Sanjjanaa , real name Archana Galrani (born on October 10, 1983), better known by her stage name, Sanjjanaa, is an Indian model turned film actress who started her career early in age. She made her film debut with the Tamil film Oru Kadhal Seiveer (2006) and soon shot to fame with a controversial role in the Kannada film Ganda Hendthi (2006). Her supporting role for the 2008 Telugu film Bujjigadu directed by Puri Jagannadh brought her to limelight in the Telugu industry.
Sanjjanaa was born and brought up in Bangalore. She is of Sindhi origin. When she was doing her PUC, she received her first modelling offers. She continued her studies, while working as a part-time model. She appeared in over 60 television advertisements, the most notable being a Fasttrack advert with John Abraham. After appearing in a couple of advertisements, she signed her first film Ganda Hendathi in Kannada. 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 remake of the Hindi film Murder (2004), itself an adaptation of the Hollywood film Unfaithful (2002), was also panned by critics. Sanjjanaa's performance drew mixed reviews, with a reviewer from Nowrunning.com claiming that she "utterly fails to deliver" in the emotional sequences, while Sify wrote: "Sanjana has made a decent debut and she is extremely daring and does justice to her role".
In 2008, she made her Telugu film debut in Puri Jagannadh's Bujjigadu, in which she played a notable role alongside Prabhas and Trisha Krishnan. Although her role was small, the film gained her considerable attention and helped her growing in popularity. In 2010, she was first seen in the Telugu film Police Police, which was followed by a cameo role in Huduga Hudugi. Her final release of that year was Mylari that featured her opposite Shivrajkumar. It was the biggest milestone in her Kannada career as she was subsequently flooded with offers in Kannada cinema. Regarding her performance in the film, the Times of India wrote that she "shines in her lively and mischievous role".
In January 2012 released her malayalam debut she played one of the lead female roles in Casanovva, her maiden Malayalam venture. Reportedly the costliest Malayalam production of all time, co-starring Mohanlal and Shriya Saran, the film saw Sanjjana 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.
Her upcoming films include Narasimha released and is a hit ), Ondu Kshanadalli, Sagar and Rebel, all of which being Kannada projects. Also she is working on 2 Telugu films that include Yamaho Yama, and Jagan Nirdoshi which is made under the pretigious banner padmalaya films which is mahesh babus home production. Sanjjanaa has bagged a very strong role in Mahanadhi her first heroine centric magnum budget kannada film which she is filming for.