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Shriya Saran born September 11, 1982 also known by the mononym Shriya, is an Indian film actress, model and host. She is noted for working in mulitple of the regional industries of Indian cinema, appearing in several mainstream Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu films, as well as a few films in English, Malayalam and Kannada. After her feature film debut in 2001 with Ishtam, she received her first commercial success in 2002 by playing the role of Bhanu in the Telugu film Santhosham.Subsequently, she appeared in several Telugu films with prominent actors, while also making in-roads in the Hindi film industry as well as the Tamil film industry.
In 2007, Shriya starred alongside Rajinikanth in Sivaji: The Boss, which became the highest grossing Tamil film at that time.She has since appeared in films such as Azhagiya Tamil Magan and Kanthaswamy in Tamil and appeared in high budget Hindi pictures such as Mission Istanbul, roles which have established her as one of the leading actresses in the South Indian film industry. Shriya also played the lead role in an American-Indian crossover film, The Other End of the Line.
Shriya has also featured as the brand ambassador for several stores across India appearing for prominent beauty and health products. Furthermore her work as a philanthropist has seen her being attached to noted charity organisations whilst she has recently pledged to open a spa for the visually challenged.
Shriya Saran was born in Dehradun to Pushpendra Saran and Neeraja Saran.Her father worked for Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited and her mother was a chemistry teacher in Delhi Public School. Saran completed her schooling from Delhi Public School, Haridwar and later studied at Lady Shri Ram College in Delhi and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in literature.Saran was trained as a Kathak dancer during her youth; she was a student of Padma Shri Shovana Narayan. She has a brother Ahiroop who recently got married and lives in Mumbai.
While in her sophomore year at the LSR College in Delhi, Saran was given her first opportunity to appear in front of the camera for a video shoot. Following her dance teacher’s recommendation, she was invited to appear in the music video of Renoo Nathan’s Thirakti Kyun Hawa. The video, shot at Banaras, prompted Ramoji Films to offer her the lead role of Neha in their film Ishtam.Even before the release of Ishtam, Saran signed four high-budget films including Santosham, Chennakeshava Reddy, Nuvve Nuvve and Tagore.
Her next release was Santosham (2002), co-starring Nagarjuna, Prabhu Deva and Gracy Singh. Saran gained her first award nomination for this film, the “CineMAA Award for Best Actor- Female”.
In 2003, Saran made her debut Hindi film Tujhe Meri Kasam, starring debutants Ritesh Deshmukh and Genelia D’Souza in the lead. She was cast to essay the lead role in the Telugu film Neeku Nenu Naaku Nuvvu opposite Uday Kiran. Collaborating with V. V. Vinayak again, she performed the lead role in his Tagore, a remake of the Tamil film Ramana. Tagore was highly successful.
Then she made her Tamil film debut in Enakku 20 Unakku 18, alongside Tarun and Trisha Krishnan.
After a fairly quiet 2004, Saran had ten 2005 releases, nine of which were Telugu films. Chatrapati where she played opposite Prabhas, earned her first nomination for the Filmfare Best Telugu Actress Award. Meanwhile, she made her comeback in Kollywood through the film Mazhai, a remake of the Telugu film Varsham. Neither the movie, nor her performance were well received either. She also made a cameo appearance in the National Film Award-winning Bommalata.
Saran and Rajinikanth in Sivaji: The Boss
Her only 2006 release, other than special appearances, was the Tamil film Thiruvilayadal Arambam. In 2007, she beat other top actresses for the much coveted role opposite Rajinikanth in S. Shankar’s Sivaji: The Boss, which was the most expensive Indian film at that time.
Saran then made her comeback in Hindi with Awaarapan alongside Emraan Hashmi, which was a joint production between India and Pakistan. For that performance she received a nomination for the Filmfare Best Female Debut Award.
Later that year she appeared in one more Tamil film, Azhagiya Tamil Magan opposite Vijay. She received mixed reviews by critics for her performance, but universal praise for her looks.
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