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, much to everyone's surprise, was appointed as the Union HRD minister in the Narendra Modi government in 2014, some 11 years after she joined the party.
Her career as a union minister however has been riddled with a fair share of controversies that reached a crescendo when she was removed from the HRD ministry last July and handed the low-profile union textile ministry.
But just when we least expected it, Irani has bounced back into the limelight.
Following Venkaiah Naidu's resignation, Smriti Irani has been given additional charges of the high-profile Information & Broadcasting ministry.
Here's a look at Irani's political career and how she rose through the ranks in BJP:
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