Saranya Ponvannan

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Saranya
Born (1970-04-26) 26 April 1970 (age 46)
Allappuzha, Kerala, India
Occupation Actress, Model, Playback Singer(from.2013), Nutritionist
Years active 1987–1996; 2003–present
Spouse(s) Ponvannan (m.1995–present)

Saranya Ponvannan (born Sheela) is a popular Indian film actress who has predominantly appeared in Tamil and Telugu language films and a few Malayalam and Kannada Films. Saranya made her debut in a lead role in Mani Ratnam's Nayagan and went on to play lead roles in late 1980s. Following an eight-year sabbatical, she returned to feature films as a character artiste, playing supporting roles, particularly playing mother characters to lead artists.[1] For her performances in films including Raam (2005), Thavamai Thavamirundhu (2005), Em Magan (2006) and Kalavani (2010),Thenmerku Paruvakaatru(2010), Oru Kal Oru Kannadi(2012),Neerparavai(2012), Velaiyilla Pattathari(2014),24(2016) she has received notable critical praise and several accolades, including four Filmfare Awards for Best Supporting Actress, while her performance in Thenmerku Paruvakaatru fetched her the National Film Award for Best Actress in 2011.[2] Saranya was the only South Indian actress who was paid high salary for playing mother roles.

Career[edit]

Saranya made her debut in Mani Ratnam's Godfatheresque production, Nayagan opposite Kamal Haasan, in which she performed the lead female character. The film, which went on to become a success

After marriage in 1995, she settled down to married life, refusing to take up any film offers. In 2000, however, she was offered the lead role in the comedy television series, Veettukku Veedu Lootty, which she has accepted. Subsequently, she decided to accept some good offers, enacting supporting roles.[3] Since then she has appeared in many films in supporting roles most notably Raam, Thavamai Thavamirundhu and Em Magan.[4] Her performance as Veerayi, a widowed mother torn between love and possessiveness, in the 2010 film Thenmerku Paruvakaatru - incidentally her 100th release - ultimately fetched her the National Film Award for Best Actress.[2] In her career she acted with leading south Indian stars like KamalHassan, Prabu Ganesh, Karthik, Murali, Sarathkumar, Sathyaraj, Ajithkumar, Vijay, Surya, Vikram and Danush in Tamil.In Telugu she acted with Nagarjuna, Balakrishna, Junior NTR and Mahesh Babu.In Malayalum she acted with Mamooty, Jayaram, Mukesh and Srinivasan.She was most noted for her mother roles.

Personal life[edit]

Saranya is the daughter of Famous Malayalam film director A. B. Raj.[5] She is married to fellow actor Ponvannan. She opened a tailoring institute DSOFT in 2015. She said that tailoring is her passion.

Awards[edit]

National Film Awards
Tamil Nadu State Film Awards
Filmfare Awards
South Indian International Movie Awards
Vijay Awards

