The south Indian film goers were highly delighted to experience
the acting talents of Baby Shalini in 1983 in the film 'Ente Mamattikuttiammakku' and her younger sister Baby Shamily years later in the film 'Malootty'.
They were very cute babies and excelled fantastically well to the astonishment of the spectators.To
understand the situation of the sequence in childhood and to perform it in front of the whole
film unit members was a special blessing of God itself.For example Shalini gets the main credit
of the film 'Ente Mamattikutty Ammakku' which was directed by Fazil in 1983 when Shalini
would be only three years of age.The perception of the character was superb and she got
Kerala State Award for Best Child artist.
important roles as a child artist.She got Andhapradesh State award for child artist
for the film Brahmaputrudu.
Shalini was born on 20 Nov at Chennai to parents Sharaf Babu and Alice Sharaf Babu.Even
though she was busy with her films then also she continued with her studies.She was a student at Adarsh Vidyalaya,Chennai during her 9th and 10th standards.She studied in another school at Chennai for 11th and 12th class.She finished 2nd year B.B.A course of Anna Malai
Shalini was engaged as a child artist during the period 1983 to 1990 and afterwards she took
a break for her studies and again appeared as heroine in the film 'Aniyathi Pravu' which was
directed by Fazil and Produced by Appachan of Navodaya Studio in 1997.She continued acting in lead roles till her marriage in 2001. Shalini had debuted as a child artist in the film Mamattikutty Ammakku which was also under the same team of Appachan and Fazil.
Boban-Shalini pair was very much liked by the audience and the same pair was utilized
for other Malayalam films 'Prem poojari' and 'Niram' which all earned critical acclaim and
were all big hits also.
In the musical romantic film Aniyathi Pravu Thilakan,Innocent,Jnardhanan,KPAC Lalitha,
Sreevidya etc acted.Sudheesh impressed the audience by his role as 'Radha Madhavan'.
In the Mammootty film 'Kaliyoonjal' directed by 'Anil Babu' Shalini acted as the sister of Mammootty and as an epilepsy patient.She suicides in the picture after becoming the
mother of a child leaving the child in her brother's hands because of the tragic death of
'Niram' was a colorful college campus musical film directed by Kamal.Jomol,Boban Alummoodan,KPAC Lalitha,Lalu Alex,Prem Prakash etc acted in that film along with
Shalini and Kunchacko Boban.The film earned good response from the audience and
director Kamal himself remade it in Tamil in the name 'Piriyadhe Varam Vendum'.
In the Tamil version also Shalini was in the main female role .Krishna,Manivannan,Manorama,Ambika etc acted in the film.
Tamil film 'Amarkalam' was an action film of Shalini and Ajith and was directed by Saran.
'Alaipayudhe' was Mani Ratnam film which was a romantic drama film which received
much accolades from critics and spectators.It was shown at Berlin International festival in 2001
and later shown in several National and Int'l film festivals.It was remade in Hindi as 'Saathiya' starring Rani Mukherjee and Vivek Oberoi.
'Amudhe' was directed by 'Jeeva' in which Jagapati Raju,Akkineni Nagarjuna,Shalini,Sreevidya,Manivannan,Abbas etc acted.It was the remake of Hindi film 'Deewangee'.
Shalini and Shamili's brother Richard is also an established actor of Tamil films.
Shalini married actor Ajith in 2001 and now they are leading a happy life and as a house wife and the mother of
a cute baby girl Shalini is quite busy.
Shamili also gained the love and admiration of millions as a child artist. In the film 'Malootty'which was directed by Bharathan, Shamily
at the age of two presented extraordinary talent in acting with Jayaram and Urvashy.The child
falling in to a deep pit in a hotel yard and the task of rescuing her was the theme.The small
She presented unusual talent in presenting the role of a mentally challenged child 'Anjali'
in the film 'Anjali' which was directed by Mani Ratnam and bagged National award for Best
She also appeared in several films as a child artist and took long break for her studies later but
appeared as younger sister of Mammootty and Mohan Lal in 'Hari Krishnans' in 1998 as
a teen age girl.
She is now acting in a Telugu film 'Oy' in the directional debut of 'Anand Ranga' and the movie will be
releasing on July 3. This is the debut film of Shamily as a heroine and she is the latest upcoming heroine in the south and critics are sure that she will win
the hearts of all film lovers.
Oru Nokku Kanan
Kadha Ithu Vare
Raja Chinna Roja