Shriya Saran (born as Shriya Saran Bhatnagar on 11 September 1982),also known by the mononym Shriya, is an Indian film actress and model. She has acted in Telugu, Tamil, and Hindi language films, as well as a few films in English, Malayalam and Kannada.
Saran was born in Dehradun and spent most of her childhood in Haridwar. In 2001, her dance master gave her the opportunity to appear in Renoo Nathan’s debut music video “Thirakti Kyun Hawa”, which brought Saran to the attention of many Indian filmmakers.Although Saran aspired to become a well-known dancer, she was offered a leading role. Thus, Saran made her film debut in 2001 with the Telugu Ishtam and had her first commercial success with Santhosham (2002).
She subsequently appeared in several more Telugu films, while making in-roads in the Hindi and Tamil industries. In 2007, Saran starred in Sivaji, the highest-grossing Tamil film at that time. She also gained critical acclaim for her role in the 2007 Bollywood film Awarapan. In 2008, Saran played the lead role in her first English film, the American-Indian co-production The Other End of the Line. Her following projects included popular films such as Kanthaswamy (2009) in Tamil and Pokkiri Raja (2010) in Malayalam roles that established her as one of the leading actresses in the South Indian film industries.Shriya Saran Bhatnagar was born on 11 September 1982in the Haridwar in Northern India, to Pushpendra Saran Bhatnagar and Neeraja Saran Bhatnagar.Her father worked for Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited and her mother was a chemistry teacher in Delhi Public School, Ranipur in Haridwar and Delhi Public School, Mathura Road, New Delhi.Saran completed her schooling from both schools where her mother had taught. She has an elder brother named Abhiroop who lives in Mumbai.Saran is very reluctant to talk about her private life, and usually denies that reported linkups are romantic in nature.She is Hindu.Saran is well known for her charity work. She describes herself as someone used to “sharing time and resources with the underprivileged since childhood.” She says that “celebrities can show the way by sensitising people to social issues, campaigning for causes or being part of fund-raisers.” Her family has always encouraged her to think of the needy.
Saran is a brand ambassador for the Naandi Foundation, and for the Save A Child’s Heart Foundation (SACH), which works for the benefit of poor children and people affected by natural calamities. She helps finance a Prevention of Aids foundation. In 2009, Saran joined with other eminent personalities to promote ‘The Joy of Giving Week’, to encourage people from all walks of life to engage in acts of giving. She regularly participates in carnivals and campaigns that associate with children benefits. She is associated with animal welfare and the Blue Cross of India. She is also associated with an NGO called World Vision that finds parents for deprived kids, and works for Apollo’s RDF to raise funds for underprivileged children.