Then and Now: Smriti Irani's journey from a model to Union Minister

Aug 11, 2017, 21:34 IST
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    Smriti Irani was one of the finalists of the beauty pageant Miss India 1998, along with Gauri Pradhan Tejwani. Gauri Pradhan is in the extreme left in the photo

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    Smriti Irani was born in Delhi and is the eldest of 3 sisters. She has been a part of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) from childhood as her grandfather was an RSS Swayamsevak

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    Smriti Irani then Malhotra at the pageant 

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    Smriti Zubin Irani was born as Smriti Malhotra is an Indian politician, former model, television actress and producer. Photos/Smriti Irani Instagram and YouTube

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    In 1998, Smriti Irani featured in a music album titled 'Boliyan' of the album 'Saawan Mein Lag Gayi Aag' with Mika Singh

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    In mid-2000, Smriti Irani won the lead role of Tulsi Virani in Ekta Kapoor's production 'Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi' on Star Plus. She won five consecutive Indian Television Academy Awards for Best Actress (Popular), four Indian Telly Awards

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    Smriti Irani passed class 12 from Holy Child Auxilium School in New Delhi

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    Smriti Irani is pictured alongside Vinod Khanna in a throwback picture. She also produced 'Mere Apne' for 9X and portrayed the protagonist alongside Vinod Khanna

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    In 2001, Smriti Irani also played the epic character Sita in Zee TV's 'Ramayan'

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    In 2006, Smriti Irani co-produced the show 'Thodi Si Zameen Thoda Sa Aasmaan'

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    In 2007, Smriti Irani produced the TV serial 'Virrudh'

     

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    Smriti Irani had a fallout with her 'Kyunkii... producer Ekta Kapoor but then they later made up and are now friends

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    In 2001, Smriti married Zubin Irani, a Parsi businessman and her childhood friend

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    In October the same year, the couple had their first child, son Zohr

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    In September 2003, the couple had their second child, daughter Zoish

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    Smriti Irani is also a stepmother to Shanelle who is Zubin Irani's daughter from his previous marriage

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    Smriti Irani joined the Bharatiya Janata Party in 2003. She became the vice-president of the Maharashtra Youth Wing in 2004

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    Smriti Irani, on Instagram, posted a short clip in which she can be seen paragliding in Bir-Billing in Himachal Pradesh. 

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    In 2004, she was accused of providing contradictory affidavits about her educational qualifications during different elections. in her affidavit for 2004 Lok Sabha elections

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    She is now a Rajya Sabha MP from the state of Gujarat and the current Information and Broadcasting and Textiles Minister

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First a model, then a TV star to now a politician, Smriti Irani has had a meteoric rise. We trace down her journey from her initial Miss India days to Union Minister