Smriti Irani (Smriti Zubin Irani) is an Indian politician, former model, television actress and producer. Irani is a Member of Parliament, being nominated to the Rajya Sabha from the state of Gujarat. She is the current Information and Broadcasting and Textiles Minister in the Government of India.
Smriti Irani was born in a cross-cultural middle class family in Delhi to a Punjabi father and a Bengali mother on March 23, 1976. Smriti was the eldest among three sisters. To help her family financially she started working after class 10 and earned Rs 200 a day by the promotion of a beauty product. But destiny had something else in store for her. The world of glamour attracted her and she decided to break free from the middle-class norms. She decided to participate in the Miss India contest in 1998 but could not reach the finals. Finally she decided to go to Mumbai and try her luck. To support herself financially, she worked at McDonald’s. In the meantime, she started giving auditions in the entertainment industry.
In 2001, Smriti married Zubin Irani, a Parsi businessman and her childhood friend. In October the same year, the couple had their first child, son Zohr. In September 2003, the couple had their second child, daughter Zoish. Smriti is also a stepmother to Shanelle who is Zubin Irani’s daughter from his previous marriage with coordinator and former beauty contestant Mona Irani and now is a law student at Georgetown University in the United States.
A freelance writer Ahmer Khan filed a complaint in April 2015 that Smriti Irani had filed an affidavit in April 2004 for the Lok Sabha elections, stating that she has completed her BA in 1996 from Delhi University (school of correspondence) but in another affidavit of April 16, 2014 filed by her for the Lok Sabha polls, it was said that she was a Bachelor of Commerce Part-I from the School of Open Learning, DU. The plea said that the facts and circumstances reveal commission of offences by Smriti under section 125A of the Representation of People Act, 1951. Section 125A of RPA deals with penalty for filing false affidavit and entails a jail term of up to six months or fine or both.
|DOB||March 23, 1976|
|Political Party||Bharatiya Janata Party|
|Father’s Name||Shri Ajay Kumar Malhotra|
|Mother’s Name||Smt Shibani Bagchi|
|Delhi Address||C-1/2, Lodhi Garden, New Delhi 110003|
|Permanent Address||A-602 Neptune Apartment, 4th Cross Lane, Lokhandwala Complex, Andheri (W), Mumbai, Maharashtra. 400053|
|Children||1 son(Zohr) 1 daughter(Zoish) 1 step daughter (Shanelle)|
|Portfolio||Minister of Textiles|
|Education||Educated at Holy Child Auxilium, Delhi and School of Correspondence and Continuing Education, University of Delhi, Delhi|
|Profession before joining politics||Model, TV Actress|
|Term||19/08/2011 to 18/08/2017|
|Memeber of||Rajya Sabha|