Shriya Saran

    Shriya is an Indian Actress who works in Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Hindi and Malayalam films. She has acted in few English films as well. Born to Pushpendra Saran and Neeraja Saran. Her father is a BHEL Employee and mother is Chemistry teacher in Delhi Public School. Shriya Saran is a trained dancer and it was her music video that caught producer Ramoji Rao’s attention in their production Istham though the movie was a major failure, Shriya was flooded with offers and the following year Nagarjuna’s Santosham brought her first commercial success and established her as a leading heroine.

    Shriya has been paired up with all the leading heroes of Tollywood and has delivered some of the biggest blockbusters like Tagore, Chatrapathi, and Nenunnanu. In 2007, she appeared in Tamil film Sivaji alongside the Tamil Superstar Rajinikanth and the films was one of the biggest grosser of all time. Apart from South and Hindi films, she has featured in few English films Midnight’s Children and The Other End of the Line and has received International acclaim for her performance.

    In 2003, Shriya hosted the 50th Filmfare South Award with actor R. Madhavan. She was a part of Tamil director Mani Ratnam’s stage show, Netru, Indru, Naalai, an event which sought to raise funds for The Banyan, a voluntary organization which rehabilitates homeless women with mental illness in Chennai. She was one of the guests alongside actor Surya Sivakumar at the season 3 finale of TV dance show Maanada Mayilada.

    Shriya Saran was the first actress and the third celebrity after Shah Rukh Khan and Aamir Khan to deliver a lecture to students at the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIM-A) on 12 February 2010. She said that “The Indian media and entertainment industry is the fastest growing sector at present, so considering this IIM Ahmedabad had started a new program CFI – Contemporary Film Industry – A Business Perspective. I was there to give a lecture to 2nd-year students of CFI and did a lot of research for the lecture for nearly five days.” She held a lecture on marketing and branding of a film. In 2011, she gave a lecture to students at the Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) Madras on the history of films, and films as a medium of cultural exchange.