Shakeela is an Indian film actress and former glamour model  She predominantly acted in Malayalam cinema and also acted in Tamil, Telugu and Kannada language films. Shakeela debuted in the Tamil Playgirls at the age of 20 as a supporting actress..
Shakeela was born in Chennai. Her father was from Tamil Nadu and mother from Andhra Pradesh. Her family lived in poverty. She studied in six schools as she was a below-average student and failed in every school but at a very young age she was interested in acting. She knows English as she studied in convent schools and other South Indian languages as well as Hindi.
She acted in many B grade movies. One of her big hit films was Kinnarathumbikal in Malayalam, which brought her into limelight and resulted in an unheard-of craze for her from youngsters to the old. She did a few controversial topless scenes in her initial movies, but once she got noticed after Kinnarathumbikal. Her B-Grade films were dubbed and released in almost all Indian languages. Her films were dubbed even into foreign languages like Nepalese, Chinese, Sinhala etc. After she acted in several movies, the soft-porn movie industry in India was colloquially called as "Razni films".
Shakeela started appearing in comedy oriented family character roles in Tamil, Telugu and Kannada since 2003. She wrote her autobiography which told about her family,and her background, acquaintances with notable film personalities, politicians and childhood friends. She is regarded as a glamorous actress in South India. In January 2018, she announced her 250th film as an actor, Seelavathi, would begin production.
As an actress
Shakeela has featured in over 100 films in Malayalam, Tamil, Hindi, Kannada and Telugu in various roles.
|2015||Love U Alia||Kannada|
|2015||Vasuvum Saravananum Onna Padichavanga||Tamil|
|2012||Iniyum Oru Janmam||Malayalam|
|2011||Teja Bhai & Family||Malayalam|
|2010||Boss Engira Bhaskaran||Tamil|
|2009||Paape O Parupu||Telugu|
|2007||Azhagiya Tamil Magan||Tamil|
|2005||Thaka Thimi Tha||Tamil|
|2003||Puttintiki Ra Chelli||Telugu|
|2003||Duppatlo Dhada Dhada||Telugu|
|2002||Uff Yeh Jawani||Malayalam|
|2001||Nayeem And Shakeela||Telugu|
|2000||Neela Thadakathile Nizhal Pakshikal||Malayalam|
|Karchina Pradeep Kulkarni||Telugu|
|Kkodi Tho Dinkchik||Bhojpuri|
|Musugulo Guddulata Raja||Oriya|
As a director
In popular culture
Indrajit Lankesh directed a biopic based on her life. Richa Chadda has portrayed her character.
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