Sai Pallavi Biography – An Indian Actress who won two Filmfare Awards

Sai Pallavi Senthamarai 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 and Fidaa. Pallavi is a doctor by education, having completed her MBBS in 2016.

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Real Name: Sai Pallavi Senthamarai
Profession: Indian actress and dancer
Birthplace: Kotagiri, Tamil Nadu, India
Boyfriend: Not Known
Age: 30

Sai Pallavi Senthamarai (born 9 May 1992) 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).

Pallavi is a doctor by education, having completed her MBBS (medical degree) in 2016. She first came to public attention for her role as Malar in the 2015 Malayalam film Premam. She then starred in Kali (2016). She made her Telugu debut playing the role of Bhanumati in the romantic film Fidaa (2017) and her Tamil debut with Diya (2018). She was recognized by Forbes magazine as one of India’s 30 under 30 in 2020.

Sai Pallavi Biography
Sai Pallavi Biography
Sai Pallavi Biography
Sai Pallavi Senthamarai Kannan

9 May 1992 (age 30)

Kotagiri, Tamil Nadu, India
Alma mater Tbilisi State Medical University, Georgia
  • Actress
  • dancer
Years active 2015–present

Early life and education (Sai Pallavi Biography)

Sai Pallavi was born on 9 May 1992 in Kotagiri in the Nilgiris district, Tamil Nadu in a Badaga family to Senthamarai Kannan and Radha. She has a younger sister, Pooja, who has also worked as an actress. She was raised and educated in Coimbatore. She did her schooling at Avila Convent School, Coimbatore.

Despite completing her medical studies in 2016 at the Tbilisi State Medical University which is recognized by the Medical Council of India, she has not yet registered as a medical practitioner (doctor) in India. She took her Foreign Medical Graduate Examination (FMGE) on 31 August 2020 in Trichy. Pallavi can speak her mother tongue Badaga in addition to Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, English, Hindi, and Georgian languages.


Dance career

Pallavi said in an interview that though she was not a trained dancer, she always wanted to do something that involved dancing. 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 was a finalist in Dhee Ultimate Dance Show (D4) on ETV in 2009.

Sai Pallavi Biography
Sai Pallavi Biography

Film career (Sai Pallavi Biography)

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

In 2014, while she was studying in Tbilisi, Georgia, film director Alphonse Puthren 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. This role catapulted her to instant fame as “Malar Teacher”. She went on to win several “Best Female Debut” awards that year, including the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut.

In late 2015, she took a month’s break from her studies to act in her second movie, Kali, which was released in March 2016. 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.

The year 2017 marked her debut in Telugu with Sekhar Kammula’s Fidaa, in the role of Bhanumathi, a feisty village girl from Telangana. Her performance in the film is regarded as one of the “100 Greatest Performances of the Decade” by Film Companion. Her next project with director A. L. Vijay was Diya, a Tamil–Telugu bilingual film with an average run at the box office. 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 on YouTube from South India.

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

In 2020, she was recognized by Forbes magazine as one of India’s 30 under 30. She was the only person from the film industry on that list. She also acted in a Netflix anthology film series Paava Kadhaigal segment Oor Iravu directed by Vetrimaaran. In 2021, she starred in the romantic drama Love Story alongside Naga Chaitanya in her second collaboration with Sekhar Kammula after Fidaa (2017) and Shyam Singa Roy opposite Nani in their second collaboration after MCA. Her upcoming film is Virata Parvam opposite Rana Daggubati. She has signed for a film titled Gargi, written and directed by Gautham Ramachandran, which reportedly revolves around a woman who is fighting for justice.



Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
List of films and roles
Year Title Role(s) Language(s) Notes
2005 Kasthuri Maan College girl Tamil Uncredited role
2008 Dhaam Dhoom Shenba’s relative Tamil Uncredited role
2015 Premam Malar Malayalam
2016 Kali Anjali Malayalam
2017 Fidaa Bhanumathi Telugu
Middle Class Abbayi Pallavi “Chinni” Telugu
2018 Diya Thulasi Tamil Bilingual film
Kanam Telugu
Padi Padi Leche Manasu Vaishali Cherukuri Telugu
Maari 2 Aanandhi Maariyappan Tamil
2019 Athiran Nithya Malayalam
NGK Geetha Kumari Tamil
2020 Paava Kadhaigal Sumathi Tamil Anthology film; Segment Oor Iravu
2021 Love Story Mounika Rani Telugu
Shyam Singha Roy Rosie (Maithreyi) Telugu
2022 Virata Parvam Films that have not yet been released Vennela Telugu
Gargi Films that have not yet been released Gargi Tamil Filming
Sai Pallavi with her Family
Sai Pallavi with her Family


List of television roles
Year Title Role(s) Language(s) Channel Notes
2008 Ungalil Yaar Adutha Prabhu Deva? Contestant Tamil Star Vijay Finalist
2009 Dhee Telugu ETV 3rd Runner-Up

Awards and nominations (Sai Pallavi Biography)

List of awards and nominations
Year Award Category Film Result
2015 Asiavision Awards New Sensation in Acting – Female Premam Won
Asianet Film Awards Special Jury Award Won
63rd Filmfare Awards South Best Female Debut – Malayalam Won
5th South Indian International Movie Awards Best Female Debut – Malayalam Won
Vanitha Film Awards Best Newcomer – Actress Won
2017 Asianet Film Awards Most Popular Actress Kali Won
64th Filmfare Awards South Best Actress – Malayalam Nominated
6th South Indian International Movie Awards Best Actress – Malayalam Nominated
CPC Cine Awards Best Actress Won
2018 65th Filmfare Awards South Best Actress – Telugu Fidaa Won
7th South Indian International Movie Awards Best Actress – Telugu Nominated
2019 66th Filmfare Awards South Best Actress – Tamil Maari 2 Nominated
2021 10th South Indian International Movie Awards Best Actress In Supporting Role Paava Kadhaigal Nominated

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