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Sanaya Irani (born on 17 September 1983) is one of the highly popular and highest paid Indian television actress. She is recipient of several awards including Indian Television Academy Award and People's Choice Awards India. She is the only Indian television actress to be listed in People Magazine's (India) forty most beautiful women. Apart from acting, she is known for her dancing skills.

Her first major role was in the Indian youth show Miley Jab Hum Tum. She garnered immense popularity for her lead potrayal as Khushi Kumari Gupta in the highly successful show Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon? opposite Barun Sobti. The show gave her massive and promising fan base. Afterwards, she did Chhanchhan, Lakshmi and another well acclaimed show Rangrasiya.

In 2015, Sanaya participated in Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa and became a first finalist.[4]. She later participated in Nach Baliye in 2016 with her partner Mohit Sehgal and stood as 2nd runner up.[5] In 2018, she participated in the popular reality show, Bigg Boss which aired on Colors.

Early and Personal life

Irani was born on 17 September 1983 in Mumbai to Parsi parents.[6][7] Irani spent seven years in a boarding school in Ooty.[8] Following this, she graduated from Sydenham College[9] and wanted to pursue an MBA degree but decided to become an actress. At the beginning of her career, Irani wasn't fluent in Hindi and spoke of her struggles with the language on several occasions.[10] She considers Drashti Dhami, Riddhi Dogra, Rashi Singh, Varun Singh, Barun Sobti, Arjun Bijlani, Bharti Singh & Puja Banerjee her close friends.

Irani announced her relationship with her co-star from Miley Jab Hum Tum on 19 November 2010, the last day of the shoot.[11] On 25 January 2016, Irani married her long time boyfriend and costar from the serial Miley Jab Hum Tum , actor Mohit Sehgal in Goa.[12][13]

In the media

Sanaya has always been one of the best popular actresses on television.

Career

Modelling career and debut show (2006-10)

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Sanaya Irani & her husband Mohit Sehgal at their wedding

Irani's first modelling portfolio was done by photographer-turned actor Boman Irani. Irani made her acting debut with a cameo in the Yash Raj Film Fanaa as Mehbooba (2006).[9] The actress spoke about her role, "It was by accident that I got that role. It was like a dream come true for me, since Aamir Khan and Kajol are my favourite actors." The actress spent the year doing ad commercials with Bollywood stars like Shahrukh Khan, Kareena Kapoor and others before entering television.[10] Her television debut was in the SAB TV drama Left Right Left (2007) as Cadet Sameera Shroff. This was followed by a negative role in Radhaa Ki Betiyaan Kuch Kar Dikhayengi (2008) on Imagine TV. She later landed a supporting role in Pragya (2008) on Imagine TV but later left the show as she saw no improvement in her character.

Irani's first lead role as a protagonist was in STAR One's Miley Jab Hum Tum (2008-2010),[14] as the simple, studious and reclusive Gunjan.[15] She was seen opposite Mohit Sehgal, Rati Pandey and Arjun Bijlani. Irani briefly hosted the second season of Zara Nachke Dikha on STAR Plus with boyfriend Mohit Sehgal (2010).[16] She was also seen as a panel member in Meethi Chorii No. 1 opposite Ragini Khanna (2010).[17] After the end of Miley Jab Hum Tum, Sanaya made a cameo appearance in Rehna Hai Woh Kabhi Nahi Aii which starred Mouni Roy and Karan Sharma in 2010.

Breakthrough and success (2011-14)

After Sanaya portrayed the bubbly and loving Khushi Kumari Gupta, the female protagonist of Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon? (2011-2012).[18] Irani's portrayal of characters in Miley Jab Hum Tum and Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon? made her one of the most well-known and admired actresses of Indian television.[19] The show, which aired its final episode on 30 November 2012, had consistently maintained its position as one of the top ten daily dramas on Indian general entertainment channels and has a tremendous fan following.[20]

Irani appeared as a contestant in Welcome - Baazi Mehmaan-Nawaazi ki (2013),[21] hosted by Ram Kapoor. The actress was seen in Week One of the reality show opposite Ragini Khanna, Nigar Khan and others. She also hosted Zee TV's Valentine's Day special Ishq Wala Love with Karan Grover (2013).[22][23]

Sanaya Irani Ra.One Music Launch

Sanaya at Ra.One Music Launch with Shahrukh Khan in 2011

After she was seen in Karan Chaggar's Meri Pyaar Kyun Nahi Aii (2013) and played the role of Shalini Singh opposite Ashish Singh. Sanaya's next show was Lakshmi (2013) opposite Varun Dahiya/Varun Singh & Karan Wahi. It ran for 7 months as the actors were willing to quit. The show aired its last on 13 September 2013. The show came back in October 2013 as season 2 due to fans demanding. She was playing opposite Karan Dahiya but later she decided to quit the show. The show aired its last in March 2014.

