Sheela is an Indian film actress who works predominantly in Malayalam cinema. Paired with Prem Nazir, they hold the Guinness World Record for acting in the largest number of films (130) 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.
She was one of the most popular and highest-paid actress, reportedly paid more than her male counterparts, of her time.
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Sheela Net Worth
One of the main actresses in Tamil and Telugu films, Sheela has a net worth of $13 million dollars as in 2023.
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Sheela was born in a Syrian Christian family to Railway officer Kanimangalam Antony and Gracy 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 Chennai.
As a result, she had her primary education at various places, including Thrissur, Ooty Tiruchirappalli, Salem, Edappally and St. Francis Girls School, Coimbatore.
She was initially married to Xavier, a reporter which ended in a divorce. Later she married actor Ravichandran who co-starred with her in many films and has a son George in this marriage who has worked in a few Tamil, Malayalam and Telugu films, apart from television. He is currently working as a reputed builder.
He is married and has two daughters. Sheela has authored a Malayalam novel named Pathamathe Cheque and has also written a book titled Kuilinte Koodu, apart from many short stories. 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. She was introduced into the film industry at the age of 13 by MGR in the Tamil film Paasam (1963). M. G. Ramachandran, the hero of the film, added the suffix “Devi” to her name, thus he renamed her “Sheela Devi”. She would continue to act in Tamil films with that 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 in various languages such as Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Hindi, and Urdu. Her popular films are Chemmeen, Kallichellamma, Velutha KathreenaAkale, oru penninte kadha, sarsaiya, yakshaganam, kutti kuppayam, sthanarthy saramma, kadathunattu makkan, kannapan Unni, jwala, Vazhve Mayam, etc. 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 given 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. Sheela wrote the story and screenplay for Mammooty starrer Onnu Chiriku. Besides films, she has directed a telefilm titled Ninaivukale Neengividu, co-starring Jayabharathi. Her other films include Vishnu Vijayam and Eeta.
She retired from the film industry in 1983 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.
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