Happy Navroz! To honour the day, we’ve rounded up Parsis from different sectors we love – from Ratan Tata to Mehr Jesia Rampal, check out our list below:
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1. Ratan Tata
When we talk about Parsis, how can we miss Ratan Tata. The face behind changing India’s automotive industry into global climate change era, he is the recipient of the Padma Vibhushan and the Padma Bhushan.
2. Cyrus Pallonji Mistry
Chairman of Tata Group, Cyrus Pallonji is an Irish businessman. He is the youngest son of a construction tycoon – Pallonji Mistry and Patsy Perin Dubash.
3. Noel Tata
Noel Tata is the Chairman of Trent Ltd; Managing Director of Tata International; and chairman of Tata Investment Corporation. He is the son of Naval Tata and Simone Tata and the half-brother of Tata Group’s Ex-chairperson, Ratan Tata.
4. Sohrab Modi
Sohrab Merwanji Modi, popularly known as Sohrab Modi, was an Indian Parsi stage and film actor, well-known for movies like a version of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Sikandar, Pukar, Mirza Ghalib, and Nausherwan-E-Adil.
5. Erick Avari
Born as Nariman Eruch Avari, Erick Avari is an Indian-American television, film and theater actor. He is known for his roles in science-fiction serial productions and for his roles in films like Stargate, Flight of the Living Dead, The Mummy, Home Alone 4, Planet of the Apes, and Mr. Deeds.
6. Freddie Mercury
While Priyanka Chopra, Irfan Khan and other actors are trying to get fame internationally, Parsis can say – been there, done that! The front man of the famous band Queen, Freddie Mercury, was born a Parsi, Farrokh Bulsara.
7. Homi Adajania- Anaita Shroff Adajania
The young director is known for his critical acclaim movie Being Cyrus and commercial success Cocktail and Finding Fanny. Anaita Shroff Adajania is India’s finest fashion stylist and costume designer. She is also the Fashion Director for Vogue India and sets the trends in this country.
8. Cyrus Broacha
Popular VJ, actor and author, Cyrus is multi faceted, but what we love most about him is that he never fails to make us laugh.
9. Cyrus Sahukar
MTV India VJ and Bollywood actor, Cyrus Sahukar was born to Parsi father Colonel Behram Sahukar and Punjabi mother, Nimeran Sahukar. He is known for some of the blockbusters, including Om Jai Jagadish, Rang De Basanti, Delhi 6, Aisha and more.
10. Zubin Mehta
Life of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra’s music director and the Main Conductor for Valencia’s Opera House, Zubin Mehta is another Parsi who marked his presence internationally.
11. Mehr Jesia Rampal
This former Miss India and model is also a Parsi. With her husband Arjun Rampal, they make a perfect and a good looking couple.
12. Bakhtiyaar Irani- Tanaaz Irani
Popular reality show couple is known for their presence in shows like Nach Baliye and Bigg Boss 3. Former is known for his dance, while the latter is known for her role of a young Parsi girl trying to learn Hindi in Zabaan Sambhal Ke.
13. Delnaaz Irani
Sister of Bakhtiyaar Irani, she has worked with some of the biggest names in Bollywood including Amitabh Bachan, Shahrukh Khan, Juhi Chawla, Saif Ali Khan, and Kareena Kapoor. She is best known for her role in Kal Ho Naa Ho.
14. Aruna Irani
Aruna Irani has acted in more than 300 films in Hindi and Gujarati cinema, mostly for her role as supporting artist. Also, she has danced for the popular songs like ‘Thoda Resham Lagta Hai’ from Jyoti, ‘Chadti Jawani Meri Chaal Mastani’, ‘Dilbar Dilse Pyare’, ‘Ab Jo Mile Hai’ from film Caravan and more.
15. Nina Wadia
Nina Wadia is an Indian-born British actress, known for playing the role of Zainab Masood in the BBC soap opera EastEnders. She is married to the composer Raiomond Mirza, who is also a Parsi and they had a traditional Parsi wedding.
16. Aftab Shivdasani
Born to Hindu Sindhi father Prem and Parsi mother Putli Shivdasani, Aftab Shivadasani is a half-Parsi. He appeared in many TV commercials, and made his Bollywood debut as a child actor in Mr. India, then appeared in Awwal Number, Shahenshah, ChaalBaaz and Insaniyat.
17. Parzan Dastur
Remember, the cute little boy in Dhara ad, who says Jalebi or that cute little silent boy in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. Well, he is now a big boy and a popular actor, known for his unforgettable roles in movies like Sikandar and Parzania.