Shamili

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Shamili
Born Shamili Babu
(1987-07-10) 10 July 1987 (age 29)
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.
Other names Baby Shamili
Ethnicity Malayali
Occupation Actress
Years active 1989-2000; 2009, 2015-present.
Parent(s) Babu (father)
Alice (mother)
Relatives Shalini Kumar (sister)
Richard Rishi (brother)
Ajith Kumar (brother-in-law )

Shamili, better known as Baby Shamili, is an Indian actress, who has worked in Malayalam, Tamil, Kannada and Telugu films. She is probably best known for her critically acclaimed performance as the mentally challenged child Anjali in the 1990 film Anjali that fetched her the National Film Award for Best Child Artist, and as a child trapped inside a bore-well in the 1992 film Malootty that fetched her a Kerala State Film Award for Best Child Artist.

Early life[edit]

Shamili hails from a family of actors, being the younger sister of actor Richard Rishi and actress Shalini. She was born to Malayali parents Babu & Alice.[1] Her father migrated to Madras with an ambition of becoming actor and the family settled there later he fulfilled his ambition through his children.[2][3]

Acting career[edit]

Shamili started acting at the age of two. In 1990, she acted in Bharathan's Malootty, a film based on Jessica McClure. Her performance won her critical appreciation and the Kerala State Film Award for Best Child Artist. Her breakthrough in Tamil came with Mani Ratnam's 'Anjali', in which she portrayed a mentally challenged child, which earned her the National Film Award for Best Child Artist. She also acted as a teenager in Fazil's Harikrishnans as Mammooty and Mohanlal's sibling. In Kannada has acted with well-known actors like Vishnuvardhan, Ambareesh, Sithara, Shruti, Srinath, Geetha, Meghna, Vinaya Prasad, Sunil, Sathyapriya, Bhavya, Lakshmi and Abhijith. In Kannada, she acted in Dakshayini, Kadambari (1993), Karulina Kudi (1995), Bhairavi (1991),Chinna Nee Naguthiru (1993), Bhuvaneshwari (1994), Mathe Haditu Kogile (1990), Hoovu Hannu (1993) and Jagadeshwari (1998).

She played her first female lead role in Anand Ranga's directorial debut Oy! (2009) alongside Siddarth, though the film's mixed response at the box office prompted her to embark on yet another sabbatical.[4] Between 2010 and 2015, Shamili studied and worked in Singapore and turned down numerous opportunities to return to acting. She later returned to Chennai, and is now working on the production of Veera Shivaji alongside Vikram Prabhu

Filmography[edit]

As Child Artist[edit]

Year Movie Role Language Notes
1989 Rajanadai Shamu Tamil
Magadu Telugu
1990 Anjali Anjali Tamil National Film Award for Best Child Artist
Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Child Artist
Jagadeka Veerudu Athiloka Sundari Bujji Telugu
Mathe Haditu Kogile Pallavi Kannada Karnataka State Film Award for Best Child Artist
Durga Durga,
Mallika
Tamil
1991 Thai Poosam Velayutham Tamil
Senthura Devi Sindhu,
Nanthu
Tamil
Pookkalam Varavayi Geethu Malayalam
Anbu Changili Tamil
Killer Sneha Telugu
Bhairavi Kannada
Kilukkampetti Chikkumol Malayalam
Shwetaagni Kannada
Vaasalile Oru Vennila Tamil
1992 Police Lockup Kannada
Sivasankari Tamil
Malootty Malootty Malayalam Kerala State Film Award for Best Child Artist
Thevar Veettu Ponnu Sangari,
Savithri
Tamil
Naga Bala Telugu
Nani Telugu
Parvathalu Panakalu Telugu
1993 Joker Apple Telugu
Kadambari Kannada
Chinna Kannamma Saranya Tamil
Sambhavi Kannada
Nippu Ravva Engineer's daughter Telugu
Thangapappa Abi Tamil
Dakshayini Kannada
Sivarathiri Tamil
1994 Makkala Sakshi Kannada
Hoovu Hannu Kannada
Chinna Nee Naguthiru Kannada
1995 Nirnayam Parukkutty Malayalam
Karulina Kudi Kannada
Anga Rakshakudu Telugu
1996 Sabse Bada Mawali Hindi
Lalanam Ammu Malayalam
1998 Harikrishnans Ammalu Malayalam
Jagadeeshwari Jagadeeshwari Kannada
2000 Kandukondain Kandukondain Kamala Tamil

As Heroine[edit]

Year Movie Role Language Notes
2009 Oye! Sandhya Telugu CineMAA Award for Best Female Debut
2015 Valliyum Thetti Pulliyum Thetti Sreedevi Malayalam
2016 Veera Sivaji Anjali Tamil

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Awards
National Film Award
Preceded by
Mrin Moyee Chandrakar
for Kalat Nakalat
Best Child Artist
for Anjali
(shared with Tarun and Shruthi)

1990
Succeeded by
Santhosh Reddy
for Bhadram Koduko