Shriya Saran’s life in pictures!

One of South cinema’s most beautiful actresses, Shriya Saran has tasted success in India and abroad.

We celebrate her glamorous life on her birthday on September 11, with pictures from her life.

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IMAGE: Shriya Saran at Memu Saitham Stars Cricket Curtain Raiser’s dance rehearsal

Born and brought up in Haridwar, Shriya aspired to be a dancer. But she took up acting when she was offered the lead role in the 2001 Telugu film Ishtam. She was only 19 then.

Shriya Saran with her parents

IMAGE: Shriya with her parents Pushpendra and Neerajana in Paris

Shriya’s mother Neerajana was a Chemistry teacher at the Delhi Public School. Her fatherPushpendra worked for Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited.

Tabu, Ajay Devgn, Shriya Saran and Mrinal Jadhav

IMAGE: Drishyam co-stars Tabu, Ajay Devgn, Shriya Saran and Mrinal Jadhav

After proving herself in several successful Telugu films like Santosham and Nuvve Nuvve, Shriya made her Bollywoood debut with Tujhe Meri Kasam, the film that launched Riteish Deshmukh and Genelia D’Souza.

She was recently seen as Ajay Devgan’s wife in Drishyam.

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IMAGE: Shriya Saran at the Midnight’s Children premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival 

Shriya’s first English film was Ashok Amritraj’s The Other End of the Line, opposite Jesse Metcalfe. But it was Deepa Mehta’s Midnight’s Children, an adaptation of Salman Rushdie’s 1981 novel of the same name, that brought her international acclaim.

Shriya Saran and Rajinikanth

IMAGE: Shriya Saran and Rajinikanth in Sivaji

Jyothi Krishna’s 2003 romantic comedy Enakku 20 Unakku 18 marked Shriya’s Tamil debut.

In 2007, Shriya played Rajinikanth’s heroine in Shankar’s Sivaji. It was the highest-grossing Tamil film that year.

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IMAGE: Shriya Saran at an eye donation camp

Shriya is not just a pretty face, she is well known for her charity work as well.

She is the brand ambassador for the Naandi Foundation, and for the Save A Child’s Heart Foundation (SACH) that work for the benefit of poor children.

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IMAGE: Shriya Saran during one of the Celebrity Cricket League matches

Shriya is the brand ambassador of the Celebrity Cricket League (CCL) that comprises eight teams of film personalities from the major regional film industries of Indian cinema.

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IMAGE: Shriya Saran at the Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2013

Shriya is one of the most sought-after faces in the fashion world. She frequently walks the ramp at the Lakme Fashion Week.

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IMAGE: Shriya Saran at Meenakshi Temple in Madurai

Shriya loves to travel, be it to exotic locations across the globe or our very own Meenakshi Temple at Madurai.