Shriya Pilgaonkar is an Indian film actress, director, producer, and stage performer. She is the daughter of actor, director and producer Sachin Pilgaonkar and actress Supriya Pilgaonkar.
As a child, Pilgaonkar trained to become a professional swimmer and won several medals while in school. Believing that she might become a translator or a linguist when she grew up, Pilgaonkar also took classes in Japanese when she was a child. Later deciding to take a different route, Pilgaonkar completed her Bachelor's degree in Sociology at Xavier's college in Mumbai. She also studied at the Film and Television Institute of India. Pilgaonkar learned Kathak as a child and loves animation.
Pilgaonkar made her Bollywood debut in the 2016 film Fan, written and directed by Maneesh Sharma and produced by Aditya Chopra through Yash Raj Films. Pilgaonkar was selected for her role from the audition of 750 girls conducted by Maneesh Sharma, and she considered getting a role alongside Shah Rukh Khan a big breakthrough. In the film, she plays the role of Neha, a Delhi-based call center girl and Gaurav's friend. She was shooting for both the films Fan and Un plus une at the same time.
After the release of Fan, Pilgaonkar was overwhelmed by the response. Of the reception of the film, she said, 'Honestly, I did not want to have any expectation because it was a small role and we had two Shah Rukhs in the film but I am so happy that everyone took notice and has acknowledged my performance.'