Sanam Shetty

Sanam Shetty is an Indian film actress and model. She is the titleholder of Miss South India 2016. She works predominantly in Tamil and Kannada films. She used to work with Tata Consultancy Services as a Software Engineer before she stepped into the film industry.[1] Sanam Shetty was engaged to Bigboss3 Tharshan Thiyagarajah in 2019.

Sanam Shetty
Sanam Shetty

12 September, 1983, 36 years
OccupationFilm actress, model
Years active2012–present
TitleMiss South India 2016


Sanam hails from Bangalore and currently resides in Chennai. She is fluent in all the South Indian languages and considers that as an advantage for her acting career.[2][2] She has been a popular name in South modeling circuit having endorsed most of the reputed textiles and Jewellery brands in the South. Sanam is the face of Preethi Kitchenware company for the past 2 years.[3] She is the current title-holder of Miss South India 2016. Initially a first runner-up, she became Miss South India 2016 after the previous title holder Meera Mithun was revoked of the title due to fraudulent activities.[2] While in the UK, she experimented acting in a Sri Lankan documentary when she realized her love for acting. Thanks to her successful modeling stint she received good offers to act in films. Eventually, she landed in Chennai to test acting.[3]

Sanam's first film was Ambuli, an experimental film, which was also the first stereoscopic Tamil film, with actor-director R Parthiepan, after which she did Cinema Company in Malayalam.[2][3] Sanam was to make her debut in Telugu films with K Raghavendra Rao's Intinta Anamayya. Her role in the film was that of an NRI rock star with a very modern outlook.[1] Intinta Anamayya was never released.[4] Her next releases were the Tamil film Maayai by J R Kannan,[5] and the Malayalam films Ravu directed by Ajith Ravi Pegasus,[6] and Daivathinte Swantham Cleetus in which she was paired opposite Mammootty.[7]

She went on to sign several Tamil projects, including Kalaivendhan, in which she was said to play a dual role,[7] a heroine-oriented action film by Aabavanan, in which Sanam was to play a Black Belt Kung Fu expert,[8] Katham Katham, directed by Babu Thooyavan, and Vilasam.[9][10] Tamil films released in 2016 are, Sawaari [11] and Vellaya Irukkaravan Poi Solla Maataan, which featured her as an NRI wife,[12] and the Telugu film Srimanthudu, her big project in Telugu.[4] She has had her 1st Kannada film Atharva's release in July 2018. In Tamil, Sanam is currently acting and producing an action thriller film titled Magie.[12]


Year Film Role Language Notes
2012 Ambuli Poongavanam Tamil
2012 Cinema Company Deepika Malayalam
2013 Maayai Jenny Tamil
2013 Ravu Sanjana Malayalam
2013 Daivathinte Swantham Cleetus Anna Malayalam
2014 Vilasam Abhi Tamil
2015 Katham Katham Madhu Tamil
2015 Srimanthudu Anand's daughter Telugu Cameo appearance
2015 Singam 123 Telugu Heroine
2015 Kalai Vendhan Malar Tamil
2015 Vellaiya Irukiravan Poi Solla Maatan Aruna Tamil
2016 Sawaari Jeni Tamil
2016 Thagadu Tamil
2016 Sadhuram 2 Dr. Preethi Tamil
2017 Premikudu Telugu
2018 Intintaa Annamayya Rekha Telugu
2018 Vara Kannada
2018 23 Tamil
2018 Atharva Kannada
2018 Ticket Ria Tamil
2020 Walter Narmatha Pramod Tamil
2020 Maha Tamil Filming


  1. ^ a b "The Telugu connect - The Hindu". Retrieved 11 January 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d "Sanam Shetty, the new girl in Tollywood - Times Of India". Retrieved 11 January 2014.
  3. ^ a b c "Programming her film career". Deccan Chronicle. 20 June 2013. Retrieved 9 February 2014.
  4. ^ a b Kumar, Hemanth (15 January 2017). "Sanam Shetty bags a role opposite Mahesh Babu". The Times of India. Retrieved 14 February 2019.
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  6. ^ "Sanam Prasad A Humble Damsel – Unique Times Magazine". Retrieved 11 January 2014.
  7. ^ a b "Sanam's dual act in her next - The Times of India". Retrieved 11 January 2014.
  8. ^ "Action-packed - The Hindu". Retrieved 11 January 2014.
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