Sanaya Irani

Sanaya Irani (now Sehgal) (born 17 September 1983)[3] is an Indian television actress. She is known for playing Gunjan in Miley Jab Hum Tum, Khushi in Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon? and Parvati in Rangrasiya. In 2015, she participated in the eight season of Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa and emerged as the first runner up.[4] She later participated in Nach Baliye in 2017 with her partner Mohit Sehgal and won the third place.[5]

Sanaya Irani
Sanaya Irani at the Colors Golden Petal Award 2016.jpg
Irani in 2016
Born (1983-09-17) 17 September 1983 (age 37)
EducationMBA degree
Alma materSydenham College[1]
OccupationActress, dancer, model
Years active2005-present
Known for
Spouse(s)Mohit Sehgal (m. 2016)[2]

Early life

Irani was born on 17 September 1983 in Mumbai to a Parsi family.[6][7] Irani spent seven years in a boarding school in Ooty.[8] Following this, she graduated from Sydenham College[9] and was pursuing an MBA degree before becoming a model.[3]


Modelling career (2005-07)

Irani's first modelling portfolio was done by photographer-turned actor Boman Irani.[3] Irani made her acting debut with a cameo in the Yash Raj Film Fanaa(2006) as Mehbooba .[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 TV advertisements with Bollywood stars like Shahrukh Khan, Kareena Kapoor and others before entering television.[10] She made her debut with Jagjit Singh's Tumko Dekha.[3] At the beginning of her career, Irani wasn't fluent in Hindi and spoke of her struggles with the language on several occasions.[11]

Television debut and breakthrough (2007-10)

Irani in 2012

Her television debut was in the SAB TV drama Left Right Left (2007) as Cadet Sameera Shroff.She was tutored by her director for her Hindi.[3] This was followed by a negative role in Radhaa Ki Betiyaan Kuch Kar Dikhayengi (2008) on Imagine TV.

Irani's first lead role as a protagonist was in STAR One's Miley Jab Hum Tum (2008-2010), as the simple, studious and reclusive Gunjan.[12] Her co-stars included 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).[13] She was also seen as a panel member in Meethi Chorii No. 1 opposite Ragini Khanna (2010).[14]

Irani has received three 'Face of The Year' awards and was the only television actress to be included in People Magazine (India)'s forty most beautiful women. She was titled the 3rd Sexiest Asian Woman Alive.[15]

Established actress (2011-14)

She portrayed the bubbly and loving Khushi Kumari Gupta, the female protagonist of Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon? (2011-2012) opposite Barun Sobti.[16][17] 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.[18]

In early 2013, Irani hosted Zee TV's Valentine's Day special Ishq Wala Love opposite Karan Grover.[19][20][21] She later appeared as a contestant in Welcome - Baazi Mehmaan-Nawaazi ki (2013),[22] hosted by Ram Kapoor. The actress was seen in Week One of the reality show opposite Ragini Khanna, Nigaar Khan and others.

She played the role of a vivacious and modern girl in Chhan Chhan (2013).[23][24] The show was loosely based on the Hindi movie Khubsoorat.[25] 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.[26] It ended in September.[27] She was seen opposite Ashish Sharma.

Jhalak and further success (2015-present)

Irani also participated in Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 8 in 2015 which aired on Colors.[28] Irani reprised her role of Khushi Kumari Gupta Singh Raizada again in its sequel mini series Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon?... Ek Jashan (2015) which ended in December.[29] In 2017, Irani participated in the dance show Nach Baliye 8 with her husband Mohit Sehgal.[30] 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.[31]

Other appearances

In August 2013, Irani made a brief guest appearance in the dance show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa to support her best friend Drashti Dhami. She made an appearance again in the seventh season of Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa to support Ashish Sharma in June 2014. She made an appearance in Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon?...Ek Baar Phir in the first episode to introduce Aastha (Shrenu Parikh).[32] In December 2013, Irani made a special guest appearance in Bigg Boss 7 in the grand finale along with Ashish Sharma, Preetika Rao and Harshad Arora.[33] She also made special appearance in Beintehaa in March and June 2014.[34]

