Sneha (actress)

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Sneha at Un Samayal Arayil press meet, 2014
Suhasini Rajaram Naidu

(1981-10-12) 12 October 1981 (age 40)[1]
OccupationActress, model
Years active2000–present
(m. 2012)

Suhasini Rajaram Naidu (born 12 October 1981), known by her stage name Sneha, is an Indian actress who works primarily in Tamil and Telugu language films. She debuted in the Malayalam film Ingane Oru Nilapakshi (2000), directed by Anil-Babu. She made her Tamil debut with the movie Ennavale, where she starred opposite R. Madhavan, was released first in the same year. She debuted in Telugu in the year 2001 with the film Priyamaina Neeku, which was a commercial success. Following this, she appeared in successful Telugu films like Venky (2004), Radha Gopalam (2005), and Sri Ramadasu (2006). She also appeared in Malayalam films as well as a few Kannada language films.

She has won a Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Tamil for her performance in Unnai Ninaithu (2002), Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actress in 2001 for her performances in the films Virumbugiren, Aanandham and Punnagai Desam; and later for Pirivom Santhippom (2008). She has also won Nandi Special Jury Award for her performance in the movie Radha Gopalam.[2]

Early and personal life[edit]

Sneha was born as Suhasini Rajaram Naidu on 12 October 1981 in a Telugu family from Tamilnadu, and was brought up in Dubai.[3][4]

Sneha was paired with Prasanna for the first time in Achchamundu! Achchamundu! (2009). Since then, there were numerous reports in the media on their relationship. Prasanna was spotted in all her modeling shows and both were spotted together in movie previews. Though both denied it as a rumour, later, on 9 November 2011, Prasanna announced, "Yes... Sneha and I decided to marry soon with the blessings of our parents." They got married on 11 May 2012 in Chennai.[5]

She resides in Chennai with her husband. The couple has two children, a boy and a girl.[6]



Fazil Nazeem recommended Sneha to Anil-Babu who was searching for a heroine for his love story Ingane Oru Nilapakshi (2000). The film featured Sneha as an aspiring dancer, with the actress performing for seven classical songs.[7] She was signed by Susi Ganeshan for his directorial debut Virumbugiren in 2000, which however became long delayed and Ennavale, opposite Madhavan, became her first Tamil release. She won many accolades for her outstanding performance. Later that year, Sneha starred in N. Linguswamy's family drama Aanandham and won many awards, which featured her as part of an ensemble cast and in K. Balachandar's Parthale Paravasam. She finished the year with a foray into Telugu cinema, with an appearance in Priyamaina Neeku, followed by Tholi Valapu.

She was a part of eight films that were released in 2002. M. Raja's Hanuman Junction became a major success. Other films that year included the Vasanth's Yai! Nee Romba Azhaga Irukey!, Unnai Ninaithu and April Madhathil. Even though Yai! Nee Romba Azhaga Irukey! had one of her prolific performance, the film failed at the box office while critics and audience raved at the music of the film.[8] Her performance in Unnai Ninaithu led to her being awarded the first Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress.[9] She also won other awards for her performance. Subsequently, she acted in a lead role in King and a supporting role in Pammal K. Sambandam with Kamal Haasan and Abbas, respectively. Virumbugiren that featured Sneha as a rustic village belle, eventually released in December 2002 and went on to win the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actress.[10]

Sneha acted in two films in 2003, Vaseegara with Vijay and a heroine-oriented double role in Parthiban Kanavu. both were huge successes. She received high praise for her performance in Parthiban Kanavu,[11] with The Hindu writing: "Till date this is the best role that has come Sneha's way and the charming actress has utilised the opportunity well. With make-up or without it, Sneha sparkles".[12]

2004 was a mixed year for the actress, with Jana, Bose and Adhu all failing at the box office. However, Vasool Raja MBBS, opposite Kamal Haasan and Autograph and the Telugu film Venky were huge successes and won several awards.


The years 2005 and 2006 saw her acting in Telugu films such as Sankranthi, with Venkatesh, Radha Gopalam with Srikanth, Sri Ramadasu with Nagarjuna, and Thuruppu Gulan with Mammootty was a success, while others released in the respective years turning out as average grosser at the box office. She played the role of a commercial sex worker in Selvaraghavan's Pudhupettai, starring Dhanush. With Thuruppu Gulan, she paired with Mammootty. In the year 2006, she made her debut into Kannada film industry through Ravi Shastri, which tanked at the box office.

In 2007, Sneha starred in Naan Avanillai a hit, while her Telugu films Madhumasam, which run over 100 days and Maharadhi and Tamil film Pallikoodam turned out to be above-average grosser at the box office.

