The magical love story of Shriya Saran, who built a home with her hubby Andrei in Barcelona

She made her debut in 2001 and since then she has always been on an upward journey towards success. Having starred in films with some of the biggest names in town, Shriya Saran, who turned 38 today has been adored by the audience for her acting, some of the most memorable dance moves, and the versatility in her roles. But when it came to her personal life, the actress was usually very guarded but slowly, that has changed a bit too. During the lockdown, the Santhosham actress, who is in Barcelona with her husband Andrei Koscheev has been posting about her experiences, learning new recipes, Instagram lives, and dancing to freedom on the streets of Barcelona when the lockdown was first lifted there. When we spoke to the actress about how she is staying positive amid a pandemic, that too in one of the worst-hit countries, she said, “Staying cooped up in one place is frustrating and I try to keep myself occupied — with yoga, meditation, cooking, reading, watching movies — to take my mind off things.”

Though she misses her parents living in India, with the travel restrictions in place, she had to resort to talking to her parents through video-calls. She has also learnt to cook some of her mum’s favourite recipes. She said, “Though things are getting better here, I miss India. I don’t know when I’ll be able to go home again. My parents are in Mumbai and I’m constantly on video-call with them. My mum has shared some of her recipes and I’ve learnt to make them. But now I’m running out of spices and garam masala, so I’m worried that I won’t be able to eat desi food soon.” Her Instagram page is filled with pictures of the Gopala Gopala actress clicking selfies with her husband with funny yet adorable expressions. So, how did the two meet? She says, “We first met while I had gone diving in the Maldives. He didn’t even know who I was when we first met. It was only later that he found out I’m an actress.”

And Andrei has always surprised her with the most unexpected gifts, be it taking her to an old theatre to watch The Nutcracker in 2019 or taking her on a tour of St. Petersburg. She says, “One gesture of his that surprised me the most was when he once took me to St. Petersburg. I had shot for a song with Mahesh Babu there for Arjun (2004). Obviously, he didn’t know about this — or so I thought. When I reached St. Petersburg, he picked me up in his car and he took me to all the places where I shot and he kept asking me, ‘do you remember?’ and I’m like, ‘no, I don’t remember anything’. And then he started laughing and said, ‘you shot at all these places’.”

The actress, who will soon be seen in a cameo role in SS Rajamouli’s RRR feels more women should be a part of Indian cinema. She says, “We need women behind the camera like we do in front of the camera. That’s when we will have stronger, smarter, better roles for us. People like Meghna Gulzar and Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari are changing the game.”