Shruti Seth

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Shruti Seth
Premiere of 'Rock Of Ages' 11 Shruti Seth.jpg
Seth at the Premiere of Rock Of Ages in 2012
Born (1977-12-18) December 18, 1977 (age 39)
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Nationality Indian
Occupation Actress, Model
Years active 2003–present
Spouse(s) Danish Aslam (2010–present)
Children Alina Aslam (b. 2014)

Shruti Seth is an Indian actress and a television VJ.[1][2] Born and brought up in Mumbai, Maharashtra, Seth rose to fame for her role as Jiya Malhotra in Star Plus' hit comedy series Shararat. Her performance in the long running series brought her widespread recognition and praise from critics alike.

Seth ventured into film more prominent roles later in her career, having made her debut in 2003 with Waisa Bhi Hota Hai Part II. She has played supporting roles in films including Fanaa (2006) and Slumdog Millionaire (2008). Seth went on star in Disney Channel's original series The Suite Life of Karan & Kabir, and has hosted several Indian television shows including the Comedy Circus series.

Personal life[edit]

Seth attended Ashok Academy and graduated from St. Xavier's College, Mumbai with a degree in Economics and Commerce. She is married to film director Danish Aslam.[3] and together they have a daughter named Alina.[4]

A controversy arose when Seth commented on Twitter in critique of Indian Prime Minister Modi's #selfiewithdaughter campaign for women and girls, which he announced in his Mann Ki Baat radio address. After this she started to receive abuse through Twitter and social media. This resulted in members of the media and Bollywood defending her against the abuse.[5][6][7][8]

Career[edit]

Seth started her career as a guest relation executive at the Taj Mahal Hotel, Bombay. According to her, her entry into the world of modeling happened by chance. A 'couple of people' had asked her if she’d like to model and, at that time, it just 'meant extra pocket money'. Over the span of her career as a model she did several commercials including Clean and Clear moisturiser, TATA Home Finance, Ponds Talc, Frooti, Lifebuoy Soap, ICICI Prudential Life Insurance, LG, Airtel, Mrs. Marino Hair Softener, Stayfree Secure, Dominos etc.

Eventually, she moved to television. At the start of her career in modeling and television, Seth said that "fate was pushing me in that direction and I just followed the course." She also said that it was her stint on Channel V "that firmly put me on the map."[9]

Shruti Seth with husband Danish Aslam at the premiere of Ash Chandler's play at the Comedy Store

For Channel V, India she hosted First day First show and Junglee Jukebox. She acted in many serials such as Kyun Hota Hai Pyarrr, Des Mein Niklla Hoga Chand and Shararat with actress Farida Jalal and Eva Grover. She played the role of a fairy who receives magical powers at the age of 18. Seths's performance received critical acclaim and the show proved to be a hit. She is also seen in Rishta.com on Sony Entertainment Television. On Rishta.com, she said in an interview that, "They (the Yash Raj serials) haven’t got any TRPs at all. But it’s not for the people who are watching TV in the first place. The whole TRP game is very skewed. I don’t believe that in a population of over a billion people, 15,000 households decide what the entire country wants to watch. This lot of Yash Raj was conceptualised for those who are not watching TV". She further said in the same interview that "All our loyal audience for my serial on TV is in London, America, South Africa, Australia. It’s not that the Indians will not like it, it’s just sad that they are not aware of it, because the publicity has been disappointing. She has also hosted several seasons of Comedy Circus on Sony Channel."[9]

Film career[edit]

She has starred in a few films. On moving from television to films, she stated that, "I haven’t really moved on to anything. It’s not that I would not do TV and only do films. Yes, more avenues have started opening for me. I am game for doing something exciting on any medium – stage, celluloid or TV".[9] She is probably best known for her role as Fatima "Fatty" in Fanaa (2006) with Aamir Khan and Kajol. She starred in Tara Rum Pum, produced by Yash Raj Films and made an appearance in Prakash Jha's film Raajneeti in 2010. On her role in Rajneeti, she said in an interview that "I am hoping that my hard-hitting role in Rajneeti will change my being typecast, because it is the most unlikely character one would expect me to play".[9]

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Role
2003 Waisa Bhi Hota Hai Part II
2006 Fanaa Fatima "Fatty"
2007 Ta Ra Rum Pum Sasha
2008 Slumdog Millionaire Voice accent trainer
2009 Anubhav Antara
2009 Aagey Se Right Suhasi
2010 Rajneeti Political party worker
2011 My Friend Pinto Suhani

Television[edit]

Seth in an event at Koh
Year Serial/Program Role Channel Notes
2001-2002 Maan Khushi DD Metro Television debut
2003–2007 Shararat Jiya Malhotra Star Plus
2001–2004 Des Mein Niklla Hoga Chand Dingy Singh/Dingy Akash Mehra Star Plus
Mum Tum Aur Hum Anchor Star Plus
2002–2004 Kyun Hota Hai Pyarrr Ramya Star Plus
Dhak Dhakk in Dubai Sheetal Patel 9X
My Desi Top 20 Anchor Zoom TV
2007 Comedy Circus 1 Anchor Sony TV
2008 Comedy Circus 2 Anchor Sony TV
2008 Kaante Ki Takkar Anchor Sony TV
2009 Comedy Circus 20 – 20 Anchor Sony TV
2010 Rishta.Com Isha Mirchandani Sony TV A Yash Raj venture
2012 Kahani Comedy Circus Ki Anchor Sony TV
2012–2014 The Suite Life of Karan & Kabir Priti Jaiswal Disney Channel India
2013 Comedy Circus Ke Ajoobe Anchor Sony TV
2013–2014 Comedy Circus Ke Mahabali Anchor Sony TV
2013 Baal Veer Rani Pari SAB TV
2015 The Great Indian Family Drama various characters SAB TV
2015-2017 Comedy Nights Bachao Self Colors TV
2017 TV, Biwi aur Main Priya Rajeev Gupta SAB TV

References[edit]

  1. ^ "All TV shows look the same: Shruti Seth". Hindustan Times. 22 January 2013. Retrieved 7 January 2015. 
  2. ^ "Live audience most satisfying: Shruti Seth". Zee News. 28 January 2013. Retrieved 7 January 2015. 
  3. ^ Mid-day.com (15 October 2010). "Shruti Seth, Danish Aslam tie the knot". NDTV. Retrieved 18 March 2011. 
  4. ^ Sen, Debarati S (5 August 2014). "Shruti Seth – Danish Aslam name their newborn, Alina aslam". 
  5. ^ You maybe next to get abused like Kavita Krishnan, Shruti Seth, and Twitter will do nothing. Firstpost. Retrieved on 22 September 2015.
  6. ^ TV actress Shruti Seth faces abuse on Twitter for criticising PM over his #selfiewithdaughter campaign. News18.com. Retrieved on 22 September 2015.
  7. ^ 'Selfie with daughter' controversy: Bollywood supports Shruti Seth | Business Standard News. Business-standard.com. Retrieved on 22 September 2015.
  8. ^ ‘Selfie with daughter’ controversy over Modi: Bollywood supports Shruti Seth. The Financial Express (5 July 2015). Retrieved on 22 September 2015.
  9. ^ a b c d "The TRP game is skewed: Shruti Seth". Times of India. 18 April 2010. Retrieved 19 June 2010. 

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