Born: September 11, 1982
Age : 31
Birthplace : Dehradun, India
Height: 5′ 6″ (1.68 m)
Shriya Saran is more known in the South Indian Film world than any other place. Shriya Saran is a competent model and actor who is often seen doing a number of movies including Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, English and Hindi movies. She was born in Dehradun but brought up in Haridwar. She always aspired to become a dancer and has been learning dance since her childhood. However, she got the chance to do a music album Thirakti Kyun Hawa, which made her popular in the B town, giving her break in Bollywood as well as in the south Indian movies. She comes from a non film background, as her father worked at BHEL in Haridwar, while her mother was chemistry teacher in DPS in Haridwar.
Wiki : Shriya Saran did her schooling from DPS Ranipur, while for her college she went to Delhi wherein she did her BA in literature. She is a competent doctor, who was trained by her mother and then she went to Rajasthani folk dance and got her training in Kathak from Shovana Narayan. As said, she started her career with a music album, which made her recognise in the film world especially in the south Indian film industry. Though she always wanted to become a dancer, however, she had to tread the road of films to establish herself as an actor who can dance as well. Her first movie was a Telugu film called Ishtam, while the first big hit was Santhosham of 2002.
This gave her more movies in the South India, which included all most all the south Indian languages movies. Her movie Sivaji was one of the highest grosser of 2007. Apart from working in the south Indian movies, she got the chance to work in Bollywood films as well, which she started with the one called Awarapan. In the year 2008, she also did her first English movie called The Other End Of The Line, which was an Indo American project by an NRI. In 2012, she was also on the lead cast of Salman Rushdie’s novel based movie called Midnight Children directed by Deepa Mehta, which gave her global acclaim.
Apart from doing a number of South Indian and Main stream movies of B town, she is also involved in charity work. She is the brand ambassador of Naandi Foundation and for SACH as well, which is a group that works for kids affected by natural calamities. She is also involved in a number or NGO’s working in India and abroad among the underprivileged and the poor. Some of her recent work include raising funds for various charitable organizations working for the empowerment of women. Besides, she is also known to deliver lectures in IIM and IIT and happens to be the only female actor to do so after Aamir Khan and Shah Rukh Khan.
Apart from acting, she is also involved in modelling, and has endorsed a number of products and brands. She has been the known model for Pond’s Cream, she also did ads for Coca Cola, Fair and Lovely, Head Shoulders, etc. She is a brand ambassador of a popular store chain called Sarvana Stores, while is also associated with a US based biscuit brand called McVitie for which she is appointed as the promotional star along with Bipasha Basu. She is also the brand ambassador for Colgate along with KMF (Karanata Milk Federation). As far as awards are concerned, she is known to have won a number of national and south Indian awards for her acting and modelling.