Sheela was born on 24 Mar 1945 as 'Clara Abraham' and her father was a railway employee.After her Father's death she entered in to films and the debut film was 'Pasam' which was an MGR film.She entered Malayalam with the film 'Bhagya Jathakam' opposite to Sathyan.As the name of the first film suggests her entry to Malayalam was a Bhagya Jathakam to herself as well as Malayalam film field also to get such a capable and versatile actress.She has got typical significant way of dialogue presentation and vivid voice quality to impress the audience and in all her films her own voice was always used.She was lucky to act with all eminent Stars like Prem Nazir,Sathyan,Madhu,Kamal Hassan,Rajani Kanth etc.
While most of her films with Prem Nazir were successful at the Box Office and mainly entertainers with melodious songs and sequences several of her films with Sathyan were block busters which were having serious and sentimental stories.She got wide appreciation for her role as 'Karuthamma' in the President's Gold Medal Award winner film 'Chemmeen' directed by 'Ramu Kariatt'.The story was based on the novel written in the same name by 'Njan Peett" award holder 'Thakazhy Sivasankara Pillai'.The helpless and worried young lady in between the husband and lover was fantastically acted by Sheela by brilliant face expressions.
Vazhvemayam'.'Kadalpalam' in which Sathyan took double role was also a highly acclaimed film.
The film 'Kallichellamma' was a real challenge to Sheela for which the critics praised her a lot and the audience still remember that character.It was based on a novel written by G.Vivekanandan and only highly talented artists would be able to play that character which she performed superbly nice.
In Vadakkan Pattu Stories also Sheela was good because of her perception and films like 'Aromalunni' and 'Kadathanattu Makkam' etc were especially good.In 'Eetta' she acted with Kamal Hassan which was directed by I.V.Sasi.Like that Directer N.Sankaran Nair utilized Kamal Hassan for his film 'Vishnu Vijayam' with Sheela.Jayan acted with her in the film 'Etho Oru swapnam'.
Sheela married Tamil Actor Ravi Chander and she was not on the scene for 22 years and came back with a Malayalam film 'Manassinakkare' in which again she proved her superb acting skills.She is now acive in films and in an upcoming movie she is acting as mother of Mohan Lal's character.
Sheela's son George(Vishnu) is also an actor of Tamil films and T.V.Serials.
During the 70s and 80s Sheela directed two Malayalam films by names 'Yaksha Ganam' and 'Sikharangal'.
For the film 'Sikharangal' she wrote story,Screenplay also.In Tamil she directed a tele film also.
Sheela was selected for 3 times as Best Actress by Kerala Government.
She got National award as Supporting actress in 2004 for film 'Akale'.
She got Lifetime Achievement Award from Filmfare.
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