Vani Tripathi is former Hindi actress and now a National Secretary of the BJP. She is currently a Jury panel of International Film Festival of India (IFFI) being held in Goa. Earlier, she had been working as in the steering committee of IFFI for three and a half months. Currently, she had given the green signal for the screening of a third Sanskrit feature film ‘Priyamanasam' in the Indian Panorama section of the IFFI being held in Goa, which raised controversy. Last year, as a steering committee member of IFFI, she announced that film festival would pay a special tribute to British filmmaker Richard Attenborough, who is best known for his Academy-award winning movie 'Gandhi.' Vani is also now the CBFC board member (Central Board of Film Certification). Earlier this year, Pankaj Nihalani, brother of Govind Nihalani, became the chairperson of CBFC. Vani being now a BJP loyalist holds important portfolios connected with Information and Broadcasting ministry. Earlier, this actress made her debut in Hindi film ‘Dushman” which had Kajol in the main cast.
Later, she appeared in two Shahrukh Khan’s films such as "
Chalte Chalte" and "
Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani". After which, she was seen in a couple of few more films such as ‘Dil Se Pooch Kidhar Jaana Hai’(2006), etc. On her strength of acting in films, she got a chance to join BJP and later got married to a Kashmiri Businessman Hemant Tikoo in 2013. This actress was active in the film for a few years only, and she worked with veteran directors like
Mahesh Bhatt, Tanuja Chandran, and
Kundan Shah. Before making her debut in films, she was associated with theater. She was also a documentary filmmaker on farmer suicides in Maharashtra. She later found scope in dealing with issues of women and youth and led several programs in India and abroad. She held the post of a faculty member at National School of Drama and Madhya Pradesh School of Drama. Vani Tripathy was born in
New Delhi on July 4, 1979.