Suhasini Rajaram Naidu, better known by her screen name, Sneha is one of the most popular South Indian actress who mainly works in the Tamil film industry. The actress is best known for her demure girl-next-door looks and portraying strong character in her films. Sneha made her acting debut with the Malayalam film titled Ingane Oru Nilapakshi in 2000. With her first release, the actress got plenty of offers for Tamil movies and the actress shifted her focus to Kollywood. While her first Tamil film, Ennavale opposite R. Madhavan
in the same year did not create any buzz at the box-office, she rose to fame with Aanandham that released in 2001. The actress who set her foot in the film industry in the new Millennium has been part of several critically acclaimed and commercially successful movies and has shared screen space with leading actors in Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam film industries.
Born on 12th October 1981 in Mumbai, Sneha is the youngest of four siblings. Her father, Rajaram Naidu and mother Padmavathy decided to move to Sharjah, UAE soon after Sneha’s birth where she attended school. She has two brothers named Govind and Balaji and a sister named Sangeetha. After living in the Gulf for a few years, the family later settled in Panruti, Chennai.
Sneha started dating actor Prasanna while working together in the 2009 movie, Achchamundu! Achchamundu! Although, the news surfaced about their relationship both of them kept denying it until November 2011 when Prasanna announced “Sneha and I have decided to marry soon with the blessings of our parents.” The duo got married next year on 11th May 2012 in Chennai and they hav a son named Prasanna Vihaan who was born on 10th August 2015.
Sneha made her acting debut with Anil-Babu directed Malayalam movie Ingane Oru Nilapakshi in 2000. The movie co-starring Kunchacko Boban
, Srividya and Sangeetha did not perform well at the box-office but Sneha’s role as an aspiring dancer in the movie got the attention of the directors from the Tamil film industry. Soon, she was signed by Susi Ganeshan
for his directorial debut, Virumbugiren, however, the film was delayed and Sneha made her debut in Tamil film with Ennavale alongside R. Madhavan. The film was a hit and the actress won several accolades for her brilliant performance in the movie.
The following year in 2001, the actress appeared in N. Linguswamy
’s family drama, Aanandham, which had an ensemble cast including Mammotty
, Murali, Abbas
. The movie opened to positive reviews and emerged a commercial success. Later in the same year, Sneha appeared in Paarthale Paravasam alongside R. Madhavan, Simran Bagga
, Lawrence Raghavendra
. The movie directed by the stalwart director, K. Balachander
got mixed reviews and was a commercial failure. Sneha rounded off the year with two more releases viz. Priyamaina Neeku and Tholi Valapu.
With just two years of working in the industry, Sneha was already considered a rising star and was one of the most sought after actresses. Sneha began 2002 on a high note, her first release of the year, a Tamil film, Virumbugiren directed by Susi Ganeshan won her maiden Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actress. The movie too won critical acclaim and was commercially successful. The actress had seven more releases in the year but her most noted performance came in the M. Raja’s directorial debut, Hanuman Junction. The Telugu movie was the remake of the super hit Malayalam movie Thenkasipattanam and it emerged to be a critical and commercial hit. Her other release of the year Unnai Ninaithu starring Suriya Sivakumar
and Laila won her first Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress.
The following year, Sneha appeared in two films. Her first release of the year, Vaseegra opposite Vijay
was a failure. But, her second movie of the year Parthiban Kanavu where she played a double role for the first time in her career emerged to be a huge commercial success. For her stellar performance in the movie, the actress won unanimous praise from the critics. The Hindu, a National daily stated, “Till date this is the best role that has come Sneha’s way and the charming actress has utilized the opportunity well. With make-up or without it, Sneha sparkles.”
In 2004, the actress had a mixed year, three of her Tamil films, viz. Jana directed by Shaji Kailas
, Bose directed by Senthil Kumar and Ramesh Balakrishna’s Adhu failed at the box-office. However, the actress more than made up for her flops with a scintillating performance in Vasool Raja MBBS co-starring Kamal Haasan
, Prakash Raj
. The movie, which was the remake of the super hit Hindi movie, Munna Bhai M.B.B.S
was released in about 258 screen worldwide and it garnered positive critical reviews. Her Telugu releases of the year Venky and Autograph were also highly successful.
