Open main menu

Sai Pallavi Senthamarai is an Indian actress and dancer who appears in Telugu, Malayalam and Tamil films. She is a recipient of several awards including two Filmfare Awards for her performances in the films Premam and Fidaa.

Sai Pallavi
Sai pallavi interview.png
Sai Pallavi at an award ceremony in 2016
Sai Pallavi Senthamarai

(1992-05-09) May 9, 1992 (age 27)
Alma materTbilisi State Medical University, Georgia; Avila Convent School Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu
  • Actress
  • dancer
  • Senthamarai Kannan (father)
  • Radha Kannan (mother)

Sai Pallavi first came into public attention for her role as Malar in the 2015 Malayalam film Premam.[1] She was then cast alongside Dulquer Salmaan in the film Kali (2016).[2] She made her Telugu debut playing the role Bhanumati in the 2017 romantic film Fidaa, co-starring with Varun Tej. When Fidaa was shown on television, it got the maximum TRP rating even during the fifth time.[3][4] She made her Tamil debut with the film titled Diya directed by Vijay in 2018.[5]

Sai Pallavi is a doctor by education, she completed her MBBS(medical degree) in 2016 from the Tbilisi State Medical University, Georgia.

Early lifeEdit

Sai Pallavi was born in Kotagiri, The Nilgiris,[6] Tamil Nadu to Badaga parents Senthamarai Kannan and Radha. She has a younger sister, Pooja, who has also worked as an actress.[7][8] Sai Pallavi grew up and was educated in Coimbatore. She completed medical studies at the Tbilisi State Medical University in 2016 which is recognised by Medical Council of India, but she has not yet registered as a medical practitioner (Doctor) in India.[9] Sai Pallavi declined a Rs.2 crore worth advertisement-contract for a skin lightening cream saying it wasn't something she believed in.[10]


Dance careerEdit

Sai Pallavi said in an interview that though she was not a trained dancer, she always wanted to be like her mother in dancing. She participated in several cultural events at school, gaining popularity as a dancer. Due to her penchant for dance that was supported by her mother, she participated in the dance reality show Ungalil Yaar Adutha Prabhu Deva on Vijay TV in 2008, and appeared on Dhee Ultimate Dance Show (D4) on ETV Telugu in 2009.[11]

Film careerEdit

Sai Pallavi appeared in uncredited roles as a child actress in Kasthooriman (2003) and Dhaam Dhoom (2008).[12][13]

In 2014, whilst she was studying in Tbilisi, Georgia, film-director Alphonse Putharen offered her the role of Malar in his film Premam. She shot the film over the holidays and, after the shooting finished, returned to her studies.[1][14] She went on to win several "Best Female Debut" awards that year, including the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut.[15]

In late 2015, she took a month break from her studies to act in her second movie, Kali, which released in March 2016.[16][17][18] She portrayed Anjali, a young wife who must deal with her husband's extreme anger issues, earning a nomination for Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Malayalam.[19][20]

2017 marked her debut in Telugu with Sekhar Kammula's Fidaa, in the role of Bhanumathi, an independent village girl from Telangana.[21][22][2]

Her next project with director A. L. Vijay was Diya,[23] which is a Tamil-Telugu bilingual film. Later, she starred in the Tamil movie Maari 2, a sequel to Maari opposite Dhanush directed by Balaji Mohan.The song from the movie, Rowdy Baby is the highest viewed song in YouTube from South India, Maari 2.[24][25] is also dubbed into Malayalam and aired in Asianet.

Pallavi started shooting in February 2018 for the film Padi Padi Leche Manasu with Sharwanand.[26][27] which under performed at the box office. In December. several news outlets reported that Sai Pallavi refused to accept her full remuneration for the movie, expressing solidarity with the producers for the failure of the movie.[28][29]


  Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Title Role Director Language Notes
2005 Kasthuri Maan College girl A. K. Lohithadas Tamil Uncredited role
2008 Dhaam Dhoom Shenba's relative Jeeva Tamil
2015 Premam Malar Alphonse Putharen Malayalam Malayalam debut
Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut - South
2016 Kali Anjali Sameer Thahir Malayalam Nominated – Filmfare Award for Best Actress - Malayalam
2017 Fidaa Bhanumathi Sekhar Kammula Telugu Telugu debut
Filmfare Award for Best Actress - Telugu
Middle Class Abbayi Pallavi "Chinni" Venu Sree Raam Telugu
2018 Diya Thulasi A.L.Vijay Tamil Tamil debut
Kanam Telugu
Padi Padi Leche Manasu Vaishali Cherukuri Hanu Raghavapudi Telugu
Maari 2 Araathu Aanandi Balaji Mohan Tamil
2019 Athiran Nithya Vivek Malayalam [30][31]
NGK Geetha Kumari Selvaraghavan Tamil
Virata Parvam 1992   TBA Venu Udugula Telugu Filming
NC 19   TBA Sekhar Kammula Telugu Filming

