Interesting facts about Smriti Irani
The current Minister of Human Resource Development (HRD) in the Government of India, Smriti Irani was born on March 23, 1976.
Here are some interesting facts about the Indian politician and former model, and television actress.
- The youngest person on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s cabinet, Smriti Irani was born in Delhi. She graduated class 12 from in New Delhi
- Smriti’s struggle in her early days of career can be determined from the fact that she worked as helping staff and cleaned floors at McDonalds in Bandra. Later, in an interview, she said that she only wanted to move to next level of welcoming diners at that point of time
- In 1998, she was one of the finalists of the Miss India beauty pageant
- In 1994, she made her debut on television with Aatish and Hum Hain Kal Aaj Aur Kal, both aired on Star Plus. She rose to fame as Tulsi Virani, the lead character in Ekta Kapoor’s production Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi on Star Plus
- She joined the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) in 2003. In 2004, she became vice-president of the Maharashtra Youth Wing
- Married to a Parsi Zubin Irani with two kids Zohr and Zoish, Smriti also has a stepdaughter Shanelle from Zubin’s previous marriage to coordinator and former beauty contestant Mona Irani.
- Popularly known as TV’s favourite bahu, Smriti got her big break as Tulsi Virani in Ekta Kapoor’s Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi in mid-2000. Sadly she had a fallout with Ekta and was replaced by Gautami Kapoor in 2007.
- Smriti and Modi were not always the on the best terms with each other. In fact, in December 2004, Irani threatened to fast unto death Narendra Modi resigned from his position as Gujarat Chief Minster and blamed him for BJP’s electoral losses. However, she later relented after being threatened by BJP’s central leadership. Guess much water has flowed under the bridge and all is good between the now PM and HRD minister.
- In the 2014 general elections, Smriti wore orange saris to every one of her rallies in keeping with the BJP saffron colour.
- On May 26, 2014, she was appointed as the Minister of Human Resource Development by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his cabinet
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Credit goes to: Rahul Pahadiya