Sriti Jha (born 26 February 1986) is an Indian actress working primarily in Hindi television. She earned wider recognition with her portrayal of Pragya Arora in Zee TV's drama series Kumkum Bhagya, which won her various awards, including Indian Telly Award for Best Actress in a Lead Role and ITA Award for Best Actress Drama. She is also known for her participation in Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi 12 and became 4th Runner-up in Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 10. She made her acting debut in 2007 with Dhoom Machaao Dhoom.[1] Jha's notable works include portraying Suhani in Shaurya Aur Suhani, Sudha/Devika in Jyoti, Jhanvi/Sia Dobriyal in Dil Se Di Dua... Saubhagyavati Bhava? and Pragya in Kumkum Bhagya and stunt based show Khatron Ke Khiladi.[2]

Sriti Jha
Jha in 2022
Born (1986-02-26) 26 February 1986 (age 37)
Alma materVenkateswara College, Delhi
Years active2007–present
Notable workShaurya Aur Suhani
Dil Se Di Dua... Saubhagyavati Bhava?
Balika Vadhu
Kumkum Bhagya

Early life and education edit

Jha was born on 26 February 1986 in Begusarai, Bihar, India.[3] She went to live with her family in Kolkata, where they stayed for 10 years, then moved to Kathmandu, Nepal. They then moved to New Delhi, where she continued her studies at Laxman Public School.[4] She completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in English at Sri Venkateswara College, New Delhi. She has an elder sister, Meenakshi and a younger brother, Shashank.[5]

Career edit

Jha made her television debut in 2007 playing Malini Sharma in Disney India's teen drama Dhoom Machaao Dhoom.[6] She went on to be a part of Jiya Jale where she played Sunaina Kotak. Jha also participated in the dance reality show Nachle Ve with Saroj Khan. In 2009, she played Suhani in StarPlus's Shaurya Aur Suhani. She rose to prominence with Jyoti on NDTV Imagine playing Sudha Sharma, a split personality patient.

In 2011, she played Jhanvi Dobriyal, a victim of domestic violence in Dil Se Di Dua... Saubhagyavati Bhava?. In 2013, she played Ganga in Colors TV's Balika Vadhu.

From 2014 to 2021, she played Pragya Mehra in Ekta Kapoor's Kumkum Bhagya opposite Shabir Ahluwalia, and received wider critical acclaim and praise. She became a household name with her portrayal of Pragya and won several awards.

In 2022, she participated in Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi 12, filmed in Cape Town, South Africa, and ended up finishing at 10th place.[7] In the same year, she joined Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 10 as a wildcard entry and finished at 4th place.

In July 2023, she made a cameo appearance in Karan Johar's Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani. Since November 2023, she is portraying Amruta Bhavani Chitnis opposite her former Kumkum Bhagya co-actor Arjit Taneja in Zee TV's Kaise Mujhe Tum Mil Gaye.[8]

Off-screen work edit

Jha in 2018

In January 2021, Jha recited a poem, "Confessions Of An Asexual Romantic", during the 2020 Kommune India Spoken Fest, in which she spoke about how the life of an asexual might be and how there is a lack of freedom in India when it comes to talking about one's sexuality.[9] In an interview, she clarified she is not an asexual and that the poem isn't about her.[10] She also recited two more poems regarding people with different sexual preferences and the problems they face such as "Choodiyaan" which talks about a gay male,[11] and "Chaabi Gum Gai Hai", based on a lesbian female.[12] In "It's Pehla Pyaar Every Time", she talks about how every time we fall in love, it feels as if it's the first time.[13]

Her other works, such as "To Like? Or To Love?" differentiate between loving and liking and how liking is free of boundaries while love is limiting.[14] Jha's first open letter "A Letter To Myself" is about what she wants to tell her 15-year-old self in the past and that we should never compromise under any circumstance.[15] In this collaboration with ITC Vivel, Jha inspires women to uncondition, challenge stereotypes and go forth to fulfill their dreams with confidence and say out loud, "Ab Samjhauta Nahin". She also presented a poem "Cheesy Stupid Ishq"[16] as a narrator a day before the Valentines Day in 2021.