Awards and nominationsEdit


  1. ^ a b James, Anu (30 May 2016). "365 days of 'Premam': Why is Nivin Pauly-starrer so special even after one year of release?". International Business Times, India Edition. Retrieved 24 July 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Fidaa movie review: Sai Pallavi is the heart and soul of this film". The Indian Express. 21 July 2017. Retrieved 24 July 2017.
  3. ^ "Massive TRP Ratings for Fidaa". 6 October 2017.
  4. ^ "Dhruva lost to Fidaa in TRP ratings war". 8 October 2017.
  5. ^ Staff Reporter (24 April 2018). "Sai Pallavi's long delayed 'Diya', which marks her Tamil debut, finally gets release date". Retrieved 16 December 2018.
  6. ^ Deepika, Jayaram (14 June 2016). "Sai Pallavi enjoys her breaktime at her hometown". IB Times. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  7. ^ "Sai Pallavi's sister, Pooja to make her acting debut sampath is – Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 29 July 2017.
  8. ^ BehindwoodsTV, Sai Pallavi in Kiss Me, Hug Me & Slap Me Game | KHS, retrieved 25 December 2018
  9. ^ Jayaram, Deepika (24 January 2017). "It's Dr Sai Pallavi now! But haven't passed the qualification test in India". Times of India. Retrieved 16 August 2017.
  10. ^ "Sai Pallavi reveals why she rejected Rs 2 crore fairness cream endorsement deal | Entertainment News".
  11. ^ "Telugu actor Samantha Ruth Prabhu is 'Fidaa' over Premam girl Sai Pallavi". 31 July 2017. Retrieved 16 December 2018.
  12. ^ Anu, James (23 November 2015). "'Premam' is not Sai Pallavi's debut film [VIDEO]". IB Times. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  13. ^ "If you are a 'Malar' fan, this short film starring Sai Pallavi is a must-watch..." Malayala Manorama. 7 April 2016. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  14. ^ "From Malar in Premam to Bhanumati in Fidaa, Sai Pallavi is winning hearts all over – Pinkvilla South". Pinkvilla South. Retrieved 24 July 2017.
  15. ^ Sharma, Sanjay (14 December 2018). "Facts about actress Sai Pallavi". Desiscreenplay. Retrieved 16 December 2018.
  16. ^ Sudhi, CJ (6 June 2015). "I am like Malar: Sai Pallavi". Malayala Manorama. Retrieved 16 March 2016.
  17. ^ Rao, Subha J. (26 October 2015). "Actress Sai Pallavi on Premam". The Hindu. Retrieved 16 March 2016.
  18. ^ Sai Pallavi opposite Maddy in 'Charlie' remake!. Siffy (19 January 2017)
  19. ^ Santhosh, Megna. "A raging Battle with Anger -". Desimartini. Retrieved 24 July 2017.
  20. ^ "Kali Movie Review: Dulquer Salmaan & Sai Pallavi Nail It!". 26 March 2016. Retrieved 24 July 2017.
  21. ^ "IndiaGlitz – Make way for Sai Pallavi – Telugu Movie News". Retrieved 24 July 2017.
  22. ^ "Fidaa actor Sai Pallavi: The girl, who stole hearts with Premam, is now back on the silver screen". The Indian Express. 21 July 2017. Retrieved 24 July 2017.
  23. ^ "Karu first look: Sai Pallavi film looks intriguing. Is this the Tamil debut she was waiting for? See photo". 8 June 2017.
  24. ^ "Dhanush's Maari 2 Is Trending. Here's Why".
  25. ^ "Sai Pallavi to star in Dhanush's Maari 2 – Times of India".
  26. ^ "Sai Pallavi battles memory loss in Padi Padi Leche Manasu". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 16 December 2018.
  27. ^ "'Padi Padi Leche Manasu' Trailer: Sharwanand and Sai Pallavi's chemistry hits the bull's eye – Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 16 December 2018.
  28. ^ "Sai Pallavi refuses to accept remuneration for Padi Padi Leche Manasu and THIS is the reason -". 9 January 2019. Retrieved 11 January 2019.
  29. ^ "Sai Pallavi lauded for her lovely gesture! – Tamil Movie News". 8 January 2019. Retrieved 11 January 2019.
  30. ^ "'I'm Still Malar for a Lot of People': Sai Pallavi". 2 January 2019.
  31. ^ "Fahadh Faasil and Sai Pallavi's Athiran will release in April". 19 February 2019.

External linksEdit