Shamna Kasim

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Shamna Kasim
Shamna Kurikkal Kudiyil

(1989-05-23) 23 May 1989 (age 29)[1]
Kuruva, Thayyil Kannur, Kerala, India
Other namesPoorna, Chinnaty[2]
OccupationActress, dancer
Years active2004–present
Parent(s)Kassim, Ramla Beevi

Shamna Kasim, also known by the stage name Poorna, is an Indian film actress and model. She started her career as a classical dancer and got into media when she was participating at the reality-based dance competition Super Dancer on Amrita TV.[3] She made her acting debut in the 2004 Malayalam film Manju Poloru Penkutty and went on to play minor supporting roles in a couple of unsuccessful films. She played her first major role in "Pakadai" along with Raj Kiran and 'Taraka Ratna'from NTR family. But this movie was shot in 2006, later it was dropped due to some external factors. Later her debut on Telugu film Sri Mahalakshmi, while playing the lead female character in her first Tamil film, Muniyandi Vilangial Moonramandu.[4]

Early life[edit]

She was born as the youngest of five children in a Muslim family to Kassim and Ramla Beevi on 23 May 1989 at Kannur, Kerala. She did her high school studies from Ursuline Senior Secondary School, Kannur and later moved to St. Teresas, Kannur to concentrate more on her dancing skills. She has four siblings: Sheriffa, Arifa, Shanavas and Shaina. She has completed a Bachelor of Arts in English by correspondence.[5] Currently she resides at Kochi, Kerala.[2] She is a dancer in all types of stage shows. She has mentioned in the recent interview in John Brittas Show that her godfather in Malayalam movies at early stages of her career was Mohanlal. She also said her worries about less chances she is now getting in Malayalam movies compared to that of Tamil and Telugu Movie Industry.


In the mid 2010s, Poorna appeared in a series of films where she portrayed a ghost, with The Hindu labelling her as "the ghost queen of Telugu films".[6] She won critical acclaim for her roles in Avunu (2012) and the sequel Avunu 2 (2015), which led to film makers wanting to cast her in horror films. She turned down several similar scripts, before winning further acclaim for her role as a ghost in Raju Garu Gadhi (2015), which became a surprise sleeper hit at the box office.[6]She is so dedicated to her work that she shaved her head for her role in the movie Kodiveeran (2017) but the movie did not receive a good response from the audience.


Year Film Role Language Notes
2004 Manju Poloru Penkutty Dhanya Malayalam
2005 Hridayathil Sookshikkan Model Malayalam
December Keerthi's friend Malayalam
2006 Pachakuthira Raji Malayalam
Bhargavacharitham Moonam Khandam Radhika Malayalam
Ennittum Student Malayalam
Oruvan Devu Malayalam
2007 Sri Mahalakshmi Sri Mahalakshmi Telugu
Ali Bhai Kingini Malayalam
Flash Machi Malayalam
2008 College Kumaran Sreekutti Malayalam
Muniyandi Vilangial Moonramandu Madhumitha Tamil
Kodaikanal Brinda Tamil
2009 Kandhakottai Pooja Tamil
Josh Meena Kannada
2010 Drogi Malar Tamil
9 KK Road Rosemary Malayalam
2011 Aadu Puli Anjali Thillainayagam Tamil
Seema Tapakai Sathya Telugu
Makaramanju Model Malayalam
Vellore Maavattam Priya Tamil
Vithagan Mercy Tamil
2012 Chattakaari Julie Malayalam
Avunu Mohini Telugu
2013 Aaru Sundarimaarude Katha Meena Sreekumar Malayalam
Radhan Ganda Radha Kannada
Jannal Oram Nirmala David Tamil
Thagaraaru Meenakshi Tamil
2014 Laddu Babu Maya Telugu
Nuvvala Nenila Mahalakshmi Telugu
Rajadhi Raja Dancer Malayalam Special appearance
2015 Mili Renuka Malayalam
Avunu 2 Mohini Telugu
Appa Takkaru Tamil Special appearance
Srimanthudu Telugu Special appearance
Rajugari Gadhi Bommali Telugu
Mama Manchu Alludu Kanchu Shruthi Naidu Telugu
2016 Jayammu Nischayammu Raa Rani Telugu
Manal Kayiru 2 Nisha Tamil
2017 Kodiveeran Velu Tamil
2018 Savarakathi Subhadra Tamil Won, MGR-Sivaji Academy Awards - Best actress
Oru Kuttanadan Blog Neena Malayalam
Aanakkallan Rosy Malayalam
Evanukku Engeyo Matcham Irukku S.I Geetha Tamil
Adanga Maru Subash's lawyer Tamil
2019 Madhura Raja Rosy Malayalam Filming
TBA Suvarna Sundari Telugu Post Production


Year Program Role Channel Notes
2019-Present Dhee 10 Judge E TV Reality Show
2019 Sabarimala Swami Ayyapan Mohini Asianet Serial
2015 Aarppo erro Judge Kairali TV Reality Show
2008 Super Dancer Junior Dancer Amrita TV
2007 Super dancer Contestant Amrita TV


  1. ^ Reel moves - Thiruvananthapuram. The Hindu (21 April 2012). Retrieved on 30 December 2015.
  2. ^ a b Manorama Online Retrieved 8 July 2014.
  3. ^ "ചട്ടക്കാരി മനസ്സുതുറക്കുന്നു". 28 September 2012. Archived from the original on 15 December 2013. Retrieved 15 December 2013.
  4. ^ "Gopika doesn't want to get old". 17 May 2008. Archived from the original on 20 October 2012. Retrieved 17 September 2008.
  5. ^ തെന്നിന്ത്യയുടെ പൂർണയായി മലയാളത്തിന്റെ സ്വന്തം ഷംന കാസിം | മലയാളം ഇ മാഗസിൻ.കോം Archived 3 January 2015 at the Wayback Machine. Malayalam Online magazine (12 January 2013).
  6. ^ a b Search for variety: Poorna. The Hindu (21 November 2015). Retrieved on 30 December 2015.

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