Happy Birthday Shriya Saran! A Dozen Reasons I Love You!

A year ago, I didn’t even know who this actress was.  And now I can easily come up with a dozen reasons to love her!

1.1. I love you because you are ta child of nice middle-class parents (chemistry teacher and electrical engineer), from Delhi, who somehow landed in the Telugu film industry.

2. I love you because you are a trained dancer, at least more trained than most actresses.

3. I love you because your first big hit was when you were twenty opposite 43 year old Nagarjuna, and yet you worked as a couple.

4. I love you because that big hit film was Santosham and you were both super cute in it.

 

5.  I love you because you were also great opposite Nagarjuna in Nenunnanu

 

6. Although your biggest hit was NOT opposite Nagarjuna, but opposite Rajnikanth.

 

7. I love you because you are a remarkably flexible actress, appearing in Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, AND English films!

8. I love you because you were in The Other End of the Line, which I have heard is surprisingly cute.

9. I love you because you survived the unbelievably nightmarishly gosh awful Midnight’s Children film.

10. I love you because you also did Malayalam!  Although apparently you didn’t have much to do.  But hey, Prithviraj and Mammootty!

 

11. I love you because you aren’t above doing a straight up item song.

 

12.  And finally, I love you because you gave us the best romance out of all the romances in Manam!

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89 thoughts on “Happy Birthday Shriya Saran! A Dozen Reasons I Love You!

  1. I DO NOT like Shriya Saran! At all!!! But somehow she seems to have been a part of some of my personal favs including Awarapan which was the first film that made me realise Emraan Hashmi could act.

    I did not understand the reason for this irrational hatred till i saw this:

    UGH!!! also, EWWW… See the look on her face. So plastic she could make Aishwarya Rai look human!

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    • Watch Manam! And the other two Nagarjuna films I recommended. She is soooooooooooooo good with him. It’s possible I only love her because my Nagarjuna love is so strong that it spills over in her direction. Well, and also she survived making Midnight’s Children and I survived watching it, which builds a lifelong bond.

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    • I guess it’s about time for me to forget the impression so far that somehow such amazingly descriptively titled videos are only known to the male gaze.

      Oh and Shriya! One of those women who will always remind me of the line from the song Bholi Si Surat from DTPH

      Rab ne jaane kis mitti se uske ang banaye

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      • Hindi! Always the cleverest things are in Hindi! Or at least I assume they are clever, maybe you are just saying nonsense and I have no idea.

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        • I’ll go ahead and translate but remember to direct any and all disgust at the lyricist.

          I wonder out of what sand/soil God sculpted her parts.

          Beautiful line. Just like sculpting an object. Oh sheesh, no no sorry sorry. Bad line!

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          • I am disgusted with that lyricist!

            Not really, and also Madhuri is the perfect actress for it to be sung about!

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          • Oh, I just found the best video for her! (why am I doing this? I am a sick person who always wants to make others happy).

            Anyway, watch this:

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          • Yeah, I don’t know why everyone is up in arms about the Yo Yo videos nowadays and stuff, Madhuri more or less fully covered in a sari was way way sexier back in the 90s.

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        • There’s this misconception about a direct correlation between skin show and hotness. Any desi guy won’t be able to put in poetic words just how all kinds of sensuous a well worn sari can be.

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          • and now I have an urge to drown you in videos/photos of saris. Resist! I must resist making people happy!

            I will just point out that the beauty of a sari is that it is designed to work with a woman’s actual body, we’ve got all these curves that men don’t have and it makes things like finding the right pants a nightmare. And shirts. But a sari, it’s specially made to fit your unique topness, and can wrap around to adjust to your changing bottomness, and leaves the always unpredictable middle open.

            Have you noticed that Madhuri looks GORGEOUS in a sari and not quite right in pants?

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          • Yes, but remember, this is with the basis of “Harvard is the worst and everyone there is stupid and horrible”. So it’s not quite as good as it sounds. More kind of a base-level of decency/intelligence/not horribleness.

            On Mon, Sep 11, 2017 at 11:10 PM, dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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        • Ok is there any wonder why I can’t get with women? I just can’t seem to fathom your message. Harvard re Harvard very good very good but Harvard waale very bad very bad? 😐

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      • She’s a joke. She has all the talent and still thinks she needs to do this! She’s a hypocrite. If she just owned her sexuality she’d be taken seriously.

        And ang chhodo dimag socho kis mitti ka bana hai!

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          • Oh oh! I think I got this one! “It’s not like she is going to Harvard”? Something like that?

