Tara Sutaria (born 19 November 1995) is an Indian actress. She started her television career as a child artist in 2010 with Disney India’s Big Bada Boom and went on to star in the channel’s sitcoms The Suite Life of Karan & Kabir (2012) and Oye Jassie (2013). In 2019, Sutaria ventured into films by playing a college student in the teen drama Student of the Year 2 and a mute girl in the action film Marjaavaan.
Sutaria was born on 19 November 1995 to a Zoroastrian Parsi family. She has a twin sister named Pia. Both trained in classical ballet, modern dance and Latin American dances at the School of Classical Ballet and Western Dance, Royal Academy of Dance, United Kingdom and the Imperial Society for Teachers of Dancing, United Kingdom. She has been a professional singer since she was seven years old, having sung in operas and competitions since then. She received a bachelor’s degree in Mass Media from St. Andrew’s College of Arts, Science, and Commerce.
Sutaria started her association with Disney Channel India as a video jockey and continued to be associated with them, having two successful sitcoms to her credit. She has also been recording music in India and abroad for films, advertisements, and her own original work. Her song “Slippin’ Through My Fingers” is part of the Ashwin Gidwani Production of Bharat Dhabholkar’s Blame It On Yashraj. She has also played the lead role of Sandy in Rail Padamsee’s production of the musical Grease. She has recorded and performed solo concerts in London, Tokyo, Lavasa, and Mumbai. She has performed with Louis Banks, Mikey McCleary and has also been a soloist for the Stop-Gaps Choral Ensemble, singing at the NCPA for over a decade. She was one of the top seven finalists of the 2008 “Pogo Amazing Kids Awards” in the singer category. She received recognition for her roles as Vinnie in The Suite Life of Karan & Kabir and Jassie in Oye Jassie.
Sutaria was among two actresses selected for the part of Princess Jasmine in the American fantasy film Aladdin (2019) but lost the role to Naomi Scott. She made her film debut later that year with Punit Malhotra’s coming-of-age teen film Student of the Year 2 alongside Tiger Shroff and Ananya Panday. Produced by Karan Johar, it served as a standalone sequel to Student of the Year (2012) and narrates the story of a college student (portrayed by Shroff) who competes to win an annual school championship. Reviewing the film for The Indian Express, Shubhra Gupta wrote, “Tara Sutaria is perfectly put together and yet looks assembly-line produced”. She received a nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut. The film underperformed at the box office.
Later in 2019, Sutaria played the role of Zoya, a mute music teacher, alongside Sidharth Malhotra, Riteish Deshmukh, and Rakul Preet Singh, in Milap Zaveri’s action film Marjaavaan. In preparation, she learned sign language. In a scathing review for The Hindu, Namrata Joshi found the film to be “loud, overcooked and overdone” and wrote that Sutaria was reduced to “smiling and weeping alternately”.
Sutaria will next feature in Milan Luthria’s romantic thriller Tadap, opposite newcomer Ahan Shetty, and is a sequel to the 2014 thriller Ek Villain, co-starring Aditya Roy Kapur, John Abraham, and Disha Patani.