|Chairperson of the Karnataka Women’s Development Corporation|
2008 – June 2009
|Succeeded by||D. S. Aswath|
18 September 1975
Hassan, Karnataka, India
|Political party||Bharatiya Janata Party
|Karnataka Janata Paksha
|Spouse(s)||S. Mahendar (m. 1998–2009)
Chakravarthy (m. 2013–14)
Girija (born 18 September 1975), known by her screen name Shruti, is an Indian actress, television personality and politician. As an actress, she is known for her work in Kannada cinema and has appeared in over 100 films. She is currently serving as chief secretary of Bharatiya Janata Party's women's wing in its Karnataka cadre.
In addition to Kannada, Shruti has appeared in a handful Tamil and Malayalam films. She was among the leading actresses in Kannada cinema during the 1990s and has won three Karnataka State Film Awards and four Filmfare Awards South in her career spanning over 25 years. She is known for performance in films such as Gauri Ganesha (1991), Aagatha (1995), Kalki (1996), Gowdru (2004), Akka Thangi (2008) and Puttakkana Highway (2011). She is sister of actor Sharan. In 2016, she won the third season of the reality television show Bigg Boss Kannada.
Shruti joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in 2008 and contested the legislative assembly elections unsuccessfully from Kollegal. She was made the chairperson of the Karnataka Women and Child Development Corporation before being removed in 2009. In 2013, she joined the Karnataka Janata Paksha which eventually merged in 2014 with the BJP.
Born in a Kannada speaking family in Karnataka, Shruti's birth name is Girija. She was rechristened as Shruti by the famous actor-director Dwarakish who introduced her as a leading star for his 1990 film Shruthi.
Shruthi was in Puttur in her early ages of life. Shruti started her cinema career as a supporting actress and acted in Kannada movie Aasegobba Meesegobba as Shivarajkumar's sister. Later in the year 1990, she acted as heroine in the movie Shruti directed and produced by Dwarakish. This movie was a successful one running over 25 weeks. Some of the most famous and successful Kannada movies from Shruti are, Shruti, Taayi Illada Tavaru, Veerappa Nayaka, Gauri Ganesha, Bombat Hendthi (Karnataka State award Winner), Muddina Maava, Midida Hrudayagalu. Soon after these films, Shruti was stereotyped for tear jerking roles in many Kannada films. She won her first Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actress for the movie Aagatha (1995) directed by Suresh Heblikar.
In her career spanning for more than two decades, she acted with all the leading male stars in the film industry of her times like Dr.Vishnuvardhan, Dr.Ambrish, Shivarajkumar, Shashikumar, Ramesh Aravind, Jaggesh, Devaraj, Sunil, Abhijeeth Ram Kumar and others.
Shruti made her small screen debut in the Malayalam serial "Sthreethvam" aired on Surya TV during 2005. Also,her Tamil daily serial, Karthigai Pengal aired on Sun TV from July 2012.
Shruthi entered Kannada small screen by entering into Bigg Boss Kannada 3 house as contestant. On 31 Jan 2016 at Bigg Boss Kannada 3 "Grand Finale" she grab Bigg Boss Kannada 3 title defeating Chandan Kumar.
Shruti was married to film director S. Mahendar for 11 years and divorced in 2009. Post her divorce, she was romantically linked with Chakravarthy, a journalist-turned-director and they married in June 2013 and divorced one year later.
|1989||Swantham Ennu Karuthi||Malayalam|
|1990||Nambidre Nambi Bitre Bidi||Kannada||Credited as Priyadarshini|
|1991||Nagu Nagutha Nali||Kannada|
|1991||C. B. I. Shiva||Kannada|
|1992||Edurmaneli Ganda Pakkadmaneli Hendthi||Kannada|
|1992||Thevar Veettu Ponnu||Tamil|
|1992||Pellaniki Premalekha Priyuraliki Subhalekha||Keerthi||Telugu|
|1994||Hettha Karulu||Kannada||Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Kannada|
|1995||Taayi Illada Tavaru||Kannada|
|1995||Aagatha||Kannada||Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actress
Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Kannada
|1996||Kalki||Kalki||Tamil||Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actress
Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil
|1997||Oral Mathram||Devika Menon||Malayalam|
|1998||Kottaram Veettile Apputtan||Ambili||Malayalam|
|1998||Goonda Mattu Police||Kannada|
|2000||Kadlimatti Station Master||Kannada|
|2000||Swalpa Adjust Madkolli||Kannada|
|2001||Amma Ninna Tholinalli||Kannada|
|2001||Gattimela||Kannada||Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Kannada|
|2004||C. I. Mahadevan 5 Adi 4 Inchu||Dr. Lakshmi||Malayalam|
|2004||Gowdru||Gowri||Kannada||Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actress|
|2005||Rama Shama Bhama||Shanti||Kannada|
|2005||Pandu Ranga Vittala||Kannada|
|2008||Avva||Aane Baddi Rangavva||Kannada|
|2011||Sri Naga Shakthi||Kannada|
|2011||Take It Easy||Kannada|
|2011||Puttakkana Highway||Puttakka||Kannada||Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Kannada|
|2012||Sri Kshetra Adichunchanagiri||Kannada|
|2015||Ond Chance Kodi||Kannada|
|2016||Shivayogi Sri Puttayyajja||Kannada|
- Sthreetvam (Malayalam, 2005)
- Karthigai Pengal (Tamil)
- Bigg Boss Kannada 3 (2016) — Won
- Majaa Talkies as guest
- Super Minute
- Majabharata (2017)
- "Shruthi Celebrated Birthday on the Sets". supergoodmovies.com. 18 September 2011. Retrieved 10 July 2015.
- "Bangalore: Shruti Prefers 'Chandra' over 'Indra' - Marries Childhood Friend". daijiworld.com. 8 May 2009. Retrieved 10 July 2015.
- "Actress Shruthi wins Bigg Boss Kannada season 3". Daily News and Analysis. 31 January 2016. Retrieved 13 March 2017.
- "Shruthi, Varthur shown door". Deccan Herald. 15 June 2009. Retrieved 13 March 2017.
- "Actress Shruthi applies for divorce". indiaglitz. 6 May 2009. Retrieved 18 October 2013.
- "Kannada star Shruthi marries at Kollur Temple".
Akul Balaji (2014)
|Bigg Boss Kannada Winner
(Series 3) 2015