Sai Pallavi Senthamarai (born 9 May 1992)[1] is an Indian actress and dancer who appears in Telugu, Tamil and Malayalam films. She is a recipient of several awards including two Filmfare Awards for her performances in the films Premam (2015) and Fidaa (2017).

Sai Pallavi
Sai Pallavi at Mca-pre-release-event.jpg
Pallavi at the pre-release event of MCA, 2017
Sai Pallavi Senthamarai

(1992-05-09) 9 May 1992 (age 29)
Alma materTbilisi State Medical University, Georgia (MBBS)
  • Actress
  • dancer
  • doctor
Years active2015–present

Pallavi first came into public attention for her role as Malar in the 2015 Malayalam film Premam.[2] She then starred in Kali (2016).[3] She made her Telugu debut playing the role Bhanumati in the romantic film Fidaa (2017) and made her Tamil debut with Diya (2018).[4]

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

Early life and educationEdit

Sai Pallavi was born in Kotagiri in the Nilgiris district, Tamil Nadu[5] in a Badaga family[6] to Senthamarai Kannan and Radha. She has a younger sister, Pooja, who has also worked as an actress.[7][8] Pallavi was raised and educated in Coimbatore.[citation needed]

She did her schooling at Avila Convent School, Coimbatore.[9][better source needed] Despite completing her medical studies in 2016 from the Tbilisi State Medical University which is recognised by Medical Council of India, she has not yet registered as a medical practitioner (doctor) in India.[10] She took her Foreign Medical Graduate Examination (FMGE) on 31 August 2020 in Trichy.[citation needed]


Dance careerEdit

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

Film careerEdit

Pallavi appeared in uncredited roles as a child actress in Kasthuri Maan (2005) and Dhaam Dhoom (2008).[12][13]

Pallavi in an interview in 2017

In 2014, while 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.[2][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]

The year 2017 marked her debut in Telugu with Sekhar Kammula's Fidaa, in the role of Bhanumathi, a feisty village girl from Telangana.[21][22][3] Her performance in the film is regarded as one of the "100 Greatest Performances of the Decade" by Film Companion.[23] Her next project with director A. L. Vijay was Diya,[24] 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. A song from the movie, Rowdy Baby, is the most viewed song in YouTube from South India.[25][26]

Pallavi started shooting in February 2018 for the film Padi Padi Leche Manasu with Sharwanand,[27][28] which under performed at the box office. In December. several news outlets reported that Pallavi refused to accept her full remuneration, expressing solidarity with the producers for the failure of the film.[29][30] In 2019, Pallavi portrayed an autistic girl in the psychological thriller Athiran opposite Fahadh Faasil.[31]

In 2020, she was recognised by Forbes magazine as one of India's 30 under 30. She was the only person from film industry in that list.[32] She also acted in a Netflix anthology film series Paava Kadhaigal segment Oor Iravu directed by Vetrimaaran.[citation needed] In 2021, Pallavi has three Telugu films scheduled for release. It includes Love Story alongside Naga Chaitanya, Virata Parvam opposite Rana Daggubati and Shyam Singa Roy opposite Nani hence collaborating with him for the second time.[citation needed]


Pallavi during Fidaa movie press meet


  Denotes films that have not yet been released
List of films and roles
Year Title Role(s) Language(s) Notes Ref.
2005 Kasthuri Maan College girl Tamil Uncredited role [33]
2008 Dhaam Dhoom Shenba's relative Tamil Uncredited role [33]
2015 Premam Malar Malayalam Malayalam debut (First lead role) [34]
2016 Kali Anjali Malayalam [35]
2017 Fidaa Bhanumathi Telugu Telugu debut [36]
Middle Class Abbayi Pallavi "Chinni" Telugu [37]
2018 Diya Thulasi Tamil Bilingual film; Tamil debut [38]
Kanam Telugu
Padi Padi Leche Manasu Vaishali Cherukuri Telugu [39]
Maari 2 "Araathu" Aanandhi / Aanandhi Maariyappan Tamil [40]
2019 Athiran Nadakkal Kovilakatthu Karthika Thirunaal Nithya Lakshmi / Nithya Malayalam [41]
NGK Geetha Kumari Tamil [42]
2020 Paava Kadhaigal Sumathi Tamil Anthology film; Segment Oor Iravu [43]
2021 Love Story Mounika Telugu [44]
Shyam Singha Roy   Vaishnavi Telugu Completed [45]
Virata Parvam   Vennela Telugu Completed [46]


List of television roles
Year Title Role(s) Language(s) Channel Notes Ref.
2008 Ungalil Yaar Adutha Prabhu Deva? Contestant Tamil Star Vijay Finalist [47]
2009 Dhee Contestant Telugu ETV Telugu 3rd Runner-Up [47]
2016 D 4 Dance Guest Malayalam Mazhavil Manorama
2021 No. 1 Yaari with Rana season 3 Guest Telugu Gemini TV

Awards and nominationsEdit

Sai Pallavi awards and nominations
  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
Year Award Category Film Result Ref.
2015 Asiavision Awards New Sensation in Acting – Female Premam Won [48]
Asianet Film Awards New Sensation in Acting – Female Won [citation needed]
2016 Asianet Film Awards Special Jury Award Won [49]
63rd Filmfare Awards South Best Female Debut – Malayalam Won [50]
5th South Indian International Movie Awards Best Female Debut – Malayalam Won [51]
Vanitha Film Awards Best Newcomer – Actress Won [52]
IBNLive Movie Awards Best Southern Debut Won [53]
2017 Asianet Film Awards Most Popular Actress Kali Won [54]
64th Filmfare Awards South Best Actress - Malayalam Nominated [55]
6th South Indian International Movie Awards Best Actress - Malayalam Nominated [56]
Behindwoods Gold Medal Best Actress - Malayalam Won [57]
CPC Cine Awards Best Actress Won [58]
2018 65th Filmfare Awards South Best Actress - Telugu Fidaa Won [59]
7th South Indian International Movie Awards Best Actress - Telugu Nominated [60]
2019 Asianet Film Awards Best Actress - Malayalam Athiran Nominated [citation needed]
Behindwoods Gold Medal Best Actor Critics' Choice - Malayalam Won [61]
66th Filmfare Awards South Best Actress - Tamil Maari 2 Nominated [62]
2021 South Indian International Movie Awards Best Actress In Supporting Role Paava Kadhaigal Nominated [63]


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  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.
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  28. ^ "'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.
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  39. ^ "Sai Pallavi battles memory loss in Padi Padi Leche Manasu". Cinema Express. 10 December 2018. Retrieved 26 April 2020.
  40. ^ "'Araathu Aanandhi': Sai Pallavi's look in 'Maari 2' revealed". The News Minute. 7 November 2018. Retrieved 26 April 2020.
  41. ^ "Sai Pallavi on working with Fahadh Faasil in her upcoming film Athiran and setting boundaries as an actor". Firstpost. 11 April 2019. Retrieved 26 April 2020.
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