            Anyway, Harvard people are stupid and superficial in my experience, so she might have fit right in. Unless you are a Harvard person, in which case I am sure you are the exception.

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        • Haha yep spot on. I think the secret is to surround Hindi with enough English and throw in an American reference and you’re good to latch on!

          And lol, now you’re being so super kind that it comes across as probably unintentionally mean :p Harvard and me! That’s like a miss world and Abhishek bachchan! Er oh. No that didn’t come out right.

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          • Really? Nah. You are way smarter than Harvard people I have met. Or at least more self aware. Blech Harvard! Really, just THE WORST people.

            If I wanted to be mean, I would say “you seem like someone who would have fit in well there”.

            On Mon, Sep 11, 2017 at 10:45 PM, dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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          • I just realized that YOU’RE her target audience. Exactly you! 😂 You think you’re objectifying her but actually it’s the other way around. She’s objectifying you!!!

            That’s what I hate about her. She’s predatorial. Had she been a man, she’d be a molester. Yuck!

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          • Objectifying? Minimizing? Anyway, using. And why doesn’t Madhuri being sexy bother me in the same way? I don’t even know, but it feels different.

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          • All I know is that Madhuri being sexy makes me feel sexy. You know? Other women (basically all the Miss World/Universes) just make me feel inferior.

            On Mon, Sep 11, 2017 at 11:04 PM, dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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          • Actually Aish and Shriya are the same kind of people. Toxic femininity. It doesnt get talked about enough because men dont even think about this enough. But IRL, every time a guy goes “that bitch ruined my life”, he’s experiencing toxic femininity and he just doesn’t know it.

            Madhuri, IRL interactions, never uses her sex appeal. she’s always real. Shriya and Aish, on screen, stick to the “innocent, virginal, ideal Indian woman” persona and IRL they’re always, as a rule, about sex appeal. It’s a conflicting message.

            Also, from our own real life experiences we know what sirens comes with– DRAMA!!! And the certifiably pretty girls being bitches means men don’t take the rest of us lesser mortals seriously either!! Typical of how toxic behaviours shape perceptions about the other sex!

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          • This is what i was trying to talk about in an early post about Priyanka, and then I got a horde of angry women yelling at me in the comments and had to take it down. The combination of “I am so innocent and exotic” with sexuality, which Aish really perfected in her interactions with the American press and Priyanka has followed to a lesser degree.

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          • Put it back up again. This is an important discussion.

            Aish sort of represents the turn of the century female sexuality which ALWAYS needed to be hidden under innocence. She never really did have much talent so she needed her looks to advance her career.

            Priyanka, on the other hand, loads of talent. She does have a persona for the press but that’s just her trying to fit in in a foreign land. She knows she can’t compete with Hollywood girls in “sexy” or what is sexy for hollywood. Because she ultimately needs to come back to bollywood and we’re kinda conservative. So Priyanka has that balancing act and that’s what looks awkward and out of place and sorta fake. But it isn’t obnoxious.

            I only have one criterion for judging women– I just ask myself– Would I be happy if my brother/cousin/male BFF married this woman?

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          • there is an interview Aish did back when she was first crossing over, in which she hit the big 3 lies: “I never diet or exercise, I just look like this” “I never dated anyone” “Indian women are different and happy like this”

            It was an onsite interview, the “I never dated anyone” was while they were at a restaurant, and I kept waiting for the desi waiter to burst out in hysterical laughter, considering this was in 2000.

            Anyway, it was just unbelievable how she took advantage of the opportunity to reinvent herself for the gullible western audience, and as a side effect cause all sorts of problems for “real” women who do have to diet, do have boyfriends, and are NOT happy with “indian culture”.

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          • Exactly! It’s this playing to the conservative gallery that makes me wanna bitchslap women like her.

            This is why shriya is a turn off IRL. There’s this “scandal” of hers where she vehemently stated that she would never go topless. A week later she was in a topless shoot for a men’s magazine (Maxim i guess) and when she was asked about it she was like “Oh but it was tastefully shot na so it wasnt technically me being topless”

            I’m like “What the what?!!!!” she’s a good example of a kamini aurat! Kamini!!!

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          • I know both those words! I am so proud of myself!

            Aish made this HUGE deal when she gave American interviews about how she had never and would never kiss onscreen. Uh, excuse me, TAAL????

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          • I hate Aish love scenes. Yet another reason to be angry when she is cast in stuff instead of someone else. I can never imagine myself as Aish, because there just isn’t enough there-there.

