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Iniya W.jpg
Iniya in 2013
Born Shruti Sawant[1]
January 22, 1988 (1988-01-22) (age 30)
Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India
Occupation Actress
Years active 2004–present
Height 5 ft 5 in (165 cm)
Parent(s) S.Salahuddin, Savithri

Shruti Sawant, better known by her stage name Iniya, is an Indian film actress who predominantly appears in Tamil and Malayalam films.

Early life[edit]

Iniya was born to Salahuddin. S and Savithri at Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. She has an elder sister, Swathi, who is also a Malayalam television actress and a younger brother, Sravan.[2] Iniya had her primary education from Amritha Vidyalaya and Manakkad Karthika Thirunnal High School. She did her B.B.A course by correspondence.


Iniya acted in several Malayalam television series, short films and telefilms as a child artist.[2][3] While studying in class four, she acted in the telefilm Koottilekku, which was followed by appearances in tele-serials Orma and Sree Guruvayoorappan by Vayalar Madhavan Kutty.[4] Iniya won the Miss Trivandrum title in 2005, following which she did modeling and appeared in several television advertisements as well as a number of Malayalam award-winning art films, including Saira (2006), directed Dr. Biju, Dalamarmarangal (2009) and Umma (2011), both directed by Vijayakrishnan.[4][5] She also played a pivotal role in Rajesh Touchriver's short feature The Sacred Face, which focusses on child abuse.[4]

In 2010, she starred in a Tamil film Padagasalai and signed up four more Tamil films,[6][7] all of which were cancelled or remain unreleased. She next played a supporting role as the sister to Cheran's character in Mysskin's mystery thriller Yuddham Sei.[8] Director A. Sarkunam signed her for the female lead character in his period piece Vaagai Sooda Vaa (2011), for which she changed her screen name to Iniya.[9] Her portrayal of a tea stall owner was lauded by critics. Pavithra Srinivasan of Rediff wrote that she was a "welcome find", describing her as "natural, appealing, and very expressive".[8] She played as a medical student and love interest of the hero in the film Mouna Guru co-starring Arulnidhi.[10] Bharathiraja signed her for his film Annakodiyum Kodiveeranum, being impressed with her performance in Vaagai Sooda Vaa,[11] but after the script was changed, her role was removed from the film.

She was part of a number of offbeat films in Malayalam like Ayaal, Bhoopadathil Illatha Oridam and Radio. In 2014, she was first seen as herself in Vikraman's Ninaithathu Yaaro[12] and later in Pulivaal, the Tamil remake of the Malayalam film Chaappa Kurishu.[13] In her only Malayalam release of 2014, Madhu Kaithapram's Vellivelichathil (In the Limelight), she played the role of a dancer.[14]


Year Film Role Language Notes
2004 Rain Rain Come Again College student Malayalam uncredited role
2005 Saira Malayalam
2006 Sacred Face English Short film
2007 Time Malayalam
2008 Thrill Hema Malayalam
2009 Dalamarmarangal Aswathy Malayalam
2010 Padagasaalai Tamil
2011 Yuddham Sei Charu Tamil
Umma Malayalam
Vaagai Sooda Vaa Madhi Tamil Edison Award for Best Debut Actress
Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actress
Nominated, Vijay Award for Best Debut Actress
Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil
Mouna Guru Aarthi Tamil
2012 Bhoopadathil Illatha Oridam Bhaama Malayalam
Ammavin Kaipesi Selvi Tamil
2013 Omega.exe Aleena Antony Malayalam
Radio Shwetha Malayalam
Kan Pesum Vaarthaigal Janani Tamil
Chennaiyil Oru Naal Swetha Tamil
Maasani Masani Tamil
Ayaal Chakkara Malayalam
Nugam Kathir's girl friend Tamil
Rendavathu Padam Kamala Tamil Unreleased
Yes I Am Vaiga Malayalam Unreleased
2014 Ninaithathu Yaaro Herself Tamil Special appearance
Pulivaal Pavithra Tamil
Naan Sigappu Manithan Kavitha Tamil
Kathai Thiraikathai Vasanam Iyakkam Herself Tamil Special appearance
Vellivelichathil Tanuja Malayalam
Oru Oorla Rendu Raja Street dancer Tamil Special appearance
2015 Rosapookalam Rose Malayalam
Amar Akbar Anthony Bar dancer Malayalam Special appearance
Alone Ramya Kannada Multilingual
2016 Karai Oram Tamil
Leela Telugu
Girls Sophia Malayalam Bilingual film
Thiraikku Varaadha Kadhai Tamil
Swarnakaduva Lovely Malayalam
2017 Koditta Idangalai Nirappuga Dancer Tamil Cameo Appearance in a song
Vaigai Express Swapnapriya Tamil
Puthan Panam Sundari Malayalam
Sathura Adi 3500 Sophie Tamil
Aakashamittayee Radhika Malayalam
2018 Parole Annie Malayalam
Thakkol Malayalam Filming
Drona Kannada Filming
Oru Mahasambhavam Vasu's wife Malayalam Filming
Aalathoorile Ethiri Vettam Malayalam Delayed
Pottu Pottu Tamil Post-Production

Television career[edit]

Year Title Role Channel Language Notes
2005 Orma uncredited role Asianet Malayalam
2007 Sree guruvayurappan Surya TV Malayalam
2016 Let's dance season 1 judge Amrita TV Malayalam Reality show


  1. ^ Nayar, Parvathy S (26 November 2011). "Iniya goes places in kollywood". The Times Of India. 
  2. ^ a b "Iniya - Tamil Cinema Actress Interview - Iniya | Vaagai Sooda Vaa | Vimal | Sargunam -". 15 October 2011. Retrieved 28 October 2011. 
  3. ^ "Not "Miss"ing the chance!". Retrieved 28 October 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c Sathyendran, Nita (2 November 2011). "Starry dreams". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 
  5. ^ Raghavan, Nikhil (6 August 2011). "Arts / Cinema : Itsy Bitsy". Chennai, India: The Hindu. Retrieved 28 October 2011. 
  6. ^ "Impressive 'Miss Thiruvananthapuram' Sruthi | startrack – Movies". ChennaiOnline. 26 April 2010. Retrieved 28 October 2011. 
  7. ^ "Padagasalai Shruthi has four films on her hand". 10 April 2010. Retrieved 28 October 2011. 
  8. ^ a b "Review: Vaagai Sooda Vaa is outdated – Movies". 30 September 2011. Retrieved 28 October 2011. 
  9. ^ "Vaagai Sooda Vaa Tamil Movie Review – cinema preview stills gallery trailer video clips showtimes". IndiaGlitz. 30 September 2011. Retrieved 28 October 2011. 
  10. ^ "Iniya opposite Arulnidhi – Tamil Movie News". IndiaGlitz. 8 October 2011. Retrieved 28 October 2011. 
  11. ^ "Priyamani out, Iniya in? – Tamil Movie News". IndiaGlitz. 13 October 2011. Retrieved 28 October 2011. 
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  13. ^ Zachariah, Ammu. "'Chappa Kurishu' turns 'Pulival' in Kollywood". Times of India. Retrieved 18 April 2013. 
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