Smriti Zubin Irani is an Indian politician, former model, television actress and producer. She is the current Minister of Human Resource Development in the Government of India. Irani represents the state of Gujarat as a Member of Parliament in the Rajya Sabha.
Smriti Malhotra was born in Delhi to Bengali mother Shibani and a Punjabi Khatri father Ajay Kumar Malhotra. She is the eldest of three sisters. She has been a “part of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) from childhood” as her grandfather was an RSS swayamsevak and her mother a member of Jana Sangh. She passed class 12 from Holy Child Auxilium School in New Delhi. She then studied in University of Delhi
Irani was one of the finalists of the beauty pageant Miss India 1998, along with Gauri Pradhan Tejwani. In 1998, Irani appeared in a song “Boliyan” of the album “Saawan Mein Lag Gayi Aag” with Mika Singh. In 2000, she made her début with TV series Aatish and Hum Hain Kal Aaj Aur Kal, both aired on Star Plus. In mid-2000, Irani won the lead role of Tulsi Virani in Ekta Kapoor’s production Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi on Star Plus. She holds the record of winning five consecutive Indian Television Academy Awards for Best Actress (Popular), four Indian Telly Awards. Irani had a fall out with the producer Ekta Kapoor and she left the show in June 2007 and was replaced by Gautami Kapoor. She made her comeback in May 2008 in a special episode
Born: March 23, 1976 (age 40), New Delhi
Spouse: Zubin Irani (m. 2001)
Office: Minister of Human Resource Development since 2014
Education: University of Delhi (1996), Holy Child Auxilium School
Children: Zoish Irani, Shanelle Irani, Zohr Irani, Zor Irani, Zoisht Irani