Saranya Ponvannan

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Saranya
Saranya Ponvannan.jpg
Born (1970-04-26) 26 April 1970 (age 44)
India
Occupation Actress
Years active 1987–1995; 2003–present
Spouse(s) Ponvannan

Saranya Ponvannan 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.[1] 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.[2] Saranya is the daughter of Malayalam film director A. B. Raj.[3] She is married to a fellow actor, Ponvannan.

Career[edit]

Saranya made her debut in Mani Ratnam's Godfatheresque production, Nayagan opposite Kamal Haasan, in which she performed the lead female character. The film, which went on to become a success[citation needed], became one of the only few films where she had essayed the lead female role.

After marriage in 1995, she settled down to domestic bliss, refusing to take up any film offers. In 2000, however, she was offered the lead role in the comedy television series, Veettukku Veedu Lootty, which she has accepted. Subsequently, she decided to accept some good offers, enacting supporting roles.[4] Since then she has appeared in many films in supporting roles most notably Raam, Thavamai Thavamirundhu and Em Magan.[5] Her performance as Veerayi, a widowed mother torn between love and possessiveness, in the 2010 film Thenmerku Paruvakaatru - incidentally her 100th release - ultimately fetched her the National Film Award for Best Actress.[2] She acted as mothers to all heroes including actor surya and actor vijay. She is a relative to actor vikram and has 2 daughters.

Awards[edit]

National Film Awards

Tamil Nadu State Film Awards

South Indian International Movie Awards
  • 2013 - Winner, SIIMA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role Neerparavai

Filmfare Awards

Vijay Awards

Filmography[edit]

Actress[edit]

Year Film Role Language Notes
1987 Nayagan Neela Tamil
1988 Manasukkul Mathappu Dr. Seema Tamil
En Jeevan Paduthu Narmada Tamil
Neerajanam Telugu
Melam Kottu Thaali Kattu Tamil
Dhaayam Onnu Tamil
1989 Andru Peytha Mazhaiyil Tamil
Sagalakala Sammandhi Tamil
Artham Manasa Malayalam
1990 Anjali Dr. Sheela Tamil
1991 Vanakkam Vathiyare Tamil
Aakasha Kottayile Sultan Mallika Malayalam
Cheppu Kilukkunna Changathi Manikutty Malayalam
Naan Pudicha Mappillai Tamil
Aanaval Mothiram Annie Malayalam
Ennum Nanmakal Indu Malayalam
1992 Agni Paarvai Seetha Tamil
Kottai Vasal Tamil
1993 Meendum Savithri Tamil
Dasarathan Tamil
Dollar Lusie Malayalam
Magrib Aarifa Malayalam
Injakkadan Mathai & Sons Beena Malayalam
1994 Karuththamma Tamil
Seevalaperi Pandi Velammal Tamil
1995 Pasumpon Malar Tamil
2003 Alai Tamil
Chantigadu Telugu
2004 Chatrapathy Tamil
Arul Arul's Sister Tamil
Adhu Tamil
Meesai Madhavan Tamil
Ramakrishna Tamil
Varnajalam Abhirami's Mother Tamil
2005 Ayodhya Jameela Tamil
Raam Saradha Tamil
Sivakasi Kayalvizhi Udhayappa Tamil
Thavamai Thavamirundhu Saradha Muthiah Tamil Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Tamil
Oru Naal Oru Kanavu Meera Tamil
2006 Em Magan Selvi Thirumalai Tamil Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Tamil
Tamil Nadu State Film Best Supporting Actress Award
Thiruvilaiyaadal Aarambam Tamil
Adaikalam Tamil
Rakhi Charmee's Mother Telugu
2007 Thirumagan Jayakodi Tamil
Jagadam Telugu
Kireedam Rajeshwari Rajarajan Tamil
Pirappu Kaliamman Tamil
Vel Vasudevan's Mother Tamil
Puli Varudhu Ramesh's Mother Tamil
2008 Pidichirukku Stella Tamil
Nenjadhai Killadhe Tamil
Singakutty Tamil
Vilaiyattu Tamil
Kuruvi Koccha's Wife Tamil
Pandi Sivakami Sundarapandi Tamil
Thenavattu Vazhuvanthal Tamil
Dindigul Sarathy Saradha Tamil
Ready Telugu
Ini Varum Kaalam Tamil
2009 Yavarum Nalam Manohar's Mother Tamil
Colours Dr. Rajalakshmi Malayalam
2010 Police Quarters Kannada
Bayam Ariyaan Saraswathi Tamil
Pulliman Yashoda Panicker Malayalam
Kalavani Lakshmi Ramasamy Tamil
Guru Sishyan Mahalakshmi Tamil
Magane En Marumagane Ponnarasi's Mother Tamil
Thambikku Indha Ooru Kumaraswamy's Wife Tamil
Vedam Padma Telugu
Puli Telugu Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress - Telugu
Naane Ennul Illai Janaki Tamil
Thenmerku Paruvakaatru Veerayi Tamil National Film Award for Best Actress
Vijay Award for Best Supporting Actress
Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress - Tamil
2011 Muthukku Muthaaga Pechi Tamil
Vaanam Lakshmi Tamil
Sadhurangam Tamil
Maharaja Seetha Tamil
2012 Oru Kal Oru Kannadi Shenbagam Varadharajan Tamil Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress - Tamil
Chaarulatha Chaaru & Latha's Mother Tamil
Kannada
Thaandavam Sivakumar's Mother Tamil
Neerparavai Mary Tamil Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress - Tamil
SIIMA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
2013 Vatthikuchi Sakthi's mother Tamil
Kutti Puli Deivanai Tamil
All in All Azhagu Raja Meenakshi Muthukrishnan Tamil
2014 Idhu Kathirvelan Kadhal Yasothammal Tamil
Naan Sigappu Manithan Indhiran's mother Tamil
Ennamo Nadakkudhu Vijay's mother Tamil
Naan Than Bala Tamil
Manam Telugu
Pappali Tamil
Velaiyilla Pattathari Raguvaran's Mother Tamil Released on 18th July 2014
Tamilselvanum Thaniyar Anjalum Tamil Filming
2015 Romeo Juliet Tamil Filming

Singer[edit]

Year Film Song Composer Co-singers Notes
2013 Ennamo Nadakkudhu "Meesa Kokkuthan" Premji Amaran Vijay Yesudas, Saindhavi [8]

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