10 July 1987
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.
|Other names||Baby Shamili|
|Years active||1989-2000; 2009, 2015-present.|
|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.
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. Her father migrated to Madras with an ambition of becoming actor and the family settled there later he fulfilled his ambition through his children.
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. 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
As Child Artist
|2009||Oye!||Sandhya||Telugu||CineMAA Award for Best Female Debut|
|2015||Valliyum Thetti Pulliyum Thetti||Sreedevi||Malayalam|
- "Ajith Shalini Marriage Ajith Kumar Wedding Photos Tamil Actor Details". Celebrity.psyphil.com. 2008-01-03. Retrieved 2013-04-22.
- "Baby Shamili debuts opposite Siddharth". IndiaGlitz. 10 September 2018. Retrieved 2008-10-11. Check date values in:
|National Film Award|
Mrin Moyee Chandrakar
for Kalat Nakalat
|Best Child Artist
(shared with Tarun and Shruthi)
for Bhadram Koduko