She played the role of a vivacious and modern girl in Chhan Chhan (2013).[24][25] The show was loosely based on the Hindi movie Khubsoorat.[26] Sanaya was seen playing two lead characters at the same time which was much difficult for her but managed it until the end.

Irani then appeared in Rangrasiya (2014) as Parvati. The show was produced by Saurabh Tiwari, head of Tequila Shots Production. The story followed a border security personnel and an orphan girl who were ideologically different.[27] It ended in September.[28] She was seen opposite Ashish Sharma.

Dance Ki Takkar and further success (2014-present)

In 2014, Irani was seen participating in Star Plus' popular dance show Dance Ki Takkar 2 and survived until the semi finale.[29] She played the role Shanaya in Star Plus' show Behna...Ek Safar Ki Khushiyon Aur Pyaar as a supporting role from October 2014 to May 2015.[30] In May 2015, Irani appeared as Neha Thakur in Ekta Kapoor and Karan Chaggar's popular show Sapnon Hai Pyaar Ki Kahaani...Ek Baar Phir replacing Shivani Singh playing as a mother for the very first time.[31] She later opted out of the show due to Jhalak rehearsals.

Irani also participated in Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 8 in 2015 which aired on Colors.[32] Irani portrayed the role of Khushi Kumari Gupta Singh Raizada again in its sequel mini series Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon?... Ek Jashan (2015) which ended on December.[33][34]

In 2016, Sanaya did a cameo role in Zee TV's popular show Ishq Bana Di Jodi and played the role of Surbhi Sharma. The show stars Barun Sobti and Sadia Khan. In 2017, Sanaya also appeared as a cameo in Star Plus popular show Rishta — Ek Vishwaas which stars Arjun Luthra and Toral Rasputra. She played the role of Rani.[35][36] In 2017, Irani participated in the dance show Nach Baliye 8 with her husband Mohit Sehgal.[37] During Nach Baliye Sanaya & Mohit were in a controversy as fans of Divyanka Tripathi had claimed that they are the fixed winners but she lashed at the trollers on Instagram and said this is untrue.[38]

In October 2017, Irani portrayed the lead role of Shivanya in Karan Chaggar & Yash Patnaik's Shivanya Ki Zindagi which aired on Star Plus. She was seen opposite Karandeep Singh. In 2018, she was a host of Dance Ki Takkar 7 opposite Varun Kumar.

Irani is a celebrity contestant in the twelfth season of the Indian version of the reality TV show Big Brother, Bigg Boss.[39][40]

Other appearances

In September 2012, along with Barun Sobti, she appeared on Teri Meri Love Stories.[41] Irani went on a U.K. tour on behalf of Star Plus.[42] She made an appearance in Birmingham, London on April 30, 2013 and in Leicester on May 1, 2013 to have a meet and greet with fans where she was welcomed by a huge crowd. [43] Irani visited London a second time for the Star Parivaar Live event on November 25, 2013. [44] She visited Los Angeles, CA on December 8, 2013 to attend the Artesia Shopping Festival and have a meet and greet with fans.[45] In August 2013, Irani made a breif guest appearance in the dance show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa to support her best friend Drashti Dhami. She again made an appearance in the seventh season of Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa to support Ashish Sharma in June 2014. In December 2013, Sanaya made a special guest appearance in Bigg Boss 7 in the grand finale along with Ashish Sharma, Preetika Rao and Harshad Arora.[46] She also made special appearance in Beintehaa in March and June 2014.[47]

