Shalini Kumar

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Shalini Kumar
Born 20 November 1980 (1980-11-20) (age 33)[1]
Thiruvalla, Kerala
Other names Shalini Ajith
Occupation Actress
Years active 1983–1990
(child artist)
Spouse(s) Ajith Kumar
(2000 – present)
Children Anoushka
Parents Babu,Alice[2]

Shalini Kumar, also known simply as Shalini, is an Indian film actress who debuted, at the age of 4, as a child artist in the Malayalam film Ente Mamattikkuttiyammakku which was produced by Navodaya Studio.In Telugu film Jagadeka Veerudu Atiloka Sundari (1990) she acted along with her sister shamili as an orphan children taken care by Chiranjeevi. She continued to appear in many films as a child actor, credited as Baby Shalini. After a break of several years, she returned to the industry by appearing in her first lead role in Aniyathi Pravu which went on to become a blockbuster. She later appeared in highly successful films in Malayalam and Tamil such as Kadhalukku Mariyadhai (1997), Niram (1999), Amarkalam (1999) and Alaipayuthey (2000). Shalini is married to Tamil film actor Ajith Kumar.

Early and Personal Life[edit]

Shalini was born to Babu & Alice on 20 November 1980.[3][4] She attended Fatima Mat. Hr. Sec School, Adarsh Vidyalaya, Chennai and Church Park Convent, Chennai. She is the middle child. Her younger sister Shamili and her elder brother Richard Rishi are also employed in the film industry. Shalini has stated that she enjoys badminton and has played in a few state-level tournaments.[5][6]

In 1999, during the shoot of Saran's Amarkalam, Ajith began to date his co-star Shalini. At that time, their involvement made him a regular subject of tabloid gossip, a role to which he was accustomed following his previous relationship.[7] Ajith proposed to Shalini in June 1999, and following consultations with her family, she agreed.[8] They were married in April 2000 in Chennai in a grand ceremony. As both were of different religions, Ajith being a Hindu Brahmin and Shalini being Protestant Christian, they were married together under the customs of both religions.[9] After their marriage, Shalini retired as an actress and became a full-time housewife, following the completion of two unfinished projects. On 3 January 2008, their daughter, Anoushka, was born in Chennai.


Shalini started her career as a child artist in Ente Mamattikkuttiyammakku and she acted in all the films under the direction of Fazil. She went to study, she returned to acting with Aniyathipravu which was successful. Initially Fazil was keen on casting a debutant in the lead female role, but Shalini inisted that she should also star in the Tamil version.[10] Her performance was praised especially recommending the film and citing that "Shalini returns in this film with a good performance".[11] The success of the film prompted the director to make another film with the lead pair in 2000, Kannukkul Nilavu which received positive reviews and was a success at the box office. Her next film was Amarkalam, Saran initially approached Shalini, who was studying at the time and she refused but after a three-month pursuit, he finally got her to sign on as well.[12] She was offered a role in Padayappa[13] which she rejected.


As child artist[edit]

Year Film Role Language Notes
1983 Ente Mamattikkuttiyammakku Mamattukuttiyama/Tintu Malayalam Kerala State Film Award for Best Child Artist
1983 Ashtram Malayalam
1984 Muthodu Muthu Achimol Malayalam
1984 Onnum Mindatha Bharya Malayalam
1984 Sandarbham Malayalam
1984 NH 47 Malayalam
1984 Onnanu Nammal Malayalam
1984 Krishna Guruvayoorappa Unnikrishnan Malayalam
1984 Oru Sumangaliyude Kadha Malayalam
1984 Minimol Vathicanil Minimol Malayalam
1984 Chakkarayumma Shalu Mol Malayalam
1984 Koottinilamkili Nandini/Rajimol Malayalam
1985 Vannu Kandu Keezhadakki Malayalam
1985 Bandham Asha Tamil
1985 Pillai Nila Shalini/Shalu Tamil
1985 Jeevante Jeevan Biju Malayalam
1985 Akkacheede Kunjuvava Chakkimol Malayalam
1985 Oru Nokku Kanan Chinnukkutty / Unnimol Malayalam
1985 Katha Ithu Vare Ramyamol Malayalam
1985 Oru Kudakeeyil Baby Sridevi Malayalam
1985 Aazhi Malayalam
1985 Anakkorumma Malayalam
1985 Iniyum Kadha Thudarum Malayalam
1985 Ormikkan Omanikkan Malayalam
1985 Muhurtham 11.30 nu Raji Malayalam
1985 Viduthalai Shalini Tamil
1985 Amme Bhagavathi Malayalam
1986 Pratheykam Sradhikkuka Malayalam
1986 Priyamvadakkory Pranaya Geetham Malayalam
1986 Ente Entethu Mathrem Sreemol Malayalam
1986 Ee Jeeva Ninagagi Latha Kannada
1987 Shankar Guru Tamil
1989 Raja Chinna Roja Chitra Tamil
1990 Jagadeka Veerudu Atiloka Sundari Shamili Telugu

As heroine[edit]

Year Film Role Co-Cast Language Notes
1997 Aniyathi Pravu Mini Kunchako Boban Malayalam
1997 Nakshatratharattu' Hema Kunchako Boban Malayalam
1997 Kadhalukku Mariyadhai Mini Vijay Tamil
1998 Kaikudunna Nilavu Veni Dileep Malayalam
1998 Sundarakilladi Devayani Dileep Malayalam
1998 Kaliyoonjal Ammu Dileep, Mammootty Malayalam
1999 Niram Sona Kunchako Boban Malayalam
1999 Amarkalam Mohana Ajith Kumar Tamil Also playback singer
1999 Prem Poojari Hema Kunchako Boban Malayalam
2000 Kannukkul Nilavu Hema Vijay Tamil
2000 Alaipayuthey Sakthi Madhavan Tamil Tamil Nadu State Film Award Special Prize for Best Actress
2001 Piriyadha Varam Vendum Nithi Prashanth Tamil


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  5. ^ `Acting is a lot of responsibility'. The Hindu, 10 October 2006
  6. ^ "Tamil Nadu / Tiruchi News : From a child artiste to badminton player". The Hindu. 15 September 2006. Retrieved 2012-07-12. 
  7. ^ "Talk of the Town". The Hindu. 26 April 2000. Retrieved 2012-07-12. 
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  13. ^ "Rediff On The NeT, Movies: Gossip from the southern film industry". 3 November 1998. Retrieved 2012-07-12.