Sanjjanaa Galrani

Sanjjanaa Galrani (now known as Mahira) is an Indian model and actress who made her film debut in the Tamil movie 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.[2][3] In 2017, she played Chandri in the Kannada crime drama Dandupalya 2.[4][5][6]

Sanjjanaa Galrani
Sanjjanaa Galrani at Filmfare awards
Archana Galrani
Other namesSanjana, Archana, Mahira
  • Actress
  • model
Years active2005–present
Spouse(s)Azeez Pasha [1]
RelativesNikki Galrani (sister)

Early years and personal lifeEdit

Brought up in Bangalore, Sanjjanaa is of Sindhi origin.[7] When she was doing her PUC, she received her first modelling offer. She continued her studies while working as a part-time model. [8] She appeared in over 60 television advertisements,[8] the most notable being a Fastrack advertisement with John Abraham.[7] She has a sister, Nikki Galrani, who is also an actress.[9][10]

She married Azeez Pasha and converted to Islam in October 2018. She changed her name to Mahira after her marriage which took place in October 2018.[11]


Debut (2005)Edit

After appearing in advertisements and as child artist in roles in the films Soggadu and Panduranga Vittala,[12] she got her first starring role in Ganda Hendathi.[8]

Her first release, however, was the Tamil documentary 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".[13]

Ganda Hendathi, a Kannada remake of the Hindi film Murder (2004), itself an adaptation of the Hollywood film Unfaithful (2002).[14][15][16] The film was released in Telugu as Mogudu Pellam O Boy Friend. A reviewer from criticised her performance in emotional sequences,[17] while Sify wrote, "Sanjjanaa has made a decent debut and she is extremely daring and does justice to her role".[14]

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.[7][18] 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.[19][20]

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,[7] and co-starring Mohanlal and Shriya Saran, the film saw Sanjjanaa portray a salsa dancer.[21] Director Rosshan Andrrews signed her for the particular role, since she was trained in salsa.[7] 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?[22] She is currently filming for a Telugu film, Saradha, directed by RP Patnaik.[23][24]



Year Film Role Language Notes
2005 Soggadu Anu Telugu Uncredited role
2006 Oru Kadhal Seiveer Subha Tamil
2006 Ganda Hendathi Sanjana Kannada
2006 Jackpot Herself Cameo appearance
2007 Autograph Please Herself
2008 Arjun Sanjana
Varasdhaara Sanjana
Bujjigadu Kangana Telugu
2009 Satyameva Jeyathe Sanjana
Mast Maja Maadi Herself Kannada Cameo appearance
Samardhudu Telugu
2010 Police Police Sandhya
Huduga Hudugi Kannada Special appearance
Mylari Swathi
2011 Ee Sanje Anu
Rangappa Hogbitna Sneha
Dusshasana Kajal Telugu
I Am Sorry Mathe Banni Preethsona Sinchana Kannada
Take It Easy Herself Cameo appearance
Mugguru Yamini Telugu
2012 Ko Ko Kannada Special appearance
Casanovva Nidhi Malayalam
The King & the Commissioner Nitha Rathore [25]
Narasimha Rani Kannada
Ondu Kshanadalli Shilpa
Sagar Jenny
Yamaho Yama Nisha Telugu
2013 Mahanadhi Meenakshi Kannada
Nenem…Chinna Pillana? Telugu
Jagan Nirdoshi
2014 Love You Bangaram Special appearance[26]
Agraja Kannada
2015 Rebel Laila
Bangalore 560023 [27]
Ring Road
Avunu 2 Sanjana Telugu
2016 Sardaar Gabbar Singh Gayathri [28]
Just Akasmika Aarohi Kannada [29]
Santheyalli Nintha Kabira
Mandya to Mumbai   [30]
2017 Dandupalya 2 Chandri [31][32]
2 Countries Tamannah Telugu
2018 Rajasimha Kannada
Dandupalya 3 Chandri
2020 Untitled Mani Ram - Ramar Movie Tamil Filming[33]
Chila Nerangalil Chilar Malayalam



  • Best Actor in a Negative Role Female for Mathe Banni Preethsona – The Bangalore Times Film Awards 2011[36]
  • In 2015, she entered into the Limca Book of World Records by cycling for 104 hours.[37]
  • She was given the Celebrity Social Media Icon 2016 award by GMASA.[38]


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  33. ^ "விஜய் டிவி ராமருக்கு ஜோடியாக நடிக்கும் பிரபல நடிகையின் தங்கை..." nakkheeran. 7 September 2019.
  34. ^ "'Bigg Boss - I tolerated Thilak's cheap comments thrice: Sanjjanna '". Filmibeat. 15 September 2014. Retrieved 15 September 2014.
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  37. ^ "Sanjjanaa's in the Limca Book of Records - Times of India". The Times of India.
  38. ^ "GMASA 2016 Wraps Up With A Bang".

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