Trivandrum, Kerala, India
Chitra Shaji Kailas, popularly known as Annie is an Indian film actress. In her career span that lasted for just three years, with sixteen films, Annie was one among the successful lead actresses in Malayalam cinema during the mid-1990s.
Her debut role was in Balachandra Menon's Ammayane Sathyam (1993). Her well known films include Mazhayethum Munpe (1995), Parvathy Parinayam (1995), Tom & Jerry (1995), Puthukkottayile Puthumanavalan (1995), and Swapna Lokathe Balabhaskaran (1996). She gave up acting after getting married to director Shaji Kailas, and is now settled in Thiruvananthapuram. She won Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Malayalam for her role in Mazhayethum Munpe.
Annie is born in Thiruvananthapuram to Jobbie and Mariyamma Jobbie, Annie did her schooling at Holy Angels Convent and later at All Saints College, Thiruvananthapuram. She was in her 10th std, when got a chance to interview Balachandra Menon, the famous film director for Doordarshan. Menon, who was looking for a new face for his latest movie, got impressed by her and offered her a role in his film Ammayane Sathyam. In 1993, Annie, thus made her debut with Ammayane Sathyam, pairing against Mukesh. Her performance as Ramkumar Thomas alias Parvathi brought her wide recognition following which several roles were offered. But due to a contract with Balachandra Menon, she was not able to sign any new film, which caused in losing some good offers including Kashmeeram and Manichithrathazhu. Later in an interview, Annie had opened her mind that she really regretted in missing some good opportunities, especially that of Manichithrathazhu, which was later done by Vinayaprasad. Annie, then decided to concentrate more on studies and joined All Saints College taking Commerce as mainstream. But luck was waiting for her, which came in the form of Suresh Gopi, who offered her a role against him in Rudraksham in 1994. Annie accepted the role of Gowri, an innocent Brahmin girl, who gets trapped into a brothel. Directed by Shaji Kailas, Rudraksham, though was a huge flop at box office, brought her wide appreciation, opening ways to cinema. It was on the sets of Rudraksham, she fell in love with Shaji Kailas, whom she married two years later. Followed by Rudraksham, Annie was again paired against Suresh Gopi in Aksharam, directed by Sibi Malayil. But she was thoroughly disappointed as she had to do nothing in that film. It was Mazhayethum Munpe, directed by Kamal, that changed the destiny of Annie. Released in 1995, in the film, she acted against Mammooty, along with Shobhana. Annie's performance as Shruthi, a spoiled brat, who is busy playing pranks with her lecturer, succeeded in winning hearts of millions of movie goes. With the success of Mazhayethum Munpe, Annie became the top heroine in Malayalam cinema of the time. In a row she acted in half a dozen of movies, including Alancheri Thamprakkal, Mazhavil Koodaram, Parvathi Parinayam, Kalyanji Anandji, Tom & Jerry, Puthukottayile Puthumanavalan and Sakshyam. She also appeared in a song in the film Indian Military Intelligence directed by T.S. Suresh Babu along with Jayaram. By the end of 1995, Annie reached the peak of her career.In the beginning of the year 1996, Annie paired against Jayaram in Swapnalokathile Balabhaskaran, a family movie directed by Rajasenan. This was followed by Mr Clean opposite Mukesh. Though she got married, and announced her retirement from acting, Annie completed two more films, Kireedamillatha Rajakkanmar and Mookillarajyathe Murimookan Rajavu, which were under production. She gave up acting after marriage and is now settled happily with her husband and kids at Thiruvananthapuram.
Annie got married to Shaji Kailas on 1 June 1996. She gave up acting after marriage and is now settled happily with Shaji Kailas and three sons, Jagan, Sharon and Rooshin. Jagan is now pursuing +1 ,Sharon in 6th grade & Rooshin in 4th grade at Lecole Chempaka International school Trivandrum. After marriage to Shaji Kailas, Annie converted to Hinduism and adopted the name Chitra. Recently, she launched a catering unit named The Big Oven.
( കിരീടമില്ലാത്ത രാജാക്കൻമാർ )
|1996||Nancy & Bincy||Jagatheesh, Prem Kumar, Innocent, Silk Smitha||Ansar Kalabhavan|
|2||Mookkilla Rajyathu Murimookkan Rajavu
( മൂക്കില്ലാ രാജ്യത്തു് മുറിമൂക്കൻ രാജാവു് )
|1996||Ancy, Bincy||Manoj K Jayan, Jagathi Sreekumar, Prem Kumar, Rajan P. Dev, Saikumar||Sasi Mohan|
|3||Mr. Clean||1996||Nandini Thampi||Sreenivasan, Mukesh, Devayani, Rajan P. Dev||Vinayan|
|4||Swapna Lokathe Balabhaskaran
( സ്വപ്നലോകത്തെ ബാലഭാസ്ക്കരൻ )
|1996||Chandrika||Jayaram, Dileep, Janardanan, Indrans||Rajasenan|
( സാക്ഷ്യം )
|1995||Daisey||Suresh Gopi, Murali, Gauthami, Manju Warrier||Mohan|
|6||Puthukottyile Puthu Manavalan
( പുതുക്കോട്ടയിലെ പുതുമണവാളൻ )
|1995||Geethu||Jayaram, Prem Kumar, Innocent, Rajan P. Dev, Jagathi Sreekumar, Janardanan||Rafi Mecartin|
|7||Indian Military Intelligence||1995||Song appearance||Murali, Ganesan, Sukumaran, M. G. Soman, Babu Antony, Manjula Vijayakumar||T.S. Suresh Babu|
|8||Tom & Jerry||1995||Meenakshi||Mukesh, Jagadeesh, Janardanan, Rajan P. Dev, Narendra Prasad, Jagathi Sreekumar||Kaladharan|
( കല്യാൺജി ആനന്ദ്ജി )
|1995||Nirmala, Shivagami||Mukesh, Harisree Ashokan, Narendra Prasad, Indrans, Cochin Haneefa, Sukumari||Balu Kiriyath|
( മഴവിൽക്കൂടാരം )
|1995||Binu||Rahman, Rajan P. Dev, Mamukoya, Indrans, Mala Aravindan||Siddique Shameer|
( പാർവതി പരിണയം )
|1995||Parvathi||Mukesh, Prem Kumar, Janardanan, Harisree Ashokan||P. G. Viswambharan|
( ആലഞ്ചേരി തമ്പ്രാക്കൾ )
|1995||Meera/Lekha Varma||Dileep, Rajan P Dev, Nedumudi Venu, Narendra Prasad, Harisree Ashokan||Sunil|
( മഴയെത്തും മുമ്പേ )
|1995||Shruthi||Mammootty, Shobhana, Sreenivasan, Sankaradi, N. F. Varghese||Kamal|
( അക്ഷരം )
|1995||Meenakshi||Suresh Gopi, Madhavi, Narendra Prasad, Jagathi Sreekumar, N. F. Varghese||Sibi Malayil|
( രുദ്രാക്ഷം )
|1994||Gouri||Suresh Gopi, Geetha, Vijayaraghavan, Devan||Shaji Kailas|
( അമ്മയാണേ സത്യം )
|1993||Parvathi / Thomas||Mukesh, Balachandra Menon, Jagathi Sreekumar, Thilakan, Narendra Prasad||Balachandra Menon|
- "Filmfare Awards". www.filmfare.com. Archived from the original on November 1996.
- Mrs Shaji Kailas speaks. The New Indian Express. 16 May 2012.
- ദി കിംഗ് മേക്കര്. mangalam.com (2012-12-01). Retrieved on 2013-12-28.