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Saranya Ponvannan (born April 1970), also known as Sheela, is a popular South Indian film actress who has predominantly appeared in Tamil,Telugu,Malayalam language films and a few Kannada language films. Saranya made her debut in a lead role in Mani Ratnam's Nayagan and went on to play lead roles in late 1980s and early 1990s. Following an eight-year sabbatical, she made comeback in 2003 as a character artiste, playing supporting roles, particularly playing mother roles to lead artists.
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Saranya made her debut in Mani Ratnam's Godfatheresque production, Nayagan opposite Kamal Haasan, in which she performed the lead female character. The film, which went on to become a huge success.
After marriage in 1995, she refused to take up any film offers. In 2000, however, she was offered the lead role in the comedy television series, Veettukku Veedu Lootty, which she has accepted. Subsequently, she decided to accept some good offers, enacting supporting roles. Since then she has appeared in many films in supporting roles most notably Raam, Thavamai Thavamirundhu and Em Magan. Her performance as Veerayi, a widowed mother torn between love and possessiveness, in the 2010 film Thenmerku Paruvakaatru – incidentally her 100th release – ultimately fetched her the National Film Award for Best Actress.Her major breakthrough was 2005 Tamil film Thavamai Thavamirundhu after which she established herself as a prominent and leading actress in south India. As of 2014 she was the only actress to be paid highest salary for playing mother roles in south Indian film industry. Apart from her usual mother roles, she has also played Negative role in the film Achamindri(2016).
Saranya is the daughter of famous Malayalam film director A. B. Raj who had directed over 75 films starring big stars.He had also directed 2 tamil films. She is married to actor-director Ponvannan. The couple has 2 daughters.