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Sheela Profile, Bio, Height, Affair, Family, Wiki

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.

Sheela

Sheela

Sheela Family

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.

Sheela Boyfriend/Husband

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 Career/Movies

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.

Sheela Filmography

Malayalam

2019Ammachikoottile Pranayakalam
A 4 Apple ... Lekshmy
2017 Basheerinte Premalekhanam ... Ummuma
2014Ulsaha Committee... Rosemary
2012Mr. Marumakan... Raja Kokila
2008Twenty:20 ... Herself (Archive footage/Uncredited cameo)
2006Pathaka... Elizabeth Mamman
2005Ponmudipuzhayorathu... Subhadramma
Thaskara Veeran... Meenakhsi
2004 Akale... Margaret D'Costa
2003Manassinakkare... Kochu Thresia
1982Aasha
Madrasile Mon
1981 Thalam Manasinte Thalam
 Thakilu Kottampuram... Mridula
 Sphodanam.... Devaki
 Urukku Mushttikal
 Adimachangala
1980 Pappu ... Herself
 Akalangalil Abhayam
 Ithile Vannavar ... Devi Menon
 Nattuchakkiruttu
 Kalika... Kalika
 Avan Oru Ahankari
 Theenalangal... Devamma/Leelamma
1979 Yakshiparu... Paru
 Pichathikuttappan
 Sikharangal
 Pathivrutha
 Sarapancharam... Soudamini
 Avesham... Susheela
1978 Ahalya
 Vilakkum Velichavum
 Kadathanattu Makkam... Makkam
 Etho Oru Swapnam ... Kousalya
 Kanyaka... Geetha
 Tiger Salim
 Anappachan... Sundari
 Itha Oru Manushyan... Radha
 Amarsham
 Jayikkanayi Janichavan
 Eeta... Annamma
 Jalatharangam ... Lakshmi
 Bharyayum Kamukiyum
1977 Aval Oru Devalayam ... Jameela
 Neethipeedam
 Ivanente Priyaputhran
 Mohavum Mukthiyum
 Innale Innu
 Niraparayum Nilavilakkum
 Aparadhi... Susheela
 Yatheem... Kunjivarachi
 Poojakedukatha Pookkal... Sharada
 Kavilamma
 Lakshmi
 Veedoru Swargam
 Aa Nimisham
 Aashirvadam
Acharam Ammini Osharam Omana Omana, Ammini (double role)
 Samudram... Omana
 Kannappanunni... Ponni
1976 Romeo
 Yakshagaanam... Savithri
 Mallanum Mathevanum
 Rajankanam
 Anubhavam ... Valsala
 Palkadal
1975 Ulasayathra
 Mattoru Seetha ... Seetha's sister
 Odakuzhal
 Omanakunju ... Gouri
 Athithi... Ramani
1974 Aswathy
 Vishnuvijayam
 Shapamoksham
 Manyashree Vishvamithran... Kusumam
 Thumbolarcha... Thumbolarcha
 Jeevikkan Marannu Poya Sthree
1973 Chaayam
 Kaapalika... Rosamma/Kaapalika
 Chukku... Molly
 Ithu Manushyanano
1972 Devi
 Manushya Bandangal... Sudha
 Aromalunni... Maakkam
 Puthrakameshti ... Rupa
 Anandashayanam
 Nadan Premam ... Malu
 Aradimanite Janmi... Dr.Jayanthy
 Preethi
 Sakthi
 Baalya Prathinja... Kusuma
 Omana... Omana
1971Avalalppam Vaikipoyi
 Kalithozhi ... Ammini
 Thapaswini
 Vithukal... Sarojini
 Agnimrugam... Bhanumathi
 Karinizhal ... Malathy/Baby
 Makane Ninaku Vendi... Chinnamma
 Oru Penninte Kadha... Savithri/Gayathridevi
 Muthassi ... Susi/Geetha
 Shiksha... Shobha
 Moonnupookkal ... Shobha
 Panchavankaadu... Kochu Thankachi
 Inquilab Sindabad... Rajamma
 Anubhavangal Paalichakal... Bhavani
 Sarasayya... Sarojam
 Sumangali... Vasanthy
 Puthenveedu
 Thettu... Baby
 Ummachu... Ummachu
 Vivaha Sammanam... Gourikutty
1970Palunku Pathram
 Anadha ... Radha
 Moodalmanju... Geetha, Usha
 Kalpana... Sushamma, Susheela, Kalpana
 Nazhikakallu
 Aa Chithrashalabam Paranotte... Indira
 Ningalenne Communistakki... Sumam
 Nizhalattam... Shantha
 Ezhuthatha Kadha... Kayamkulam Kamalamma
 Othenante Makan... Unnimaathu
 Abhayam... Sethulakshmi
 Bheekara Nimishangal... Savithri
 Dathuputhran... Gracy
 Lottery Ticket... Malathy
 Mindapennu... Kamalam
 Ambalapravu... Sharadha
 Aranazhika Neram... Shanthamma
 Vivaham Swargathil
 Kurukshethram... Sethulakshmi
 Vazhve Mayam... Sarala, Sarala's daughter(double role)
1969 Danger Biscuit... Aswathy
 Rahsayam... Ammini
 Pooja Pushppam
 Kuruthikalam
 Jwala... Rajamma
 Kannur Deluxe... Jayasree
 Aalmaram... Kusumam
 Koottukudumbam... Thankamma
 Rest House... Leela
 Mister Kerala
 Adimakal... Saraswathiyamma
 Kadalpalam... Sarala
 Virunnukari... Radha
 Kallichellamma... Chellamma
1968 Thirichadi... Ramani
 Anachadanam
Bharyamar Sookshikkuka Shobha
 Lakshaprabhu
 Kayalkarayil
 Vidhyarthi
Velutha Kathreena Kathreena
Padunna Puzha Rajalakshmi
Love in Kerala Mala
Punnapra Vayalar Chellamma
Agnipareeksha Hema
Thulabaram Valsala
1967Kudumbam  Nirmala
Ashwamedham Sarojam
Nadan PennuAchamma
 Olathumathi
Pooja Anandam
Ramanan Chandrika
Balyakalasakhi Suhara
Agniputhri Sindhu
 Chithramela
Pathirapattu Soldier's wife
 Kottayam Kolacase
 Swapnabhoomi
Cochin Express Geetha
 Mainatheruvi Kolacase
 Khadeeja
 Kanatha Veshangal
Collector Malathi Malathy
Lady Doctor Lilly
1966Koottukar Radha
Kalithozhan Radha
Sthanarthi Saramma Saramma
 Kanakachilanka
Tharavattamma Radha
 Priyathama
Penmakkal Padma
Rowdy Devayani
1965 Pattuthuvala Celine
Kathirunna Nikkah लैला
Kadathukaran Madhuri
Daaham Latha
Chemmeen Karuthamma
Muthalali Devaki
Jeevitha Yaathra Radha
 Thommante Makkal... Marykutty
 Mayavi... Vasanthy
 Porter Kunjali... Aamina
 Kavyamela... Sreedevi
 Thankakudam... Kabir's wife
1964 Oral Koodi Kallanayi... Ayisha
 Kudumbini... Jaanu
 Bharthavu... Sumathi
 Karutha Kai... Latha
 Kuttikuppayam... Safiya
 Althara... Rebecca
 Aayisha... Amina
1963 Moodupadam... Ammukutty
 Susheela... Hema
 Doctor... Jayasree
 Ninamaninja Kalpadukal... Ammini
 Kattumaina... Neeli
1962Bagyajathakam... Radha

