Archana Galrani, better known by her stage name Sanjjanaa Galrani, is an Indian model and film actress. She made her film debut in the Tamil-Telugu bilingual film Oru Kadhal Seiveer (2006), and soon known for her controversial role in the Kannada film Ganda Hendathi (2006). Her supporting role in the 2008 Telugu film Bujjigadu directed by Puri Jagannadh was her debut into the Telugu film industry.[1][2] In 2017, she played Chandri in the bilingual crime drama Dandupalya 2.[3][4][5]

Archana Galrani

c. 1988
Other namesSanjana, Archana
OccupationActress, model
Years active2005–present
RelativesNikki Galrani (sister)

Early years and personal lifeEdit

Brought up in Bengaluru, Sanjjanaa is of Sindhi origin.[6] When she was doing her PUC, she received her first modelling offer. She continued her studies while working as a part-time model.[7] She appeared in over 60 television advertisements,[7] the most notable being a Fastrack advertisement with John Abraham.[6]

Her younger sister, Nikki Galrani, is also an actress.[8]


Debut (2005)Edit

After appearing in advertisements and as child artist in roles in the films Soggadu and Panduranga Vittala,[9] she got her first starring role in Ganda Hendathi.[7]

Her first release, however, was the Tamil documentary turned into a feature film - Oru Kadhal Seiveer. S R Ashok Kumar of The Hindu noted that Sanjjanaa, then credited under her birth name, was "very beautiful but has to work on her acting".[10]

Ganda Hendathi, a Kannada remake of the Hindi film Murder (2004), itself an adaptation of the Hollywood film Unfaithful (2002).[11][12][13] The film was released in Telugu as Mogudu Pellam O Boy Friend. A reviewer from criticised her performance in emotional sequences,[14] while Sify wrote, "Sanjjanaa has made a decent debut and she is extremely daring and does justice to her role".[11]

In 2008, she made her official Telugu film debut in Puri Jagannadh's Bujjigadu, in which she played the role of Kangana alongside Prabhas and Trisha Krishnan. Although this was a supporting role, it gained her considerable attention and popularity.[6][15] In 2010, she was seen in the Telugu film Police Police, which was followed by a cameo role in Huduga Hudugi. Her final release of that year was Mylari with Shivrajkumar, in which she played a journalist and was featured in a special song opposite Shivrajkumar. The film's success gained her offers in Kannada cinema. She won the Bangalore Times Award for Best Actor in a Negative Role Female in 2012 for I Am Sorry Mathe Banni Preethsona.[16][17]

In January 2012, she played one of the lead female roles in Casanovva, her maiden Malayalam venture. Reportedly the costliest Malayalam production of all time,[6] and co-starring Mohanlal and Shriya Saran, the film saw Sanjjanaa portray a salsa dancer.[18] Director Rosshan Andrrews signed her for the particular role, since she was trained in salsa.[6] Her last release is her second Malayalam film, the Shaji Kailas directed The King & the Commissioner, co-starring Mammooty and Suresh Gopi. Later in 2012 she appeared in films including Narasimha, Ondu Kshanadalli, Sagar, all of which being Kannada projects, and Yamaho Yama.

In 2013 she appeared in Jagan Nirdoshi in Telugu which was made under Padmalaya Films and in Mahanadhi in Kannada, which was her first heroine-centric film. She was then seen in Nenem…Chinna Pillana?[19] She is currently filming for a Telugu film, Saradha, directed by RP Patnaik.[20][21]

Sanjjana Galrani launched Sanjjanaa Galrani Foundation on December 25th 2019.


In 2017, Sanjjanaa played Chandri in the bilingual crime drama film Dandupalya 2.[22]


Year Film Role Language Notes
2005 Soggadu Anu Telugu Uncredited role
2006 Ganda Hendathi Sanjana Kannada
2006 Jackpot Herself Kannada Celebrity appearance
2007 Autograph Please Herself Kannada
2008 Arjun Sanjana Kannada
Varasdhaara Sanjana Kannada
Bujjigadu Kangana Telugu
2009 Satyameva Jeyathe Sanjana Telugu
Mast Maja Maadi Herself Kannada Celebrity appearance
Samardhudu Telugu
2010 Police Police Sandhya Telugu
Huduga Hudugi Unnamed Kannada Celebrity appearance
Mylari Swathi Kannada
2011 Ee Sanje Anu Kannada
Rangappa Hogbitna Sneha Kannada
Dusshasana Kajal Telugu
I Am Sorry Mathe Banni Preethsona Sinchana Kannada
Take It Easy Herself Kannada Guest appearance
Mugguru Yamini Telugu
2012 Ko Ko Kannada Special appearance
Casanovva Nidhi Malayalam
The King & the Commissioner Nitha Rathore Malayalam [23]
Narasimha Rani Kannada
Ondu Kshanadalli Shilpa Kannada
Sagar Jenny Kannada
Yamaho Yama Nisha Telugu
2013 Mahanadhi Meenakshi Kannada
Nenem…Chinna Pillana? Telugu
Jagan Nirdoshi Telugu
2014 Love You Bangaram Kannada Special appearance[24]
Agraja Kannada
2015 Rebel Laila Kannada
Ram-Leela Kannada
Bangalore 560023 Kannada [25]
Ring Road Kannada
Avunu 2 Sanjana Telugu
2016 Sardaar Gabbar Singh Gayathri Telugu [26]
Just Akasmika Aarohi Kannada [27]
Santheyalli Nintha Kabira Kannada
Mandya to Mumbai   Kannada [28]
2017 Dandupalya 2 Chandri Kannada
2 Countries Tamannah Telugu
2018 Rajasimha Kannada
Dandupalya 3 Chandri Kannada
Chila Nerangalil Chilar Malayalam
2019 Vasavadutta Vasavadatha Malayalam Pre-production
Badarul Muneer Husunul Jamal Malayalam Delayed
Boxer Tamil Filming[30]
Poda Mundam Tamil Filming[31]


  • Sanjana was a contestant on Bigg Boss Kannada in its debut season.[32]
  • Swarna Khadgam/Illayathalapathy as Queen Mahadatri. Produced by Arka Media Works and directed by Yata Satya Narayana.


  • Best Actor in a Negative Role Female for Mathe Banni Preethsona – The Bangalore Times Film Awards 2011[33]
  • In 2015, she entered into the Limca Book of World Records by cycling for 104 hours.[34]
  • She was given the Celebrity Social Media Icon 2016 award by GMASA.[35]


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  10. ^ "Sordid affair – Oru Kadhal Seiveer". The Hindu. 10 March 2006.
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  29. ^ "Sanjjana goes de glam to play cold blooded murderer". The Times of India. Retrieved 20 May 2016.
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  32. ^ "'Bigg Boss - I tolerated Thilak's cheap comments thrice: Sanjjanna '". Filmibeat. 15 September 2014. Retrieved 15 September 2014.
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  35. ^ "GMASA 2016 Wraps Up With A Bang".

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