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Language Notes
1987 Nayagan Neela Tamil
1988 Manasukkul Mathappu Dr. Seema Tamil
En Jeevan Paduthu Narmada Tamil
Neerajanam Telugu
Melam Kottu Thaali Kattu Tamil
Sivapputhaali Tamil
Dhaayam Onnu Tamil
1989 Andru Peytha Mazhaiyil Tamil
Sagalakala Sammandhi Tamil
Karunguyil Kundram Tamil
Artham Manasa Malayalam
1990 Anjali Cameo role as Dr. Sheela Tamil
Ulagam Pirandhadhu Enakkaga Tamil
1991 Vanakkam Vathiyare Tamil
Aakasha Kottayile Sultan Mallika Malayalam
Cheppukilukkana Changathi Manikutty Malayalam
Naan Pudicha Mappillai Tamil
Aanaval Mothiram Annie Malayalam
Ennum Nanmakal Indu Malayalam
1992 Agni Paarvai Seetha Tamil
Kottai Vaasal Rekha Tamil
Sahasam Telugu
1993 Dasarathan Tamil
Magrib Aarifa Malayalam
Journalist Ranjini Malayalam
Ente Sreekuttikku Nandhini Malayalam
Injakkadan Mathai & Sons Beena Malayalam
1994 Karuththamma Tamil
Dollar Lusie Malayalam
Seevalaperi Pandi Velammal Tamil
1995 Pasumpon Malar Tamil
1996 Meendum Savithri Uma Tamil
Appaji Kannada
2003 Alai Tamil
Chantigadu Telugu
2004 Chatrapathy Saravanan's sister Tamil
Arul Arul's Sister Tamil
Adhu Meera's mother Tamil
Meesai Madhavan Tamil
Ramakrishna Tamil
Varnajalam Abhirami's Mother Tamil
2005 Ayodhya Jameela Tamil
Raam Saradha Tamil
Sivakasi Kayalvizhi Udhayappa Tamil
Thavamai Thavamirundhu Saradha Muthiah Tamil Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Tamil
Oru Naal Oru Kanavu Meera Tamil
2006 Emmtan-Magan Selvi Thirumalai Tamil Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Tamil
Tamil Nadu State Film Best Supporting Actress Award
Thiruvilaiyaadal Aarambam Tamil
Adaikalam Kasthuri Tamil
Rakhi Charmee's Mother Telugu
2007 Thirumagan Jayakodi Tamil
Jagadam Telugu
Kireedam Rajeshwari Rajarajan Tamil
Pirappu Kaliamman Tamil
Vel Vetrivel and Vasudevan's Mother Tamil
Puli Varudhu Ramesh's Mother Tamil
2008 Pidichirukku Stella Tamil
Nenjadhai Killadhe Tamil
Singakutty Tamil
Vilaiyattu Tamil
Kuruvi Koccha's Wife Tamil
Pandi Sivakami Sundarapandi Tamil
Thenavattu Vazhuvanthal Tamil
Dindigul Sarathy Saradha Tamil
Ready Telugu
Ini Varum Kaalam Tamil
2009 Yavarum Nalam Manohar's Mother Tamil
Colours Dr. Rajalakshmi Malayalam
2010 Police Quarters Kannada
Bayam Ariyaan Saraswathi Tamil
Pulliman Yashoda Panicker Malayalam
Kalavani Lakshmi Ramasamy Tamil
Guru Sishyan Mahalakshmi Tamil
Magane En Marumagane Ponnarasi's Mother Tamil
Thambikku Indha Ooru Kumaraswamy's Wife Tamil
Vedam Padma Telugu
Puli Telugu Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress - Telugu
Naane Ennul Illai Janaki Tamil
Thenmerku Paruvakaatru Veerayi Tamil National Film Award for Best Actress
Vijay Award for Best Supporting Actress
Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress - Tamil
Edision Award for Best Supporting Actress
2011 Muthukku Muthaaga Pechi Tamil
Vaanam Lakshmi Tamil
Sadhurangam Tamil
Maharaja Seetha Tamil
2012 Oru Kal Oru Kannadi Shenbagam Varadharajan Tamil Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress - Tamil
Chaarulatha Chaaru & Latha's Mother Tamil
Kannada
Thaandavam Sivakumar's Mother Tamil
Neerparavai Mary Tamil Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress - Tamil
SIIMA for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
2013 Vatthikuchi Sakthi's mother Tamil
Kutti Puli Deivanai Tamil Nominated, "SIIMA for Best Actress in a Supporting Role - Tamil"
All in All Azhagu Raja Meenakshi Muthukrishnan Tamil
2014 Idhu Kathirvelan Kadhal Yasothammal Tamil
Naan Sigappu Manithan Indhiran's mother Tamil
Ennamo Nadakkudhu Vijay's mother Tamil Also playback singer
Manam Seetharamudu's mother Telugu
Pappali Tamil
Velaiyilla Pattathari Bhuvana Tamil SIIMA for Best Supporting Actress"
Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress - Tamil
Nominated,Vijay Award for Best Supporting Actress
2016 Bangalore Naatkal Kannan's mother Tamil
24 Sathyabama Tamil
Telugu Brahmotsavam Telugu
Tamilselvanum Thaniyar Anjalum Tamil Delayed
Itli Inba Tamil Yet to be Released
Achamindri Tamil Filming
Veera Dheera Sooran Tamil Filming
"Kodi Tamil Filming

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Today's mothers are young: Saranya". The Times Of India. 7 March 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Best actor - female: Saranya Ponvannan takes it in her stride - The Times of India". The Times Of India. 
  3. ^ "Back into form with a bang". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 25 November 2006. Retrieved 2009-10-30. 
  4. ^ "An actress who plays her roles with aplomb". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 15 December 2005. 
  5. ^ "National Film Awards: Malayalam film `Adaminte Makan Abu' Best feature film, Salim Kumar Best actor". Retrieved 11 June 2011. 
  6. ^ "Nominees of Idea Filmfare Awards South". IndiaGlitz. Retrieved 2 June 2011. 

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