Irani at the music launch of Ra.One (2011) along with Shahrukh Khan and Pooja Gaur, Giaa Manek and Ragini Khanna

Irani went on a U.K. tour on behalf of Star Plus.[35]


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. K-based newspaper Eastern Eye placed her in their 50 Sexiest Asian Women list in 2012,[36] She was again ranked at tenth position for the Eastern Eye newspaper. In 2014, she was listed in the top 10 best television actresses by Rediff.[37] In November 2014, Sanaya was approached for Bigg Boss 8 but she declined it.[38]


Year Film Role Director
2006 Fanaa Mehbooba Kunal Kohli
2018 Dum Dum Dumroo[39] Dr. Sneha Akash Goila
Pihu[40] Pihu
2019 Ghost Simran Singh Vikram Bhatt

Web series

Year Name Role Platform Ref
2018 Vodka Shots Keya Sharma YouTube [41]
Zindabad Sara Sayed Jio Cinema [42]


Year Name Role Ref
2007 Left Right Left Cadet Sameera Shroff
Kasamh Se Geet
2008 Radhaa Ki Betiyaan Kuch Kar Dikhayengi Sanaya
Kasautii Zindagii Kay Guest
2008–10 Miley Jab Hum Tum Gunjan Bhushan
2008 Kaho Na Yaar Hai Participant
2009 Dill Mill Gayye Gunjan Bhushan/Guest
Laughter Ke Phatke Celebrity Guest
2010 Zara Nachke Dikha - Season 2 Host
Meethi Choori No 1 Participant
2011 Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai Herself
Mann Kee Awaaz Pratigya
Sasural Genda Phool
Chand Chupa Badal Mein
2011–12 Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon? Khushi Kumari Gupta
2011 Ek Hazaaron Mein Meri Behna Hai Khushi/Guest
Pyaar Kii Ye Ek Kahaani
2012 Movers & Shakers Masala Markey Guest
Teri Meri Love Stories Herself/Khushi [43]
2013 Chhanchhan Chhanchhan
Bade Achhe Lagte Hain Guest as Chhanchhan (Promote her show) [44]
Welcome - Baazi Mehmaan-Nawaazi Ki Contestant
Masterchef - Kitchen Ke Superstars As a Celebrity Judge [45]
Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 6 Guest / Co-contestant with Drashti Dhami
Bigg Boss 7 Guest appearance
2013–14 Rangrasiya Parvati/Myrah Mehra
2014 Beintehaa Guest/Parvati
Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 7 Guest / Support Ashish Sharma
2015 Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 8 Contestant [First Runner Up]
Aaj Ki Raat Hai Zindagi Guest
Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon? Ek Jashn Khushi Kumari Gupta [46]
2016 I Don't Watch TV Herself
2017 Nach Baliye 8 Contestant with Mohit Sehgal (Second Runner Up)
A Table For Two Guest

2018 India's Next Superstars Guest Contestant [47]
2019 Kitchen Champion 5 Guest [48]
Khatra Khatra Khatra [49]
Nach Baliye 9 [50]

Guest appearances

Personal life

Irani announced her relationship with her co-star Mohit Sehgal from the show Miley Jab Hum Tum on 19 November 2010, the last day of the shoot.[51]

In December 2015, Irani got engaged to Sehgal. They tied the knot on 25 January 2016 in Goa.[52][53][54]

Awards and Nominations

Year Award Category Work Result
2008 Indian Television Academy Awards Gr8! Face (Female) Miley Jab Hum Tum Won
2012 People's Choice Awards India Favorite On-Screen Jodi (shared with Barun Sobti) Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon Won
Indian Telly Awards Indian Telly Award for Best Onscreen Couple (with Barun Sobti) Won
2013 Indian Television Academy Awards Best Actress Popular Nominated
Gold Awards Boroplus Face of the Year Chhanchhan Won
2014 Indian Television Academy Awards Best Actress (Popular) Rangrasiya Nominated
Indian Television Academy Awards GR8! Performer of the year Nominated

See also

List of Indian television actresses

List of Hindi television actresses


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