Sruthi Hariharan is an Indian film actress who predominantly appears in Kannada and Tamil films. After doing theatre and working as a background dancer in films, she began a career in acting. She debuted in the 2012 Malayalam film Cinema Company and got noticed after working in the Kannada film Lucia and Godhi Banna Sadharana Mykattu.
Sruthi Hariharan is a Tamil Iyer born in a Tamil family, hailing from Tamil Nadu, who was raised in Bangalore, Karnataka.She did her schooling from Sishu Griha Montessori and high school.
She graduated with a BBM degree from Christ University. She is trained in Bharatanatyam and contemporary dance and she is fluent in Kannada, Tamil, Malayalam and Hindi and can understand Telugu.
She was interested in cultural activities and was a part of the cultural team at Christ College and later went on to do theatre. After college, she wanted to take up dance as her profession but her family, particularly her father, was against it.
She joined choreographer Imraan Sardariya's dance troupe and worked in the Kannada film industry as assistant choreographer and background dancer.
She was a background dancer in the industry for three years and featured in a number of songs. Although she was "fascinated" by the film industry she did not intend to become an actor.
However, she stated that she "knew it would be wonderful to be in front of the camera" and therefore started being a part of short films and documentaries and a few independent films. She then got the opportunity to audition for a role in the Malayalam film Cinema Company.