Shriya Saran was born as second child to Neeranja and Pushpendra Saran. She was brought up in Ranipur, a small town in north India, a few miles from the holy city of Haridwar. She has an elder brother Abhiroop, who recently got married. She has completed her schooling from DPS(Delhi Public School). She has done B.A. (Literature) from Lady Sri Ram College(LSR). She has a serious interest in classical dancing, and is an accomplished Kathak dancer. She started her career as an aspiring model. This led to roles in advertisements and music albums.
Shriya started her movie acting career with the Telugu film Ishtam (2001), produced by Usha Kiran Movies. This first film didn\'t fare too well at the box office, but she was noticed by many Telugu producers and directors. Soon she signed for Nagarjuna\'s Santosham (2002), which was a major hit and she didn\'t have to turn back since then. She was among the top divas of Tollywood. Her later movies, such as Nuvve Nuvve and Bhageeratha, earned her many accolades. She had one of the biggest hits in her career with Chatrapati opposite Prabhas.
She made her Tamil movie debut in Enakku 20 Unakku 18 (2003), casted along with Telugu actor Tharun, Trisha Krishnan and Reema Sen. The film was a average hit at box-office, but it was more importantly a musical hit due to music composed by A. R. Rahman. She had plenty of glamorous roles lined up for her in Tamil, but instead continued with Tollywood for a year. She has made her comeback in Kollywood through the film Mazhai with Jayam Ravi. The movie did well at the box-office. She beat other top actresses for the much coveted role with Rajinikanth in Shankar\'s Sivaji: The Boss. She was supposed to act with Kamal Haasan in Dasavatharam. She has recently turned down offers of acting with the likes of Vijay and Vikram as she was bound to the agreement signed for Sivaji: The Boss.
She has signed up with Vishesh Films by Mahesh Bhatt and Mukesh Bhatt to act in Awarapan. The director of the film is Mohit Suri of "Woh Lamhe" and "Zeher" fame, is one of the most sought after directors in the recent times.
* 2006 - Boss (special appearance)
* 2006 - Game (special appearance)
* 2006 - Devadasu (special appearance)
* 2005 - Naa Alludu
* 2005 - Sadaa Mee Sevalo
* 2005 - Subhash Chandra Bose
* 2005 - Mogudu Pellam O Dongodu
* 2005 - Chatrapathi
* 2005 - Bhageeradha
* 2004 - Soggaadu
* 2004 - Arjun
* 2004 - Nenunnanu
* 2004 - Balu ABCDEFG
* 2003 - Nuvve Nuvve
* 2003 - Neeku Nenu Naaku Nuvvu
* 2003 - Ela Cheppanu
* 2003 - Tagore
* 2003 - Nee Manasu Naaku Telusu
* 2002 - Santosham
* 2002 - Chennekeshava Reddy
* 2001 - Ishtam
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