Meenakshi (Malayalam actress)
|Born||Maria Margaret Sharmilee
Calicut, Kerala, India
|Other names||Sharmili, Sharmilee|
Meenakshi, also known as Sharmilee or Sharmili, is a Malayalam actress. She made her debut in Malayalam films. The Kerala Film Critics Association named her their 2005 debutante artist. In all of her Tamil-language films, she was credited as Sharmilee. In Malayalam, she rechristened herself as Meenakshi, the character she played in Kakkakarumbam.
Meenakshi graduated in Maths from the Stella Maris College,Chennai. and received a Master of Computer Applications (MCA) in India. While in school, she received several acting offers, which she rejected so that she could concentrate on her studies. She did modelling and later hosted a popular phone-in programme, Kasumele on Jaya TV. After graduation, she agreed to appear in the Tamil film Aasai Aasaiyai. She followed that role with a Telugu film, Tarak, before returning to Tamil with Anbe Anbe, in which she starred alongside Shaam.
In 2004, Meenakshi began acting in Malayalam films. She told an interviewer that "I love to act in more Malayalam films as the characters here have depth and the heroines have much more to do than just look good." Although she completed work on Kakkakarumban first, her second Malayalam film, horror movie Vellinakshathram, was the first to be released. She was named the 2005 best debutante artist by the Kerala Film Critics Association for her work in Kakkakarumban.
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She has acted in some advertisements.
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