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Mahalakshmi Menon



Full Name
Mahalakshmi Menon

23 September 1962 (

1 May 1980(1980-05-01) (aged 17)Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Other names
Shoba Mahendra, Urvashi Shoba, Baby Mahalakshmi, Baby Shoba

Balu Mahendra (1978–1980) her death

K. P. Menon (Father)Prema (Mother)

Years active
1966–1971, 1977–1980

Actress Jalaja talks about actress Shoba's suicide

Mullum Malarum - Adi Penney song

Shobha (23 September 1962 – 1 May 1980) was a South Indian film actress. She started her career as a child artist in the Tamil film Thattungal Thirakkappadum. Her first film as a heroine was Utrada Raatri. Shobha's real name was Mahalakshmi. She won the National Film Award for Best Actress for her role in the Tamil film Pasi at the age of 17.


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Early life

Shoba 23rd SEPTEMBER 1962 1st MAY 1980 SHOBHA MAHALAXMI Film Bio

Shoba was born on 23 September 1962 to K. P. Menon and Prema Menon. Her mother was an actress in Malayalam cinema in the 1950s.


In 1966, Shoba made her screen debut in Tamil Thriller film Thattungal Thirakkappadum directed by actor J. P. Chandrababu. In the film she was credited as Baby Mahalakshmi where she played the role of Lakshmi opposite actress Savitri, K. R. Vijaya, R. S. Manohar and Chandrababu himself. The following year she made her debut in Malayalam cinema through Udhyogastha by P. Venu where she was named as Baby Shoba. Touted as the first "multi-starrer", with five top actors, in Malayalam cinema, the film had Sathyan, Prem Nazir, K. P. Ummer, Padmini, Sharada, Sheela and Rajasree in the lead along with Shobha. The film was a big hit and gained Shoba recognition as a child actor in South Indian cinema.

Shoba Best of Shobha Tamil Film Actress Hit Tamil Film Songs KJ

In 1978 she was cast as a heroine in Uthradarathri, a film directed by Balachandra Menon. She received the Kerala government's Best Actress award for the 1978 films Bandhanam and Ente Neelakasam. The same year she earned the Best Actress award by Filmfare for the Kannada-language film Aparichita. In 1979 she was recipient of the National Award for Best Actress for the Tamil film Pasi, which was produced by Lalitha, the eldest of the Travancore sisters. She also received the Filmfare Best Actress award for Pasi and received the Second Best Actress award from the Kerala government in 1977 for the film Ormakal Marikkumo.


Shoba Shobha a talented actress who tragically died young A Writers

Shobha committed Suicide at the age of 17. She was married to Balu MahendraIn a conversation with Anu Haasan on "Koffee with Anu," Balu Mahendra shared that the sudden and tragic loss of Shoba significantly impacted him. This profound personal loss inspired the storyline of his subsequent film, "Moondram Pirai." The 1983 Malayalam film Lekhayude Maranam Oru Flashback directed by K. G. George is loosely based on her life and death.

Telugu films

  • Tharam Marindi (1977)
  • Manavoori Pandavulu (1978)
  • Kannada films

  • Kokila (1977)
  • Aparichita (1978)
  • Amara Madhura Prema (1982 – Released posthumously)
  • Awards

    National Film Awards
  • 1979 – National Film Award for Best Actress for Pasi
  • Filmfare Awards South
  • 1978 – Filmfare Best Kannada Actress Award for Aparichita
  • 1979 – Filmfare Best Tamil Actress Award for Pasi
  • Kerala State Film Award
  • 1971 – Best Female Child Artist for Yogammullaval and Aval Alpam Vaikippoyi
  • 1977 – Second Best Actress for Ormakal Marikkumo
  • 1978 – Best Actress for Ente Neelakasham
  • References

    Shoba Wikipedia