Shriya was born in Dehradun on the 11th of September 1982. Her mother is Neeraja, a school teacher and her father is Pushpendra Saran, working with Bharat Heavy Metal Works. She has an older brother Abhiroop.
Shriya grew up in Ranipur. She studied at the Delhi Public School and acquired a B.A in Literature from Lady Sri Ram College. She is also a Kathak dancer and trained under Shobha Narayan.
She started out as a model, appearing in several commercials like Brookbond, Red Label, Lux and Head & Shoulders. She was also a part of music videos like Tirakthi Kyun Hawa by Reenu Nathan which was shot in Banaras.
Lighting Up The Screens
Shriya broke into movies with a Telugu movie Ishtam in 2001. Though the movie was not a success, the industry noticed her. This was followed by the 2002 film Santosham with Nagarjuna, which did extremely well. The other two films released the same year Nuvve Nuvve and Chennakeshava Reddy also did well. She got the opportunity to work with some of the major stars and came out with several hits like Tagore (2003) and Chatrapati (2005).
Her Tamil films like Ennaku 20 Unnaku 18 in 2003, Mazhai in 2005 were good performers at the box office. In 2007, she starred in Azhagiya Tamil Magan and she was cast opposite Rajnikanth in Shivaji: The Boss that was one of the biggest films ever made in India
Bollywood also has seen a Shriya with Tujhe Meri Kasam (2003), Thoda Hum Badlo Thoda Tum (2004), Awaarapan (2007) and Mission Istanbul (2008