| Sheela |
Ootacamund, Tamil Nadu
| 24 March 1945 (age 72) (1945-03-24) Kanimangalam, Madras Presidency, British India|
Gracy Kanimangalam, Kanimangalam Antony
Eeta, Manassinakkare, Sarapancharam, Chemmeen, Aavesham
Prem Nazir, Jayabharathi, G Devarajan, Adoor Bhasi, Jayan
Sheela (born 24 March 1945) is an Indian film actress who works predominantly in Malayalam cinema. Alongside Prem Nazir, she holds the Guinness World Record for acting in the largest number of films (107) together as heroine and hero. In 2005 she won the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the Malayalam film Akale.
Sheela was born in a Syrian Christian family to Railway officer Kanimangalam Antony and Gracy on 22 March 1949 at Thrissur, Kingdom of Cochin (now Kerala). She was brought up in Ooty. Since her father was working with the railways, she was brought up in different places before finally settling down at Coimbatore. As a result, she had her primary education at various places including Thrissur, Tiruchirappalli, Salem, Edappally and St. Francis Anglo-Indian Girls School, Coimbatore.
Sheela was married twice; she was first married to Tamil actor Ravichandran and has a son George, who has worked in a few Tamil and Telugu films apart from television. He is married and has two daughters. Through her second married to Xavier, whom she divorced later. Sheela has authored a Malayalam novel named Pathamathe Cheque and has also written a book titled Kuilinte Koodu apart from many short stories. In addition, she is also a painter and an interior designer.
Sheela was introduced to theatre at the age of 13 by Tamil actor S. S. Rajendran. While being a theater artist, she acted in many dramas. She was introduced into the film industry at the age of 17 by director T. R. Ramanna in the Tamil film Paasam (1962). M. G. Ramachandran, the hero of the film, added suffixed "Devi" to her name, thus renamed her "Sheela Devi". She would continue to act in Tamil films with the name. Later she reverted her name to Sheela, her original name. The same year she made her Malayalam debut through Bhagyajathakam. The next two decades saw her act in more than 475 films totally in various languages such as Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Hindi, and Urdu. Her popular films are Chemmeen, Kallichellamma, Velutha Kathreena, and Vazhve Mayam. In Kannapanunni, she plays the role of a powerful yet humane princess forced to marry a poor woodcutter. In Kadathanattu Makkam, she plays the role of a princess who is cheated by her sisters-in-law and false allegations of being in love with a boatman are leveled against her. She and the boatman are both charged with the death sentence.
In the 70s and 80s, she directed two films, Yakshaganom and Shikarangal. She wrote the story and screenplay for Shikharangaland Yakshagaanam, which was also remade in Tamil. Besides films, she has directed a tele-film titled Ninaivukale Neengividu, co-starring Jayabharathi. Her other films include Vishnu Vijayam and Eeta. She retired from film industry in early 1980s and settled at Ootacamund, Tamil Nadu. After a long sabbatical, she returned to acting playing a prominent role in Sathyan Anthikkad's Manassinakkare (2003). The same year, she acted in the Tamil film Chandramukhi.
Sheela along with Prem Nazir, hold the Guinness World Record for acting in the largest number of films (107) together. In 2005, she won the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress and Kerala State Film Award for Second Best Actress for her role in the Malayalam film Akale. She received Kerala State Film Award for Best Actress thrice in her film career in 1969, 1971, and 1976. She has won awards such as Kerala State Film Awards, the Lux award and the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement award.
Sheela has a fans association called "Sheela fans association" operating mainly from Trivandrum focusing fully on social welfare activities. This fans association gets the credit for the first fans association for a female star in Kerala.National Film Awards2005 Best Supporting Actress – AkaleKerala State Film Awards1969 - Kerala State Film Award for Best Actress for Kallichellamma1971 - Kerala State Film Award for Best Actress for Oru Penninte Kadha, Sarassayya, Ummachu1976 - Kerala State Film Award for Best Actress for Anubhavam2004 - Second Best Actress for AkaleFilmfare Awards SouthBest Malayalam Actress – 1977 – LakshmiFilmfare Lifetime Achievement Award – South (2000)Asianet Film Awards2007 – Best Lifetime Achievement AwardOther Awards2007 Lux Lifetime Achievement Award2006 Amrita TV Lifetime Achievement AwardYakshagaanam (1976)Sikharangal (1979)Shows as hostJeevitham Sakshi (Kairali TV) as presenterSthree (Asianet News) as presenterSerialValutha Kathreena (Kairali TV)As judgeMalayali Veetamma(Flowers TV)Ugram Ujjwalam (Mazhavil Manorama)Other showsNingalkkum Aakaam KodeeshwaranJB JunctionOnnum Onnum MoonnuLaughing VillaClose EncounterNammude Swantham Karuthammayude OnamBadayi BunglavuComedy Super NiteNere ChovveIthihasa NayikakkoppamThara Raja Thara RaniStar ChatNeenivayukale Neengi Vidu (Story, Screenplay, Direction; Doordarshan)