Shriya Saran (pronounced 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 rather offered a leading role. Thus, Saran made her film debut in 2001 with the Telugu film 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 film 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, her roles in which established her as one of the leading actresses in the South Indian film industries.In 2012, she was cast in the British-Canadian film Midnight’s Children under the direction of Deepa Mehta, based on Salman Rushdie’s Booker Prize-winning novel of the same name, for which she received international critical acclaim. She achieved further commercial success by starring in films such as Pavitra (2013) and Chandra (2013). In 2014, Shriya Saran starred in the critically acclaimed Telugu film Manam, which she received accolades for her performance
In early 2013, Saran appeared in an item number in the film Zila Ghaziabad. This was her first item number in a Hindi film.On 7 June Saran’s Pavitra was released, in which she played as a prostitute.At a press conference in Hyderabad, she said that the film is very special for her, and that she was touched by the sensitivity that director/writer Janardhana Maharshi gave to the topic.According to a review from The Times of India, the most cinematic part of the film is a sensual number “Sukumara Ra Ra…” in which the camera shows in the curves of the main character. He summed up the review saying, “Besides Shriya Saran’s curves there is nothing in this movie that’s worth watching per se.”Her bi-lingual film Chandra directed by RoopaSaran 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.