Shruti Sawant better known by her stage name Ineya, is an Indian actress and model from Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala who predominantly appears in Malayalam and Tamil films. She won the Best Actress Award for her role in the Tamil film Vaagai Sooda Vaa (2011) at TN state awards.

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  • Actress
  • model
Years active2005 – present
RelativesSwathi Thara (Elder sister)

Early lifeEdit

Ineya, whose real name is Shruti Sawant was born to Salahuddin. S and Savithri at Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. She has an elder sister, Swathi, who is also a Malayalam television actress and a younger brother, Sravan.[1] Ineya had her primary education at Thiruvananthapuram from Amritha Vidyalaya, Fort Girls Mission High School and Manakkad Karthika Thirunnal High School. She did her B.B.A course by correspondence.


Ineya acted in several Malayalam television series, short films and telefilms as a child artist.[1][2] While studying in class four, she acted in the telefilm Koottilekku, which was followed by appearances in tele-serials Orma and Sree Guruvayoorappan by Vayalar Madhavan Kutty.[3] Ineya won the Miss Trivandrum title in 2005, following which she did modeling and appeared in several television advertisements as well as a number of Malayalam award-winning art films, including Saira (2006), directed Dr. Biju, Dalamarmarangal (2009) and Umma (2011), both directed by Vijayakrishnan.[3][4] She also played a pivotal role in Rajesh Touchriver's short feature The Sacred Face, which focusses on child abuse.[3]

In 2010, she starred in a Tamil film Padagasalai and signed up four more Tamil films,[5][6] all of which were cancelled or remain unreleased. She next played a supporting role as the sister to Cheran's character in Mysskin's mystery thriller Yuddham Sei.[7] Director A. Sarkunam signed her for the female lead character in his period piece Vaagai Sooda Vaa (2011), for which she changed her screen name to Ineya.[8] Her portrayal of a tea stall owner was lauded by critics. Pavithra Srinivasan of Rediff wrote that she was a "welcome find", describing her as "natural, appealing, and very expressive".[7] She played as a medical student and love interest of the hero in the film Mouna Guru co-starring Arulnidhi.[9] Bharathiraja signed her for his film Annakodiyum Kodiveeranum, being impressed with her performance in Vaagai Sooda Vaa,[10] but after the script was changed, her role was removed from the film.

She was part of a number of offbeat films in Malayalam like Ayaal, Bhoopadathil Illatha Oridam and Radio. In 2014, she was first seen as herself in Vikraman's Ninaithathu Yaaro[11] then in Pulivaal, the Tamil remake of the Malayalam film Chaappa Kurishu and Naan Sigappu Manithan.[12] In her only Malayalam release of 2014, Madhu Kaithapram's Vellivelichathil (In the Limelight), she played the role of a dancer.[13]



Year Title Role Language Notes
2005 Saira Unknown Malayalam
2007 Time Unknown Malayalam
2008 Thrill Hema Malayalam Credited as Nirmisha
2009 Dalamarmarangal Aswathy Malayalam Credited as Nirmisha
2010 Padagasalai Abhirami Tamil
2011 Yuddham Sei Charu Tamil
Umma Unknown Malayalam
Vaagai Sooda Vaa Madhi Tamil Edison Award for Best Debut Actress
Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actress
Nominated, Vijay Award for Best Debut Actress
Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil
Mouna Guru Aarthi Tamil
2012 Bhoopadathil Illatha Oridam Bhaama Malayalam
Ammavin Kaipesi Selvi Tamil
2013 Omega.exe Aleena Antony Malayalam
Radio Shwetha Malayalam
Kan Pesum Vaarthaigal Janani Tamil
Chennaiyil Oru Naal Swetha Tamil
Maasani Masani Tamil
Ayaal Chakkara Malayalam
Nugam Kathir's girl friend Tamil
2014 Ninaithathu Yaaro Herself Tamil Special appearance
Pulivaal Pavithra Tamil
Naan Sigappu Manithan Kavitha Tamil
Kathai Thiraikathai Vasanam Iyakkam Herself Tamil Special appearance
Vellivelichathil Tanuja Malayalam
Oru Oorla Rendu Raja Street dancer Tamil Special appearance
2015 Rosapookalam Rose Malayalam
Amar Akbar Anthony Bar dancer Malayalam Special appearance
Alone Ramya Kannada Multilingual
2016 Karai Oram Tamil
Leela Telugu
Girls Sophia Malayalam Bilingual film
Thiraikku Varaadha Kadhai Tamil
Swarnakaduva Lovely Malayalam
2017 Koditta Idangalai Nirappuga Dancer Tamil Cameo appearance in a song
Vaigai Express Swapnapriya Tamil
Puthan Panam Sundari Malayalam
Sathura Adi 3500 Sophie Tamil
Aakashamittayee Radhika Malayalam
2018 Parole Annie Malayalam Kerala Film Critics Association Award for Second Best Actress
2019 Pengalila Rekha Malayalam Kerala Film Critics Association Award for Second Best Actress
Pottu Pottu Tamil
Thakkol Sarah Malayalam
Mamangam Unnineeli Malayalam Ramu Karyat award - Special Jury
2020 Drona Guru's wife Kannada
2021 Writer Saranya Tamil
2022 Aadhaar Saroja Tamil
Coffee Sathya Tamil
2023 Naan Kadavul Illai - Tamil