Filmography edit

Films edit

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2020 U-Turn Deepa Short film [17]
2023 Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani Jaya Cameo [18]
Chawal Short film [19]

Television edit

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2007–2008 Dhoom Machaao Dhoom Malini Sharma [6]
2008 Jiya Jale Sunaina Kotak
Kaho Na Yaar Hai Contestant
2009 Shaurya Aur Suhani Princess Suhani [20]
2009–2010 Jyoti Sudha/Devika Sharma
2010 Rakt Sambandh Sandhya Savratkar
Nachle Ve with Saroj Khan Contestant
Meethi Choori No 1
2011–2013 Dil Se Di Dua... Saubhagyavati Bhava? Jhanvi Dobriyal / Sia Pratapsingh [21]
2013 Balika Vadhu Ganga Singh
2014–2021 Kumkum Bhagya Pragya Arora Mehra [22]
2022 Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi 12 Contestant 10th place [23]
Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 10 4th place [24]
2023–present Kaise Mujhe Tum Mil Gaye Amruta "Amu" Bhavani Chitnis [25]

Special appearances edit

Year Title Role Notes
2010 Rahul Dulhaniya Le Jayega Herself
2014 Jamai Raja Pragya Arora Mehra
2015 Tashan-e-Ishq
Nach Baliye 7 Herself
Bad Company
2016 Naagin 2 Herself Narrator
2017–2018 Kundali Bhagya Pragya Arora Mehra
2021 Bhagya Lakshmi [26]
Darmiyaan Sakshi Deewan Narrator
2023 Saubhagyavati Bhava: * Niyam Aur Shartein Laagu Jhanvi/Sia Cameo[27]

Awards and nominations edit

Jha at Zee Rishtey Awards 2018
Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2014 Boroplus Gold Awards Best Actress in a Lead Role (Popular) Kumkum Bhagya Nominated
Indian Television Academy Awards Best Actress (Drama) Nominated
Best Actress (Popular) Nominated
2015 Gr8! On-Screen Couple Won
Indian Telly Awards Best Actress in a Lead Role Won [28]
Best Jodi Won
2016 Gold Awards Best Actress Won
2018 Best Actress in Lead Role Won [29]
Best Onscreen Jodi
Indian Television Academy Awards Best Actress (Drama) Nominated
2019 Indian Telly Awards Best Actress in Lead Role Female (Popular) Nominated
Best Onscreen Couple Nominated
Gold Awards Best Actress in a Lead Role (Popular) Nominated
Indian Television Academy Awards Best Actress (Drama) Won

