Wednesday, 10 September 2014


Shruti Sawant (born 21 January 1988), better known by her stage name Iniya, is an Indian film actress, who works in the South Indian film industries.

Early life

Iniya was born to S.Salahuddin and Savithri at Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. She has a brother, Sravan and a sister, Swathi who is also a Malayalam television actress. She had her primary education from Amritha Vidyalaya and Manakkad Karthika Thirunnal High School. In 2014, she was doing B.B.A course by correspondence.


She acted in several Malayalam television series, short films and telefilms as a child artist. 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. Iniya won the Miss Trivum 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. She also played a pivotal role in Rajesh Touchriver's short feature The Sacred Face, which focusses on child abuse.According to her she says that cinema includes the meaning of glamour, action and love. Iniya was introduced to Tamil cinema from the movie padasalai but vagai soodava is the movie showed her acting skills to the audience. After that she did several movies and she couldnt get any chance after doing a ghost movie where she plays the ghost, thanks to her height.

In 2010, she starred in a Tamil film Padagasalai and signed up four more Tamil films, 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. 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 Iniya. 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". She played as a medical student and love interest of the hero in the film Mouna Guru co-starring Arulnidhi. Bharathiraja signed her for his film Annakodiyum Kodiveeranum, being impressed with her performance in Vaagai Sooda Vaa, 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 and later in Pulivaal, the Tamil remake of the Malayalam film Chaappa Kurishu. She has been signed for Madhu Kaithapram's In the Limelight in which she plays a dancer.

Galleries of Iniya

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