Sruthi Hariharan

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Sruthi Hariharan
Sruthi Hariharan at Janapada Lokha.jpg
Hariharan in 2020
Born (1989-02-02) 2 February 1989 (age 32)[1]
  • Actor
  • producer
Years active2012 - present
Ram Kumar
(m. 2017)

Sruthi Hariharan (born 2 February 1989) is an Indian actress and producer who appears primarily in Kannada films. She is a recipient of several accolades, including the Karnataka State film award, three Filmfare Awards South, a SIIMA award, and a special mention at the 66th National film awards for her performance in Nathicharami. She was voted Most Desirable Woman of 2018 by the Bangalore Times readers.

She debuted in a 2012 Malayalam film, Cinema Company, and her first film in the Kannada cinema industry was Lucia. She has received critical acclaim and public recognition for her work in films such as Godhi Banna Sadharana Mykattu, Urvi, Nathicharami, and Beautiful Manasugalu. In 2016, Sruthi Hariharan started her own production company, Kalathmika.

Early life and family

Sruthi Hariharan was born into a Tamil family in Trivandrum, Kerala,[2][3] and was raised in Bangalore, Karnataka. Her mother tongue is Tamil. She attended school at Sishu Griha Montessori and High School. After high school she attended Christ University and graduated with a Bachelor of Business Management (BBM) degree. 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.[4]

She became interested in cultural activities when she attended Christ College and became a part of their cultural team. This interest led her into acting in theatre productions.[5] She joined choreographer Imraan Sardariya's dance troupe, and worked in the Kannada film industry as an assistant choreographer and background dancer.[5] She was a background dancer for three years and featured in a number of songs.[6]

Acting career

Sruthi's film career began with Malayalam film, Cinema Company. She acted in two films: Thekku Thekkoru Desathu and Call Me @.[7] In Francis's Call Me @, she played the role of an IT girl, while in Nandu's, Thekku Thekkoru Desathu she played a journalist.[8] 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—[9] and dubbed herself for the first time.[10] Lucia was critically acclaimed and was later remade in several Indian languages.[11] Sruthi's performance was well-received and she was featured on Rediff's Most Impressive Kannada Movie Debuts, 2013 list.[12] Later that year she appeared in another Kannada film Dyavre. The film received rave reviews from critics.[13] 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.[14]

In 2014, she was seen as the love interest of Srinagara Kitty's character in Jacob Varghese's road movie Savaari 2. Her next role was in her first Tamil film Nerungi Vaa Muthamidathe directed by Lakshmy Ramakrishnan.[15][16] Next she acted in A. P. Arjun's Rhaate, which she signed to appear in even before the release of Lucia.[10] Her character in the film was that of a traditional village girl.[7]

In her next feature, she was simultaneously shooting the Kannada film Sipaayi directed by Rajath Mayee,[17] and the Tamil independent art film Nila. She has also signed to appear in another Kannada film, Godhi Banna Sadharna Mykattu by Hemanth Rao,[18] and Balaji Sakthivel's next directorial Ra Ra Rajasekhar.[19]

Godhi Banna Sadharna Mykattu went on to do very well both critically and at the box office. Her portrayal of Dr. Sahana was well received. She appeared next in Maadha Mathu Manasi, produced by Mano Murthy. She achieved further success in the Kannada film industry through her performance in director 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 be released. Continuing her foray into the Tamil and Malayalam film industries, she was part of Bejoy Nambiar's film Solo, opposite actor Dulquer Salmaan. Later she acted in a Kannada 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 playing such a character when her career was at a peak. She later acted in National award-winning director Mansore's Nathicharami opposite Sanchari Vijay for which she gained great critical acclaim. The film publication Karthik Kermanu wrote "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!”[20] Keyur Seta of Cinestaan said "Hers is a simple subtle and a FLAWLESS Performance!"[21] Currently she is filming Aadya starring Chiranjeevi Sarja and directed by Chaitanya KN.


In October 2018, Hariharan accused Arjun Sarja of sexual misconduct on the set of the 2016 film Vismaya and filed a sexual harassment case with the police against him.[22]

Arjun Sarja filed a defamation case of Rs 5 crore against her for accusing him of sexual misconduct. In response to her allegations, Arjun 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."[23]

A few months after the MeToo fallout, Hariharan told The News Minute that while she used to get plenty of offers before, she hardly gets any now.[24]

Personal life

In 2019, she and her spouse Raam Kumar, who is a martial artist and trainer, were blessed with a daughter whom they named Janaki.


Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
List of films and roles
Year Title Role Language Notes
2012 Cinema Company Parvathi Malayalam Debut Film
2013 Lucia Shwetha Kannada

Kannada Debut

Dyavre Sruthi
2014 Savaari 2 Radhika
Nerungi Vaa Muthamidathe Maga Tamil
2015 Rhaatee Rani Kannada
Plus Herself Special Appearance
ABC Sruthi Hindi Short film
2016 Jai Maruthi 800 Geetha Kannada
Godhi Banna Sadharana Mykattu Dr. Sahana
Sipaayi Divya
Madha Mathu Manasi Manasi
2017 Beautiful Manasugalu Nandini
Nila Nila Tamil Netflix Film
Urvi Asha Kannada
Happy New Year Charvi
Nibunan Shilpa Tamil
Vismaya Kannada
Solo Rukku Malayalam
Tarak Sneha Kannada
Upendra Matte Baa Seetha
2018 Humble Politician Nograj Ramaa
America Mappillai Herself Tamil Web Series; Cameo Appearance
Bhootayyana Mommaga Ayyu Sruthi Kannada
Raambo 2 Herself Special Appearance
Ambi Ning Vayassaytho Young Nandini
Nathicharami Gowri
2019 Mane Maratakkide Sowmya
2020 Aadyaa Sruthi
2021 Vadham Sakthi Pandiyan Tamil Web Series
Saalugara Films that have not yet been released Maaya Kannada Completed [25][26]
2022 Strawberry Films that have not yet been released Amrutha Completed[27]
Head Bush Films that have not yet been released TBA Filming [28][29][30]