As compared to her work in the previous years, Sneha had a forgettable year in 2005. She appeared in three Telugu film, viz. Sankranti opposite Venkatesh
, Sri Ramadasu alongside Nagarjuna Akkeneni
and Radha Gopalam with Srikanth and all her films turned out to be average earners. However, the following year the actress collaborated with the stalwart of Malayalam film industry, Mammootty for Thuruppu Gulan, the movie directed by Johny Antony
won critical acclaim and was a massive box-office hit. In the same year, she made her Kannada film debut with Ravi Shastry but the film bombed at the box-office.
Sneha had four releases in 2007, two Telugu films and two Tamil films. Her first Tami film of the year, Naan Avanilali was a super-hit. The romantic-thriller film directed by Selva was the remake of the K. Balanchander’s movie with the same title. Her other successful film of the year was a Telugu film Madhumasam co-starring Sumnath and Parvati Melton
. The film directed by Chandra Siddhartha
was a huge hit at the box-office and it ran for more than 100 days in a few cinemas. Two of her other releases of the year Pallikoodam
and Maharathi were above-average hits.
The actress continued to impress the audiences and critics alike in 2008 with a stellar performance in Pirivom Santhippom,
which was her first release of the year. The movie co-starring Cheran
opened to rave critical reviews and emerged to be a sleeper-hit. Sneha went on to win her second Tamil Nadu State Film Awards for Best Actress as well as the Vijay Awards for Best Actress. She next appeared in a cameo in the Rajinikanth
, which was the 50th film of her career. The actress added another dimension to her acting skills as she appeared in a glamorous roles in Pandi
and Inba but both turned to be average earners. Her last film Tamil film of the year, Silambattam
opposite T.R. Silmabarsan
got mixed reviews but turned out to be a hit at the box-office.
In 2009, the actress had just two releases to her name. The thriller Tamil film Achchamundu! Achchamundu
! Co-starring Prassanna and Hollywood actor John Shea
received highly positive reviews but it was a box-office flop. The actress’s other release in 2009 was Ravi Babu
's Telugu movie titled Amaravathi
co-starring Bhumika Chawla
, Sindhura Gadde
and Taraka Ratna
. The movie, which was based on womb stealing received good reviews but turned out to be an average grosser.
In 2010, the actress starred in a lead role in the multi-starrer film Goa
directed by Venkat Prabhu
. The film also featuring Jai
, Vaibhav Reddy
, Aravind Akash
, Sampath Raj
, Premji Amaraan
and Piaa Bajpai
follows the journey of three young men who flee their village and travel to Goa. She next made cameo appearances in Vishal
, Neetu Chandra
, Sarah-Jane Dias
and Tanushree Dutta
starrer Theeradha Vilayattu Pillai
and the critically acclaimed Angadi Theru
directed by Vasanthabalan
. In the same year, the actress appeared in a Malayalam film, Shikkar
, which marked her first collaboration with Mohanlal
. The film emerged to be a huge critical and commercial success.
In a first for her, the actress appeared as a tough and shrewd police officer in the 2011 movie, Bhavani IPS
. Although, the movie bombed at the box-office, Sneha got positive reviews for her performance in the movie. In the same year, the actress appeared in the Rajanna
, a period drama based on the Telangana issue. The movie co-starring Nagarjuna got rave reviews and emerged to be a blockbuster. The following year, the actress appeared in K.Selva Bharathy’s Murattu Kaalai
opposite Sundar C
. The movie, which was her first release post marriage bombed at the box-office.
The actress next appeared in the critically acclaimed Haridas
that released in February 2013. The movie was screened at the 11th Chennai International Film Festival and Sneha for her brilliant performance in the movie won a nomination for Best Actress at the Filmfare Awards. With no significant releases to her name in 2014, the actress appeared in the Telugu movie S/O Satyamurthy
alongside Allu Arujn
, Updendra, Prakash Raj and Samantha Ruth Prabhu
. The movie released in April 2015 post which the actress went on a maternity leave. Sneha’s 2016 releases include a Tamil film titled Vidiyal
co-starring Sarath Kumar
and a Malayalam film titled The Great Father
directed by Haneef Adeni