Sai Pallavi

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Sai Pallavi
Sai Pallavi at Mca-pre-release-event.jpg
Sai Pallavi at Mca Pre Release Event
Native name
சாய்பல்லவி செந்தாமரை
Sai Pallavi Senthamarai

9 May , 1992
Alma materTbilisi State Medical University, Georgia
  • Actress
  • dancer
  • physician

Sai Pallavi Senthamarai, commonly known as Sai Pallavi, is an Indian actress who appears in Tamil, Telugu, and Malayalam-language films. She is a recipient of several awards including two Filmfare Awards for her performances in the films Premam and Fidaa.

Sai Pallavi first came into public attention for her role as Malar in the 2015 Malayalam film Premam.[1] She was then cast alongside Dulquer Salmaan in the film Kali (2016).[2] She made her Telugu debut playing the role Bhanumati in the 2017 romantic film Fidaa, co-starring with Varun Tej. When Fidaa was shown on television, it got the maximum TRP rating even during the fifth time.[3][4] She made her Tamil debut with the film titled Diya directed by Vijay in 2018.[5]

Sai Pallavi is a physician by profession. She completed her medical degree in 2016 from the Tbilisi State Medical University, Georgia.[6]

Early life[edit]

Sai Pallavi was born in Kotagiri,[7] Tamil Nadu to Senthamarai Kannan and Radha. She has a younger sister, Pooja, who has also worked as an actor.[8][9] Sai Pallavi grew up and was educated in Coimbatore. She completed medical studies at the Tbilisi State Medical University in 2016.[10]


Dance career[edit]

Sai Pallavi said in an interview that though she was not a trained dancer, she always wanted to be like her mother for dance. She participated in several cultural events at school gaining popularity as a dancer. Due to her penchant for dance supported by her mother, she participated in the dance reality show Ungalil Yaar Adutha Prabhu Deva on Vijay TV in 2008, and appeared on Dhee Ultimate Dance Show (D4) on ETV Telugu in 2009.[11]

Film career[edit]

Sai Pallavi appeared in uncredited roles as a child actress in Kasthuri Maan (2005) and Dhaam Dhoom (2008).[12][13]

In 2014, whilst she was studying in Tbilisi, Georgia, director Alphonse Putharen offered her the role of Malar in his film Premam. She shot the film over the holidays and, after the shooting finished, returned to her studies.[1][14] She went on to win several "Best Female Debut" awards that year, including the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut.[15]

In late 2015, she took a month break from her studies to act in her second movie, Kali, which released in March 2016.[16][17][18] She portrayed Anjali, a young wife who must deal with her husband's extreme anger issues, earning a nomination for Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Malayalam.[19][20]

2017 marked her debut in Telugu with Sekhar Kammula's Fidaa, in the role of Bhanumathi, an independent village girl from Telangana.[21][22][2]

Her next project with director A. L. Vijay was Diya,[23] which is a Telugu-Tamil bilingual film. Later, she starred in the bilingual movie Maari 2, a sequel to Maari opposite Dhanush directed by Balaji Mohan.[24][25]

Pallavi started shooting in February 2018 for the film Padi Padi Leche Manasu with Sharwanand.[26][27] which under performed at the box office. In December. several news outlets reported that Sai Pallavi refused to accept her full remuneration for the movie, expressing solidarity with the producers for the failure of the movie. [28][29]


Year Title Role Director Language Notes
2005 Kasthuri Maan School girl A. K. Lohithadas Tamil Uncredited role
2008 Dhaam Dhoom Shenba's relative Jeeva Tamil
2015 Premam Malar Alphonse Putharen Malayalam Malayalam debut
Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut - South
2016 Kali Anjali Sameer Thahir Malayalam Nominated - Filmfare Award for Best Actress - Malayalam
Dubbed and released as Hey Pillagada in Telugu
2017 Fidaa Bhanumathi Sekhar Kammula Telugu Telugu debut
Filmfare Award for Best Actress - Telugu
Middle Class Abbayi Pallavi "Chinni" Venu Sree Raam Telugu
2018 Diya Thulasi A.L.Vijay Tamil Tamil debut
Kanam Telugu
Padi Padi Leche Manasu Vaishali Hanu Raghavapudi Telugu
Maari 2 Araathu Aanandi Balaji Mohan Tamil Dubbed in Telugu with same name
2019 NGK Mythili Selvaraghavan Tamil Filming
Untitled Fahadh Faasil film TBA Vivek Malayalam Filming[30][31]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Language Film Result
2015 Asianet Film Awards Special Jury Award Malayalam Premam Won
Asiavision Awards New Sensation in Acting Won
Filmfare Awards Best Female Debut – South Won
SIIMA Film Awards Best Debut (Female) Won
Vanitha Film Awards Best Debut (Female) Won
IBNLive Best Southern Debut Won
2016 Asianet Film Awards Most popular actress Kali Won
Filmfare Awards Filmfare Award for Best Actress - Malayalam Nominated
SIIMA Film Awards Best Actress Nominated
Behindwoods Gold Medal Best Actress Won
2018 Filmfare Awards Filmfare Award for Best Actress - Telugu Telugu Fidaa Won
SIIMA Film Awards Best Actress in a Lead Role Nominated


