Smriti Irani has become a well-known face in Indian politics. She found place as HRD minister in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Cabinet but soon she was changed over to Minister of Textile. Smriti Irani and Captain Anurag Thakur are youngest ministers who are most talked young guns of Prime Minister. Many of you must be aware that Smriti Irani was also well-known face on small screen before stepping into politics. Today we will let you know about journey, life and some fantasy facts about Smriti Irani.
Smriti Irani birth
Smriti Irani was born on 23rd March 1977 to a Punjabi family. Her name is Smriti Malhotra. Her father Mr Ajay Kumar Malhotra is a Punjabi and mother Mrs Shibani Bagchi is Bengali. Smriti Irani is eldest among three sisters.
Smriti Irani Education
Irani has completed her schooling from Holy Child Auxilium school situated at New Delhi and she also holds degree from Delhi University.
Smriti Irani Marriage
Marriage of Smriti Irani has always remain much talked about topic in India. She is happily married now but the story behind her marriage is little controversial.
Irani is wife of Zubin Irani. Smriti Irani came to Mumbai from Delhi to pursue her dreams. She faced most difficult time of her life there. She had a friend named Mona in Mumbai. Mona and Smriti were childhood friends and they went through modelling struggle together. When Smriti came to Mumbai, Mona was already married to rich business tycoon Zubin Irani. Since Smriti Irani had no place to stay in Mumbai, Mona helped her. Smriti spend her starting time at Mona and Zubin’s residence. This was the time, Zubin and Smrit developed a relationship. If rumors are to be believed, Mona wanted to discontinue her marriage and she divorced Zubin. Since Zubin and Mona had daughter, Zubin approached Smriti Irani for marriage and to raise up their daughter.
On the other hand, sources say Zubin developed relationship with Smriti Irani when she was staying at their residence. And Zubin relationship with Smriti caused Zubin and Mona divorce. Whatever may be, its history now. Zubin Smriti and Mona, all are happy now at their personal zones.
Smriti Irani family
Zubin and Smriti have a daughter and son named Joish and Johar. Apart from that, daughter Shanelle is also there who is daughter of Zubin and Mona.
Smriti Irani Career as Actress
Smriti Irani came to Mumbai in 1990. In Mumbai, Smriti Irani participated in 1998 Femina Miss India contest. She could not win the title but she could make her place in top finalists. Smriti Irani also performed in a song with famous Punjabi singer Mika Singh. As a TV actor, she got fame in ‘Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi’ TV-serial which Ekta Kapoor has directed. The serial spanned from 3rd July 2000 to 6th November 2008. Smriti played Tulsi in the serial.
Apart from ‘Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi’, Smriti has showcased her acting skills in serials ‘Kya Hadsa Kya Haqiqat’. She has also worked in Bengali, Hindi and Telugu films.
Awards won by Smriti Irani
Smriti has won 9 awards for the serial ‘Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi’. She also won Best Actress award in 2010 for serial ‘Virudh’.
Political career of Smriti Irani
Smriti Irani stepped into politics in 2003 itself when she was working for TV also. She chose RSS to join. Her grandfather was also member of RSS, that may be reason of her joining RSS. In 2004, Smriti Irani was selected as Deputy head of ‘Maharashtra Yuva Wing’. This was first post Smriti held in politics. She came into lime light when she was BJP candidate from Amethi in 2014 Lok Sabha elections opposite Rahul Gandhi. Though she lost her seat but BJP awarded her with a post in Central Cabinet.
Controversies related to Smriti Irani
Political career of Smriti Irani has always faced controversies. The list is long and we will discuss it one by one.
》She Opposed Narendra Modi
In 2004, Narendra Modi was blamed for alleged involvement in Gujarat Riots. Smriti opposed him and headed campaign demanding resignation of Narendra Modi from CM post. She also underwent ‘Fast Until Death’ campaign for Modi’s resignation as chief minister. However, was by party condemned her Act and she was forced to step down.
》Smriti Irani degree controversy
Her bachelor degree has brought bad time for her. In 2004 Lok Sabha nominations, she declared her degree BA from Delhi University whereas in 2014 elections she declared her B Com Degree. The qualification difference in two nominations has faced her lot of problems. She also had to face court in degree controversy. Degree controversy also cost her post of Ministry of HRD.
》Controversy on selection of NIT Chairman.
When Smriti Irani was HRD minister, She selected Mr Vishram Jamadar as Head of NIT Nagpur. Smriti Irani was alleged to select Mr Vishram because he was in connection with RSS.
》 German Language Controversy
This controversy also caught fire when Smriti Irani was holding HRD Ministry. In 2014, She ordered Kendriya Vidyalaya’s to discontinue German language from syllabus and add Sanskrit instead. Later German chancellor Angela Markel discussed this matter with Mr Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Her journey has been full of struggle, chaos and twists. But now her way to success is clear. No doubt, she will be leading BJP from front in years to come.