Sriti Jha (born 26 February 1986) is an Indian actress who primarily works in Hindi television. She made her acting debut in 2007 with Dhoom Machaao Dhoom playing Malini Sharma. Jha earned wider recognition with her portrayal of Pragya Arora in 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.[1]

Sriti Jha
Sriti-Jha-attend-the-press-meet-for-the-show-Khatron-Ke-Khiladi-12.jpg
Jha in 2022
Born (1986-02-26) 26 February 1986 (age 36)
Alma materSri Venkateswara College, University of Delhi
OccupationActress
Years active2007 - present
Notable workShaurya Aur Suhani
Dil Se Di Dua... Saubhagyavati Bhava?
Balika Vadhu
Kumkum Bhagya

Jha's notable works include portraying Suhani in Shaurya Aur Suhani, Sudha/Devika in Jyoti, Jhanvi/Sia in Dil Se Di Dua... Saubhagyavati Bhava? and Ganga in Balika Vadhu.[2] She has also participated in Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi 12 and Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 10.

Early life and educationEdit

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.[5]

CareerEdit

 
Jha in 2018

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 Star Plus'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, a victim of domestic violence in Dil Se Di Dua... Saubhagyavati Bhava?. In 2013, she played Ganga in Colors TV's Balika Vadhu. Jha received wider critical acclaim and praise after she played Pragya Arora in Ekta Kapoor's Kumkum Bhagya opposite Shabir Ahluwalia. 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 which was being shot 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 5th place.

Off-screen workEdit

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.[8] In an interview, she clarified she is not an asexual and that the poem isn't about her.[9] 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, [10] and "Chaabi Gum Gai Hai", based on a lesbian female.[11] 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.[12]

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.[13] 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.[14] 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"[15] as a narrator a day before the Valentines Day in 2021.

FilmographyEdit

FilmsEdit

Key
  Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2020 U-Turn Deepa Short film [16]
2023 Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani   TBA Completed [17]

TelevisionEdit

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 [18]
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 Raghavendra Pratap Singh [19]
2013 Balika Vadhu Ganga Singh
2014–2021 Kumkum Bhagya Pragya Arora Mehra [20]
2022 Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi 12 Contestant 10th place [21]
Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 10 5th place [22]

Special appearancesEdit

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 Kundali Bhagya Pragya Arora Mehra
2021 Bhagya Lakshmi [23]
Meet
Darmiyaan Sakshi Deewan Narrator

AccoladesEdit

 
Jha at Zee Rishtey Awards 2018
Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2015 Indian Telly Awards Best Actress in a Lead Role Kumkum Bhagya Won [24]
Best Jodi Won
2016 Gold Awards Face of the Year Won
2018 Best Actress in Lead Role Won [25]
Best Onscreen Jodi Nominated
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 alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  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". Daily News and Analysis. Retrieved 23 August 2022.
  8. ^ "Sriti Jha Narrates What Being An Asexual Is Like". Brut. 11 January 2021. Retrieved 8 May 2021.
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ Jha, Sriti (22 April 2020). "Choodiyaan - Sriti Jha | Tamboostaan". Retrieved 22 April 2020 – via YouTube.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  11. ^ Jha, Sriti (8 February 2019). "Chaabi Gum Gayi Hai - Sriti Jha | Spoken Fest 2019" – via YouTube.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  12. ^ Jha, Sriti (28 December 2019). "It's Pehla Pyaar, Every Time - Sriti Jha | Hindi Storytelling | Tape A Tale". Retrieved 28 December 2019 – via YouTube.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  13. ^ Jha, Sriti (7 April 2019). "To Like? Or Love? - Sriti Jha | The Storytellers". Retrieved 7 April 2019 – via YouTube.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  14. ^ Jha, Sriti (14 March 2020). "A letter to myself - Sriti Jha | Hindi storytelling | Tape A Tale". Retrieved 14 March 2020 – via YouTube.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  15. ^ Jha, Sriti; Katiyar, Muskaan (13 February 2021). "Cheesy Stupid Ishq - Sriti Jha | Storytelling | Poetry Tape A Tale" – via YouTube.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  16. ^ 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.
  17. ^ "Karan Johar ropes in Arjun Bijlani, Shraddha Arya, Sriti Jha and Arjit Taneja for Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani". Bollywood Hungama. 5 August 2022. Retrieved 9 August 2022.
  18. ^ "STAR Plus unveils the adventures of Shaurya Aur Suhani". Afaqs. 19 March 2009. Retrieved 21 June 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  19. ^ Naval-Shetye, Aakanksha (21 November 2013). "Serial scan: 'Dil Se Di Dua... Saubhagyavati Bhava'". DNA. Retrieved 21 June 2022.
  20. ^ "Kumkum Bhagya completes 5 years; Shabir Ahluwalia and Sriti Jha get nostalgic". The Times of India. 15 April 2019. Retrieved 21 June 2022.
  21. ^ 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.
  22. ^ "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.
  23. ^ "Abhi and Pragya reach Rishi and Lakshmi's wedding | Bhagya Lakshmi". ABP Live. 23 August 2021. Retrieved 21 June 2022.
  24. ^ "Kumkum Bhagya star Sriti won the lead actress award". The Indian Express. 30 November 2015. Retrieved 5 December 2015.
  25. ^ 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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