  1. ^ a b James, Anu (30 May 2016). "365 days of 'Premam': Why is Nivin Pauly-starrer so special even after one year of release?". International Business Times, India Edition. Retrieved 2017-07-24.
  2. ^ a b "Fidaa movie review: Sai Pallavi is the heart and soul of this film". The Indian Express. 2017-07-21. Retrieved 2017-07-24.
  3. ^ "Massive TRP Ratings for Fidaa". 6 October 2017.
  4. ^ "Dhruva lost to Fidaa in TRP ratings war". 8 October 2017.
  5. ^ Staff Reporter (24 April 2018). "Sai Pallavi's long delayed 'Diya', which marks her Tamil debut, finally gets release date". Retrieved 2018-12-16.
  6. ^ Jayaram, Deepika (January 24, 2017). "It's Dr Sai Pallavi now!". Times of India. Retrieved 16 August 2017.
  7. ^ Deepika, Jayaram (14 June 2016). "Sai Pallavi enjoys her breaktime at her hometown". IB Times. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  8. ^ "Sai Pallavi's sister, Pooja to make her acting debut sampath is - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 2017-07-29.
  9. ^ BehindwoodsTV, Sai Pallavi in KISS Me 😘 HUG Me 💖 & SLAP Me 👊 Game | KHS, retrieved 2018-12-25
  10. ^ "It's Dr Sai Pallavi now!". The Times of India. Retrieved 2018-12-16.
  11. ^ "Telugu actor Samantha Ruth Prabhu is 'Fidaa' over Premam girl Sai Pallavi". 2017-07-31. Retrieved 2018-12-16.
  12. ^ Anu, James (23 November 2015). "'Premam' is not Sai Pallavi's debut film [VIDEO]". IB Times. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  13. ^ "If you are a 'Malar' fan, this short film starring Sai Pallavi is a must-watch..." Malayala Manorama. 7 April 2016. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  14. ^ "From Malar in Premam to Bhanumati in Fidaa, Sai Pallavi is winning hearts all over - Pinkvilla South". Pinkvilla South. Retrieved 2017-07-24.
  15. ^ Sharma, Sanjay (2018-12-14). "Facts about actress Sai Pallavi". Desiscreenplay. Retrieved 2018-12-16.
  16. ^ Sudhi, CJ (6 June 2015). "I am like Malar: Sai Pallavi". Malayala Manorama. Retrieved 16 March 2016.
  17. ^ Rao, Subha J. (26 October 2015). "Actress Sai Pallavi on Premam". The Hindu. Retrieved 16 March 2016.
  18. ^ Sai Pallavi opposite Maddy in 'Charlie' remake!. Siffy (19 January 2017)
  19. ^ Santhosh, Megna. "A raging Battle with Anger -". Desimartini. Retrieved 2017-07-24.
  20. ^ "Kali Movie Review: Dulquer Salmaan & Sai Pallavi Nail It!". 2016-03-26. Retrieved 2017-07-24.
  21. ^ "IndiaGlitz - Make way for Sai Pallavi - Telugu Movie News". Retrieved 2017-07-24.
  22. ^ "Fidaa actor Sai Pallavi: The girl, who stole hearts with Premam, is now back on the silver screen". The Indian Express. 2017-07-21. Retrieved 2017-07-24.
  23. ^ "Karu first look: Sai Pallavi film looks intriguing. Is this the Tamil debut she was waiting for? See photo". 8 June 2017.
  24. ^ "Dhanush's Maari 2 Is Trending. Here's Why".
  25. ^ "Sai Pallavi to star in Dhanush's Maari 2 - Times of India".
  26. ^ "Sai Pallavi battles memory loss in Padi Padi Leche Manasu". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 2018-12-16.
  27. ^ "'Padi Padi Leche Manasu' Trailer: Sharwanand and Sai Pallavi's chemistry hits the bull's eye - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 2018-12-16.
  28. ^ "Sai Pallavi refuses to accept remuneration for Padi Padi Leche Manasu and THIS is the reason -". 2019-01-09. Retrieved 2019-01-11.
  29. ^ "Sai Pallavi lauded for her lovely gesture! - Tamil Movie News". 2019-01-08. Retrieved 2019-01-11.
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