Jiya Shankar is an Indian television actor who mainly works in Hindi television serials. She is known for appearing in drama series like ‘Meri Hanikarak Biwi’ (2017) and ‘Kaatelal & Sons’ (2020).
Jiya Shankar was born on Monday, 17 April 1995 (age 28 years; as of 2023) in Mumbai. Her zodiac sign is Aries. Jiya initially opted for a digital marketing course; however, she did not complete it. She later attended Anupam Kher’s Actor Prepares in Mumbai.
Height (approx.): 5′ 4″
Weight (approx.): 55 kg
Hair Colour: Black with Dark Ash Blonde highlights
Eye Colour: Dark Brown
Figure Measurements (approx.): 34-30-34
Jiya Shankar’s mother, Surekha Gavli, is a hairstylist; however, there is not much information about her father. Jiya’s parents separated when she was 13 years old.
Husband & Children
Jiya Shankar is unmarried and has no children.
Jiya Shankar made her acting debut with the film ‘Entha Andanga Unnave’ in 2013. She appeared as ‘Jiya’ in the film.
In 2018, she played the role of ‘Vaishnavi’ in a romantic comedy film titled ‘Hyderabad Love Story.’
Jiya debuted in the Tamil film industry, also known as Kollywood, with a drama film titled ‘Kanavu Variyam’ (2016) in which she appeared as ‘Veena.’
Jiya made her debut in the Marathi cinema with the romantic drama film ‘Ved’ in 2022. She played the role of Nisha Katkar, Ritesh Deshmukh’s character Satya’s ex-girlfriend, in the film.
In 2015, Jiya appeared in a romantic comedy television series titled ‘Love by Chance’ as Alisha Rai.
In the same year, she appeared as ‘Sonam’ in the crime television series ‘Gumrah: End of Innocence’ (season 4) and as ‘Ahana Sethia’ in the anthology series ‘MTV Big F.’ In 2017, Jiya Shankar played the role of Dr. Iravati Desai Pandey (Ira) in the series ‘Meri Hanikarak Biwi’ (2017-2019), which aired on And TV (stylized as &tv) channel.
She appeared as Susheela Kaatelal Ruhail Solanki (Sattu) in a series titled ‘Kaatelal & Sons’ (2020-2021). The series was aired on the Sony SAB channel. In 2022, Shankar hosted the show ‘Good Night India.’
Jiya Shankar made her digital debut with the comedy web series ‘Virgin Bhasskar 2’ (2020) in which she played the role of ‘Pakhi.’ The series premiered on ALTBalaji and ZEE5.
In 2023, she appeared in JioCinema’s Bigg Boss OTT Season 2 as a contestant.
Jiya Shankar got a tattoo inked on her right arm and on the back of her left shoulder.
- Jiya has a Persian cat named Sky as a pet.
- She consumes alcohol occasionally.
- Jiya’s passion for reading books shines through her social media presence.
- She finds solace in her drawing and painting activities as they help her achieve a calming state of mind.
- She was an avid participant in sports during her school days. She used to play Kho-Kho and also showed a keen interest in gymnastics.
- Jiya, in an interview, revealed that she faced a period of depression when her parents decided to part ways. This phase of disturbance had a significant impact on her academic performance. Siddharth Kannan – YouTube
- In an interview, she discussed the bullying she experienced during her college years, which led her to skip a significant number of lectures. Jiya described how her peers would often ridicule her, targeting her sense of style and the way she expressed herself in class. Rather than letting the bullies get to her, she decided to turn the tables and laugh along with them, effectively neutralizing their negative intent. Siddharth Kannan – YouTube
- Jiya Shankar was once so introverted that even family gatherings proved to be a challenge for her; however, her entry into the entertainment industry brought about a transformation, revealing her inherent shyness to the world. In an interview, she talked about this and mentioned that she underwent a significant personal transformation when she joined the Anupam Kher Acting Institute in Mumbai as the practical training and exercises at the institute were instrumental in helping her navigate through these challenges and contributed to her personal growth. Siddharth Kannan – YouTube
- In 2023, Jia was accused by Manisha Rani‘s fans of paying Rs. 4 lacs to paparazzi to defame Manisha. Dancer and social media influencer Manisha Rani and YouTuber Abhishek Malhan are fondly called ‘Abhisha’ by their fans. These fans shared a fake WhatsApp conversation showing that Jia hired an Indian photographer named Viral Bhayani to spread negative stories about Manisha. Jia, however, responded to these claims on X on 18 August 2023, calling them baseless and untrue.
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