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Perfect bahu to ideal politician: How much do you know about Smriti Irani?

There isn’t anyone in India who doesn’t know Smriti Irani. From the perfect bahu on television to the firebrand politician, who defeated Gandhi scion Rahul Gandhi at their stronghold Amethi, Smriti Irani’s rise is phenomenal.

From the word go Smriti Irani has been an achiever. We tell you how.

Smriti Irani won Indian Television Awards for five consecutive years   

The effortlessly brilliant actress, who won the Indian Television Academy award consecutively five times in a row, has been a familiar face on television having found fame in India and abroad as well. She portrayed the character of perfect bahu Tulsi Virani in Ekta Kapoor’s production Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi and got instant fame and acclaim.

Smriti Irani became a politician after being a successful TV actress
Smriti Irani in Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi. Image Source

Her Bengali origins

Being a proud Bengali myself, I could not resist the temptation of introducing you all to Smriti’s Bengali origin from the maternal side of her family, most directly from her mother, Shibani Bagchi.

Her introduction since childhood was to politics and not to acting or films. Her grandfather was an active member of the RSS (Rashtriya Sevak Sangha).

She was born and brought up in Delhi in a strictly conservative household. She was the eldest of her three sisters and her entire schooling was from the city of Delhi itself. She undertook the initial introductory exam for the Bachelors in Commerce course from Delhi School of Open Learning from Delhi University; however she did not continue with the course beyond the first year.

Smriti Irani took part in the Miss India pageant in
Smriti Irani at the Miss India Pageant in 1998. Image Source

Smriti Irani participated in the Miss India pageant

Smriti participated in the most popular beauty pageant of that time, Miss India in the year 1998. She however could not reach the top 9. This contest gave her the initial, much-needed exposure, which stabilized her base in the TV industry. She also appeared in an item song by Mika Singh in the same year for the Punjabi singer’s album (link below).

The perfect mom

She married businessman Zubin Irani after a short courtship and their first child was born in October 2001. She gave birth to their second child in the year 2003. She is also stepmother to Shanelle (Zubin’s daughter from his previous marriage with Monica Irani). Shanelle is a headstrong grown up daughter who is pursuing law in Georgetown University at the United States.

Smriti Irani, the Queen of Multi-tasking

While she was having babies and handling home, she was also gaining popularity on TV.

She has balanced her home and career wonderfully. She regularly posts cute couple pictures with her husband on social media which often go viral among her many fans.

Smriti Irani with husband Zubin Irani and their children
Smriti Irani with husband Zubin Irani and their children. Image Source

Smriti Irani turned producer

She went on to produce shows which aired on Sony TV, 9X and she featured in a supporting role in Zee TV’s Teen Bahuraniyan in 2007.  2008 saw the effervescent and ever-dynamic Smriti add another feather to her cap, when she began hosting the competitive Dance Reality Show, Yeh Hai Jalwa, along with another screen bahu Sakshi Tanwar on 9X. Hrithik Roshan and several other star celebrities appeared on the show which went on to become a relatively successful commercial project.

Smriti Irani joins politics

Smriti was already familiar with politics due to her roots in RSS and she cemented her connection with politics when she joined the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) in 2003.

She assumed the role of the Vice President of the Maharashtra Youth Wing in 2004 and contested against Kapil Sibal in the Lok Sabha elections from the Chandni Chowk Constituency in Delhi, although she faced defeat in the same.

Her rise in politics

2004 – She was nominated as executive member of central committee of BJP.

2010 – Appointed National Secretary of the BJP. Became all India President of BJP’s Women’s Wing.

2011- She became a member of parliament from Gujarat to the Rajya Sabha.

2014- Smritia Irani lost in the elections to Rahul Gandhi in Amethi. In the same year she was appointed the Minister of Human Resource Development.

2016- She was made the Minister of Textiles.

2017- She was given the additional charge of Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.

Smriti Irani scripts political history

The present Lok Sabha elections of 2019 saw Smriti contest the Lok Sabha elections in the same constituency of Amethi against Congress’ poster boy Rahul Gandhi. She successfully defeated him by a margin of roughly a little more than 55000 votes. Her resounding victory against Gandhi etched a significant place for her in the political history of India.

With this win Smriti Irani silences all her critics who have questioned her lack of educational qualification, her TV background and the controversies she got involved in during her tenure as HRD minister.

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