Sanaya Irani Reveals She Was Called ‘White Cockroach’ Or ‘Lizard’ In School

Sanaya Irani also said that she heard a family person say in Gujarati that she looked like a monkey.

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Sanaya Irani Reveals She Was Called ‘White Cockroach’ Or ‘Lizard’ In School
Television actor Sanaya Irani needs no introduction. The actress made it big with her unsurpassed acting skills on the small screen and made everyone go crazy about her. However, her journey hasn't been easy. Her struggles began in her childhood, when she faced some mean and unnecessary comments.

In a conversation at Zoom’s By Invite Only, Sanaya revealed that when she was in school, she got a lot of mean comments about her appearance. Once, she even heard a family member say in Gujarati that she looked like a monkey.

Recalling the mean sobriquets she was tagged with, Sanaya shared, “When I was in a boarding school in Ooty… I am really fair, if everybody has noticed, and I was ten times fairer then. I was looked at differently in that school. People looked at me and said ‘white cockroach’ or ‘lizard’.”


“I heard a Gujarati family once say, ‘She looks like a monkey’. They were saying it in Gujarati but I knew Gujarati, they didn’t know that. We were in school, eating ice cream and they were like ‘look at her’ because I had red cheeks, red nose, all of that. They were like, ‘She looks like a monkey.’ So, for me, when people looked at me, I always connected it to ‘they are going to say something weird about me’,” she added while speaking

For the uninitiated, Sanaya Irani made her television debut in 2007 with Left Right Left. She then played the reclusive and studious Gunjan Bhushan in Miley Jab Hum Tum, where she fell in love with television actor Mohit Sehgal. They tied the knot in 2016. In 2017, they participated in Nach Baliye 8, where they were adjudged the second runner-up.

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