Shriya Pilgaonkar

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Shriya Pilgaonkar
Shriya Pilgaonkar grace the Jury meet of 13th Gemfields Retail Jeweller India Awards 2017 (02) (cropped).jpg
Pilgaonkar in 2017
Shriya Sachin Pilgaonkar

(1989-04-25) 25 April 1989 (age 33)
Alma materSt. Xavier's College, Mumbai
  • Film actress
  • director
  • producer
  • stage performer
Years active2013–present

Shriya Pilgaonkar is an Indian actress, director, producer, and stage performer. She is the daughter of actors Sachin and Supriya Pilgaonkar.[1]

Early life[edit]

Shriya is the only child of famed Marathi actors Sachin and Supriya Pilgaonkar. As a child, Pilgaonkar trained to become a professional swimmer and won several medals while in school.[2] Believing that she might become a translator or a linguist when she grew up, Pilgaonkar also took classes in Japanese when she was a child.[2] Later deciding to take a different route, Pilgaonkar completed her bachelor's degree in Sociology at St. Xavier's College in Mumbai. Pilgaonkar also learned Kathak as a child.[3]



At the age of five, Pilgaonkar first appeared on television in the Hindi serial Tu Tu Main Main, playing a boy named Bittu.[4] Pilgaonkar made her stage debut in 2012 with her performance in Karan Shetty's 10-minute short play Freedom Of Love. The play was a part of the NCPA's Short and Sweet Festival. In the play, she acted, sang and danced.[5]

After her performance in Freedom of Love, Pilgaonkar made her big screen debut with the 2013 Marathi film Ekulti Ek. In the film, she plays the role of Swara, the daughter of Arun Deshpande (Sachin Pilgaonakar) and Nandini (Supriya Pilgaonkar). She was offered the role of Swara by her father (Sachin Pilgaonkar) who wrote, directed, and produced the film. Pilgaonkar said, "He has been credited for launching many a talent, including my mother. When he offered me the film, I didn't want a favour. But he corrected me, saying, 'I am not stupid to invest resources without reason'."[2] She also added, "Experience-wise I am a beginner but I think it's a wonderful time to be in the industry. There is so much happening, so much changing. I feel proud that I am doing my first film with my father."[5] This movie debut led her to win six awards. Among them was the Maharashtra State Government Award for Best Debut Actress, which she received at the 51st Maharashtra State Film Awards.[5][6][7][8] The film received average to positive reviews from critics. A critic of The Times of India gave the film 3/5 stars, stating "It's the perfect launch for his (Sachin Pilgaonkar) daughter Shriya into films and she does not disappoint."[9]

Following her role in Ekulti Ek, Pilgaonkar participated in other stage and film projects. She was approached by theatre veteran actor Akarsh Khurana to star in Internal Affairs and Common People.[2] After appearing in both, she received an opportunity to work in the French film Un plus une, helmed by Oscar-winning director Claude Lelouch.[5] In the film, she played the role of Ayanna, an Indian dancer and actor.[5][10]

Pilgaonkar made her Bollywood debut in the 2016 film Fan, written and directed by Maneesh Sharma and produced by Aditya Chopra through Yash Raj Films. Pilgaonkar was selected for her role from the audition of 750 girls conducted by Maneesh Sharma, and she considered getting a role alongside Shah Rukh Khan a big breakthrough.[10] In the film, she plays the role of Neha, a Delhi-based call center girl and Gaurav's friend. She was shooting for both the films Fan and Un plus une at the same time.[4][11][12] After the release of Fan, Pilgaonkar was overwhelmed by the response.[4] Of the reception of the film, she said, "Honestly, I did not want to have any expectation because it was a small role and we had two Shah Rukhs in the film but I am so happy that everyone took notice and has acknowledged my performance."[4]

In 2018, Shriya played the role of Sweety Gupta in the Amazon Prime India show Mirzapur. The show was a massive success, and Shriya soon became a popular face among the masses.[13] Shriya later confirmed that her character wouldn't be returning after the first season.[14] In 2020, she appeared on two Voot shows: The Gone Game and Crackdown.

