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Shriya Saran

Shriya Saran is a prominent South Indian film actress who acts in all South Indian languages. She has acted in some Hindi films and has acted in a few English, Canadian films also. She was born on 11-09-1982 as the daughter of Pushpendra Saran and Neeraja Saran. Her father was an employee in Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd, and his mother was a teacher in Delhi Public School situated in Raipur and in New Delhi. Shriya Sara did her schooling in these schools and took her bachelor’s degree from Lady Shree Ram College situated in Delhi.

 

She was very talented in dancing form her childhood days. Her mother taught her preliminaries in Kathak dance and later she was trained by Shovana Narayan. She has taken part in many dance programs while she was a college student with the help of her dance master.

Her first film was a Telugu film named ‘Ishtam’. But her first film that won commercial success was the film named ‘Santhosham’.  Subsequently she acted in many Telugu movies which paved her entrance to Hindi movies. In 2007 Saran acted in  ‘Sivaji’ which was the greatest block buster of that time. Her Bollywood film ‘Awarapan’ in the year 2008 gained much critical acclaim. In the year 2008, she acted in her first English film named ‘The Other End of the Line’. ‘Kanthswamy’ (Tamil) in the year 2009 and ‘PokkiriRaja’(Malayalam) in  the year 2010  are two other important  box office hit films which have helped her  to become a most successful South Indian film actress. She also acted in a Canadian film named “Midnight Children’ which was based on a Sulman Rashdi novel of the same name. For her acting in this film she received critical acclaim from critics all over the world. Her films ‘Paivtra’, ‘Chandra’, ‘Manam’ etc also received critical accolades.

She has beenthe brand ambassador of many health and beauty  products across India. She was a philanthropist and has opened a spa employing  visually challenged people only. She was the brand ambassador for Celebrity Cricket League.

In 2013 she appeared in the first item number in Hindi film. It was in the film ‘Zia Ghaziabad’. At about this time she acted in a bilingual flm named ‘Chandra’ in Kannada and Tamil. This film was released on 27-06-2013 in Kannada and after about 6 months it was released in Tamil on 14-02-2014. This was a moderate success in Kannada and was her film in Tamil after a gap of five years.

Telegu comedy film ‘Manam’ was her first film in the year 2014 which became very successful in India as well as  inAmerica.  She appeared against Ajay Devgon in the Hindi remake of Drishyam a block buster in Malayalam.