Pirivom Santhippom, which saw her collaborating with Karu Pazhaniappan again, was her first film in 2008. Co-starring Cheran, the film opened to critical acclaim and emerged a sleeper hit, while fetching Sneha plaudits and several accolades. A review from Sify noted that she was "superb as Sala, a woman torn by the dualities of her existence", labelling it as her "career best performance".[13] She won her second Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actress, besides the Vijay Award for Best Actress and a nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Actress Award. She tried highly glamorous roles with Pandi and Inba, both turning out to be average grossers. She paired with Silambarasan in Silambattam, which gave her another commercial success. Her Telugu films Nee Sukhame Ne Korukunna and Pandurangadu turned out to be average grossers while Adivishnu flopped at the box office.


The thriller films Achchamundu Achchamundu, co-starring Prasanna and Hollywood actor John Shea and Amaravathi, were her only releases of 2009 in Tamil and Telugu, respectively. Both films won many plaudits for dealing with bold themes of pedophiles and womb stealing, respectively. The former film won many awards in the International Panorama and the latter had an average gross at the box office.

In 2010, she starred in Venkat Prabhu's Goa. She again forayed into a glamorous ultra-modern chick role with a few shades of grey. She also appeared in three Malayalam films. She acted in Pramani with Mammootty and paired up with Mohanlal for the first time in Shikkar, The Hunt, which was a huge success and considered as a milestone in Mohanlal's history. Her last release of 2011 was Vande Mataram. Starring opposite Mammootty again, she played an aviator in the film, which released to mixed critical response and bombed at the box office.

In 2011, she was first seen as a tough police officer in Bhavani, which opened to mixed reviews and bombed at the box office, although Sneha received praise for her performance. Ponnar Shankar, a period film penned by M. Karunanidhi, where she appeared as a warrior-princess, opened to mixed reviews and didn't do well at the box office. Rajanna, a period film based on Telangana issue opposite Nagarjuna for the second time, released on 22 December 2012 to stupendous reviews.

In 2012, her long canned movie, Murattu Kaalai, with Sundar C was released on 15 June 2012 to mixed reviews, being her first movie post-marriage.


In 2013, she acted in a critically acclaimed movie Haridas. The movie opened to critical acclaim and performed well at the box office. Sneha was nominated for Filmfare Best Actress Award for her performance in the movie.

Her next release was a trilingual made in Kannada, Tamil and TeluguUn Samayal Arayil (2014), the official remake of the Malayalam blockbuster Salt N' Pepper, where she starred opposite Prakash Raj and a bunch of debutantes. The Kannada version turned out to be a blockbuster, while the other two versions tanked at the box office. Sneha's performance in the movie was widely praised. Sneha later hosted a Tamil reality television show Melam Kottu Thali Kattu and the show was aired for 2 seasons.

In 2015, Sneha appeared in the Telugu film S/O Satyamurthy with Allu Arjun, Samantha Ruth Prabhu and Nithya Menen, opposite Upendra, directed by Trivikram Srinivas, which turned out to be a blockbuster. That was her only release in 2015 and she has been on a maternity break since then.

In 2017, Sneha starred in The Great Father opposite Mammootty, and produced by actors Prithviraj Sukumaran and Arya.[14] She starred in Velaikkaran directed by Mohan Raja, alongside Sivakarthikeyan and Nayanthara.[15] She was also the judge a Tamil reality TV show, Dance Jodi Dance, alongside Raadhika.[16] In 2019, she starred in the Telugu-language film Vinaya Vidheya Rama and the historical Kannada-language film Kurukshetra.[17] She played the lead actress in Pattas (2020) with Dhanush.[17] Her upcoming films including Mani Ratnam's anthology film Navarasa and Vaan.[18][verification needed]

Other assignments[edit]

Sneha was to make her Bollywood debut with Mad Dad, alongside Naseeruddin Shah and Ayesha Takia, to be directed by Revathy S. Varma. Sneha was also roped in to play Sita in Rajkumar Santoshi's Ramayan, featuring Ajay Devgan in lead. However, both the projects failed to take off.[19] She was also reported to play a major role in Kochadaiyaan, to be written by K. S. Ravikumar and directed by Soundarya Rajinikanth.[20] In December 2011, Sneha confirmed in an interview that she will be starring opposite Rajinikanth.[21] But later, she opted out of the project to allocate dates for the film Haridas, to which she is already committed.[22][23][24]


She has appeared in many commercials such as Saravana Stores, Horlicks, Roobini Oil, Aashirvaad, Idhayam Dots, Jos Aalukkas, Power Shampoos, Shree Devi Textiles, Preethi Mixi, GRB Udhayam Ghee, Papilon, Vencobb Chicken, Nisha Fairness Cream, Kellogg's Chocos, Tata Salt etc. In 2010, she was announced the brand ambassador for Dabur Amla Nelli Hair Oil and Cavin Kare's Chinni's Pickle. Post-marriage, Sneha along with her husband Prasanna worked on Univercell commercials which created viral response.[25][26]

She also appeared in numerous fashion shows such as Chennai International Fashion Week, Sydney Sladen Fashion Week and other shows which were held in Chennai and Mumbai.



