Sizzling Shriya Saran, the birthday girl

Updated: September 11, 2011 15:00 IST

The Southern hottie, who is all set to make her Bollywood comeback, turns 29 today.

Sizzling Shriya back in Bollywood
Actress and businesswoman Shriya Saran, who is all set to make her Bollywood comeback with Gali Gali Mein Chor Hai, celebrates her 29th birthday today (September 11).

The sizzling actress was recently seen in the Tamil film Rowthiram.

Coming up: Shriya's sensual turn in Gali Gali Mein Chor Hai.
Sizzling Shriya back in Bollywood
Shriya Saran, who made her debut in Bollywood with Awaarapan opposite Emraan Hashmi, is now busy shooting for her new Hindi film, Gali Gali Mein Chor Hai.
Sizzling Shriya back in Bollywood
The actress, who is working with Akshaye Khanna and Mugdha Godse, tweeted: "Akshaye Khanna and Mugdha are a total sweet hearts! Loving the shoot :)"
Sizzling Shriya back in Bollywood
Rowthiram, which released last month, failed to impress critics or fans.
Sizzling Shriya back in Bollywood
Shriya has recently signed a Malayalam movie Hero opposite superstar Prithviraj. This is her third Malayalam film after the Mammootty–Prithviraj starrer Pokkiri Raja and Mohanlal's soon-to-release Casanova.

Coming up: More on the sultry diva.
Sizzling Shriya back in Bollywood
Shriya Saran was born in Dehradun but did her schooling from Delhi Public School, Haridwar and then moved to Delhi for higher studies.
Sizzling Shriya back in Bollywood
She is a trained Kathak dancer but later picked up the Kathakali dance form as well.
Sizzling Shriya back in Bollywood
While in college, Shriya appeared in the music video of Reenu Nathan's Tirakthi Kyon Hawa.
Sizzling Shriya back in Bollywood
After the video, she got an offer from Ramoji Films in Ishtam. Even before its release, she signed four mega-budget films including Santosham, Chennakeshava Reddy, Nuvve Nuvve and Tagore with actors Nagarjuna, Balakrishna, Tarun and Chiranjeevi respectively. It was the role of Bhanu in Santhosham, which made her a household name in Telugu cinema.
Sizzling Shriya back in Bollywood
But it was in 2007 that Shriya Saran became a national figure after working opposite Rajinikanth in Sivaji: The Boss.
Sizzling Shriya back in Bollywood
After Sivaji, she signed several Hindi, Tamil and one Hollywood film.
Sizzling Shriya back in Bollywood
Shriya is probably the first actor to share screen space with legendary actor Rajinikanth (Sivaji: The Boss) and his son-in-law Dhanush (Thiruvilayadal Arambam) , in the same year.
Sizzling Shriya back in Bollywood
Following the success of her films like Santhosham, Tagore, Sivaji: The Boss and Kanthaswamy, she has established herself in the South.
Sizzling Shriya back in Bollywood
Her other big hits which established her as an A -league star are Nuvve Nuvve, Nenunnanu and Chatrapathi, Thiruvilayadal Arambam, Azhagiya Tamil Magan and Kutty in Tamil.
Sizzling Shriya back in Bollywood
Telugu film Chatrapathi got her a Best Actress Filmfare (South) in 2006.
Sizzling Shriya back in Bollywood
Shriya made her entry into Bollywood with a supporting role in Tujhe Meri Kasam, with debutantes Ritesh Deshmukh and Genelia D'Souza. Her role was considered very small compared to that of Genelia.
Sizzling Shriya back in Bollywood
But she played the lead role opposite Emraan Hashmi in Awaarapan (2007). She won a Filmfare nomination for Best Debut that year. Next came Mission Istaanbul in 2008 opposite Vivek Oberoi but the film bombed at the box office.
Sizzling Shriya back in Bollywood
She made her debut in the Malayalam film industry with Pokkiri Raja opposite superstar Mammootty and Prithviraj. The film was a superhit.
Sizzling Shriya back in Bollywood
She made her Tamil film debut in Enakku 20 Unakku 18 alongside Tarun and Trisha Krishnan. This Rahman musical was a moderate success, failing to gain her more projects in Tamil.
Sizzling Shriya back in Bollywood
Her first 2009 release in Bollywood was Ek - The Power of One, which was a remake of the successful Telugu film Athadu. But Ek turned out to be an average grosser.
Sizzling Shriya back in Bollywood
In 2010, she was seen in Tamil film Kutty, a remake of Telugu blockbuster Arya.
Sizzling Shriya back in Bollywood
Shriya was seen in the Tamil film Chikku Bukku with Arya. She has done an item number in Komaram Puli and will also made her comeback as a heroine in Telugu films after a gap of five years in Don Seenu opposite Ravi Teja.
Sizzling Shriya back in Bollywood
Shriya has endorsed several health and beauty products including Lux and McVitie's biscuits.
Sizzling Shriya back in Bollywood
Her revealing outfits have landed her in trouble more than once. In 2008, a Hindu organisation in Chennai lodged a police complaint against Shriya, insisting that the dress she had worn to the 175th day celebration of her film, Sivaji: The Boss, was in bad taste.
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The matter was resolved only when Shriya publicly apologised saying she had made a mistake.
Sizzling Shriya back in Bollywood
In 2008 there was another ugly incident involving Shriya. An overenthusiastic fan reportedly molested her while she was coming out of the Tirumala temple after offering prayers. "When I was coming out of the temple after my prayers a man who was standing behind me misbehaved. I think women should stand up for such misbehaviour. Irrespective of being an actress or not I had to stand up for myself and I think any woman who is a victim of eve-teasing and molestation should stand up," the press quoted her as saying.
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She has been often tagged by the media as a glamour doll. Her dance numbers in her films are mostly appreciated.
Sizzling Shriya back in Bollywood
Shriya is the first actor from the South film industry to be featured on the cover of men's mag Maxim. (Photo Courtesy: Maxim)
Sizzling Shriya back in Bollywood
Shriya Speak: "I am never for vulgarity. Glamour, especially artistic and pleasant one, is fine."
Sizzling Shriya back in Bollywood
Shriya Speak: "I had lots of crushes and lots of infatuations. I liked lots of people. I have never been totally in love with any one. But those crushes and infatuations never matured into love. So, I never had a boyfriend." (Photo Courtesy: South Scope magazine)

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