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Shriya Saran

Shriya Saran, also known by the mononym Shriya, is an Indian film actress, model and presenter that has starred in Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam and Hindi language films, as well as a few films in English and Kannada.

Ms. Saran got her big break in the entertainment industry when her dance master gave her the opportunity to appear in Renoo Nathan's debut music video "Thirakti Kyun Hawa." She made her film debut in the Telugu film "Ishtam" (2001) and had her first commercial success with "Santhosham" (2002).

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She subsequently appeared in several more Telugu films while making in-roads in the Hindi and Tamil film industries. In 2007, she starred in "Sivaji," the highest-grossing Tamil film at that time. She also gained critical acclaim for her role in the 2007 Bollywood film "Awarapan." In 2008, Ms. Saran played the lead role in her first English film in the American-Indian co-production "The Other End of the Line."

Her following projects included popular films such as "Kanthaswamy" (2009) in Tamil and "Pokkiri Raja" (2010) in Malayalam, her roles in which established her as one of the leading actresses in the South Indian film industries. In 2012, she was casted in the British-Canadian film "Midnight's Children" under the direction of Deepa Mehta. She achieved further commercial success by starring in films such as "Pavitra" (2013) and "Chandra" (2013). In 2014, Ms. Saran starred in the critically acclaimed Telugu film "Manam," which she received accolades for her performance.

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In addition to her work in films, Ms. Saran has been the brand ambassador for several brands across India, endorsing beauty and health products. Among other philanthropic activities, she has volunteered for a number of charity organizations, and in 2011 she opened a spa employing exclusively visually challenged people. She also was the brand ambassador Celebrity Cricket League for its two first seasons.

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