Girija Shettar

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Dr. Girija Shettar
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Born Girija Shettar
(1969-07-20) July 20, 1969 (age 47)
England Orsett, Essex, England
Occupation actress
Years active 1989-present

Dr. Girija Shettar is a former film actress of British Indian origin, known for her works in South Indian films.[1] In 1989, Shettar starred in Maniratnam's film Geethanjali.[2] She then did the Malayalam film Vandanam, directed by Priyadarshan in which she starred alongside Mohanlal.

In 1992, she signed for the lead role in Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar, which she left mid-way to complete a prior commitment. Ayesha Julka replaced her after the first schedule. In the same year, she starred in another Telugu film Hrudayanjali under the direction of A. Raghurami Reddy, which won four Nandi awards.[3][4] The film was completed in 1992 but was released only in 2002.[5]

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Girija Shettar was born on 20 July 1969 in Orsett, Essex to a Kannada doctor father and a British mother. From the age of 18, Girija got trained in Bharatanatyam. She completed a doctoral thesis in Integral Yoga Philosophy and Indian spiritual psychology from Cardiff University in 2003. She spends as much time as possible at Sri Aurobindo Ashram in Puducherry.[6] Girija is currently a writer based in London. Previously working for a medical technology newsletter, she is now writing for a shipping magazine.[7] A booklet of haiku poetry entitled "This Year, Daffodils" was published by Survivors' Poetry and the Esmee Fairburn Foundation, 2011.

After the release of Geethanjali,[8] she appeared on the front page of Screen (magazine), India June 30, 1989 issue.[9] In 2002, "Geethanjali" was one of five films shown at the British Film Institute during a retrospective of Mani Ratnam's work. The films were chosen as examples of strong heroine roles in Indian films.



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