Shruti (actress)

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Chairperson of the Karnataka Women’s Development Corporation
In office
2008 – June 2009
Succeeded by D. S. Aswath
Personal details
Born Girija
(1975-09-18) 18 September 1975 (age 41)
Hassan, Karnataka, India
Political party Bharatiya Janata Party
(2008–13; 2014–present)
Other political
Karnataka Janata Paksha
Spouse(s) S. Mahendar (m. 1998–2009)
Chakravarthy (m. 2013–14)
Relatives Sharan (brother)
Occupation Actress, politician

Girija (born 18 September 1975),[1][2] 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.[3]

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.[4]

Early life[edit]

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.

Her Tamil film Kalki (1996) directed by the ace director K. Balachander won her the Filmfare Award and also the Tamil Nadu State Award for Best Actress.

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.

Personal life[edit]

Shruti was married to film director S. Mahendar for 11 years and divorced in 2009.[5] Post her divorce, she was romantically linked with Chakravarthy, a journalist-turned-director and they married in June 2013 and divorced one year later.[6]


Year Title Role Language Notes
1989 Swantham Ennu Karuthi Malayalam
1990 Nambidre Nambi Bitre Bidi Kannada Credited as Priyadarshini
1990 Aasegobba Meesegobba Kannada
1990 Shruthi Shruthi Kannada
1991 Gauri Ganesha Gowri Kannada
1991 Nagu Nagutha Nali Kannada
1991 Punda Prachanda Kannada
1991 C. B. I. Shiva Kannada
1992 Sindhoora Thilaka Kannada
1992 Bombat Hendthi Kannada
1992 Chitralekha Kannada
1992 Edurmaneli Ganda Pakkadmaneli Hendthi Kannada
1992 Shambhavi Kannada
1992 Thevar Veettu Ponnu Tamil
1992 Pellaniki Premalekha Priyuraliki Subhalekha Keerthi Telugu
1992 Ksheera Sagara Kannada
1993 Abhijith Kannada
1993 Alimayya Kannada
1993 Dakshayini Kannada
1993 Durga Pooje Kannada
1993 Ranjitha Kannada
1993 Kempaiah IPS Kannada
1993 Rupaayi Raja Kannada
1993 Midida Hrudayagalu Kannada
1993 Muddina Maava Kannada
1993 Amruta Sindhu Kannada
1993 Parugo Parugu Saroja Telugu
1994 Rashmi Kannada
1994 Rasika Kannada
1994 Jaana Kannada
1994 Sammilana Kannada
1994 Hettha Karulu Kannada Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Kannada
1994 Time Bomb Kannada
1995 Thumbida Mane Kannada
1995 Maangalya Sakshi Kannada
1995 Mojugara Sogasugara Kannada
1995 Taayi Illada Tavaru Kannada
1995 Aagatha Kannada Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actress
Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Kannada
1996 Karpoorada Gombe Kannada
1996 Thavarina Thottilu Kannada
1996 Geluvina Saradara 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
1997 Taaliya Sowbhagya Kannada
1998 Bhama Satyabhama Bhama Kannada
1998 Kottaram Veettile Apputtan Ambili Malayalam
1998 Elavamkodu Desam Nandini Malayalam
1998 Goonda Mattu Police Kannada
1998 Jagadeeshwari Kannada
1998 Tavarina Kanike Kannada
1999 Annan Thangachi Sarasu Tamil
1999 Veerappa Nayaka Kannada
2000 Soorappa Kannada
2000 Kadlimatti Station Master Kannada
2000 Mahathma Kannada
2000 Swalpa Adjust Madkolli Kannada
2001 Amma Ninna Tholinalli Kannada
2001 Gattimela Kannada Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Kannada
2001 Jenu Goodu Kannada
2002 Annayya Thammayya Kannada
2003 Swantham Malavika Malayalam
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 Ben Johnson Malayalam
2005 Pandu Ranga Vittala Kannada
2005 Maanikyan Malayalam
2006 Sirivantha Kannada
2006 Shyamam Malayalam
2006 Saira Malayalam
2008 Navashakti Vaibhava Kannada
2008 Avva Aane Baddi Rangavva Kannada
2008 Nandadeepa Kannada
2008 Akka Thangi Nagi Kannada
2009 Chellidaru Sampigeya Kannada
2011 Sri Naga Shakthi Kannada
2011 Take It Easy Kannada
2011 Puttakkana Highway Puttakka Kannada Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Kannada
2011 Aidondla Aidu Kannada
2012 Sri Kshetra Adichunchanagiri Kannada
2012 Rambo Vijayalakshmi Kannada
2012 Kalpana Janaki Kannada
2013 Gombegala Love Kannada
2013 Bachchan Lakshmi Kannada
2015 Ond Chance Kodi Kannada
2016 Shivayogi Sri Puttayyajja Kannada
2016 1944 Kannada
2016 Home Stay Hindi
2017 Marali Manege Kannada


  • Sthreetvam (Malayalam, 2005)
  • Karthigai Pengal (Tamil)
  • Bigg Boss Kannada 3 (2016) — Won
  • Majaa Talkies as guest
  • Super Minute
  • Mareyalare
  • Hejje
  • Majabharata (2017)


  1. ^ "Shruthi Celebrated Birthday on the Sets". 18 September 2011. Retrieved 10 July 2015. 
  2. ^ "Bangalore: Shruti Prefers 'Chandra' over 'Indra' - Marries Childhood Friend". 8 May 2009. Retrieved 10 July 2015. 
  3. ^ "Actress Shruthi wins Bigg Boss Kannada season 3". Daily News and Analysis. 31 January 2016. Retrieved 13 March 2017. 
  4. ^ "Shruthi, Varthur shown door". Deccan Herald. 15 June 2009. Retrieved 13 March 2017. 
  5. ^ "Actress Shruthi applies for divorce". indiaglitz. 6 May 2009. Retrieved 18 October 2013. 
  6. ^ "Kannada star Shruthi marries at Kollur Temple". 

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Preceded by
Akul Balaji (2014)
Bigg Boss Kannada Winner
(Series 3) 2015
Succeeded by