2010 Jyoti Sudha "Devika" Sharma Vashisht
2010 Rakt Sambandh Sandhya Savratkar Pradhan
Nachle Ve with Saroj Khan Contestant
Meethi Choori No 1
2011–2012 Dil Se Di Dua... Saubhagyavati Bhava? Jhanvi Dobriyal [53]
2012-2013 Sia Pratap Singh
2013 Balika Vadhu Ganga Singh
2014–2021 Kumkum Bhagya Pragya Arora Mehra [54]
2022 Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi 12 Contestant 10th Place [55]
Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 10 4th Place [56]
2023–present Kaise Mujhe Tum Mil Gaye Amruta Chitnis [57]

Special appearances[edit]

Year Title Role Ref.
2010 Rahul Dulhaniya Le Jayega Herself
2014 Jamai Raja Pragya
2015 Tashan-e-Ishq
Nach Baliye 7 Herself
Bad Company
2016 Naagin 2 Narrator
2017–2018 Kundali Bhagya Pragya
2021 Bhagya Lakshmi [58]
Darmiyaan Sakshi Deewan
2023 Saubhagyavati Bhava: * Niyam Aur Shartein Laagu Jhanvi / Sia [59]

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Singer Album Ref.
2001 O Piya Falguni Pathak Saawariyan Teri Yaad Mein [8]

Web series[edit]

Year Title Role Ref.
2024 Kumkum Bhagya 2.0 Pragya Arora


Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2014 Gold Awards Best Actress in a Lead Role Kumkum Bhagya Nominated [60]
Indian Television Academy Awards Best Actress - Popular Nominated [61]
Best Actress - Drama Nominated
2015 Best Actress - Popular Nominated [62]
Gr8! On-Screen Couple(with Shabir Ahluwalia) Won
Indian Telly Awards Best Actress in a Lead Role Won [63]
Best Onscreen Couple(with Shabir Ahluwalia) Won
Producers Guild Film Awards Best Actress in a Drama Series Nominated [64]
2016 Gold Awards Best Actress in a Lead Role Won [65]
Indian Television Academy Awards Best Actress - Popular Nominated [66]
2017 Nominated [67]
Best Actress - Drama Nominated
2018 Gold Awards Best Actress in Lead Role Won [68]
Best Onscreen Jodi(with Shabir Ahluwalia) Nominated
Indian Television Academy Awards Best Actress - Popular Nominated [69]
Best Actress - Drama Nominated
2019 Indian Telly Awards Best Actress in a Lead Role Nominated [70]
Best Onscreen Couple(with Shabir Ahluwalia) Nominated
Gold Awards Best Actress in a Lead Role Nominated [71]
Indian Television Academy Awards Best Actress - Drama Won [72]

See also[edit]


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