Sanaya Irani

Sanaya Irani (now Seghal) (born 17 September 1983)[3] is an Indian television actress. She is known for playing Gunjan in Miley Jab Hum Tum and Khushi in Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon?. In 2015, Irani was a finalist for the eight season of Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa.[4] She later participated in Nach Baliye in 2017 with her partner Mohit Sehgal and won the third place.[5]

Sanaya Irani
Irani in 2016
Born (1983-09-17) September 17, 1983
EducationMBA degree
Alma materSydenham College[1]
OccupationActress, dancer, model
Years active2005-present
Known forMiley Jab Hum Tum , Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon? & Rangrasiya
Spouse(s)Mohit Sehgal (m. 2016)[2]

Early life

Irani was born on 17 September 1983 in Mumbai to a Parsi family.[6][7] Irani spent seven years in a boarding school in Ooty.[8] Following this, she graduated from Sydenham College[9] and was pursuing a MBA degree before becoming a model.[3]


Modelling career (2005-07)

Irani's first modelling portfolio was done by photographer-turned actor Boman Irani.[3] Irani made her acting debut with a cameo in the Yash Raj Film Fanaa(2006) as Mehbooba .[9] The actress spoke about her role, "It was by accident that I got that role. It was like a dream come true for me, since Aamir Khan and Kajol are my favourite actors." The actress spent the year doing TV advertisements with Bollywood stars like Shahrukh Khan, Kareena Kapoor and others before entering television.[10] She made her debut with Jagjit Singh's Tumko Dekha.[3] At the beginning of her career, Irani wasn't fluent in Hindi and spoke of her struggles with the language on several occasions.[11]

Television debut and breakthrough (2007-10)

Her television debut was in the SAB TV drama Left Right Left (2007) as Cadet Sameera Shroff.She was tutored by her director for her Hindi.[3] This was followed by a negative role in Radhaa Ki Betiyaan Kuch Kar Dikhayengi (2008) on Imagine TV.

Irani's first lead role as a protagonist was in STAR One's Miley Jab Hum Tum (2008-2010), as the simple, studious and reclusive Gunjan. Her co-stars included Mohit Sehgal, Rati Pandey and Arjun Bijlani. Irani briefly hosted the second season of Zara Nachke Dikha on STAR Plus with boyfriend Mohit Sehgal (2010).[12] She was also seen as a panel member in Meethi Chorii No. 1 opposite Ragini Khanna (2010).[13]

Irani has received three 'Face of The Year' awards and was the only television actress to be included in People Magazine (India)'s forty most beautiful women. She was titled the 3rd Sexiest Asian Woman Alive.[14]

Established actress (2011-14)

She portrayed the bubbly and loving Khushi Kumari Gupta, the female protagonist of Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon? (2011-2012) opposite Barun Sobti.[15][16] The show, which aired its final episode on 30 November 2012, had consistently maintained its position as one of the top ten daily dramas on Indian general entertainment channels.[17]

In early 2013, Irani hosted Zee TV's Valentine's Day special Ishq Wala Love opposite Karan Grover.[18][19][20] She later appeared as a contestant in Welcome - Baazi Mehmaan-Nawaazi ki (2013),[21] hosted by Ram Kapoor. The actress was seen in Week One of the reality show opposite Ragini Khanna, Nigaar Khan and others.

She played the role of a vivacious and modern girl in Chhan Chhan (2013).[22][23] The show was loosely based on the Hindi movie Khubsoorat.[24] Irani then appeared in Rangrasiya (2014) as Parvati. The show was produced by Saurabh Tiwari, head of Tequila Shots Production. The story followed a border security personnel and an orphan girl who were ideologically different.[25] It ended in September.[26] She was seen opposite Ashish Sharma.

Jhalak and further success (2015-present)

Irani also participated in Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 8 in 2015 which aired on Colors.[27] Irani reprised her role of Khushi Kumari Gupta Singh Raizada again in its sequel mini series Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon?... Ek Jashan (2015) which ended in December.[28] In 2017, Irani participated in the dance show Nach Baliye 8 with her husband Mohit Sehgal.[29] During Nach Baliye Sanaya & Mohit were in a controversy as fans of Divyanka Tripathi had claimed that they are the fixed winners but she lashed at the trollers on Instagram and said this is untrue.[30]

Other appearances

In August 2013, Irani made a brief guest appearance in the dance show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa to support her best friend Drashti Dhami. She made an appearance again in the seventh season of Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa to support Ashish Sharma in June 2014. She made an appearance in Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon?...Ek Baar Phir in the first episode to introduce Aastha (Shrenu Parikh).[31] In December 2013, Irani made a special guest appearance in Bigg Boss 7 in the grand finale along with Ashish Sharma, Preetika Rao and Harshad Arora.[32] She also made special appearance in Beintehaa in March and June 2014.[33]

