Shriya Pilgaonkar was born on 25th April 1989, in Mumbai, India. Her Father “Sachin Pilgaonkar” is a veteran Indian actor and director, who is active in the film industry since 1962, appearing in over 60 films as a child artist and over 30 films as a male lead in Bollywood and Marathi language cinema. Her Mother “Supriya Pilgaonkar” is also a veteran Bollywood/Marathi film and TV actress, who appeared in over 25 films and 15 long running TV serials.
Shriya belongs to Maharashtrian Brahmin caste and her zodiac sign is Taurus. Currently she is 29 years old (as of March 2019) and lives in two luxurious houses, one in Andheri and one in Lokhandwala, Mumbai, Maharashtra.
The Glamorous Actress is 5 feet 4 inches tall with black hair and beautiful black eyes. She weighs 51 kg with body measurements of 33-24-34.
She did her early schooling from a private school in Mumbai and then completed B.A. (Bachelor of Arts) in Sociology from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai University.
During her primary school years she aspire to be a professional swimmer and participated in Maharashtra State Junior & Sub-Junior Aquatic Championships, where she won Gold medals in the U-7 and U-9 age group.
Later during her College days at St. Xavier’s, learning different international languages engrossed her. Hence aspired to become a translator or linguist, she opted to learn Japanese. Language.
But all along, she always had a love for storytelling and creativity. In her 4th grade she played her first stage role in a play called “Dilnaz and the Chocolate Cake”, as a lead. At the same time she appeared in many of her father ventures as a child artist. The most notable one was the role of “Bittu”, the neighborhood boy in the 90’s superhit comedy serial “Tu Tu Main Main”, directed by her father “Sachin Pilgaonkar”, featuring her mother “Supriya Pilgaonkar” and actress “Reema Lagoo” in the lead.
At St. Xavier’s College, Shriya received a scholarship to do a summer course in ‘screenplay adaptation’ at Harvard University. She then attented a ‘film appreciation’ class from FTII (Film and Television Institute of India), Pune. She then assisted directors behind the camera to learn the tricks of the field before directing her own short films.
In 2012, with “Mitali Rajydhaksha”, she co-directed “Painted Signal”, a real life short film about “Krishna ji”, a creative man at a crossroad. The short film was the finalist at the ‘India is’ Global Video Challenge. Then in 2013 she edited and co-directed another short film with “Siddharth Joglekar” titled “Dresswala”. This short documentary on the journey of India’s oldest costumers- Maganlal Dresswala was the Official Selection at the “Mumbai Film Festival 2012” and screened at many other international film festivals.
In 2015, she then co-produced and co-directed “, Panchagavya”, a documentary on wandering cows in Bikaner with her Harvard batchmate “Hana Kitasei”. She also narrated and edited the film, which was the Official Selection at “Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival”.
Shyera also acted in a 7 minute short film titled “What’s Wrong” which focuses on spreading awareness about depression and mental health.
Shriya took the centre stage to show her acting chops when she debuted in “Karan Shetty’s” 2012 short play titled “Freedom to Love” in a theatre festival at NCPA (National Centre for the Perfoming Arts). Since then Theatre Plays has been part and parcel of her life. She has given stellar performances English language plays like “Internal Affairs”, “Common People” and “Bombay Dying”.
In 2012 Shreya submitted her three-minute documentary titled “Through Local Eye” for the “World Nomad’s Travel Film Scholarship 2012“. She won the scholarship and got an opportunity to go to Brazil where she was mentored by professionals with the knowledge of camera, audio, capturing a narrative, interviewing, direction, and post-production in making a travel based film.
In 2013 she made her silver screen debut with a Marathi film titled “Ekulti Ek’ (One and only). The film was a family drama centred on a father-daughter relationship. Shreya’s father “Sachin Pilgaonkar” has directed and produced the film. She was awarded the “2014 Screen Award” for the “Most promising Newcomer Female in Marathi Films” and the “Maharashtra State Government Award” for “best debut actress” for her role of “Swara” in the film.
In 2013, she directed and edited her first Music video titled “Fateh”. It was the First official Music Video Release of Mumbai based Hindie Band “Rang”. The track has been composed, written and produced by the Band in house.
To further polish her theatre and acting skills she joined an acting course at the “Jeff Goldberg Studio” in Bandra, Mumbai. There she was spotted by a casting director, which later helped her to bag the role of “Ayanna” in the 2015 French romantic comedy film titled “Un plus une”. The film was directed by Academy Award winning director “Claude Lelouch” and features Academy Award winning actor “Jean Dujardin”.
In 2015, she played the role of “Ishanvi” in a romantic comedy for MTV Films titled “Stupid Cupid”, written and directed by “ Reshu Nath”.
In 2016, she made her Bollywood debut from the “Shah Rukh Khan” starrer thriller titled “Fan”. She was selected for the role of “Neha”, by ‘Band Baaja Baaraat’ fame director “Maneesh Sharma”, amidst the 700 other girls that auditioned for the role.
In 2018, Shriya was part of two Indian web series, one was titled “13 Mussoorie” and aired on “Viu” and the other was titled “Mirzapur”, which aired on “Amazon Prime”. “13 Mussoorie” is a thriller that revolves around a serial killer and she played the role of “Aditi Bisht” in the show. “Mirzapur”, on the other hand is a crime thriller series which revolves around drugs, guns and lawlessness and she played the role of “Sweety” in the show.
Shriya has just wrapped up her shooting for director “Gurinder Chadha’s” 6 episode period British drama titled “Beecham House”, set in British India. The show will be released on British ITV network around mid-2019. She is playing the role of “Chanchal”, a caretaker, alongside Indian actress “Tisca Chopra” and “Murder on the Orient Express” fame “Tom Bateman”.
Currently she is shooting for director “Prabhu Solomon’s” tri-language film titled Haathi Mere Saathi (Hindi), Kaadan (Tamil) and Aranya (Telugu). The films also stars “Rana Daggubati”, “Pulkit Samrat”, “Paresh Rawal” and “Jagapathi Babu”.
She is also shooting for Director “Anubhav Sinha’s” upcoming film titled “Abhi Toh Party Shuru Hui Hai”.