Rani Jeyraj

Rani Jeyraj

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  • Rani Jeyraj
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  • Model

Rani Jeyraj Biography

Rani Jeyraj is a former Indian model and beauty pageant winner of 1990s. Runner up of Femina Miss India World 1996, she represented India at Miss World Contest held at Bangalore, India in 1996 and finished as one among the 5 finalists. It was for the first and last time an international beauty pageant contest was held in India, and quite interestingly Miss India World managed to reach one among the 5 finalists. Unfortunately she couldn’t finish in the top 3 list, when Miss Greece Irene Skliva was crowned Miss World 1996. Later Rani went on to become the 3rd Runner-up at Continental Queen of Beauty - Asia Pacific, held in Subic, Philippines.


Rani Jeyraj hails from Kundal village in Tirunelveli District, Tamil Nadu. She was born to a middle class Christian Nadar family in Zambia. Her parents were pastors in the Diocese of Tirunelveli of the Church of South India. Started her career in modelling, she shot to fame after finishing at second place at Femina Miss India World 1996, following which she represented India at Miss World 1996 and reached top 5. After this feat, she moved to Mumbai the same year to pursue a career in modelling. She modelled for next two years. Towards the end she lost interest and started working with Prahlad Kakkar. She assisted various ad filmmakers and also did a full-time course in London for one year.


She loved the learning process where she learnt more about films. In 2005 she appeared in a short film, 9 Minutes to Nirvana directed by Naren Multani. Actor Tejol Kolwalkar scripted the film aside its director, and also played male lead opposite Rani. Rani has also scripted and directed many ad films, and has been associated with the field for long years. She actually wanted to be a journalist, but then Miss India happened.

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Updated: June 28, 2018

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