Filmography

Year Film Role
2006 Fanaa Mehbooba
2018 Dum Dum Dumroo

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Television

Daily Soap Dramas
Year Name Role Channel
2007 Left Right Left Cadet Sameera Shroff SAB TV
2008 Radhaa Ki Betiyaan Kuch Kar Dikhayengi Sanaya Imagine TV
2008 Pragya Kritika Imagine TV
2008 Miley Jab Hum Tum Gunjan Bhushan STAR One
2010 Rehna Hai Woh Kabhi Nahi Aii Rani Star Plus
2011–12 Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon? Khushi Kumari Gupta Singh Raizada Star Plus
2012 Teri Meri Love Stories Herself/Khushi Star Plus
2012-13 Meri Pyaar Kyun Nahi Aii Shalini Singh Sahib TV
2013 Chhanchhan Chhanchhan Sarabhai-Borisagar Sony TV
2013-14 Lakshmi Lakshmi Varun Juneja Star Plus
2013-14 Rangrasiya Parvati Rudra Pratap Ranwat (Paro)/Myrah Mehra Colors TV
2014-15 Behna...Ek Safar Ki Khushiyon Aur Pyaar Shanaya Arora Star Plus
2015 Sapnon Hai Pyaar Ki Kahaani...Ek Baar Phir Neha Thakur Star Plus
2015 Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon? Ek Jashn Khushi Kumari Gupta Singh-Raizada Star Plus
2016 Ishq Bana Di Jodi Surbhi Sharma Zee TV
2017 Love You Zindagi Karishma Colors TV
2017 Rishta — Ek Vishwaas Rani Singh Star Plus
2017–18 Shivanya Ki Zindagi Shivanya Star Plus
2018 Vodka Diaries Keya Sharma Web Series
Reality Appearances
Year Name Role Channel
2008 Kaho Na Yaar Hai Participant STAR Plus
2010 Zara Nachke Dikha - Season 2 Host STAR Plus
2010 Meethi Choori No 1 Participant Imagine TV
2012 Star Parivaar Ka Tyohar Guest Star Plus
2013 Welcome - Baazi Mehmaan-Nawaazi Ki Contestant Life OK
2013 Ishq Wala Love Co-host with Karan Grover Zee TV
2012 Movers & Shakers Masala Markey Guest SAB TV
2013 Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 6 Guest / Co-contestant with Drashti Dhami Colors TV
2013 Bigg Boss 7 Guest appearance Colors TV
2014 Beintehaa Guest/Parvati Colors TV
2014 Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 7 Guest / Paravti Colors TV
2014 Dance Ki Takkar 2 Contestant Star Plus
2015 Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 8 Contestant Colors TV
2016 I Don't Watch TV Herself Arre
2016 Dance Ki Takkar 4 Guest Life OK
2016 Nach Baliye 8 Guest Contestant Star Plus
2016 Bigg Boss 10 Guest Colors TV
2017 Nach Baliye 9 Contestant with Mohit Sehgal Star Plus
2017 A Table For Two Herself Zee TV
2017 Lip Sing Battle Contestant Star Plus
2017 Dance Champions Guest Star Plus
2017 The Great Indian Laughter Challenge 5 Guest Star Plus
2018 Dance Ki Takkar 7 Host Star Plus
2018 The Karan Chaggar Show: Season 4 Guest Colors TV
2018 Bigg Boss 12 Contestant
Special Appearances
Year Name Role Channel
2008 Kasautii Zindagii Kay Guest Star Plus
2011 Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai Herself Star Plus
2011 Mann Kee Awaaz Pratigya Herself
2011 Sasural Genda Phool Herself
2011-12 Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon? Khushi Kumari Gupta Singh Raizada
2011 Ek Hazaaron Mein Meri Behna Hai Khushi/Guest
2012 Sapnon Hai Pyaar Ki Kahaani Guest Star Plus
2016 Ghar Aii Hamari Pyaare Bahu Guest Star Plus
2016 Teri Galliyan Guest Star Plus
2017 Ishqbaaz Guest Star Plus
2017 Tu Sooraj, Main Saanjh Piyaji Guest Star Plus

Awards

References

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  15. Sanaya Irani / Gunjan - Miley Jab Hum Tum. STAROne.in. Retrieved on 2012-06-09.
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  39. Bigg Boss 12: Sanaya Irani, Dipika Kakar to enter Salman Khan's show? (13 September 2018).
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