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        • Kinda nice to see that word being just like adopted as a normal usage mein these days. Reminded of a video I saw of Shruti Hassan titled Be the bitch.

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          • Did I tell you I went to an all-girls’ convent college (for my bachelors!!!) which was run by actual catholic South Indian nuns? If you didn’t get called a BITCH, you were invisible!

            Someone calls me a bitch, I say thank you for noticing!

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          • I was gonna say no one has ever called me that, but then I remembered all those comments I throw into spam. So that is no longer the case, thank you Indian politics and your interaction with film!

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          • That’s just Indian people being racist and sexist. We do not like white people analysing things that are wrong with us. You’re only supposed to tell us how lovely all things Indian are– the colors, the spices, the dancing— if you dont love it all, you’re a BITCH! And how dare you?!!!

            Also, you’re a woman. You’re not supposed to have a brain, remember? Did you not get THAT memo??? Stupid white people!

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          • Actually, I am most often called the word that starts with “c”. And this is in the context of being criticized for being unfeminine and modern and having no morals and so on. Oh, and disrespecting women. But but but!!!

            anyway, you see why I just moderate the comments without even attempting to respond, right?

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          • I think you are thinking of the wrong word. The one that means a part of a female anatomy, that’s what is constantly pulled out. Or at least was last time I checked my spam filter.

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          • I was thinking of the same word. I don’t understand how it could possibly be applied to you to mean unfeminine and immoral. One of these days, you gotta compile a “shit-I-get-called” post just so we can correct the grammar and lexicon of these spammers. Uneducated haters are the WORST!

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          • No, the world could not be so cruel!!! I would say maybe he hadn’t read the post yet, but it feels like the headline was pretty clear as to the tone of the piece.

            But maybe he thinks I am a man because of internalized gender bias related to media and therefore thought I was gay? Because a gay man was more believable than a woman writing well?

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          • But I feel like if he is internally sexist that is the kind of thing you can “cure”. Whereas gay, probably not.

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          • And now we are back to your SRK fanfic. Anyway, I think he tweeted a second time a few minutes later and seemed to have a better grasp on what the piece was about. I really need to get better at saving these tweets instead of just enjoying and then forgetting them.

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          • I am seriously tempted, but I’m already doing a “men with chest hair like actual men” post! Will see how that one turns out, and then I can start working on this one.

            Oh, but obviously you know this photo, right?

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          • Truly, Dabboo Ratnani is a genius and a gift to humankind.

            Also, what’s with the shoes?

            On Tue, Sep 12, 2017 at 7:51 AM, dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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          • Here’s one “America has highest number of teenage Pregnancy in the WORLD. Young woman are thrown to be mothers. SHAMELESS AMERICAN WOMEN like you
            how much low can you go?”

            I get a lot of that. Which is hilarious based on the personal backstory I just gave you.

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          • All posts. It just gets cut and pasted on everything. Varieties of this. It spurts up everytime I mention politics or religion.

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          • Indeed! Speaking of which, I am finally going to bed and you can’t stop me! Have to be up in 5 hours to do a box office post before going to work.

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  2. Hi. I have just found ur blog via SRK universe. I’m not a tech wiz so haven’t a clue about blogging. As in, can I contact you in any way. I see there is no tag for fb. I guess I’m asking because your story about meeting Shahrukh resonated so much with me. But I can’t convince anyone to flip their wigs over him at all. Conned my daughter into a few movies, but that’s about it. Its a lonely world when you’ve got no one to share your SRK excitement with. I live in Australia. I think it’s fab your doing a blog , what a great way to get emotions out. Anyhow just wondering if there would be a way to connect sometimes? I do see a twitter handle. Maybe I ll try you there. Shahrukh fans unite !!!!!!!

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  3. Shriya was the actress in one my favorite movies as a kid, Nuvve Nuvve. It’s actually a pretty good movie that I would recommend to you. It’s the directorial debut of Trivikram Srinivas; I think you’ve seen his Athadu and Attarintiki Daaredi. Here’s my favorite song that I used to sing along to all the time:

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  4. I only recently got Shriya Saran’s sex appeal when I watched an old movie of her and Prabhas. I was like she’s fucking HOT!

    Priyanka Chopra I have hated since day 1 of her singing pyar aaya with sanju baba. no even before that in her vijay movie. yuck.

    Aishu has me conflicted. I love her. but also she’s so messed up. And I think she does great in dramatic roles which require classical drama.

    Also there’s nothing wrong with a siren. just like there’s nothing wrong with a womanizer. as long as everyone is grown up.

    (just my two annas thrown into this.)

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