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C.Shakeela Begum

Years active1991–present

Shakeela is an Indian film actress and former glamour model [2] 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..[3][4]

Early life[edit]

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.[3][4] 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".[5]

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.[6][7] 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.[8]


As an actress[edit]

Shakeela has featured in over 100 films in Malayalam, Tamil, Hindi, Kannada and Telugu in various roles.

Year Film Language
2017 Sevili Tamil
2015 Sakalakala Vallavan Tamil
2015 Love U Alia Kannada
2015 Vasuvum Saravananum Onna Padichavanga Tamil
2015 Romantic Target Telugu
2013 Ade Baaja Telugu
2013 Ragalaipuram Tamil
2013 Neelakurinji Poothu Malayalam
2012 Iniyum Oru Janmam Malayalam
2011 Ninety Kannada
2011 Teja Bhai & Family Malayalam
2011 Guru Sishyan Tamil
2010 Boss Engira Bhaskaran Tamil
2009 Malai Malai Tamil
2009 Current Telugu
2008 Dongala Bandi Telugu
2009 Paape O Parupu Telugu
2007 Azhagiya Tamil Magan Tamil
2007 Viyabari Tamil
2007 Chotta Mumbai Malayalam
2006 Vaseeghara Tamil
2006 Vathiyar Tamil
2006 Bangaram Telugu
2005 Thaka Thimi Tha Tamil
2004 Sandra Malayalam
2003 Dhool Tamil
2003 Dongodu Telugu
2003 Nijam Telugu
2003 Jayam Tamil
2003 Puttintiki Ra Chelli Telugu
2003 Veendum Thulabharam Malayalam
2003 Ananthapuram Raajakumaari Malayalam
2003 Jayam Telugu
2003 Duppatlo Dhada Dhada Telugu
2002 Penmanassu Telugu
2002 Thirunelliyile Penkutty Malayalam
2002 Namukkoru Koodaram Malayalam
2002 Miss Suvarna Malayalam
2002 Pranaya Shalabhangal Malayalam
2002 Mohaswapnam Malayalam
2002 Sisiram Malayalam
2002 Uff Yeh Jawani Malayalam
2002 Aalinganam Malayalam
2002 Eden Thottam Malayalam
2002 Niramulla Swapnangal Malayalam
2002 Randu Penkuttikal Malayalam
2002 Pushpasharam Malayalam
2002 Soundarya Lahari Malayalam
2002 Sneha Malayalam
2002 Thotti Gang Telugu
2002 Soundharyalahari Telugu
2001 Agniputhri Telugu
2001 Sagara Kannada
2001 Sneha Tamil
2001 Nayeem And Shakeela Telugu
2001 Aalilathoni Malayalam
2001 Swargavaathil Malayalam
2001 Laasyam Malayalam
2001 Mohanayanangal Malayalam
2001 Chaarasundari Malayalam
2001 Premaagni Malayalam
2001 Kalluvaathukkal Kathreena Malayalam
2001 Romance Malayalam
2001 Maami Malayalam
2001 Nimishangal Malayalam
2001 Kinnaaram Chollicholli Malayalam
2001 Ee Raavil Malayalam
2001 Driving School Malayalam
2001 Naalaam Simham Malayalam
2001 Agnipushpam Malayalam
2001 Kaadambari Malayalam
2001 Laya Thalangal Malayalam
2001 Pranayaaksharangal Malayalam
2001 Vezhambal Malayalam
2001 Yaamini Malayalam
2001 Agrahaaram Malayalam
2001 Koumaram Malayalam
2000 Kinnara Thumbikal Malayalam
2000 Neela Thadakathile Nizhal Pakshikal Malayalam
2000 Manjukaalappakshi Malayalam
2000 Kaathara Malayalam
2000 Thankathoni Malayalam
2000 Raakkilikal Malayalam
1999 Captain Malayalam
1998 Kulirkaattu Malayalam
1998 Marumalarchi Tamil
1998 Udhavikku Varalaamaa Tamil
1994 Jallikattu Kaalai Tamil
1990 Beauty Palace Malayalam
1989 Aakhri Ghulam Hindi
Karchina Pradeep Kulkarni Telugu
Kkodi Tho Dinkchik Bhojpuri
Bavalu Sayya Telugu
Chance Kannada
1986 Africadalli Sheela Kannada
Ranganayaki Tamil
Dear Sneha Telugu
Vagalady Telugu
Paruvam Malayalam
Hostel Malayalam
Thappu Tamil
Musugulo Guddulata Raja Oriya

As a director[edit]

Year Film Language
2013 Neelakurinji Poothu Malayalam

In popular culture[edit]

Indrajit Lankesh directed a biopic based on her life. Richa Chadda has portrayed her character.


  1. ^ "Shakeela Athmakatha". Retrieved 4 April 2015.
  2. ^ "I was sacrificed by my parents: Shakeela - Times of India".
  3. ^ a b Publishing, Outlook (22 December 2008). "Outlook". Outlook Publishing – via Google Books.
  4. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 13 June 2006. Retrieved 13 June 2006.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ Template:Cite jweb
  6. ^ "The Hindu : Providing a political platform".
  7. ^ hyrjm. "The Hindu : Promises and lies".
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