Smriti Irani Says She Earned Rs.1800 Monthly As A Cleaner In McD, While She Got Same Per Day In TV

Smriti Irani talked about facing severe financial struggles during her career, and revealed earning out of her job as a cleaner in McDonalds.


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Smriti Irani Says She Earned Rs.1800 Monthly As A Cleaner In McD, While She Got Same Per Day In TV

Smriti Irani is a powerhouse of talent, who has made the nation proud with her unparalleled contributions. She is working as the incumbent Minister of Women and Child Development, as well as the Minister of Minority Affairs. However, she is best remembered by people as her on-screen character, ‘Tulsi Virani’ in the hit daily soap opera, Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi. The actress-turned-parliamentarian has inspired millions of people with her work. However, life hasn’t been a bed of roses for Smriti, and she has suffered through some hardships as well.

Smriti Irani recalls how she bagged the role in Ekta Kapoor’s Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi

In a recent interaction with Curly Tales, Smriti Irani opened up about some unheard anecdotes about her life and career. She reminisced debuting in the television industry with Ekta Kapoor’s show, Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi and remarked that she was able to bag the offer only because of an astrologer, who made the producer believe that Smriti was destined to be a big star in the country. Elaborating more on the past, Smriti said:

“Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi didn’t happen because of personality. An astrologer was sitting in Ekta Kapoor’s office who saw me from afar and asked them to stop me. The astrologer’s name was Janardhan, and he said I would become a big star, I had gone there to sign a contract where I was going to play the role of someone’s sister. I didn’t know Ekta was sitting behind a curtain with the pandit and he told Ekta if you work with her, she is going to be a big face in the country. The minute he finished his sentence Ekta immediately came and asked me what was I signing.”

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Smriti remarks getting paid almost equal in television like her monthly pay as a cleaner at McDonalds

For the unversed, Smriti Irani had faced some tough financial conditions in her life, to the extent that she even had to work in the popular food chain, McDonalds as a cleaner. Recalling those moments of her life, Smriti Irani revealed that at a time when she used to get paid Rs. 1800 per month as a cleaner, her television debut made her earn around the equivalent per day of work. Smriti added that with such a difference in pay, she had no other option than to switch over to television, just to earn more. In her words:

“I was getting paid around Rs 1200-1300 per day as per the contract. At that time I was doing a cleaner’s job at McDonald’s where I was getting paid Rs 1800 a month. So getting Rs 1200 a day was much better, I had no concrete job then. A 23-year-old earning Rs 1800 a month, there was no option.”


Smriti once recalled resuming shooting for Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi three days after her delivery

Previously, during her appearance on All About Eve India podcast, Smriti Irani opened up about her commitment to work. She revealed that there were two moments in her life, that she chose her career over her personal life. Elaborating more, she remarked that she had to resume working for the show, Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi right a day after her wedding with her hubby, Zubin Irani. Moreover, she had to resume her shooting yet again, nearly three days after delivering her first child. Talking about taking such a difficult decision, Smriti said that she was poor and needed money, and there was no other option.

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Smriti Irani recently purchased a new home in Amethi

Back on February 22, 2024, Smriti Irani unlocked a new milestone in her life and shared it with her massive fan base. Taking to X (formerly Twitter), the parliamentarian dropped a few snapshots of performing Griha Pravesh at her newly purchased home in Amethi. Expressing her gratitude, she penned:

“Bhavani ki kripa, Mahadev ka aashirvaad. Bado ke sanidhya mein, choto ke sneh ke saath, Amethi mein nirmit apne naye ghar mein pravesh.”


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