Shriya Saran was born on 11 September 1982 to Pushpendra Saran Bhatnagar and Neeraja Saran Bhatnagar in North India. Saran completed her schooling from Delhi Public School. She later received a Bachelor of Arts degree in literature from Lady Shri Ram College in Delhi.
Saran received acting offers after being spot in Renoo Nathan’s debut music video Thirakti Kyun Hawa. She debuted in Telugu cinema in 2001 with the film Ishtam. She got her first box office success with the film Santhosham (2002). Saran established herself as the leading lady in films like Sivaji (2007) in Tamil, Kanthaswamy (2009) in Tamil, Pokkiri Raja (2010) in Malayalam, Pavitra (2013) and Chandra (2013) in Telugu. In 2003, she debuted as the supporting cast in Ritesh Deshmukh and Genelia D Souza starrer Tujhe Meri Kasam. In 2007, she received critical acclaim for her role in Bollywood film Awarapan (2007). The following year saw her debuting as the lead actress in the American-Indian co-production The Other End of the Line. In 2012, she featured in Deepa Mehta’s British–Canadian film Midnight’s Children. Among her many accolades, she is the recipient of TV9 TSR National Award for the year 2014, SIIMA Award, Santosham Film Awards, TV9 TSR National Award for the year 2015 and Santosham Film Awards; all under the category of Best Actress.
Some of her notable films include:
- Mogudu Pellam O Dongodu
- Gautamiputra Satakarni
- Gopala Gopala
Saran served as the brand ambassador for the first two seasons of Celebrity Cricket League. She supports many philanthropic activities and charity organizations. Saran is a trained Kathak dancer. She initially got trained by her mother and later learnt the dance form under the tutelage of Shovana Narayan. She opened a spa in 2011 that employs visually impaired people. The name of the spa is Shree Spa, located in Mumbai. Saran’s reported linkups have been a fodder for media; however, she denied having romantic involvement with any. She married her Russian boyfriend Andrei Koscheev on 12 March 2018.