Director and producer[edit]

In addition to being an actress, Pilgaonkar is also a director and a producer of short films. In 2012, she went to Harvard University for summer school, which led her to work on her own short films.[10] In an interview with Mumbai Mirror, she said, "Once I felt confident, I directed Painted Signal, a short film, and Panchgavya",[2] a documentary which she co-directed with Hana Kitasei. It examines the plight of cows as they wander around Bikaner in Rajasthan.[15] She also co-directed and edited the short film Dresswala with Siddharth Joglekar, which was an official selection at the 2012 Mumbai Film Festival.[16] Both Painted Signal and Dresswala received average responses from critics and were screened at international film festivals.[10]

In the media[edit]

Pilgaonkar made her place in The Times Of India's Most Desirable Women List and was ranked at No. 40 in 2020.[17]

Pilgaonkar has modeled and is also known in the advertisement world. She has worked with celebrities such as Shahid Kapoor and Vikrant Massey, in advertisements.[18]


dagger Denotes films / dramas that are not yet released


Year Title Role Language Notes Ref(s)
2013 Ekulti Ek Swara Marathi Film debut [19]
2015 Un plus une Ayanna French Screened at 2015 Toronto International Film Festival [20]
2016 Fan Neha Singh Hindi Hindi debut [21]
2017 Jai Mata Di Anu Hindi Short film
2019 House Arrest Saira Hindi Netflix film [22]
2020 Bhangra Paa Le Nimmo Hindi [23]
2021 Kaadan Arundhati Trilingual (Hindi, Telugu and Tamil) Telugu and Tamil debut [24]
TBA Abhi Toh Party Shuru Hui Haidagger TBA Hindi Completed [25]

Web series[edit]

Year Title Role Platform Notes Ref(s)
2018 13 Mussoorie Aditi Bisht Viu Web series debut
Mirzapur Swaragini "Sweety" Gupta Amazon Prime Season 1 [26]
2019 Beecham House Chanchal Netflix British television series [27]
2020 Murder in Agonda Sarla Salelkar Amazon mini TV mini series [28]
The Gone Game Suhani Gujral Voot [29]
Crackdown Divya Shirodkar/Mariam [30]
2022 Guilty Minds Kashaf Quaze Amazon Prime Video [31]
The Broken Newsdagger Radha Bhargava ZEE5 [32]


Year Show Role Director Notes Refs.
1996 Freedom Of Love Karan Shetty 10-minute English language play [10]
2014 Internal Affairs Rhea Adhaar Khurana English language play [10]
2014 Common People Maya Akarsh Khurana English language play [2]
2016 Bombay Dying Akarsh Khurana English language play [10]


Year Title Role Notes Ref(s)
2015 Stupid Cupid Ishanvi MTV show; TV debut

As director and producer[edit]

Year Title Notes Refs.
2012 The Painted Signal Short film [10]
2013 Dresswala Short film [10]
2015 Panchgavya Documentary film, also writer [15]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Film awards
Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2013 Maharashtra State Film Awards Best Debut Actress Ekulti Ek Won [33]
Other awards
Year Recipient Award Category Result Ref.
2019 Shriya Pilgaonkar Zee Yuva Sanman Awards Zee Yuva Tesjaswi Chehra Won [34]