Tamil

2016Marravan ,. Velambal
2015Palakkattu Madhavan , Pattu Maami
2011Seedan , Amritavalli
2005Veeranna , Rajeshwari
Chandramukhi , Akhilandeswari
1995Bombay 
1991Sendhoora Devi
1974Amma Appa
1973Manjal Kungumam
1969Pennai Vazha Vidungal
1968Moondrezhuthu Suguna
Sathyam Thavaradhey Leela
Pudhiya Bhoomi Nalina
Paal Manam 
1966Gowri Kalyanam 
Vallavan Oruvan Susi
Lorry Driver 
1965Idhayak Kamalam 
Kaattu Ranni Meena
Iravum Pagalum 
1964Karuppu Panam Luci
Chitrangi 
1963Karpagam Pankajam
Kaattumaina 
Vanambadi Chitra
Panathottam 
1962Paasam 

Telugu

Nenena Managadu
Vichithra Kutumbam
Bale Mastru
Gowrawam
Yugandhar

Story, screenplay, and direction

1979Sikharangal
 1976Yakshagaanam

Television

Malayalam

HostJeevitham Sakshi (Kairali TV) as presenter
Sthree (Asianet News) as presenter
SerialValutha Kathreena (Kairali TV)
JudgeMalayali Veetamma(Flowers TV)
Ugram Ujjwalam (Mazhavil Manorama)
Comedy Stars season 2 (Asianet)
Other ShowsBhava Nayika
Ningalkkum Aakaam Kodeeshwaran
JB Junction
Onnum Onnum Moonnu
Laughing Villa
Close Encounter
Nammude Swantham Karuthammayude Onam
Badayi Bunglavu
Comedy Super Nite
Nere Chovve
Ithihasa Nayikakkoppam
Thara Raja Thara Rani
Lime Light
Hello Europe
Star Chat
Merry Sheela
Varikalkkidayil
Kerala Kaumudi Online
Media One Online
Mathrubhumi Online
Cinema Diary
DD Interview
Aashwasaganga
I Me Myself
Europe Malayali Journal
Sheelayude Varthamanam

Tamil

Neenivayukale Neengi Vidu (Story, Screenplay, Direction; Doordarshan)
Aayiram Janmangal starring Rajnikanth (written by Sheela)
Rusi Kanda Poonai starring Saritha (written by Sheela)

Awards List

1969Kerala State Film Award for Best Actress for Kallichellamma
1971Kerala State Film Award for Best Actress for Oru Penninte Kadha, Sarassayya, Ummachu
1976Kerala State Film Award for Best Actress for Anubhavam
1977Filmfare Awards South: Best Malayalam Actress – Lakshmi
2000Filmfare Awards South: Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award – South
2004Kerala State Film Awards:  Second Best Actress for Akale
2005National Film Awards: Best Supporting Actress – Akale
2007Asianet Film Awards: Best Lifetime Achievement Award
Lux Lifetime Achievement Award
2006Amrita TV Lifetime Achievement Award

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