Shraddha Das made her acting debut in 2008 with the Telugu film Sidhu from Srikakulam. She thereafter starred in a number of Telugu films, including Target, 18, 20 Love Story, Diary and Adhineta, which all proved to be critically and commercially unsuccessful.
She played the female lead in Adhineta, her sixth film in Telugu with hero Jagapati Babu and director Samudra. She played the other female lead in the remake of Maro Charitra produced by Dil Raju, opposite Varun Sandesh. She then landed a lead role in Sai Om Films' maiden venture Lahore, directed by Sanjay Puran Singh Chauhan. Shraddha played a Pakistani character in the film, cast opposite Aanaahad, and received critical acclaim for her performance. The film was released in March 2010 and won awards at the 42nd WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival. Due to her appearances in the sequels of Arya (Arya 2), Mantra (Diary) and Chandramukhi (Nagavalli), Shraddha Das has acquired the nickname "sequel queen".