Shamna Kasim

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Shamna Kasim
Actress Poorna.jpg
Poorna at Blue Whale film audio launch (2019)
Shamna Kurikkal Kudiyil

(1989-05-23) 23 May 1989 (age 31)
Kuruva, Thayyil, Kannur, Kerala, India
Other namesPoorna, Chinnaty[1]
OccupationActress, dancer
Years active2004–present
Parent(s)Kassim, Ramla Beevi

Shamna Kasim, also known by the stage name Poorna, is an Indian film actress, professional dancer and model. She is known for her work in the South Indian film Industry. She started her career as a classical dancer and came into the entertainment industry following her participation in the reality-based dance competition Super Dancer on Amrita TV.[2] She made her acting debut in the 2004 Malayalam film Manju Poloru Penkutty. Her debut Telugu movie came with Sri Mahalakshmi, while playing the lead female character in her first Tamil film, Muniyandi Vilangial Moonramandu.[3]

Early life[edit]

She was born as the youngest of five children on 23 May 1989 at Kannur, Kerala daughter of a local fisherman worker and daughter to a housewife. She did her schooling at Ursuline Senior Secondary School, Kannur and at St. Teresa's Anglo Indian Higher Secondary School, Kannur. She has completed a Bachelor of Arts in English by correspondence.[4] Currently she resides at Kochi, Kerala.[1] She is a dancer in all types of stage shows. She mentioned in an interview with John Brittas 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".[5] 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 Gari Gadhi (2015), which became a surprise hit at the box office.[5] She tonsured her head for her role in the movie Kodiveeran (2017) but the movie did not receive a good response from the audience.


In June 2020, police arrested members of a gang on a complaint lodged by Shamna Kasim's mother that they blackmailed her daughter.[6][7] Police revealed that the gang locked film actresses in hotels rooms and forced them to accompany as escorts for transporting black money.[8][9]


Year Film Role Language Notes
2004 Manju Poloru Penkutty Dhanya Malayalam Debut film
2005 Hridayathil Sookshikkan Model
Junior Senior Model
December Keerthi's friend
2006 Pachakuthira Raji
Bhargavacharitham Moonam Khandam Radhika
Ennittum Student
Oruvan Devu
2007 Sri Mahalakshmi Sri Mahalakshmi Telugu Telugu debut
Ali Bhai Kingini Malayalam
Flash Machi
2008 College Kumaran Sreekutti
Muniyandi Vilangial Moonramandu Madhumitha Tamil Tamil debut
Kodaikanal Brinda
2009 Kandhakottai Pooja
Josh Meena Kannada Kannada debut
2010 Drogi Malar Tamil
9 KK Road Rosemary Malayalam
2011 Aadu Puli Anjali Thillainayagam Tamil dubbed in Telugu as Chelgatam

dubbed in hindi as Baghawat Ek Junk

Seema Tapakai Sathya Telugu
Makaramanju Model Malayalam
Vellore Maavattam Priya Tamil
Vithagan Mercy
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
Arjunan Kadhali Unreleased
2014 Laddu Babu Maya Telugu
Nuvvala Nenila Mahalakshmi
Rajadhi Raja Dancer Malayalam Item Dance in Song "Dhan Than "
2015 Mili Renuka
Avunu 2 Mohini Telugu
Sakalakala Vallavan Tamil Special appearance
Srimanthudu Telugu Special appearance
Rajugari Gadhi Bommali
Mama Manchu Alludu Kanchu Shruthi Naidu
2016 Jayammu Nischayammu Raa Rani
Manal Kayiru 2 Nisha Tamil
2017 Kodiveeran Velu
Avanthika Avanthika Telugu
Rakshasi Shyloo
2018 Savarakathi Subhadra Tamil
Oru Kuttanadan Blog S.I Neena Malayalam
Aanakkallan Rosy Thomas
Evanukku Engeyo Matcham Irukku S.I Geetha Tamil
Adanga Maru Subash's lawyer
Silly Fellows Telugu
2019 Madhura Raja Amala Malayalam
Marconi Mathai Treesa
Kaappaan Priya Joseph Tamil
Suvarna Sundari Telugu
2020 Lock Up Malliga Tamil
2021 Padam Pesum Completed
Ammayi Completed
Visiththiram Filming
Vritham Malayalam Filming
100 Kannada Filming
Telugulo Naaku Nachchani Padham Prema Telugu Completed
Sundari Completed
Back Door Completed
Power Play
BB3 TBA Filming
Thalaivi V. K. Sasikala TamilTelugu/Hindi Filming

Web series[edit]

Year Title Role Language Channel
2020 Kannamoochi Priya Tamil ZEE5
2021 Navarasa TBA Netflix


Year Program Role Channel Language Notes
2007 Super dancer Contestant Amrita TV Malayalam Reality Show
2008 Super Dancer Junior Dancer Amrita TV
2011 Bhima Jewels Comedy Festival Herself as a dancer in the title song Mazhavil Manorama
2013 Dazzling Friends Hunt Judge Kairali TV
2015 Aarppo erro Judge Kairali TV
2019 Dhee Jodi (Season 11 of Dhee) Judge (Secondary) ETV HD Telugu Telugu Television debut
2019 Sabarimala Swami Ayyapan Mohini Asianet Malayalam TV Serial
2019 Kerala Dance League Celebrity Judge Amrita TV Reality show
2019 D5 Junior Celebrity Judge Mazhavil Manorama
2019-2020 Dhee Champions (Season 12 of Dhee) Judge (Primary) ETV HD Telugu
2020 Health Desk Mentor Asianet Malayalam Online awareness programme


  1. ^ a b Manorama Online Retrieved 8 July 2014.
  2. ^ "ചട്ടക്കാരി മനസ്സുതുറക്കുന്നു". 28 September 2012. Archived from the original on 15 December 2013. Retrieved 15 December 2013.
  3. ^ "Gopika doesn't want to get old". 17 May 2008. Archived from the original on 20 October 2012. Retrieved 17 September 2008.
  4. ^ തെന്നിന്ത്യയുടെ പൂർണയായി മലയാളത്തിന്റെ സ്വന്തം ഷംന കാസിം | മലയാളം ഇ മാഗസിൻ.കോം Archived 3 January 2015 at the Wayback Machine. Malayalam Online magazine (12 January 2013).
  5. ^ a b Search for variety: Poorna. The Hindu (21 November 2015). Retrieved on 30 December 2015.
  6. ^ "Four held in Kochi for blackmailing actress Shamna Kasim with marriage proposal". Deccan Herald. Retrieved 27 June 2020.
  7. ^ "Shamna Kasim blackmail case: Accused had inter-state links, suspect police". Mathrubhumi Newspaper. Retrieved 27 June 2020.
  8. ^ "Police arrest four for blackmailing actor Shamna Kasim". The Indian Express Newspaper. Retrieved 27 June 2020.
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