Awards and nominations

Sruthi Hariharan awards and nominations
Sruthi Hariharan Filmfare South (cropped).jpg
Hariharan performing during 61st Filmfare Awards South in 2014
  1. ^ Certain award groups do not simply award one winner. They recognize several different recipients, have runners-up, and have third place. Since this is a specific recognition and is different from losing an award, runner-up mentions are considered wins in this award tally. For simplification and to avoid errors, each award in this list has been presumed to have had a prior nomination.
List of awards and nominations
Title Award Category Result
Lucia 3rd SIIMA Awards Best Female Debutant Nominated
Godhi Banna Sadharana Mykattu 64th Filmfare Awards South Best Actress Kannada Nominated
Critics Best Actress Won
6th SIIMA Awards Best Actress -Kannada Nominated
Beautiful Manasugalu 2016 Karnataka State Film Awards Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actress Won
65th Filmfare Awards South Best Actress Kannada Won
7th South Indian International Movie Awards Best Actress -Kannada Nominated
Critics Best Actress Won
Love Lavike Readers Choice Awards Best Actresses Nominated
Tarak TSR TV9 National Award TSR TV9 National Award for Best Actress - Kannada Nominated
Ambi Ning Vayassaytho TV9 National Award TV9 National Award for Best Actress - Kannada Nominated
Nathicharami 66th National Film Awards Special Mention Won
66th Filmfare Awards South Best Actress Kannada Nominated
Critics Best Actress Won
8th SIIMA Awards Best Actress -Kannada Nominated


  1. ^ "Happy Birthday, Sruthi Hariharan! Here are the best saree looks of the 'Lucia' actor". The Times of India. 2 February 2021. Retrieved 2 March 2021.
  2. ^ "'I Don't Want To Be a Glam Doll'".
  3. ^ "Being an actress has been a fulfilling rebellion for me: Sruthi Hariharan - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 26 October 2018.
  4. ^ "Dancing with the cine stars; Deccan Chronicle". 25 May 2013. Retrieved 17 June 2014.
  5. ^ a b "I had to lose weight and look glamorous for Lucia". 27 August 2013. Retrieved 17 June 2014.
  6. ^ "Shruthi Hariharan was a background dancer". The Times of India. 10 May 2013. Retrieved 17 June 2014.
  7. ^ a b "My passion for acting grew with time". Retrieved 17 June 2014.
  8. ^ "Sruthi gets busy". The Times of India. 12 November 2012. Retrieved 17 June 2014.
  9. ^ "I had to lose weight and look glamorous for Lucia". 27 August 2013. Retrieved 17 June 2014.
  10. ^ a b A Sharadhaa. "Shruti Hariharan finds place in Arjun's film Raate". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 17 June 2014.
  11. ^ "Fox Star India to make Kannada film Lucia in Hindi — Indian Express". 6 December 2013. Retrieved 17 June 2014.
  12. ^ "The Most Impressive Kannada Movie Debuts, 2013". 6 January 2014. Retrieved 17 June 2014.
  13. ^ IST (10 December 2013). "Yograj Bhat's Dyaavre gets Rave Reviews from Film Ciritics". Retrieved 17 June 2014.
  14. ^ "Shruti Hariharan joins Raate". The Times of India. 5 April 2013. Retrieved 17 June 2014.
  15. ^ "Lucia girl makes Kollywood debut". The Times of India. 7 February 2014. Retrieved 17 June 2014.
  16. ^ "Lakshmi Ramakrishnan starts her second film!". 20 March 2014. Retrieved 17 June 2014.
  17. ^ A Sharadhaa. "Savari 2 has Good Humour". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 17 June 2014.
  18. ^ "Missing Man Subject of Sruthi's Film".
  19. ^ "I would like to do more meaningful cinema".
  20. ^ Keramalu, Karthik (28 December 2018). "Nathicharami Movie Review: What Single Women Want". Film Companion. Retrieved 12 February 2019.
  21. ^ Seta, Keyur. "Nathicharami review: Explores a young widow's sexuality in a simple yet bold manner". Retrieved 12 February 2019.
  22. ^ "Kannada film actress Sruthi Hariharan files sexual harassment case with the police against actor Arjun Sarja". Retrieved 3 August 2019.
  23. ^ "Arjun Sarja files Rs 5 cr defamation suit against Sruthi Hariharan". 25 October 2018. Retrieved 3 August 2019.
  24. ^ "'I used to get 3 offers a week, barely any now': Actor Sruthi Hariharan on MeToo fallout". 11 December 2018. Archived from the original on 12 December 2018.
  25. ^ "Sruthi Hariharan to play a dancer in her comeback film - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 3 September 2020.
  26. ^ "Sruthi Hariharan begins shooting for her comeback after motherhood - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 7 October 2020.
  27. ^ "Sruthi Hariharan completes third film since her onscreen comeback - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 16 October 2021.
  28. ^ "Balu Nagendra and Sruthi Hariharan roped in for Head Bush". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 6 September 2021.
  29. ^ ""My character in 'Head Bush' is strong, bold, and defies conventions of the time," says Sruthi Hariharan about her exciting new acting gig - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 7 September 2021.
  30. ^ "There is more pressure to do justice while playing a real-life character onscreen: Sruthi - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 7 September 2021.

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