Sruthi Hariharan

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Sruthi Hariharan
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Sruthi Hariharan

(1989-02-02) 2 February 1989 (age 30)
OccupationActor, Producer, Dancer.

Sruthi Hariharan is an Indian film actress and producer who predominantly appears in Kannada films. After doing theatre and working as a background dancer in films, she had begun a career in acting. She is a recipient of several accolades, including Karnataka State film award, two Filmfare Awards South, and a SIIMA award. She was voted as Bangalore Times' Most Desirable Woman 2018.

She debuted in the 2012 Malayalam film Cinema Company. Her first break into the Kannada cinema industry came with the film Lucia. She has received both critical acclaim and public recognition for her work in films like Godhi Banna Sadharana Mykattu, Urvi, Nathicharami, Beautiful Manasugalu In 2016, Sruthi Hariharan founded a production house, Kalathmika.

Early life[edit]

Sruthi Hariharan was born into a Tamil Iyer family in Trivandrum, Kerala[1][2] and was raised in Bangalore, Karnataka. Her mother tongue is Malayalam. She did her schooling from Sishu Griha Montessori and High School. She graduated with a BBM degree from Christ University. She is trained in Bharatanatyam and contemporary dance . Apart from her mother tongue she is fluent in Kannada, Malayalam and Hindi and can understand Telugu.[3]

She was interested in cultural activities and was a part of the cultural team at Christ College and later went on to do theatre.[4] She joined choreographer Imraan Sardariya's dance troupe and worked in the Kannada film industry as assistant choreographer and background dancer.[4] She was a background dancer in the industry for three years and featured in a number of songs.[5]


Shruti's film career started off with, Cinema Company, a Malayalam film.. She had shot for two more Malayalam films. She shot for two more Malayalam films, Thekku Thekkoru Desathu and Call Me @.[6] In Francis's Call Me @ she played the role of an IT girl, while in Nandu's, Thekku Thekkoru Desathu she played a journalist.[7] She landed the lead role in the Kannada film Lucia by Pawan Kumar. She played two characters in the film — one of a lower middle-class girl and the other of a film actress —[8] and dubbed for herself for the first time.[9] Lucia was critically acclaimed and was later remade in several Indian languages.[10] Shruti's performance was well received and she was featured in Rediff's "Most Impressive Kannada Movie Debuts, 2013" list.[11] Later that year she appeared in another Kannada film Dyavre. Her performance in film received rave reviews from critics.[12] She was offered a role in director Harsha's Bhajarangi featuring Shivraj Kumar in the lead, but she could not commit herself to the film.[13]

In 2014, she was seen as the love interest of Srinagara Kitty's character in Jacob Varghese's road movie Savaari 2. Her next release was her first Tamil film Nerungi Vaa Muthamidathe by Lakshmy Ramakrishnan.[14][15] She was next seen in A. P. Arjun's Raate, which she signed even before the release of Lucia.[9] Her character in the film was that of a traditional village girl.[6]

In her next feature, she was simultaneously shooting for the Kannada film Sipaayi directed by Rajath Mayee,[16] and the Tamil independent art film Nila. She has also signed another Kannada film, Godhi Banna Sadharna Mykattu by Hemanth Rao,[17] and Balaji Sakthivel's next directorial Ra Ra Rajasekhar.[18]

Godhi Banna Sadharna Mykattu went on to do very well both in terms of box office and critics. Her portrayal of Dr. Sahana made her the talk of the town. She appeared next in Maadha Mathu Manasi, produced by Mano Murthy. She achieved further success in the Kannada film industry through her performances in B.S. Pradeep Varma’s Urvi, followed by Beautiful Manasugalu. She struck a balance between commercial and performance oriented roles by featuring in films of diverse genres. She next appeared in the Kannada multi-starrer Happy New Year, in which she played the role of a bedridden patient, ailing from psoriasis. After featuring in the bilingual film Vismaya(Kannada) which was titled Nibunan in Tamil, she followed it up with the box office success Tarak, opposite Kannada actor Darshan. The Telugu version of Vismaya, titled Kurukshetra is yet to release. Continuing her foray into Tamil and Malayalam industries, she was part of Bejoy Nambiar’s film Solo, opposite actor Dulquer Salmaan. Later she acted in aKannada film Upendra Mathe Baa with veterans Upendra and Prema. As part of the new wave in Kannada films,she acted in Humble Politician Nograj with Danish Sait and Sumukhi Suresh in which she played a supporting role and was unanimously praised for taking up a character like that when her career was at peak. She later acted in National award winnig director Mansore's Nathicharami opposite Sanchari Vijay for which she gained a huge critical acclaim,writing for the film companion karthik kermanu said "There isn’t a better actor than Sruthi to bring grace and seriousness to a character that throws light on the sexual needs of single women in urban middle-class societies.Whenever her face swims in the drudgery of everydayness, you feel her!”[19] and keyur seta of cinestaan said " Hers is a simple subtle and a FLAWLESS Performance!"[20]currently she's filming for Aadya starring Chiranjeevi Sarja directed by Chaitanya KN.


