Shobana

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Shobana
Shobana perfomence.jpg
Shobana performing at the Kerala High Court in 2009
Born
Shobana Chandrakumar Pillai

1970 (age 49–50)[1][2]
NationalityIndian
Occupation
  • Actress
  • dancer
  • choreographer
Years active1980–present
Children1
RelativesTravancore family
AwardsPadma Shri (2006)
Websitewww.actressshobana.com

Shobana Chandrakumar Pillai (born 1970), better known mononymously as Shobana, is an Indian film actress and bharatanatyam dancer. She acts predominantly in Malayalam language, in addition to Telugu, Tamil, Hindi, Kannada and English language films. She has won two National Film Awards, one Kerala State Film Awards and numerous other awards.[3][4][5]

Shobana established herself as a leading actress in 1980s and 1990s. She has worked with directors such as Adoor Gopalakrishnan, G. Aravindan, K. Balachander, AM Fazil, Mani Ratnam, Padmarajan, Bharathan, Uppalapati Narayana Rao, and Priyadarshan. She won the National Film Award for Best Actress twice, for her performances in the Malayalam film Manichitrathazhu (1993) and the English film Mitr, My Friend (2001). Consequent to the year 1999, Shobana turned extremely selective about her films.[6][7][8][9]

Shobana was trained under the Bharata Natyam dancers Chitra Visweswaran and Padma Subrahmanyam. She emerged as an independent performer and choreographer in her twenties and currently runs a dance school, Kalarpana, in Chennai.[6] In 2006, the Government of India honoured her with the Padma Shri for her contributions towards the arts.[10][11] In 2014, the Kerala State Government honoured her with the Kala Ratna Award. In 2019, she was bestowed an honorary doctorate from Dr. M.G.R. Educational and Research Institute.[12]

Personal life[edit]

She is the niece of the Travancore sistersLalitha, Padmini and Ragini, all of whom were classical Indian dancers and actresses.[13] The actress Sukumari was her paternal aunt. Malayalam actress Ambika Sukumaran is her relative. Malayalam actors Vineeth is her cousin and Krishna is her nephew.[14]

In 2001, Shobana adopted a girl and named her Anantha Narayani.[15][16][17][18]

Career[edit]

Film career[edit]

Shobhana performing Bharathanatyam.

Shobana made her debut as a child artist in the Bollywood film Amar Prem (1972). [19] As an adult, she was introduced to the film industry through the film April 18, by director Balachandra Menon. Her realistic portrayal of a simple girl-next-door appealed to audiences instantly and she went on to work in numerous films. In the same year, she entered the Tamil film industry and acted in Enakkul Oruvan, directed by SP Muthuraman.[7] Enakkul Oruvan didn't do well at the box office and Shobana's commercial landing was stalled and she went back into Malayalam films. She did come back to act in occasional Tamil films opposite Satyaraj (Mallu Vetti Minor, Vaathiyar Veetu Pillai), Bhagyaraj (Ithu Namma Aalu) and Vijayakanth (Ponmana Selvan, En Kitta Mothathey) in the early 90s – these roles were generally glamorous in which Shobana generally acted as the beautiful, posh and haughty city girl who is eventually charmed by the village boy.[20]

Her other major films include Meleparambil Aanveedu, Kanamarayathu, Ithiri Poove Chuvanna Poove , Yathra, Rangam (1985), Anantaram, Vrutham (1987), Idhu Namma Aalu (1988), Siva (1989), Innale (1990), Thalapathi (1991), Manichitrathazhu (1993), Thenmavin Kombath (1994), Minnaram(1994), Dance like a Man (2003), Mampazhakkalam (2004) and Makalkku (2005). From Aviduthe Pole Ivideyum to Upaharam, Shobana did sixteen movies in a single year, 1985.[21] Shobana also acted in the Tamil period film Kochadaiiyaan.[4]

Shobana won her first National Film Award for Best Actress in 1994 for her performance in AM Fazil's Manichitrathazhu. Her portrayal of Ganga Nakulan and alter-ego Nagavalli in the film was described by critics as "spell binding".[22] She received her second National Film Award for Best Actress in 2001 for her role in the Indian English language film Mitr, My Friend, directed by Revathi. Consequent to the 1993 National Award, Shobana turned extremely selective about her films.[23]

Classical dance career[edit]

Then President of India, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam presenting the Padma Shri Award to Shobana in New Delhi on 20 March 2006.

