Saranya is the daughter of Malayalam film director A. B. Raj. She is married to fellow actor Ponvannan. She opened a tailoring institute DSOFT in 2015. She said that tailoring is her passion. She 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 success, became one of the only few films where she had played the lead female role. After marriage in 1995, she settled down to married life, 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 has accepted. Subsequently, she decided to accept some good offers, enacting supporting roles. Since then she has appeared in many films in supporting roles most notably Raam, Thavamai Thavamirundhu and Em Magan. Her upcoming movie is 24, Itli, Achamindri, Veera Dheera Sooran and Brahmotsavam. Following an eight-year sabbatical, she returned to feature films as a character artiste, playing supporting roles, particularly playing mother characters to lead artists. She has acted more than 100 films in Tamil film industry. She has acted in trilingual languages that include Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam.