Sara Arjun is an Indian child actress who has appeared in films and commercials. Born in Mumbai, India, Sara had appeared in a series of commercials and a short Hindi film before the age of six. In 2010, she was signed on to portray a lead role in A. L. Vijay's Tamil drama film Deiva Thirumagal, portraying the role of a six-year-old daughter whose father was a mentally challenged adult with the maturity of a six-year-old boy. The film opened to critical and commercial acclaim, with Sara's performance receiving praise from film critics. She has since worked in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Hindi films, winning positive reviews for her portrayals, particularly for her role in Vijay's Saivam (2014).
Sara was one and a half years old when she shot for her first commercial after she was spotted at a mall with her parents and subsequently, Sara has appeared in a hundred ad films for brands including McDonald's. Sara did a commercial for director Vijay when she was two but he then lost touch with Sara's family, before he met them and cast Sara in his drama film, Deiva Thirumagal, following a visit to Mumbai. Her parents helped Sara learn the Tamil dialogues for the film by asking their Tamil friend, Maheswari, to assist them. The film's crew later remarked that Sara had also learned Vikram's dialogues in the film and tried to help him during the shoot. Upon release, the film became a critical and commercial success with Sara's performance of Nila becoming unanimously praised by film critics. The critic from Behindwoods.com claimed that it was Sara "who steals the show next only to Vikram in her angelic looks and performance" and added that "there is a serene look about her which warrants accolades". Similarly another critic cites that "Sara as Nila almost steals the show as Vikram's daughter", whilst the reviewers from CNN-IBN mentioned that Sara is "charm personified and she handles her role in an amazing manner". Her father claimed that Sara was unfazed by the publicity and once in her hotel room, she returned to her daily routine of "asking for her eraser, sharpener and colour pencils". During the period, she also completed a part in Tomorrow directed by Amjad Khan, in which her father also starred, but the film did not get a theatrical release.
Sara then worked on Kannan Iyer's supernatural Hindi film Ek Thi Daayan (2013) produced by Ekta Kapoor and portrayed the role of Misha, the little sister of the film's lead character. The film opened to positive reviews but did not perform well commercially, with Sara's performance being described as "irresistibly cute" by the reviewer from Rediff. She then featured in a lead role in R. Sundarrajan's Chithirayil Nilachoru, though the film opened with little publicity and garnered negative reviews. Sara then worked on Vijay's Saivam, a family drama, in which she played a lead character of a young girl named Thamizhselvi. Featuring in an ensemble cast, she won rave reviews for her performance with a critic noting "the film wouldn't be half the film without the abundant charm and screen presence of Sara who plays Tamil". Another reviewer noted "she hogs the limelight" and is a "treat to watch", while the film went on to be a critical and commercial success. She will also feature in Vizhithiru portraying the daughter of the character played by [[p.k.gangadhar))
Sara's father Raj Arjun is also an actor and has appeared in several Hindi language films including Secret Superstar, Kaalo and Vikram's deivathirumagal. Her mother Sanya is a dance teacher and both her parents were originally from Bhopal, but her parents made Mumbai as their base since 2000.
|2011||Deiva Thirumagal||Nila Krishna||Tamil||Vijay Special Jury Award|
|2013||Ek Thi Daayan||Misha Mathur||Hindi|
|2013||Chithirayil Nilachoru||Oviya||Tamil||Nominated, SIIMA Award for Best Tamil Child Artist|
|2014||Saivam||Thamizhselvi||Tamil||Vijay Award for Best Child Artist|
|2016||Ann Maria Kalippilaanu||Ann Maria||Malayalam||Nominated, 19 th Asianet film awards for Best child artist|
|2019||Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga||Young Sweety Chaudhary||Hindi|
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- "Vikram Inspires Sara - Vikram - Anushka - Tamil Movie News - Behindwoods.com".
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- "Deiva Thirumagal: a sensitive poem on celluloid". 16 July 2011 – via The Hindu.
- "Review: Ek Thi Daayan is impressively creepy".
- "Chithirayil Nilachoru Movie Review, Trailer, & Show timings at Times of India".
- "Director Vijay terms Sara Arjun as the real star of 'Saivam'".