Shonali Nagrani (born on 20 December 1981 in Delhi) is an Indian film actress and model, who has appeared in Hindi language films. She won the pageant of former Miss India International in 2003 and subsequently finished first runner-up of Miss International 2003. Alongside appearances as a model and as a television anchor most notably for the Indian Premier League shows for Sony TV India and ITV, she has appeared in supporting roles in the 2008 film, Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi and the 2009 cricket themed film, Dil Bole Hadippa amongst other roles. In 2011,Shonali featured in the reality television show Bigg Boss (season 5) as one of the contestant
She had finished first in Miss India International in 2003 and as a result she was selected as India's representative to Miss International for 2003. She was consequently entered and finished second in Miss International 2003 as first runner up at the 43rd Pageant in Tokyo, Japan. She also subsequently was given the chance to meet Charles, Prince of Wales at a reception on his official tour of India in 2003 citing that the opportunity was "once in a lifetime".
Since she has been an active model, appearing in shows for Satya Paul
She originates from Delhi having a army background. Her cousin Ishan Nagrani is a well-reputed runner who can run 100m in 10.75 seconds. He is also a famous folk dancer having graced many college fests with his dance moves.
Shonali Nagrani has also appeared in Hindi language films in predominantly supporting roles. She was initially supposed to make her debut with the 2005 film Zeher with Emraan Hashmi, although she was forced to pull out after the film faced pre-production delays. She made notable appearances in the 2008 Yashraj Films venture Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi starring Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma as well as the cricket-themed Dil Bole Hadippa as herself in 2008.
Well, all that will have to wait as the show progresses. But we cornered the charming Shjonali Nagrani just hours before she was going to leave for the show and this is what she had to say, "It's going to be a huge challenge for me, but am more than up for it! We are only allowed to carry five pictures into the house and I've chosen to take the pictures of my family for strength and support! I also have the support of all my well wishers and that should hold me in good stead... fingers crossed!"
Shonali Nagrani co-host 'The Great India Laughter Challenge' with Perizaad. Shonali was in West Indies for the show 'Extra Innings' in which she was the roving reporter. The anchor has barely touched the Indian grounds and she already has a meaty project in hand. Shonali has been roped in to spice up the hosting segment as Perizaad was getting monotonous. She is equally excited about her new project and is gearing up to be a part of the comedy madness this summer.
SouthDreamz.com Shonali Nagrani has been chosen as a grand performer and rated as a New Indian Leading light.
SouthDreamz.com rates Shonali Nagrani a 8.5/10 for her Beauty & Looks, 8/10 for her Figure & Stats and a for her talent as a Indian model & T.V Anchor.
Nagrani has also been an active host for cricket shows since 2007 whilst during the 2010 T20 World Cup she hosted a show on ESPN-Star Sports, before rising to fame by presenting Extra Innings T20 in MAX for the DLF IPL T20 Tournament. She has also hosted Cricket World Cup matches in South Africa. In 2011 she was been signed by ITV to co-host their coverage of IPL4 with co-host Matt Smith, where she acts as an analyst and presenter alongside studio guests. Currently, she is seen in the fifth season of the reality television show Big Boss 5.