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Sanaya Irani (born 17 September 1983) is one of the most successful Indian television actress. She is the 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.

Sanaya Irani
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Irani in 2012
Sanaya Irani

(1983-09-17) 17 September 1983 (age 35)
Other namesGunjan ,Khushi & Parvati
EducationMBA degree
Alma materSydenham College[1]
OccupationActress, dancer, model
Years active2005-present
Known forMiley Jab Hum Tum , Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon? & Rangrasiya
Spouse(s)Mohit Sehgal (m. 2016)[2][3]

Her first major role was in the Indian youth show Miley Jab Hum Tum. She appeared in the lead role as Khushi Kumari Gupta in the highly successful show Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon? opposite Barun Sobti. Afterwards, she appeared in Chhanchhan and the show Rangrasiya.

In 2015, Irani participated in Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa and became a first finalist.[4] She later participated in Nach Baliye in 2017 with her partner Mohit Sehgal and stood as 2nd runner up.[5]


Life & career

Early life, education & modelling career (2005-07)

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 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]

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.[11]

Debut show & success (2007-10)

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.

Irani's first lead role as a protagonist was in STAR One's Miley Jab Hum Tum (2008-2010),[12] as the simple, studious and reclusive Gunjan.[13] 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).[14] She was also seen as a panel member in Meethi Chorii No. 1 opposite Ragini Khanna (2010).[15]

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.[16]

Breakthrough and success (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.[17] Irani's portrayed characters in Miley Jab Hum Tum and Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon?.[18] 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.[19]

In early 2013, Irani hosted Ishq Wala Love opposite Karan Grover.[20] She later 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, Nigaar Khan and others. She also hosted Zee TV's Valentine's Day special Ishq Wala Love with Karan Grover (2013).[22][23]

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] 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.

In November 2014, Sanaya was approached for Bigg Boss 8 but she declined it.[29]

Jhalak and further success (2015-present)

Irani also participated in Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 8 in 2015 which aired on Colors.[30] 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.[31] In 2017, Irani participated in the dance show Nach Baliye 8 with her husband Mohit Sehgal.[32] 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.[33]

Other appearances

Irani went on a U.K. tour on behalf of Star Plus.[34] 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.[35] Irani visited London a second time for the Star Parivaar Live event on November 25, 2013.[36] She visited Los Angeles, CA on December 8, 2013 to attend the Artesia Shopping Festival and have a meet and greet with fans.[37]

In August 2013, Irani made a brief 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, Irani made a special guest appearance in Bigg Boss 7 in the grand finale along with Ashish Sharma, Preetika Rao and Harshad Arora.[38] She also made special appearance in Beintehaa in March and June 2014.[39]



Year Film Role Director
2006 Fanaa Mehbooba Kunal Kohli
2007 Saawariya Background Dancer Sanjay Leela Bhansali
2018 Dum Dum Dumroo[40] Dr. Sneha Akash Goila
2018 Pihu[41] Pihu


Year Name Role Channel
2007 Left Right Left Cadet Sameera Shroff SAB TV
2008 Radhaa Ki Betiyaan Kuch Kar Dikhayengi Sanaya Imagine TV
2008 Kasautii Zindagii Kay Guest Star Plus
2008-10 Miley Jab Hum Tum Gunjan Bhushan Star One
2008 Kaho Na Yaar Hai Participant Star Plus
2009 Dill Mill Gayye Gunjan Bhushan/Guest Star One
2010 Zara Nachke Dikha - Season 2 Host Star Plus
2010 Meethi Choori No 1 Participant Imagine TV
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
2011 Ek Hazaaron Mein Meri Behna Hai Khushi/Guest
2011 Pyaar Kii Ye Ek Kahaani Herself Star One
2012 Movers & Shakers Masala Markey Guest SAB TV
2012 Star Parivaar Ka Tyohar Guest Star Plus
2012 Teri Meri Love Stories[42] Herself/Khushi
2013 Chhanchhan Chhanchhan Sony TV
2013 Welcome - Baazi Mehmaan-Nawaazi Ki Contestant Life OK
2013 Ishq Wala Love Co-host with Karan Grover Zee TV
2013 Masterchef - Kitchen Ke Superstars As a Celebrity Judge[43] Star Plus
2013 Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa (season 6) Guest / Co-contestant with Drashti Dhami Colors TV
2013 Bigg Boss 7 Guest appearance
2013-14 Rangrasiya Parvati/Myrah Mehra
2014 Beintehaa Guest/Parvati
2014 Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa (season 7) Guest / Support Ashish Sharma
2015 Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa (season 8) Contestant [First Runner Up]
2015 Aaj Ki Raat Hai Zindagi Guest Star Plus
2015 Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon? Ek Jashn[44] Khushi Kumari Gupta
2016 I Don't Watch TV Herself Arre
2017 Nach Baliye 8 Contestant with Mohit Sehgal [Second Runner Up] Star Plus
2017 A Table For Two Guest with Mohit Sehgal Zee TV
2018 India's Next Superstars Guest Contestant[45] Star Plus

Web Series

Year Name Role Platform Ref
2018 Vodka Shots Keya Sharma Youtube [46]
Zindabad Sara Sayed Jio Cinema [47]

Personal life

Irani announced her relationship with her co-star Mohit Sehgal from the serial Miley Jab Hum Tum on 19 November 2010, the last day of the shoot.[48]

In December 2015, Irani got engaged to Sehgal. They were married on 25 January 2016 in Goa.[49][50][51]