Irani went on a U.K. tour on behalf of Star Plus.[34] She made an appearance in Birmingham, London on 30 April 2013 and in Leicester on 1 May 2013 to have a meet and greet with fans where she was welcomed by a huge crowd.[35] Irani visited London a second time for the Star Parivaar Live event on 25 November 2013.[36] She visited Los Angeles, CA on 8 December 2013 to attend the Artesia Shopping Festival and have a meet and greet with fans.[37]


She is the only Indian television actress to be listed in People Magazine's (India) forty most beautiful women. Apart from acting, she is known for her dancing skills. K-based newspaper Eastern Eye placed her in their 50 Sexiest Asian Women list in 2012,[38] She was again ranked at tenth position for the Eastern Eye newspaper. In 2014, she was listed in the top 10 best television actresses by Rediff.[39] In November 2014, Sanaya was approached for Bigg Boss 8 but she declined it.[40]


Year Film Role Director
2006FanaaMehboobaKunal Kohli
2018Dum Dum Dumroo[41]Dr. SnehaAkash Goila
2019GhostSimran SinghVikram Bhatt

Web Series

2018Vodka ShotsKeya SharmaYouTube[43]
ZindabadSara SayedJio Cinema[44]


2007Left Right LeftCadet Sameera ShroffSAB TV
Kasamh SeGeetZee TV
2008Radhaa Ki Betiyaan Kuch Kar DikhayengiSanayaImagine TV
Kasautii Zindagii KayGuestStar Plus
2008–10Miley Jab Hum TumGunjan BhushanStar One
2008Kaho Na Yaar HaiParticipantStar Plus
2009Dill Mill GayyeGunjan Bhushan/GuestStar One
Laughter Ke PhatkeCelebrity Guest
2010Zara Nachke Dikha - Season 2HostStar Plus
Meethi Choori No 1ParticipantImagine TV
2011Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata HaiHerselfStar Plus
Mann Kee Awaaz Pratigya
Sasural Genda Phool
Chand Chupa Badal Mein
2011–12Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon?Khushi Kumari Gupta
2011Ek Hazaaron Mein Meri Behna HaiKhushi/Guest
Pyaar Kii Ye Ek KahaaniStar One
2012Movers & Shakers Masala MarkeyGuestSAB TV
Teri Meri Love StoriesHerself/KhushiStar Plus [45]
2013ChhanchhanChhanchhanSony TV
Bade Achhe Lagte HainGuest as Chhanchhan (Promote her show) [46]
Welcome - Baazi Mehmaan-Nawaazi KiContestantLife OK
Masterchef - Kitchen Ke SuperstarsAs a Celebrity JudgeStar Plus [47]
Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 6Guest / Co-contestant with Drashti DhamiColors TV
Bigg Boss 7Guest appearance
2013–14RangrasiyaParvati/Myrah Mehra
Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 7Guest / Support Ashish Sharma
2015Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 8Contestant [First Runner Up]
Aaj Ki Raat Hai ZindagiGuestStar Plus
Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon? Ek JashnKhushi Kumari Gupta [48]
2016I Don't Watch TVHerselfArre
2017Nach Baliye 8Contestant with Mohit Sehgal (Second Runner Up)Star Plus
A Table For TwoGuest with Mohit SehgalZee TV
2018India's Next SuperstarsGuest ContestantStar Plus [49]
2019Kitchen Champion 5HerselfColors TV [50]
Khatra Khatra Khatra[51]
Nach Baliye 9Star Plus[52]
Bigg Boss 13Caller (To support Dalljiet Kaur)Colors TV[53]

Guest appearances

Personal life

Irani announced her relationship with her co-star Mohit Sehgal from the serial Miley Jab Hum Tum on 19 November 2010, the last day of the shoot.[54]

In December 2015, Irani got engaged to Sehgal. They tied the knot on 25 January 2016 in Goa.[55][56][57]

Awards and Nominations

2008 Indian Television Academy Awards Gr8! Face (Female) Miley Jab Hum Tum Won[58]
2012 People's Choice Awards India Favorite On-Screen Jodi (shared with Barun Sobti) Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon Won[59]
Indian Telly Awards Indian Telly Award for Best Onscreen Couple (with Barun Sobti) Won[60]
2013 Indian Television Academy Awards Best Actress Popular Nominated[61]
Boroplus Gold Awards Boroplus Face of the Year Chhanchhan Won[62]
2014 Indian Television Academy Awards Best Actress (Popular) Rangrasiya Nominated[63]
Indian Television Academy Awards GR8! Performer of the year Nominated[63]

See also

List of Indian television actresses

List of Hindi television actresses


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