In India, 17 August marks the Parsi New Year, also known as Navroz or Nowruz. Though the rest of the world celebrate Navroz on 21 March, Indians follow the Shahenshahi calendar, which does not consider leap years and thus, it is celebrated on the 17th of August. The day also marks the beginning of the new Iranian calendar.
Navroz which means New Day in Persian is observed by Iranians, Persians and some Muslim communities. In India, it is mainly observed by the Parsi community, who migrated in the Indian states of Maharashtra and Gujarat during the Muslim conquest of Persia. House cleaning, decorating, shopping, dressing up in their best clothes and visiting friends and family are commonly done in Navroz.
On the auspicious occasion of Navroz, we have compiled a list of Parsi actors who have made it big on Television with their work.
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Sanaya Irani is one of the top actresses on Television with a huge fanbase. She was born in Mumbai to a Parsi family but struggled to speak Hindi. Her first acting project was Aamir Khan and Kajol starrer Fanaa. She made her Television debut with Left Right Left but came into limelight after Miley Jab Hum Tum. She became an overnight sensation after portraying Khushi in Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon?
Veteran actress Aruna Irani is a Parsi and her father Faredun Irani ran a drama troupe, and her mother Saguna was an actress. She has acted in over 300 films in Hindi, Kannada, Marathi and Gujarati cinema. She has won many nominations and awards for a best supporting role in her career. She is married to writer and director Kuku Kohli.
Delnaaz Irani is a popular name in Television as well as Bollywood. She has worked alongside top Bollywood actors in movies like Kal Ho Na Ho, Humko Deewana Kar Gaye, Dil Ne Jise Apna Kaha, Bhootnath and Ra.One among others. Apart from movies, she acted in TV shows including Yes Boss, Son Pari, Baa Bahoo Aur Baby, Shararat, etc.
Viraf Phiroz Patel
Before started acting, Viraf was a sailor in the merchant navy between 1999 and 2004 and was titled as The Grasim Mr India 2005. He was born and brought up in a Parsi family and hails from Pune. He is best known for his role in Mahi Way and his last hit was Producer Mahesh Bhatt’s Teleseries, Naamkarann. The actor is once again back with Alt Balaji’s The Verdict.
Tannaz Irani is Delnaaz’s sister-in-law, who is married, Bhaktayaar Irani. She started her film career with Hadh Kar Di Aapne and went on to play a prominent part in movies like 36 China Town, Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon and Kaho Na Pyaar Hai. The actress who is currently seen in Kahaan Hum Kahan Tum has worked in TV shows like Meri Biwi Wonderful, Badi Door Se Aaye Hai and Jamai Raja.
Vahbbiz rose to fame with her role in Star One’s popular show Pyaar Kii Ye Ek Kahaani. She was also part of other shows like Savitri, Saraswatichandra and Bahu Hamari Rajni Kant. The actress is pretty active on social media and often shares messages on body positivity.
Varun belongs to Parsi community and began his acting career with Ustad Sultan’s music video. He is best known for his role in Qubool Hai and after which he received his first break as the lead in Humko Tumse Ho Gaya Hai Pyaar Kya Karein.
Navroz Mubarak everyone!