Sanaya Irani is an Indian film and television actress. She attained fame and recognition with her role in the TV show Miley Jab Hum Tum. Later, she portrayed the lead character in Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon?
Sanaya has done a bit role in the Aamir Khan starrer ‘Fanaa’ as Kajol’s friend. She has also appeared in many reality TV shows. She is currently working in the drama Rangrasiya which is telecast on Colors TV.
Family, education and early career
Sanaya Irani was born on 17th September 1983 in a Parsi family in Mumbai. She spent her early childhood in a boarding school based at Ooty. She then came back to Mumbai and graduated in commerce from Sydenham College. Sanaya wanted to continue her studies and get a degree in MBA, but decided against it and tried for a career in acting.
The first portfolio of Sanaya Irani was taken by then photographer Boman Irani. He was known to the family and quite famous as a photographer. When Boman met Sanaya he straightaway realized that she did not want to become an actress, but her mother wanted her to pursue a career in acting. He therefore advised her to think about her career choice for some time. He told her that she should come to himonly when she was one hundred percent sure that she wanted to become an actress and then he would shoot her portfolio. He pointed out to Sanaya that acting was a hard industry and that only when she desired to become an actress would she be able to achieve success. Sanaya finally decided to get into acting and later had her portfolio shot by Boman.
Early in her career, Irani appeared in different commercials for big brands such as Reliance, Airtel, and Pepsi, etc. and in some cases got the opportunity to work with superstars like Amitabh Bachchan, Shahrukh Khan, Kareena Kapoor, and Priyanka Chopra. Her performance debut was in the song ‘Tumko Dekha Toh Yeh’ by Jagjit Singh. She then appeared in many more music videos. She also got many offers of acting in the Hindi film industry. But they were always miniscule roles which did not interest her. Her career as an actress began in the year 2006 with ‘Fanaa.’ This was also a minor role but Sanaya accepted it as the film was made under the Yash Raj banner. She thought that working with such a prestigious production house will give her excellent exposure to the world of acting. The other reason for accepting the role was because the movie featured her favorite stars Aamir Khan and Kajol.
Sanaya Irani grew up in India. Despite this fact, her grasp of Hindi was not that great and she struggled with the language on many occasions. Her lack of fluency in Hindi posed several hurdles during the early phase of her career. Dialogues in chaste Hindi posed her the most troubles.
Irani’s television career
The 1.65 meter tall Sanaya Irani’s debuted on television as Cadet Sameera Shroff in the 2007 drama ‘Left Right Left’ telecast on SAB TV. Later in 2008, she essayed a negative yet glamorous character in the TV show ‘Radhaa Ki Betiyaan Kuch Kar Dikhayengi’ aired on Imagine TV.
Sanaya got her first lead role as a television actress in the show “Miley Jab Hum Tum.” The serial had a successful run on Star One from 2008 to 2011. Irani played the character of Gunjan, a studious, simple, and reclusive girl. Her next TV project was the female lead in the show ‘Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon?’ Sanaya essayed the role of the loving and cheerful Khushi Kumari Gupta.
Sanaya’s acting in the above two tele-serials made her one of the most popular and appreciated actresses on Indian television. The drama Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon? had a big fan following and consistently featured as one of the top 10 daily soaps on Indian general entertainment TV channels.
In the initial half of 2013, Sanaya portrayed the role of a modern and spirited girl in the serial Chhan Chhan. The soap opera was a loose adaptation of the Bollywood film ‘Khubsoorat.’
Currently, Sanaya is working in Saurabh Tiwari produced drama Rangrasiya. She plays the role of Parvati, a person who has complete faith in love and its existence. She is attracted to the male lead Rudra who does not like anyone who believes in love; but at the same time he also gets attracted to Parvati.
Sanaya Irani is currently dating her co-star of Miley Jab Hum Tum,Mohit Sehgal. She announced her relationship status on the last day of the shoot, on 19 November 2010. She is currently happy with the status of her relationship and does not want to proceed to marriage. Sanaya is completely focused on her career at the moment. She believes that marriage will happen as and when both of them decide that it is time to tie the knot.
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