See also


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  2. ^ "From reel to real life jodis". The Times of India.
  3. ^ "Congratulations Mr.and Mrs. Sehgal". The Telly Tadka.
  4. ^ Tv Talks Networks (17 June 2015). "Sanaya Irani to take part in Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa (JDJ) 8". Mumbai: TV Talks. Retrieved 10 July 2015.
  5. ^ "I want to win Nach Baliye for Mohit: Sanaya Irani". 2 June 2017.
  6. ^ "Sanaya Irani brimming with joy a day before her birthday, read to know". 17 September 2016.
  7. ^ "Happy Birthday Sanaya Irani: Lesser known facts about the Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon actor". Indian Express. 17 September 2017.
  8. ^ "From Fanaa to Mile Jab Hum Tum". 2004-12-31. Retrieved 2014-04-19.
  9. ^ a b "From Fanaa to Mile Jab Hum Tum". Retrieved 2012-06-09.
  10. ^ "From Fanaa to Mile Jab Hum Tum". 2004-12-31. Retrieved 2014-04-19.
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  13. ^ "Sanaya Irani / Gunjan - Miley Jab Hum Tum". Archived from the original on 11 April 2010. Retrieved 9 June 2012.
  14. ^ "Shilpa, Arshad, Vaibhavi to judge 'Zara Nach Ke Dikha'". Deccan Herald. Retrieved 2012-05-28.
  15. ^ "Sanaya sharpens her claws for Meethi Choori No 1". Retrieved 2014-04-19.
  16. ^ "Katrina Kaif named world's sexiest Asian woman for the fourth time - The Times of India". 2013-12-07. Retrieved 2014-04-19.
  17. ^ "Replacement stars rewrite TRPs". Times Of India. Retrieved 2012-06-09.
  18. ^ "Soap star 'overwhelmed' by welcome from crowds". This is Leicestershire. Archived from the original on 21 April 2013. Retrieved 9 June 2012.
  19. ^ "Iss Pyaar Ko... completes a year and more drama to unfold". Times Of India. Retrieved 2012-06-09.
  20. ^ "Sanaya Irani & Karan V Grover to host Ishq Wala Love". The Times of India.
  21. ^ "TV celebs take up cooking challenge". Times of India. 18 January 2013. Retrieved 19 January 2013.
  22. ^ "Sanaya Irani & Karan V Grover to host Ishq Wala Love". Times of India. 6 Feb 2013. Retrieved 12 February 2013.CS1 maint: Date and year (link)
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  24. ^ Vijaya Tiwari (2013-03-04). "Few more names join Modern Bahoo". Times of India. Retrieved 5 March 2013.
  25. ^ "Chhan Chhan". Sony Entertainment Television India. Retrieved 27 February 2013.
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  27. ^ Chaya Unnikrishnan (2013-11-16). "First look | Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis". Retrieved 2014-04-19.
  28. ^
  29. ^ "Sanaya Irani and Rucha Hasabnis as wild card entrants in Bigg Boss 8". 23 October 2014.
  30. ^ Tv Talks Networks (17 June 2015). "Sanaya Irani to take part in Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa (JDJ) 8". Mumbai: TV Talks. Retrieved 10 July 2015.
  31. ^ "Popular TV actors comeback". The Times of India.
  32. ^ HT Correspondent (9 April 2017). "Nach Baliye 8: Sanaya Irani, Mohit Sehgal confirm they are part of the dance show". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 2017-04-25.
  33. ^ "Nach Baliye 8: Sanaya Irani lashes out at rumours, says she isn't the contracted winner. Watch videos". 21 June 2017.
  34. ^ "Star TV’s ‘Khushi’ to visit UK cities this month | BizAsia UK | The UK's only Asian media news site". Retrieved 2014-04-19.
  35. ^ Mercury, Leicester (2012-05-02). "Soap star 'overwhelmed' by welcome from crowds". Leicester Mercury. Retrieved 2014-04-19.
  36. ^ "Sanaya Irani to attend Star Parivaar Live | BizAsia UK | The UK's only Asian media news site". Retrieved 2014-04-19.
  37. ^ "Sanaya Irani (Khushi of IPKKND) coming to LA on 8th, 9th Dec | Gossip". 2013-02-15. Retrieved 2014-04-19.
  38. ^ "Bigg Boss: 'Don't like Tanishaa anymore' - The Times of India". 2013-12-20. Retrieved 2014-04-19.
  39. ^ "Eid Special: Akshay Kumar celebrates with Beintehaa, Balika Vadhu and Rangrasiya cast – View pics!". 12 July 2014.
  40. ^ Telly News (21 January 2018). "Dum Dum Dumroo (2018)". Myeduniya. Retrieved 2018-02-02.
  41. ^ "Sanaya Irani's short-film 'Pihu' to release this week". 18 June 2018.
  42. ^ "Star Plus eyes No. 1 spot on weekends with new shows". 7 August 2012. Retrieved 19 August 2012.
  43. ^ "Sanaya Irani, Hina Khan & Rupal Patel to have fun at MasterChef 3". Metro Masti. Retrieved 13 May 2017.
  44. ^
  45. ^ "Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon? Actress Sanaya Irani to be part of this dance reality show next?". 3 April 2017.
  46. ^ Sreejeeta Sen (26 December 2017). "Sanaya Irani is back but this time in a web-series titled Vodka Shots". Bollywood Life. Retrieved 2018-02-02.
  47. ^ "Sanaya Irani, Vikram Bhatt, Sana Khan in Vikram Bhatt's web-series, Zindabaad". 29 May 2018.
  48. ^ "We are opposites who attract: Sanaya, Mohit - The Times of India". 2011-08-14. Retrieved 2014-04-19.
  49. ^ "See pics: Sanaya Irani, Mohit Sehgal get engaged". 15 December 2015.
  50. ^ "Sanaya Irani and Mohit Sehgal ties the knot in Goa". The Indian Express.
  51. ^ "Sanaya Irani: Women just want to take a selfie and men just want to steal a kiss".

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