Simplicity is the ultimate form of the sophistication. This is what exactly defines SMRITI IRANI journey from waiter to leading politician.
With her ease and elegance, she has achieved so much in a short span of time that we just can’t stop praising for her versatility.
Smriti Irani is an Indian political leader, former model, television actress, and producer. Currently, she is serving as Minister of Textiles in the Government of India.
Despite facing numerous controversies, she has always inspired us for many reasons.
Here we bring success story of one of the multi-talented personality of India. Have a look!
Family Background and Early Life
Smriti Zubin Irani was born on March 23, 1976, and belongs to Delhi-based cross-cultural middle-class family as her father Ajay Kumar Malhotra is a Punjabi while her mother Shibani is a Bengali.
She completed her schooling from Holy Child Auxilium School, Delhi and did her graduation from School of Correspondence and Continuing Education, University of Delhi.
As she belongs to middle class family and to help her family financially she started working at very early age. She used to promote a beauty product and in return she earned Rs 200 per day.
But fate had something else in store for her. She decided to make career in the world of glamour. In 1998, she participated in the Miss India contest but failed to reach in the finals.
Following this she went to Mumbai and tried her chance. To meet the basic necessities she used to work at McDonald’s in Bandra as waiter and a helper meanwhile she started giving auditions in the entertainment industry.
In 2001, Smriti married to her childhood friend Zubin Irani, who is a Parsi businessman. The couple had two children, Zohr born in 2001 and Zoish born in 2003.
Smiriti Irani is also a stepmother of Shanelle, who is a daughter of Zubin Irani from his ex wife Mona Irani.
As an Actor
Smriti Irani made her debut in entertainment Industry with Shrey Guleri’s Bakeman’s Ooh La La which aired on Star Plus.
On the sets of Ooh La La, Television producer Shobha Kapoor noticed her and offered her to play the lead role of Tulsi in the Hindi serial, Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi.
With this, serial era of Saas bahu soaps began and Tulsi becomes one of the favorite bahu’s of Indian television series.
Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi ran for almost eight years.
Apart from working as a small screen actor, she also produced shows under her company Ugraya Entertainment.
She also proved her skills as a comedian in a show called Maniben.com (2009-2010), telecasted on SAB TV as well as a host of dance reality show named, ‘Yeh Hai Jalwa’ in the year 2008.
Smriti Irani also acted in a Bengali film named Amrita which embarked as her Bollywood debut.
As a Politician
In year 2003, Smriti Irani joined Bhartiya Janta Party and she was appointed as the Vice-President of the Maharashtra Youth Wing in 2004.
In the same year, she contested as a BJP candidate against congress leader Kapil Sibal from Chandni Chowk constituency in 2004 general elections. Although, she lost the elections but the party acknowledged her hard work and appointed as an executive member of its central committee.
In 2010, she became the national secretary of Bhartiya Janta Party and the President of the party’s women’s wing, named BJP Mahila Morcha.
Smriti Irani became the Member of Rajya Sabha in 2011. She was appointed as the BJP’s Vice-President in 2012.
Looking her dedication and enthusiasm, Bhartiya Janta Party gave her ticket to contest in UP 2014 Lok Sabha elections from Amethi against Rahul Gandhi. She lost election with a very small margin.
When BJP comes into the power in 2014, she was appointed as the HRD minister. With this she became youngest member in the cabinet.
But soon couple of days she was shifted to the Ministry of Textiles following the cabinet expansion and reshuffles in the council.
As political leader she has faced lots of controversies including fake educational degree, JNU Row and Rohith Vemula Suicide. However, Smriti Irani managed to go with a flow with an ease and straight forwardness.