  1. ^ "RELATIVE VALUE: THE THREE 'BESTIES'". Mumbai Mirror. 20 March 2016. Retrieved 8 May 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "ALMOST FAMOUS". Mumbai Mirror. 8 March 2015. Retrieved 8 May 2016.
  3. ^ "Making an impact". The Hindu. 7 May 2016. Retrieved 1 June 2016.
  4. ^ a b c d "Reaction to my performance in 'Fan' overwhelming: Shriya Pilgaonkar". The Indian Express. 18 April 2016. Retrieved 11 May 2016.
  5. ^ a b c d e "'It is more difficult to make an impact in a short role'". The Hindu. 3 May 2016. Retrieved 8 May 2016.
  6. ^ "Sachin Pilgaonkar's daughter to debut in dad's directorial". Zee News. 1 May 2013. Retrieved 12 May 2016.
  7. ^ "Shriya bags Most Promising Newcomer award". The Times of India. 21 January 2014. Retrieved 8 May 2016.
  8. ^ "Winners at the 51st Maharashtra State Awards". The Times of India. Retrieved 8 May 2016.
  9. ^ "Ekulti Ek Movie Review". The Times of India. 24 May 2013. Retrieved 11 May 2016.
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h i "WATCH OUT FOR SHRIYA PILGAONKAR". Verve. 14 April 2016. Retrieved 14 May 2016.
  11. ^ "Sachin Pilgaonkar's daughter to make her Bollywood debut in SRK's Fan?". India Today. 2 March 2015. Retrieved 11 May 2016.
  12. ^ "Shriya Pilgaonkar in Shah Rukh Khan's 'Fan'". The Indian Express. 13 March 2015. Retrieved 8 May 2016.
  13. ^ Ramnath, Nandini. "'Mirzapur' review: Strong performances and sharp dialogue elevate a familiar gangster saga". Retrieved 15 August 2021.
  14. ^ Debnath, Neela (19 November 2020). "Mirzapur cast: Why did Shriya Pilgaonkar leave Mirzapur as Sweety Gupta?". Retrieved 15 August 2021.
  15. ^ a b "Sinners and superstars". Live Mint. 25 April 2015. Retrieved 22 May 2016.
  16. ^ Ashwin, K. "14th Mumbai FIlm Festival Supports Local Talent". Retrieved 12 August 2016.
  17. ^ "The Times Most Desirable Women of 2020 - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 7 August 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  18. ^ "Meet Shriya Pilgaonkar, the Girl Who Made Her Debut in 'Fan' Opposite Shah Rukh Khan". News18. 20 April 2016. Retrieved 22 May 2016.
  19. ^ Khandelwal, Heena (11 November 2019). "I end up associating my character with a song: Shriya Pilgaonkar". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 30 May 2021.
  20. ^ "Toronto to open with 'Demolition'; world premieres for 'Trumbo', 'The Program'". ScreenDaily. 28 July 2015. Retrieved 28 July 2015.
  21. ^ ""I wasn't nervous working with Shah Rukh Khan" – Shriya Pilgaonkar". Archived from the original on 6 February 2018. Retrieved 6 February 2018.
  22. ^ "House Arrest: Netflix to premiere Ali Fazal, Shriya Pilgaonkar's upcoming comedy on 15 November". Firstpost. 15 October 2019. Retrieved 5 August 2020.
  23. ^ Hungama, Bollywood (19 January 2019). "BREAKING: Sneha Taurani's directorial debut to star Sunny Kaushal, Rukhsar Dhillon and Shriya Pilgaonkar".
  24. ^ "Shriya Pilgaonkar on bagging Haathi Mere Saathi: Its subject is something I feel strongly about". The Indian Express. 14 January 2019. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  25. ^ "Meet the cast of Anubhav Sinha's next film Abhi Toh Party Shuru Hui Hai". The Indian Express. Retrieved 23 May 2022.
  26. ^ Sheth, Hemani. "'Mirzapur' most searched web series, followed by 'Sacred Games': Report". @businessline. Retrieved 23 January 2021.
  27. ^ Clarke, Stewart (20 March 2018). "ITV Orders Period Drama 'Beecham House' From 'Bend It Like Beckham' Director Gurinder Chadha". Variety. Archived from the original on 31 August 2018. Retrieved 31 August 2018.
  28. ^ "This is why you should watch Shriya Pilgaonkar starrer thriller 'Murder In Agonda'". Lehren. Retrieved 23 May 2022.
  29. ^ "The Gone Game web series review: A whodunit that keeps you hooked till the end". Free Press Journal. Retrieved 17 September 2020.
  30. ^ "VIDEO: Shriya Pilgaonkar opens up on webseries Crackdown". 22 September 2020. Retrieved 1 October 2020.
  31. ^ "Guilty Minds review: All-desi, hugely entertaining and thought-provoking". The Indian Express. Retrieved 23 April 2022.
  32. ^ "Shriya Pilgaonkar opens up about working with Sonali Bendre in 'Broken News'". Times Of India. Retrieved 23 May 2022.
  33. ^ "'It is more difficult to make an impact in a short role'". The Hindu. 3 May 2016. Retrieved 22 February 2020.
  34. ^ "Zee Yuva Sanman Awards: Shriya Pilgaonkar wins Zee Yuva Tesjaswi Chehra at the event". Star Marathi. 14 November 2019.

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