Shobana is an accomplished Bharata Natyam dancer.[24] She did her dance training at the Chidambaram academy in Chennai, Tamil Nadu under Chitra Visweswaran. Shobana danced Abhinaya, a pivotal element in Bharata Natyam. She was one among the judges in Jodi No. 1, a reality show for dance aired on Vijay TV.

She started her own dance school, "Kalipinya" in 1989 and got it registered in 1992.[3]

She has worked on collaborative ventures with the likes of tabla maestro Zakir Hussain, Vikku Vinayakram and Mandolin Srinivas. Her recitals abroad include those at the World Malayalee convention, in the United States in 1985 and 1995, in Kuala Lumpur before the King and Queen of Malaysia, numerous cities in the United States, Europe, South East Asia and Australia.[25] Shobana started performing in the prestigious Soorya Music & Dance festival organised by Soorya Krishnamoorthy from the year 1994.[26] In 1999, Shobana along with Prabhu Deva and A. R. Rahman performed with a Tamil film dancing troupe at the "Michael Jackson and Friends" concert in Munich, Germany. She was also a part of Mani Ratnam's stage show, Netru, Indru, Naalai in 2000.

In 1994, Shobana founded a school for classical dance Bharata Natyam in ChennaiKalarpana.[27]

Filmography[edit]

shobana performing classical dance in 2014.
shobana performing in a stage show.

Malayalam[edit]

Year Title Role Co-star(s) Sources
1984 April 18 Shobana Balachandra Menon
1984 Kanamarayathu Sherly Mammootty, Rahman
1984 Ithiri Poove Chuvanna Poove Subhadra Mammootty
1984 Alakadalinakkare Daisy Mammootty
1985 Avidathepole Ivideyum Sujatha Mohanlal
1985 Vasantha Sena Merlin Shankar
1985 Thozhil Allengil Jail Ashokan
1985 Akkacheyude Kunjuvava Mridula Ratheesh
1985 Meenamasathile Sooryan Revathi Vijay Menon
1985 Azhiyatha Bandhangal Geetha Mohanlal
1985 Eeran Sandhya Prabha Mammootty, Rahman
1985 Thammil Thammil Kavitha Rahman
1985 Anubandham Vijayalakshmi Mohanlal
1985 Ee Thanalil Ithiri Nerum Soudamini Mammootty
1985 Ee Shabdam Innathe Shabdam Sharada Mammootty
1985 Ayanam Alice Mammootty
1985 Yathra Thulasi Mammootty
1985 Rangam Chandrika Mohanlal, Raveendran
1985 Oru Naal Innorunaal Rajani Shankar
1985 Upaharam Maggie Fernandez Rahman
1986 Udayam Padinjaru Renu Ratheesh
1986 T. P. Balagopalan M.A. Anitha Mohanlal
1986 Kunjattakilikal Usha Mohanlal
1986 Iniyum Kurukshethram Lekha Mohanlal, M. G. Soman
1986 Aayiram Kannukal Anu Mammootty
1986 Ente Entethu Mathrem Ambili Mohanlal
1986 Abhayam Thedi Meera/Miranda Mohanlal
1986 Kshamichu Ennoru Vakku Indu Mammootty
1986 Aalorungi Arangorungi Geetha Mammootty
1986 Nyayavidhi Geetha Mammootty
1986 Ee Kaikalil Viji Balakrishnan Mammootty
1986 Padayani Radha Devan
1986 Chilambu Ambika Rahman
1986 Rareeram Meera Mammootty
1987 Vrutham Nancy Suresh Gopi, Kamal Haasan
1987 Nadodikattu Radha Mohanlal
1987 Ithrayum Kaalam Savithri Rahman
1987 Kalam Mari Katha Mari Ummu Kolzu Mammootty, Lalu Alex
1987 Anantaram Suma, Nalini Mammootty, Ashokan
1987 Naalkavala Sainabha Mammootty
1988 Vicharana Anitha Mammootty
1988 Vellanakalude Nadu Radha Mohanlal
1988 Janmandharam Sridevi Balachandra Menon
1988 Aryan Aswathy Mohanlal, Maniyanpilla Raju
1988 Aparan Ambili Jayaram
1988 Dhwani Devi Jayaram
1988 Oru Vivaada Vishayam Suresh Gopi
1988 Alila Kuruvikal Bhavana Vinod
1988 Mukthi Radhika Mammootty, Rahman
1989 Charithram Cicily Mammootty
1990 Innale Maya/Gowri Suresh Gopi, Jayaram
1990 Iyer the Great Amala Mammootty
1990 Sasneham Saraswathi Balachandra Menon
1990 Kalikkalam Annie Mammootty
1991 Vasthuhara Young Bhavani
1991 Ulladakkam Annie Mohanlal
1991 Adayalam Malini Mammootty, Murali
1991 Kankettu Sujatha Jayaram
1992 Oru Kochu Bhoomikulukkam Indu Siddique
1992 Naaga Panchami Panchami Suresh Gopi
1992 Pappayude Swantham Appoos Bhama Mammootty
1993 Maya Mayuram Bhadra Mohanlal
1993 Meleparambil Aanveedu Pavizham Jayaram
1993 Golanthara Vartha Lekha Mammootty
1993 Manichitrathazhu Ganga/Nagavalli Suresh Gopi, Mohanlal, Sridhar National Award for Best Actress
1994 Pavithram Meera Mohanlal
1994 Commissioner Indu Kurup Suresh Gopi
1994 Thenmavin Kombathu Karthumbi Mohanlal, Nedumudi Venu
1994 Pakshe Nandini Menon Mohanlal
1994 Minnaram Neena Mohanlal
1994 Vishnu Susanna Mathews Mammootty
1994 Manathe Vellitheru Merlin Lalu Alex, Vineeth
1995 Sindoora Rekha Arundhathi Suresh Gopi
1995 Mazhayethum Munpe Uma Maheshwari Mammootty
1995 Minnaminuginum Minnukettu Radhika Jayaram
1996 Kumkumacheppu Indu Manoj K. Jayan
1996 Aramana Veedum Anjoorekkarum Alli Jayaram
1996 Rajaputhran Veni Suresh Gopi
1996 Hitler Gowri Mammootty
1997 Superman Nithya Jayaram, Siddique
1997 Kalyana Kacheri Gopika Mukesh (actor), Jagathy Sreekumar
1997 Kaliyoonjal Gowri Mammootty
1999 Agni Sakshi Devaki Manampalli Rajit Kapur
2000 Sradha Suma Mohanlal
2000 Valliettan Devi Mammootty
2004 Mambazhakkalam Indira Mohanlal
2005 Makalkku Killeri Suresh Gopi
2009 Sagar alias Jacky Reloaded Indu Manoj K. Jayan
2013 Thira Dr. Rohini Pranab Dhyan Sreenivasan
2020 Varane Avashyamund Neena Suresh Gopi

