Sriya Reddy

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Sriya Reddy
Born Sriya Reddy
(1983-04-03) 3 April 1983 (age 31)
Other names Shreya, Shriya
Occupation Actress, model, VJ
Years active 2002–2008
Spouse(s) Vikram Krishna

Sriya Reddy (Telugu: శ్రియ రెడ్డి; born 3 April 1983) is an Indian film actress, anchor and VJ. Born to former Indian test cricketer Bharath Reddy, Sriya worked as successful VJ at SS Music, before pursuing an acting career as well. Following her debut in Samurai (2002), she appeared in nearly a dozen Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam films, with Black, Thimiru and Kanchivaram probably being her best known projects.

Early life[edit]

Sriya was born to Bharath Reddy, a former Test cricketer and wicket keeper. She did her schooling at Good Shepherd Convent, Chennai and went on to study at Ethiraj College for Women, Chennai.[1] When she was a child, cricketers Ravi Shastri and Sandeep Patil visited their home and complimented her good voice.[2] During school, she received modelling offers, but had to decline them, since her father wanted her to finish her education first.[3] When she was offered an audition for the leading music channel Southern Spice Music, she was able to convince her father that she would do both study and be a VJ.[3]

Career[edit]

Sriya, after winning the VJ hunt by SS Music, started hosting shows like Connect and Phonetastic. However, she cited she needed five auditions before being selected.[3] She became highly popular as 'VJ Sriya' on SS music, becoming familiar among young viewers.[4][5] She then accepted her first acting assignment for a Telugu film, in spite of her parents' aversion to her acting in films, citing that she signed the contract when her father was asleep.[5] Her debut release, however, happened to be Balaji Sakthivel's directorial debut, Samurai, in which she essayed a supporting character alongside Vikram. Her maiden Telugu release, Appudappudu failed at the box office, following which she did not work in films for over a year.[5] Her next release was in 2004, when she debuted in Malayalam with the Mammootty-starrer Black. She played the role of a young Tamil village woman who comes to town in search of her missing husband,[6][7] carrying a "thoroughly de-glamourised look" in the film, totally contrary to her real-life look,[4][8] with director Renjith, on his decision to cast her for the role, citing that she had a "very Dravidian face".[9] Sriya considered this film as her highest point of career for having acted alongside legendary Malayalam actor Mammootty.[9] Later that year she also starred in an English film named 19 Revolutions, directed by Chicago-based Shridhar Reddy, which featured Sriya as a rich girl who wants to rob her father and did "very well in the US", according to Sriya.[5]

In 2005, she had a single release, the Malayalam action film Bharathchandran I.P.S., which was very successful at the box office.[4] Her performance as an IPS police officer gained positive remarks, with critics comparing her to Vijayashanti.[4][6][8] 2006 she had four film releases, with her two Tamil films gaining most fame. The action flick, Thimiru, directed by Tarun Gopi and starring Vishal Krishna, her later brother-in-law, portrayed Sriya as a rustic, loud woman with negative shades, with her performance being widely critically acclaimed.[10][11][12] In the other Tamil release, the S. Shankar-produced drama film Veyil that marked the directorial debut of Vasanthabalan, Sriya was part of an ensemble cast featuring Bharath, Pasupathy, Bhavana and Priyanka Nair. The film opened to rave reviews and became acknowledged with several noted film awards, including the National Film Award and two Filmfare Awards.[13][14][15][16] She appeared in a pivotal role in Priyadarshan's art film Kanchivaram, which, too, became highly acclaimed and was honoured with the National Film Award, while Sriya received nominations for the Filmfare Award and the Vijay Award. After completing shooting for the film, she got married and stopped acting.

Six years later, she made a comeback with a film titled Andaava Kaanom by director Vadivel, in which she will portray an angry village woman Shanthi.[17]

Personal life[edit]

Sriya married Tamil actor-producer Vikram Krishna on 9 March 2008 at Park Sheraton hotel in Chennai.[18] Vikram Krishna is the son of veteran film producer G. K. Reddy and brother of actor Vishal Krishna and had starred in a couple of Tamil films, before turning full-time film producer, primarily producing films featuring his brother Vishal in the lead role under his GK Films Corporation.[11][19] Sriya since has been co-producing films with her husband.

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Language Notes
2002 Samurai Tamil
2003 Appudappudu Radhika Telugu
2004 Black Anandam Malayalam
19 Revolutions Shirin Kolhatkar English
2005 Bharathchandran I.P.S. Hema Malayalam
2006 Amma Cheppindi Razia Telugu
Oraal Malayalam
Thimiru Easwari Tamil
Veyil Paandi Tamil
2007 Pallikoodam Jhansi Tamil
2008 Kanchivaram Annam Vengadam Tamil Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Tamil Actress
Nominated, Vijay Award for Best Supporting Actress
2014 Andaava Kaanom Shanthi Tamil Filming

As producer[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://sify.com/news/fullstory.php?id=13615619
  2. ^ "Sriya Reddy – Telugu Cinema interview – Telugu film actress". Idlebrain.com. 5 May 2006. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c "rediff.com: 'I can never become a commercial actress'". Specials.rediff.com. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Metro Plus Kochi : `Reddy' for action". The Hindu. India. 3 September 2005. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  5. ^ a b c d "rediff.com: 'I can never become a commercial actress'". Specials.rediff.com. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  6. ^ a b "rediff.com: 'I can never become a commercial actress'". Specials.rediff.com. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  7. ^ "Shriya Reddy's new plans – Malayalam Movie News". IndiaGlitz. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  8. ^ a b "Shriya Reddy's cop act". Rediff.com. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  9. ^ a b "rediff.com: 'I can never become a commercial actress'". Specials.rediff.com. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  10. ^ "I M Vijayan and Shreya Reddy – Switching flanks – Malayalam Movie News". IndiaGlitz. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  11. ^ a b "SHREYA REDDY SS music VJ actor Vishal brother producer G K Reddy son Vikram Krishna Thimiru Pooparikka Varugirom tamil movie news hot stills picture image gallery". Behindwoods.com. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  12. ^ "Friday Review Chennai / Film Review : Action on solid ground – Thimiru". The Hindu. India. 11 August 2006. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  13. ^ "Vasanthabalan's film screened at Cannes – Times Of India". The Times of India. 26 March 2010. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  14. ^ "Scorching 'Veyyil' cools hearts at the national awards – Tamil Movie News". IndiaGlitz. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  15. ^ "Veyyil gets one more award at Chennai365". Chennai365.com. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  16. ^ Super Admin (23 June 2007). "Award for Veyyil and Imsai Arasan". Entertainment.oneindia.in. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  17. ^ http://www.thehindu.com/features/metroplus/reddy-to-make-a-comeback/article6457867.ece
  18. ^ "Events – Vikram Krishna Weds Shriya Reddy". IndiaGlitz. 9 March 2008. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  19. ^ [1][dead link]

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