Year Title Role Channel Language
2005 Orma Dancer in title song Asianet Malayalam
2007 Jalam Surya TV
Sree Guruvayurappan Young Poothana
2020; 2023 Kannana Kanne Kousalya and Chief Doctor Sun TV Tamil
2022–2023 Kanalpoovu Ashwathy Mahadevan Surya TV Malayalam
Year Title Role Channel Language
2012 Super Kudumbam Celebrity judge Sun TV Tamil
Comedy Stars Dancer Asianet Malayalam
2013 Munch Stars Herself
2014 Let's Dance: Season 2 Judge Amrita TV
2015 Smart Show Participant Flowers
Genes Zee Tamil Tamil
2019 Kerala Dance League Judge Amrita TV Malayalam
Comedy Stars Celebrity judge Asianet
Surya Jodi No.1 Judge Surya TV
2021 Star Singer Performer for Shankaram fusion Asianet
Star Magic Mentor Flowers
Dance Vs Dance 2 Colors Tamil Tamil
2023 Red Carpet Amrita TV Malayalam
Other Works
Year Title Role Channel Language !1 Notes
Koottilekku Actress (Child Artist) Malayalam Telefilm
2022 Vilangu Revathi ZEE5 Tamil Web-Series


Tamil Nadu State Film Awards
Kerala Film Critics Association Awards


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  2. ^ "Not "Miss"ing the chance!". Archived from the original on 12 December 2013. Retrieved 28 October 2011.
  3. ^ a b c Sathyendran, Nita (2 November 2011). "Starry dreams". The Hindu. Chennai, India.
  4. ^ Raghavan, Nikhil (6 August 2011). "Arts / Cinema : Itsy Bitsy". The Hindu. Chennai, India. Retrieved 28 October 2011.
  5. ^ "Impressive 'Miss Thiruvananthapuram' Sruthi | startrack – Movies". ChennaiOnline. 26 April 2010. Retrieved 28 October 2011.
  6. ^ "Padagasalai Shruthi has four films on her hand". 10 April 2010. Archived from the original on 18 September 2012. Retrieved 28 October 2011.
  7. ^ a b "Review: Vaagai Sooda Vaa is outdated". 30 September 2011. Retrieved 28 October 2011.
  8. ^ "Vaagai Sooda Vaa Tamil Movie Review – cinema preview stills gallery trailer video clips showtimes". IndiaGlitz. 30 September 2011. Archived from the original on 9 May 2011. Retrieved 28 October 2011.
  9. ^ "Iniya opposite Arulnidhi – Tamil Movie News". IndiaGlitz. 8 October 2011. Archived from the original on 9 October 2011. Retrieved 28 October 2011.
  10. ^ "Priyamani out, Iniya in? – Tamil Movie News". IndiaGlitz. 13 October 2011. Archived from the original on 14 October 2011. Retrieved 28 October 2011.
  11. ^ "Ninaithadhu Yaaro Falls Flat in a Bid to Blend Tradition and Modernity". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 7 February 2014.
  12. ^ Zachariah, Ammu. "'Chappa Kurishu' turns 'Pulival' in Kollywood". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 1 October 2013. Retrieved 18 April 2013.
  13. ^ "Archived John Brittas gets lucky; to act with Ineya". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 7 February 2014. Retrieved 2 February 2022.
  14. ^ "Kerala Film Critics Awards announced". The New Indian Express. 9 April 2019. Retrieved 25 January 2023.

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