Girija Shettar known as Geethajali Girija who debuted with Mani Ratnams was born to a Kannada doctor father and a British mother. She completed a doctoral thesis in Integral Yoga Philosophy & Indian spiritual psychology from Cardiff University in 2003. She spends as much time as possible at Sri Aurobindo Ashram of Pondicherry.
Girija is currently a writer based in London. Previously working for a medical technology newsletter, she is now writing for a shipping magazine. A booklet of haiku poetry entitled “This Year, Daffodils” was published by Survivors’ Poetry and the Esmee Fairburn Foundation, 2011.
After the release of the film Geethanjali, she disappeared from films. Presently she is in London, when asked the reason for not continuing her film career, She said ,she is more interested in spirituality and also said she never fell in love with any one.