Much has been written about Smriti Irani's days as a struggling actor when she is said to have sold jewellery at Delhi's Janpath market, worked at a McDonald's outlet in Mumbai, and featured in music videos - before finally being spotted by Ekta Kapoor in mid-2000.
The show Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi took her to dizzying heights and made her a household name, but that wasn't her limit. It came after she joined the BJP. In her own words, she has "ideological umbilical cord" with the BJP, three generation of party supporters with her grandfather an RSS man, and mother a BJP booth activist.
Here's a brief look at her rise and rise of Smriti Irani in the party.
The struggle, however, continues. Since she took charge, Smriti has been embroiled in a number of controversies.