Sulagna Panigrahi

Sulagna Panigrahi (born 3 February 1989) is an Odia and Indian television and film actress. As a d├ębutante, she played the lead role in the television serial Amber Dhara as Dhara, and went on to play the principal character in Do Saheliyaan. She further did a grey role as Sakshi Rajvansh in Bidaai, until getting her big break in the Bhatt banner film Murder 2 as Reshma.[1]

Sulagna Panigrahi
Panigrahi at the audio release & First look of Ek Adhbut Dakshina... Guru Dakshina in 2016
Born3 February 1989 (1989-02-03) (age 30)
Other namesSavithri
OccupationActress, Producer


Panigrahi made her television debut with the show Amber Dhara, where she played the character of Dhara, based on a story of conjoined twins.[2] The series aired on Sony Entertainment Television from September 2007 to March 2008. Her second show was Do Saheliyaan, where she played the role of Maithali, based on the story of best friends set in rural Rajasthan.[3] Do Saheliyaan aired on Zee TV from March 2010 to July 2010.[4] After this, she went on to do a negative role in the serial Bidaai, playing the role of Sakshi.[5][6]

She made her Bollywood debut in the 2011 thriller Murder 2, a sequel to the 2004 hit Murder, under the banner of Vishesh Films. She played the role of Reshma, a poor college student, who in need of money for her family to survive, chooses to become a part-time prostitute and falls victim to a psychopathic serial killer. Her role was well-received with positive reviews from critics around the media.[7][8] After Murder 2, she has done independent and content driven Hindi films with strong performances like Rave, starring Rajkumar Rao and Divyendu Sharma and Gurudakshina, with Girish Karnad and Rupa Ganguly. Recently, she was seen in the movie Raid, starring Ajay Devgn, in which she played the role of a girl Tara, who was the main informer of the income tax officer played by Ajay Devgn. She starred in Marathi with the romantic film Ishq Wala Love, where she was paired opposite Adinath Kothare. Apart from starring in the film, she also did the full costume styling for her character herself. Her performance was appreciated by the critics and audience alike, specially complimenting the chemistry between the two actors. One of her most awaited projects is the Tamil film Isai, directed, produced and performed by S. J. Suryah. This will be her debut film in Tamil and will also mark the comeback of S. J. Suryah as a director in Tamil film industry after almost 9 years, at present she is working in a video series Married Woman Diaries Part 2.

Sulagna was featured as top six finalists in the prestigious category of "Indian Affairs Most Promising & Emerging Actress of the Year 2018"[9] at 2018 India Leadership Conclave Awards Founded by Satya Brahma.

Personal life

Originally from Berhampur, Odisha, she lived in New Delhi for 10 years until she moved to Mumbai in 2007. She has done her schooling from Army Public School, Dhaula Kuan, New Delhi. Her father is in the Indian Army, mother a housewife and younger sister is a film maker, currently working as an assistant director in Hindi films.


Year Film Role Language Notes
2011Murder 2ReshmaHindiDebut
2014Ishq Wala LoveOviMarathiDebut
2015IsaiJennifer (a) JennyTamilDebut
2015Guru DakshinaSanjuktaHindi
2018RaidTara SinghHindi


Year Show Role Channel Notes
2007-2008Amber DharaDharaSony
2010Do SaheliyaanMaithiliZee TV
2010BidaaiSakshi Alekh RajvanshSTAR Plus

Awards and nominations

Year Award show Category Film/Serial Result
2012Apsara Film & Television Producers Guild AwardsApsara Award for Best Actress in a Supporting RoleMurder 2Nominated


  1. "Telly actress Sulagna Panigrahi debuts in B-Town with 'Murder 2'". MiD DAY. 5 July 2011. Retrieved 10 August 2011.
  2. "Sulagna Panigrahi: Time for a break". The Times of India. 1 February 2011. Retrieved 10 August 2011.
  3. Chakrabarti, Sujata (10 February 2010). "Caste based storylines on daily soaps find big audience in villages". Daily News and Analysis. Retrieved 10 August 2011.
  4. "Do Saheliyan off air in four months". The Times of India. 8 July 2010. Retrieved 10 August 2011.
  5. "Sulagna Panigrahi to enter Bidaai". Oneindia Entertainment. 2 August 2010. Retrieved 26 January 2011.
  6. "Sulagna Panigrahi enters Bidaai". The Times of India. 30 July 2010. Retrieved 10 August 2011.
  7. "Sulagna Panigrahi from Odisha excels in 'Murder 2'". 11 July 2011. Retrieved 10 August 2011.
  8. Enkayaar (6 July 2011). "MURDER -2: Sulagna the surprise package". Retrieved 10 August 2011.
  9. "Sulagna Panigrahi, Nushrat Bharucha, Kriti Kharbanda, Urvashi Rautela, Disha Patani & Ankita Shrivastav are in the race for the prestigious award title "Indian Affairs Most Promising & Emerging Actress of the Year 2018" at ILC Power Brand Awards". India Leadership Conclave 2018. 6 April 2018. Retrieved 10 June 2018.

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