Actress Shriya Saran is a Bollywood diva and a sensation in South film industry (Pictures courtesy: Shriya Saran's Instagram account and Yogen Shah)
No other profession can match the high that cinema provides, says actress Shriya Saran, who has been acting since she was 17
Shriya Saran's birth name is Shriya Saran Bhatnagar
Shriya Saran is known primarily for her work in South Indian cinema
Shriya Saran was born in Dehradun
In 2001, Shriya Saran's dance teacher gave her the chance to appear in debut music video 'Thirakti Kyun Hawa', which brought her in the limelight
Not many know that Shriya Saran wanted to become a dancer
But since she got an acting offer for a leading role, Shriya Saran took the opportunity
Shriya Saran made her film debut in 2001 with the Telugu film 'Ishtam'
Shriya Saran's first box office success was the film 'Santhosham' in 2002
Later on, Shriya Saran appeared in several Telugu films
Shriya Saran became quite a sensation in South film industry owing to her sensual looks and popularity
Shriya Saran subsequently started getting acting offers in Bollywood and Tamil films
In 2007, Shriya Saran starred in 'Sivaji', the highest-grossing Tamil film at that time
Shriya Saran also gained critical appreciation for her role in the 2007 Bollywood film 'Awarapan'
In 2008, Shriya Saran played the lead role in her first English film, the American-Indian co-production 'The Other End of the Line'
Shriya Saran went on to work in popular films like Kanthaswamy (2009) in Tamil and Pokkiri Raja (2010) in Malayalam
These films went on to become huge hits and established her as a leading actress in South cinema
In 2012, Shriya Saran was cast in the British-Canadian film Midnight's Children under the direction of Deepa Mehta, based on Salman Rushdie's Booker Prize-winning novel of the same name
In 2014, Shriya Saran starred in the critically acclaimed Telugu film 'Manam'
Shriya Saran received rave reviews for her performance in Telugu film 'Manam'
Besides films, Shriya Saran has also been the brand ambassador for several products
Shriya Saran has also volunteered for charity organisations
In 2011, Shriya Saran opened a spa employing exclusively visually challenged people
Shriya Saran also was the brand ambassador Celebrity Cricket League for its two first seasons
Shriya Saran, who is now 35, says, "Cinema is the only profession where you get a high even at the age of 65 when you land a great role."
"Look at Amitabh Bachchan. Even at his age, he gets to play great characters. At his age, if you're in a different profession, would you be allowed to do anything? I doubt. I feel blessed to be an actress," Shriya Saran says
Indian media does not cover disabled persons' activities if these do not have a celebrity ambassador, according to southern actress Shriya Saran
Referring to her association as a brand ambassador for sightless people's football, the 'Drishyam' actress said, "The organisers of the game need my face to get media coverage."
"I asked them why was I even needed in the game of such brilliant players, and they said that the media would not cover it if your face was not there," Shriya Saran said
"Many companies came to me saying you are doing a story on disability, please mention us as we are an inclusive workplace," Shriya Saran said. "Inclusive workplace doesn't mean having a wheelchair in your office."
"It means to have the required facilities. This section can't be segregated saying they are different. It has to be normalised. You have to give them the right environment," Shriya Saran said
Shriya Saran spent most of her childhood in Haridwar
Shriya Saran's father worked in a company, while her mother was a chemistry teacher
Shriya Saran also has an elder brother Abhiroop
Shriya Saran studied at Lady Shri Ram College in Delhi
Shriya Saran received a Bachelor of Arts degree in literature
Did you know? Shriya Saran is also a trained dancer
Shriya Saran likes to keep her personal life fiercely private