Year Film Role Language Notes
2000 Ingane Oru Nilapakshi Manasi Malayalam credited as Manasi[27]
Ennavale Lakshmi Tamil
2001 Tholi Valapu Soumya Telugu
Aanandham Viji Tamil
Priyamaina Neeku Sandhya Telugu dubbed and released in Tamil as Kadhal Sugamanathu
Paarthale Paravasam Chella Tamil
Hanuman Junction Meenkashi Telugu
2002 Pammal K. Sambandam Malathi Anand Tamil
Punnagai Desam Priya
Unnai Ninaithu Radha Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Tamil
Yai! Nee Romba Azhaga Irukey! Raji
Virumbugiren Thavamani Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actress
King Thamizh
April Madhathil Swetha Nominated - Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil
2003 Vaseegara Priya Vishwanathan
Parthiban Kanavu Sathya, Janani Nominated – Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil
2004 Vasool Raja MBBS Janaki Vishwanathan
Jana Manimegalai
Bose Charu
Autograph Divya
Adhu Meera
Venky Sravani Telugu
2005 Aayudham Maha Tamil
Sankranthi Anjali Telugu
Radha Gopalam Radha Nandi Special Jury Award
Chinna Gayathri Vikram Tamil
ABCD Chandra
That is Pandu Anjali Telugu
2006 Sri Ramadasu Kamala
Evandoi Srivaru Divya
Thuruppu Gulan Lakshmi Malayalam
Pudhupettai Krishnaveni Tamil Nominated – Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil
Ravi Shastri Bhanu Kannada
Manasu Palike Mouna Raagam Gowri Telugu
2007 Maharadhi Bhairavi
Madhumasam Hamsa Vahini
Naan Avanillai Anjali Tamil
Pallikoodam Kokila Vetrivel
2008 Pirivom Santhippom Visalakshi Natesan Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actress
Vijay Award for Best Actress
Nominated - Vijay Award for Favourite Heroine
Nominated – Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil
Inba Priya
Nee Sukhame Ne Korukunna Swapna Telugu
Pandi Bhuvana Tamil
Pandurangadu Lakshmi Telugu
Kuselan / Kathanayakudu Herself Tamil/Telugu Bilingual film
Cameo appearance in the song 'Cinema Cinema'
Adivishnu Anjali Telugu
Silambattam Gayathri Tamil
2009 Achchamundu! Achchamundu! Malini Kumar Edison Award for Best Actress
Nominated – Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil
Amaravathi Latha Venkat Telugu
2010 Goa Suhasini Fernando Tamil
Theeradha Vilaiyattu Pillai Dr. Ramya Cameo appearances
Angaadi Theru Herself
Pramaani Janaki Malayalam
Shikkar, The Hunt Kaveri
Vandae Maatharam Nandhini
Nandhini Tamil
2011 Bhavani ACP Bhavani
Ponnar Shankar Arukkaani
Rajanna Lachamma Telugu
2012 Oru Kal Oru Kannadi Jennifer Tamil Guest appearance
Murattu Kaalai Bhuvana
2013 Haridas Amudhavalli Nominated – Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil
Nominated - Vijay Award for Best Actress
2014 Pannaiyarum Padminiyum Shanmugam's daughter Special appearance
Un Samayal Arayil Gowri
Ulavacharu Biryani Telugu
Oggarane Kannada
2015 S/O Satyamurthy Lakshmi Telugu Nominated -SIIMA Award for Best Supporting Actress
JK Enum Nanbanin Vaazhkai Herself Tamil Cameo appearances
2016 Ore Mukham Bhama Malayalam
2017 The Great Father Michelle David
Velaikkaran Kasthuri Tamil Nominated – SIIMA Award for Best Supporting Actress
2019 Vinaya Vidheya Rama Konidela Gayatri Devi Telugu
Kurukshetra Draupadi Kannada
2020 Pattas Kanyakumari Tamil JFW Award for Best Actress - Critic
Nominated – SIIMA Award for Best Actress
2022 Shot Boot 3 TBA Tamil Filming


Year Program Role Channel Language Notes
2013–2014 Melam Kottu Thali Kattu Host Puthuyugam TV Tamil
2014 Melam Kottu Thali Kattu season 2
2016–2017 Dance Jodi Dance Judge Zee Tamil
2017 Dancing Khilladies
Zee Dance League
2017–2018 Dance Jodi Dance 2.0 Zee Tamil Best Judge Female
2019 Dance Jodi Dance Juniors
Dance Jodi Dance 3.0
2021–Present Junior Super Stars Season 4
2022 Amudhavum Annalakshmiyum Herself Cameo in promo for promotion
TV Serial
2022 Maari Herself Cameo in promo for promotion
TV Serial


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