Biography

Sheela better known by her stage name Saranya is an Indian film actress who has predominantly appeared in Tamil language films. Saranya made her debut in a lead role in Mani Ratnam's Nayagan and went on to play lead roles in a few films during the late 1980s. Following an eight-year sabbatical, she returned to feature films as a character artiste, essaying supporting roles, particularly playing mother characters to lead artists. For her performances in films including Raam (2005), Thavamai Thavamirundhu (2005), Em Magan (2006) and Kalavani (2010), she has received notable critical praise and several accolades, including three Filmfare Awards for Best Supporting Actress, while her performance in Thenmerku Paruvakaatru fetched her the National Film Award for Best Actress in 2011.Saranya is the daughter of Malayalam film director A. B. Raj. She is married to a fellow actor, Ponvannan.

Sheela better known by her stage name Saranya is an Indian film actress who has predominantly appeared in Tamil language films. Saranya made her debut in a lead role in Mani Ratnam's Nayagan and went on to play lead roles in a few films during the late 1980s. Following an eight-year sabbatical, she returned to feature films as a character artiste, essaying supporting roles, particularly playing mother characters to lead artists. For her performances in films including Raam (2005), Thavamai Thavamirundhu (2005), Em Magan (2006) and Kalavani (2010), she has received notable critical praise and several accolades, including three Filmfare Awards for Best Supporting Actress, while her performance in Thenmerku Paruvakaatru fetched her the National Film Award for Best Actress in 2011.Saranya is the daughter of Malayalam film director A. B. Raj. She is married to a fellow actor, Ponvannan.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Female

Known Credits 94

Birthday 1970-04-26

Place of Birth Alappuzha, Kerala, India

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Also Known As

  • Sheela

Acting TV ShowsMovies

Jeyikkira Kuthira
2019 Gang Leader
2019 Kalavani 2
2019 Crazy Crazy Feeling
2018 A Notorious Boy as Chembammal
2018 Marainthirunthu Paarkum Marmam Enna as Aiyappan's Mother
2018 Kolamavu Kokila
2018 Junga as Junga's mother
2018 Inba Twinkle Lilly as Inbaa
2018 The Villain as Vishalavva, Ram's mother
2018 Mannar Vagaiyara as Ilaiyarani's mother
2017 Magalir Mattum as Subbu
2017 Katha Nayagan as Thambidurai's Mother
2017 Velaiilla Pattadhari 2 as Bhuvana
2016 Achamindri
2016 Kodi as Kodi and Anbu's Mother
2016 Remo as Arun's Mother
2016 Tamilselvanum Thaniyar Anjalum
2016 Brahmotsavam as Ajay's Relative
2016 24 as Sathyabama
2016 Bangalore Naatkal as Kannan's mother
2014 Velaiyilla Pattathari as Raghuvaran's mother
2014 Pappali
2014 Amma Ammamma
2014 Manam as Seetharamudu's Mother
2014 Ennamo Nadakkudhu
2014 Naan Sigappu Manithan as Sumathi
2014 Idhu Kathirvelan Kadhal as Yasothammal
2013 All in All Azhagu Raja as Meenakshi Muthukrishnan
2013 Naiyaandi
2013 Kutti Puli as Dheivaanai
2013 Vatthikuchi as Sakthi's mother
2012 Neer Paravai as Mary
2012 Chaarulatha as Charu and Latha's mother
2012 Oru Kal Oru Kannadi as Shenbagam Saravanan's mother
2011 Sadhurangam
2011 Vaanam as Lakshmi
2011 Muthukku Muthaaga as Pechi
2010 Thenmerku Paruvakatru as Veerayi
2010 Komaram Puli as Puli's Mother
2010 Kalavani as Lakshmi
2010 Vedam as Padma
2010 Guru Sishyan
2010 Bayam Ariyan as Vinoth's Mother
2010 Thambikku Indha Ooru
2009 Yavarum Nalam as Manohar's mother
2009 Colors as Lt.col.Dr Rajalakshmi
2008 Dindigul Sarathy as Sarathy's Mother
2008 Thenavattu
2008 Paandi as Sivakami
2008 Kuruvi as Koccha's Wife
2008 Singakutty
2008 Nenjathai Killadhe
2008 Pidichirukku
2007 Puli Varudhu
2007 Vel as Vasu and Vel's mother
2007 Kireedam as Shakti's Mother
2007 Rakshakan
2007 Jagadam
2007 Thirumagan as Jayakodi
2007 Vijetha
2006 Adaikalam as Kasthuri
2006 Rakhi
2006 Thiruvilaiyadal Aarambam
2006 Em Magan as Krishna's Mother
2005 Sivakasi as Udayappa's wife
2005 Thavamai Thavamiruntu as Sarada
2005 Raam as Saradha
2004 Arul
2004 Chatrapathy as Saravanan's Sister
2003 Alai
1995 Pasumpon as Malar
1994 Karuththamma as Periyakanni
1994 Seevalaperi Pandi as Velammal
1993 Dollar as Lucy
1993 Injakkadan Mathai & Sons as Beena
1993 Dasarathan
1993 Ente Sreekuttikku as Nandini
1992 Kottai Vaasal
1991 Cheppukilukkana Changathi as Manikutty
1991 Aanaval Mothiram as Annie
1991 Ennum Nanmakal as Indu
1991 Vanakkam Vathiyare
1991 Aakasha Kottayile Sultan as Mallika
1990 Anjali as Dr. Sheela
1990 Ulagam Pirandhadhu Enakkaga
1989 Artham as Manasa
1989 Andru Peytha Mazhaiyil as Preethy
1988 Melangottu Thalikattu
1988 Dhayam Onnu as Rita
1988 Manasukkul Mathappu as Seema
1988 En Jeevan Paaduthu as Narmada
1988 Sigappu Thali
1987 Nayakan as Neela

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