Saranya Ponvannan is an Tamil movie actress, who has predominantly appeared in Tamil language films. She made her debut in a lead role in Maniratnam‘s Nayagan and went on to play lead roles in few films during the late 1980s. Following an eight-year sabbatical, she returned to feature films as a character artiste, essaying supporting characters, particularly portraying the mother character to lead artists. For her performances in films including Raam (2005), Thavamai Thavamirundhu (2005), Em Magan (2006) and Kalavani (2010), she has received notable critical praise and several accolades, including two Filmfare Awards for Best Supporting Actress. She is married to a fellow actor, Ponvannan.
Saranya made her debut in Mani Ratnam’s Godfatheresque production, Nayagan opposite Kamal Haasan, in which she performed the lead female character. The film, which went on to become a titanic success, became one of the only few films where she had essayed the lead female role.
After marriage in 1995, she settled down to domestic bliss, refusing to take up any film offers. In 2000, however, she was offered the lead role in the comedy television series, Veettukku Veedu Lootty, which she accepted. Subsequently, she decided to accept some good offers, enacting supporting roles. Her close friend is actress Sukanya. Since then she has appeared in many films in supporting roles most notably Raam, Thavamai Thavamirundhu and Em Magan.