In October 2018, Sruthi Hariharan took to social media to accuse Arjun Sarja of sexual misconduct on the sets of 2016 Kannada film, Vismaya.She filed sexual harassment case with the police against him as well.[21]

Arjun Sarja has filed a defamation case of Rs 5 crore against Sruthi Hariharan who accused him of sexual misconduct. In response to Sruthi’s allegations, Arjun had earlier responded, “I am saddened by the allegations and I don’t know how I can correct this. I will definitely file a case. I will speak about improving the shots and dialogues but I don’t have the cheap mentality of using this profession to touch women inappropriately.”[22]

Few months after the MeToo fallout, Shruthi Hariharan had mentioned to The News Minute that she used to get plenty of offers before and she hardly gets anything now.[23]


Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Film Role Language Notes
2012 Cinema Company Parvathi Malayalam
2013 Thekku Thekkoru Deshathu
Lucia Shwetha Kannada Nominated, SIIMA Award for Best Female Debutant
2014 Savaari 2
Nerungi Vaa Muthamidathe Maga Tamil
2015 Rhaatee Rani Kannada
Plus Herself Special appearance in song "Sunday Banthu"
ABC Sruthi Hindi Short film
2016 Jai Maruthi 800 Geetha Kannada
Godhi Banna Sadharana Mykattu Dr. Sahana Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actress - Kannada

Nominated- SIIMA Award for Best Actress-Kannadas

Sipaayi Divya
Madha Mathu Manasi Manasi
2017 Beautiful Manasugalu Nandini Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actress
Nominated- Love Lavike Readers Choice Awards for Best Actor Female
Filmfare Award for Best Actress - Kannada
Won - SIIMA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role -(Female) -(Critics)- Kannada
Nila Nila Tamil Netflix film
Urvi Asha Kannada
Happy New Year Charvi
Vismaya Shilpa Bilingual film
Nibunan Tamil,
Solo Rukku Tamil,
Bilingual film
Tarak Sneha Kannada Nominated - TSR TV9 National Award for Best Actress - Kannada
Upendra Matte Baa Seetha
Ra Ra Rajasekhar Tamil
2018 Humble Politician Nograj Ramaa Kannada
Bhootayyana Mommaga Ayyu
Raambo 2 Herself Special Appearance in a song
Ambi Ning Vayassaytho Young Nandini Nominated - TSR TV9 National Award for Best Actress - Kannada
Nathicharami Gowri
2019 Film has yet to be released Aadhya Filming
Film has yet to be releasedTesla (movie) Filming
Film has yet to be releasedMane Maratakide Post Production


  1. ^ "'I Don't Want To Be a Glam Doll'".
  2. ^ "Being an actress has been a fulfilling rebellion for me: Sruthi Hariharan - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 26 October 2018.
  3. ^ "Dancing with the cine stars | Deccan Chronicle". 25 May 2013. Retrieved 17 June 2014.
  4. ^ a b "'I had to lose weight and look glamorous for Lucia'". Rediff. 27 August 2013. Retrieved 17 June 2014.
  5. ^ "Shruthi Hariharan was a background dancer ". The Times of India. 10 May 2013. Retrieved 17 June 2014.
  6. ^ a b "My passion for acting grew with time". Retrieved 17 June 2014.
  7. ^ "Sruthi gets busy ". The Times of India. 12 November 2012. Retrieved 17 June 2014.
  8. ^ "'I had to lose weight and look glamorous for Lucia'". Rediff. 27 August 2013. Retrieved 17 June 2014.
  9. ^ a b A Sharadhaa. "Shruti Hariharan finds place in Arjun's film Raate". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 17 June 2014.
  10. ^ "Fox Star India to make Kannada film Lucia in Hindi — Indian Express". 6 December 2013. Retrieved 17 June 2014.
  11. ^ "The Most Impressive Kannada Movie Debuts, 2013". Rediff. 6 January 2014. Retrieved 17 June 2014.
  12. ^ IST (10 December 2013). "Yograj Bhat's Dyaavre gets Rave Reviews from Film Ciritics". Retrieved 17 June 2014.
  13. ^ "Shruti Hariharan joins Raate ". The Times of India. 5 April 2013. Retrieved 17 June 2014.
  14. ^ "Lucia girl makes Kollywood debut ". The Times of India. 7 February 2014. Retrieved 17 June 2014.
  15. ^ "Lakshmi Ramakrishnan starts her second film!". Sify. 20 March 2014. Retrieved 17 June 2014.
  16. ^ A Sharadhaa. "'Savari 2 has Good Humour'". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 17 June 2014.
  17. ^ "Missing Man Subject of Sruthi's Film".
  18. ^ "'I would like to do more meaningful cinema'".
  19. ^ Keramalu, Karthik (28 December 2018). "Nathicharami Movie Review: What Single Women Want". Film Companion. Retrieved 12 February 2019.
  20. ^ Seta, Keyur. "Nathicharami review: Explores a young widow's sexuality in a simple yet bold manner". Cinestaan. Retrieved 12 February 2019.
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