Archana Galrani (born 10 October 1989), better known by her stage name Sanjjanaa, is an Indian model and film actress. Sanjjanaa made her film debut in the Tamil film Oru Kadhal Seiveer (2006) and soon became noted after her controversial role in the Kannada film Ganda Hendathi (2006). Sanjjanaa supporting role in the 2008 Telugu film Bujjigadu directed by Puri Jagannadh brought her to limelight in the Telugu industry.
Sanjjanaa was brought up in Bengaluru. She is of Sindhi origin. Sanjjanaa has a sister Nikki Galrani, who is also an actress. When she was doing her PUC, she received her first modelling offer. Sanjjanaa continued her studies while working as a part-time model. Sanjjanaa appeared in over 60 television advertisements, the most notable being a Fasttrack advertisement with John Abraham.
After appearing in a couple of advertisements and in uncredited cameo roles in the films Soggadu and Panduranga Vittala, Sanjjanaa got her first starring role in Ganda Hendathi. Her first release, however, became the low-budget Tamil film, Oru Kadhal Seiveer, which met with negative reviews and poor box office returns. S R Ashok Kumar of The Hindu noted that Sanjjanaa, then credited under her birth name, was “beautiful but has to work on her acting”. Ganda Hendathi, a Kannada remake of the Hindi film Murder (2004), itself an adaptation of the Hollywood film Unfaithful (2002), was also panned by critics.
In January 2012, Sanjjanaa played one of the lead female roles in Casanovva, her maiden Malayalam venture. Reportedly the costliest Malayalam production of all time, co-starringMohanlal and Shriya Saran, the film saw Sanjjanaa portray a salsa dancer. Director Rosshan Andrrews signed her for the particular role, since she was trained in salsa. Her last release is her second Malayalam film, the Shaji Kailas directed The King & the Commissioner, co-starring Mammooty and Suresh Gopi. Later in 2012 she was seen in films including Narasimha, Ondu Kshanadalli, Sagar, all of which being Kannada projects, and Yamaho Yama.
10 October 1989
Bengaluru, Karnataka, India