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ "Pragya's Glamorous looks in Kumkum Bhagya". India Today. 20 August 2015. Retrieved 21 June 2022.
  2. ^ Agarwal, Stuti (2 January 2013). "Didn't leave Saubhagyavati Bhava for Balika Vadhu: Sriti Jha". The Times of India. Retrieved 17 December 2015.
  3. ^ "Kumkum Bhagya's Sriti Jha turns 31; here are 6 times the actress looked completely different from her onscreen image". The Times of India. 27 February 2017. Retrieved 30 June 2017.
  4. ^ "Kumkum Bhagya: 8 Lesser known facts about actress Sriti Jha aka Pragya". The Times of India. 30 August 2017. Retrieved 22 March 2021.
  5. ^ "Kumkum Bhagya star Sriti Jha says, "If my sister had not convinced me, I wouldn't be acting"". Bollywood Hungama. 4 September 2020. Retrieved 27 April 2022.
  6. ^ a b Jambhekar, Shruti (24 January 2012). "I have no time for love: Sriti Jha". The Times of India. Retrieved 14 February 2015.
  7. ^ "Khatron Ke Khiladi 12: Sriti Jha evicted from Rohit Shetty's stunt-based show". DNA. 22 August 2022. Retrieved 15 June 2023.
  8. ^ "Arjit Taneja and Sriti Jha star in a new show about conflicting views on relationships". The Times of India. 3 November 2023. Retrieved 22 November 2023.
  9. ^ "Sriti Jha Narrates What Being An Asexual Is Like". Brut. 11 January 2021. Retrieved 8 May 2021.
  10. ^ Farzeen, Sana (18 June 2022). "Sriti Jha says her viral poem on asexuality is 'not about me': 'Because it was written in first person, people felt…'". The Indian Express. Retrieved 18 June 2022.
  11. ^ Jha, Sriti (22 April 2020). "Choodiyaan - Sriti Jha | Tamboostaan". Retrieved 22 April 2020 – via YouTube.
  12. ^ Jha, Sriti (8 February 2019). "Chaabi Gum Gayi Hai - Sriti Jha | Spoken Fest 2019" – via YouTube.
  13. ^ Jha, Sriti (28 December 2019). "It's Pehla Pyaar, Every Time - Sriti Jha | Hindi Storytelling | Tape A Tale". Retrieved 28 December 2019 – via YouTube.
  14. ^ Jha, Sriti (7 April 2019). "To Like? Or Love? - Sriti Jha | The Storytellers". Retrieved 7 April 2019 – via YouTube.
  15. ^ Jha, Sriti (14 March 2020). "A letter to myself - Sriti Jha | Hindi storytelling | Tape A Tale". Retrieved 14 March 2020 – via YouTube.
  16. ^ Jha, Sriti; Katiyar, Muskaan (13 February 2021). "Cheesy Stupid Ishq - Sriti Jha | Storytelling | Poetry Tape A Tale" – via YouTube.
  17. ^ Bhatnaagar, Sudhi (5 March 2020). "Celebrate Women's Day With Kumkum Bhagya Stars Sriti Jha & Supriya Shukla's Powerful Short Film". RVCJ. Retrieved 21 June 2022.
  18. ^ "Karan Johar ropes in Arjun Bijlani, Shraddha Arya, Sriti Jha and Arjit Taneja for Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani". Bollywood Hungama. 5 August 2022. Retrieved 9 August 2022.
  19. ^ Yahya Bootwala and Anmol Joshi, Yahya and Anmol (18 July 2023). "Chawal". Instagram. Retrieved 18 July 2023.
  20. ^ "STAR Plus unveils the adventures of Shaurya Aur Suhani". Afaqs. 19 March 2009. Retrieved 21 June 2022.
  21. ^ Naval-Shetye, Aakanksha (21 November 2013). "Serial scan: 'Dil Se Di Dua... Saubhagyavati Bhava'". DNA. Retrieved 21 June 2022.
  22. ^ "Kumkum Bhagya completes 5 years; Shabir Ahluwalia and Sriti Jha get nostalgic". The Times of India. 15 April 2019. Retrieved 21 June 2022.
  23. ^ Keshri, Shweta (5 May 2022). "Sriti Jha to be a part of Khatron Ke Khiladi 12, says 'petrified of the show but it's a decision I've made'". India Today. Retrieved 7 June 2022.
  24. ^ "After Khatron Ke Khiladi 12, Sriti Jha enters as the first wild card entry in Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 10". The Times of India. 2 October 2022. Retrieved 2 October 2022.
  25. ^ Maheshwari, Neha (26 October 2023). "Exclusive - Sriti Jha: I have been in love that was impossible and that's because I lacked faith in myself". The Times of India. Retrieved 31 October 2023.
  26. ^ "Abhi and Pragya reach Rishi and Lakshmi's wedding | Bhagya Lakshmi". ABP Live. 23 August 2021. Retrieved 21 June 2022.
  27. ^ Trivedi, Tanvi (1 August 2023). "Exclusive! I enjoyed watching Sriti Jha in Saubhagya Vati Bhava, proud that I am playing her part now: Amandeep Sidhu on bagging the lead role in Saubhagyavati Bhava 2". The Times of India. Retrieved 16 September 2023.
  28. ^ "Kumkum Bhagya star Sriti won the lead actress award". The Indian Express. 30 November 2015. Retrieved 5 December 2015.
  29. ^ Fazeen, Sana (20 June 2018). "Zee Gold Awards 2018: Jennifer Winget, Mouni Roy, Hina Khan, Ravi Dubey, Nakuul Mehta win big honours". The Indian Express. Retrieved 4 May 2022.

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