Telugu[edit]

Shobana's Maya Ravan performance in Bangalore, which was held on 12 September in 2008.
Year Title Role Sources
1982 Bhakta Dhruva Markandeya Sunithi Devi
1985 Marana Sasanam Lalitha
1986 Srimathi Kanuka Padma
1986 Vijrumbhana Shobha
1986 Vikram Radha
1986 Marchandi Mana Chattalu Uma
1986 Asthram Padmini
1987 Muddula Manavudu Hemalatha
1987 Manavadostunnaadu Roopa
1987 Ajeyudu Rekha
1987 Trimurtulu Latha
1988 Rudraveena Lalita Shiva Jyoti
1988 Abhinandana Rani
1988 Praja Pratinidhi Bharathi
1990 Paapa Kosam Swapna
1990 Nari Nari Naduma Murari Shobha
1990 Kokila Kokila
1990 Neti Siddhartha Jyoti
1990 Alludugaru Kalyani
1991 April 1st Vidudhala Bhuvaneshwari
1991 Appula Appa Rao Subba Laxmi
1991 Rowdy Gaari Pellam Janaki
1991 Minor Raja Santhana Lakshmi
1991 Manchi Roju Padma
1991 Rowdy Alludu Sita
1991 Hello Darling Bharathi
1991 Alludu Diddina Kapuram Sita
1991 Keechu Raallu Monica
1992 Ahankari Shobana
1992 Asadhyulu Jyoti
1992 Champion Sandhya
1992 Gangwar Pavithra
1993 Rowdy Gaari Teacher Malli
1993 Naga Jyoti Gayathri
1993 Kannayya Kittayya Saroja
1993 Nippu Ravva Guest appearance in a song
1993 Rendilla Poojari Radha
1993 Rakshana Padma
1997 Surya Putrulu Ragini
2006 Game Uma

Tamil[edit]

