When a young girl from Nagpur arrived in Mumbai for a holiday, little did she know that kismat had huge plans for her- plans that would change the course of her life. Meet Mreenal Deshraj. Her tryst with acting began when, on a vacation to the city of dreams, she was spotted at the Prithvi theatre. Mreenal began her career as an actor, with theatre veteran, Nadira Babbar’s play, Ekjute. Seven plays later, Mreenal bagged her first television role in Balaji Telefilms’ Kahin Toh Hoga. As Shipra Arora, the negative lead, she soon became a household name.
Mreenal belongs to an illustrious family which holds a rich background in culture, sports, and social activities. As a Mayor of Nagpur, her grandfather, Pannalal Kanhaiyalal Deshraj, contributed to the welfare of the city in a huge way. Her father, Kiran Kumar Deshraj, an accomplished arm wrestler, is currently the Vice President of International Armwrestling Federation (USA) and Vice President of the Indian Powerlifting Federation. Added to his list of honours, he is also the 1st Referee at the International Grade level. Her mother, Dr.Rajyashree Deshraj, an Ayurvedic Medical Practitioner by profession holds a penchant for armwrestling, too. A renowned champion, she has won several awards and trophies and is actively involved in the Women’s Armwrestling Federation.Her brother, Manish Kiran Deshraj, is a reputed lawyer who also dabbles in real estate and insurance consulting. Her other two sisters are well-settled in the USA.
Confident, friendly, sensible, humble, passionate, hardworking and level-headed is the stuff Mreenal is made of. Education was always an important part of her upbringing. Mreenal graduated with Bachelors in Commerce and also has a degree in Fashion Designing from National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT).
Mreenal believes that fitness and good health are the way to a sound body and zen mind. Rightfully so, she has won several medals and trophies in Women’s Armwrestling Championship and Spinning Marathon. Her interests also spill over to other facets of life such as travel, theatre, and spiritual healing. After a long day on the sets, Mreenal typically likes to unwind by way of dancing, glass painting, candle-making, swimming and adventure sports.
Mreenal credits her acting skills to her experience in theatre. She considers herself fortunate to be a part of some of the leading names in theatre such as Paritosh Painter’s Hindi comedy Yeh Kya Ho Raha Hai and his English play Amar, Akbar and Tony, Vipul Mehta's Hum Le Gaye Tum Rahe Gaye with Javed Jaffery, Ramesh Talwar's Dr.Mukta with the legendary Jaya Bachchan and Nadira Babbar's Yaahudi Ladki.
The turning point in Mreenal’s career occurred when she received wide appreciation and recognition for her role in,
Balaji Telefilms’ Kahin Toh Hoga (Star Plus),
Chhoti si zindagi (Zee tv).
Mreenal’s rising popularity fetched her several roles as a negative lead in serials like:
Doli Saja Ke Rakhna (Sahara TV)
Sujata (Sony)
Sone Ka Paalna (Zee TV)

But she is not the one to rest over her laurels. Versatility is second nature to Mreenal and she seamlessly traipsed into positive characters in serials like:
Ek Ladki Anjaani Si (Sony)
Kahani Nayi Jeevan Hai (Sahara)
Zindagi Teri Meri Kahani (Sahara)
Tumhari Khushi Se Hum Hai (DD-1)

Straddling between shades of grey and white, this sassy actress has also made a brief appearance in:
Lucky (Star Plus)
Sssh Koi Hai (Star Plus)
Savdhaan India (Life OK)
Crime Patrol, Aahat, CID, DON and Akela (all on Sony)
Mreenal’s body of work runs beyond the small screen to the silver screen. She has essayed various roles across renowned production houses-
Sooraj Barjatya’s Vivah
Anubhav Sinha's Tathastu
Pankaj Parasher's Sab Gadabad Hai
Sunil Tiwari’s Runway

She has been the face of several brands on TV such as
Hepatitis A
Clinic Plus
Her repertoire of print ads include an enviable list-
Bank of India
Prafful sarees
Grahshobha (magazines), etc.
A self-confessed fashionista, Mreenal strut the ramp for designer Libas at the Lakme Fashion Week, walked twice as a showstopper for shows in Chandigarh and Delhi, walked for Sonalika Pradhan’s brand Vitamin A and as a Celebrity Model at a Royalty Night Club show in Mumbai.
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