On This Day – Smriti Irani Birthday: All You Need To Know About The Politician And Former Actress
Did you know Irani was the youngest minister in the 2019 Council of Ministers at the age of 43?
Smriti Irani, the famous politician and former actress, is a Minister in the Union Cabinet of India since May 2014. Born on 23 March 1976, she is currently heading the Ministries of Women and Child Development and is the first Non-Muslim to serve as the Minister of Minority Affairs.
As a leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party, she is a Member of Parliament in the Lok Sabha, and represents Amethi in Uttar Pradesh, the seat of which she won by defeating Rahul Gandhi in the 2019 Indian general election. In fact, did you know that she was the youngest minister in the 2019 Council of Ministers at the age of 43?
Born as Smriti Malhotra, she is the daughter of a half-Punjabi, half-Maharashtrian father, Ajay Kumar Malhotra, and a Bengali mother, Shibani née Bagchi. She was a part of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) from childhood.
In 2001, she married a Parsi businessman, Zubin Irani, and they have a son named Zohr and a daughter named Zoish.
She joined the Bharatiya Janata Party in 2003, and was named the vice-president of the Maharashtra Youth Wing in 2004. In August 2011, she was finally sworn in as a member of parliament from Gujarat to the Rajya Sabha, and in 2014, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced her as the Minister of Human Resource Development in his cabinet.
Interestingly, Smriti was one of the participants of the beauty pageant Miss India 1998, and even made appearances in a couple of music videos. In 2000, she started her acting career with TV series ‘Aatish’ and ‘Hum Hain Kal Aaj Aur Kal’, and even starred in ‘Kavita’. However, the highlight of her acting career was her role of Tulsi Virani in Ekta Kapoor’s production ‘Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi’. She even starred as the epic character Sita in Zee TV’s ‘Ramayan’, and in 2006, co-produced the show ‘Thodi Si Zameen Thoda Sa Aasmaan’.