Year Title Role Sources
1980 Mangala Nayagi -
1980 Manmatha Ragangal -
1984 Enakkul Oruvan Kalpana
1985 Marudhani Marudhani
1988 Oray Thaai Oray Kulam Easwari
1988 Kadhal Geetham Rani
1988 Idhu Namma Aalu Banu
1989 Sattathin Thirappu Vizhaa Radha
1989 Paattukku Oru Thalaivan Shanthi
1989 Siva Parvathy
1989 Ponmana Selvan Parvathy
1989 Vaathiyaar Veettu Pillai Geeta
1990 Enkitta Mothathe Mallika
1990 Mallu Vetti Minor Santhana Lakshmi
1990 Sathya Vaakku Meena
1991 Mahamayi Mahamayi
1991 Thalapathi Subhalakshmi
1993 Sivarathiri Gayathri
1996 Thuraimugam Rukkumani
2012 Podaa Podi Veena
2014 Kochadaiiyaan Yaaghavi

Kannada[edit]

Year Title Role Sources
1990 Shivashankar Girija
1985 Giri Baale Neelaveni

Hindi[edit]

Year Title Role Sources
2008 Mere Baap Pehle Aap Anuradha Joshi (Annu)
2007 Apna Asmaan Padmini Kumar

English[edit]

Year Title Role Sources
2003 Dance Like a Man Ratna
2002 Mitr, My Friend Lakshmi

Awards and recognitions[edit]

Titles and honours[edit]

Year Honour Honouring body Ref(s)
2000 Grade A Top Doordarshan [28]
2006 Padma Shri Government of India [29][30]
2011 Kalaimamani Tamil Nadu Eyal Isai Nataka Manram, Government of Tamil Nadu [31]
2012 Arch of Excellence All India Achievers Conference [32][33]
2013 Kalarathna Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Academy [34]
2015 Global Achievement for Performing Arts All Malaysia Malayalee Association [35]
2019 Honorary doctorate (D.Litt) Dr. M.G.R. Educational and Research Institute [12]

Other awards[edit]

Year Awards and nominations Category Film Result
1984 Filmfare Awards South Filmfare Award for Best Actress - Malayalam Kanamarayathu Nominated
1985 Filmfare Awards South Filmfare Award for Best Actress - Malayalam Yathra Nominated
1986 Filmfare Awards South Filmfare Award for Best Actress - Malayalam Chilambu Nominated
1988 Filmfare Awards South Filmfare Award for Best Actress - Telugu Rudraveena Nominated
1988 Filmfare Awards South Filmfare Award for Best Actress - Tamil Idhu Namma Aalu Nominated
1990 Filmfare Awards South Filmfare Award for Best Actress - Malayalam Innale Won
1990 Filmfare Awards South Filmfare Award for Best Actress - Telugu Alludugaru Nominated
1991 Filmfare Awards South Filmfare Award for Best Actress - Telugu Rowdy Gaari Pellam Nominated
1993 National Film Awards National Film Award for Best Actress Manichitrathazhu Won
1993 Kerala State Film Awards Kerala State Film Award for Best Actress Manichitrathazhu Won
1993 Filmfare Awards South Filmfare Award for Best Actress - Malayalam Manichitrathazhu Nominated
1994 Filmfare Awards South Filmfare Award for Best Actress - Malayalam Thenmavin Kombath Won
1996 Filmfare Awards South Filmfare Award for Best Actress - Malayalam Kumkumacheppu Nominated
1999 Filmfare Awards South Filmfare Award for Best Actress - Malayalam Agnisakshi Nominated
2002 National Film Awards National Film Award for Best Actress Mitr, My Friend Won
2005 Filmfare Awards South Filmfare Award for Best Actress - Malayalam Makalkku Nominated
2013 Vanitha Film Awards Vanitha Film for Best Actress Thira Won
2013 Filmfare Awards South Filmfare Award for Best Actress - Malayalam Thira Nominated

Television[edit]

Year Title Channel Language Notes
1991 Penn DD Podhigai Tamil Serial
1999 Uravugal Vijay TV Tamil Serial
2010 Jodi Number one season 4 Vijay TV Tamil Reality show as Judge
2010 Super Jodi Surya TV Malayalam Reality show as Judge
2015 D 3
(Grand finale)
Mazhavil Manorama Malayalam Reality show as Judge
2017 Midukki Mazhavil Manorama Malayalam Reality show as Judge

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