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Shobana in stage performance
Born
Shobana Chandrakumar Pillai

(1970-03-21) 21 March 1970 (age 54)
Occupations
  • Actress
  • dancer
  • choreographer
Years active1980–present
Children1
Family Travancore family
Awards

Shobana Chandrakumar Pillai (born 21 March 1970 [1] [2] ) is an Indian actress and Bharatanatyam dancer. She acts predominantly in Malayalam films along with Telugu, Tamil, Hindi, Kannada and English films. She has won two National Film Awards, one Kerala State Film Awards, two Filmfare Awards South with 14 Nominations for Best Actress Category in three different south Indian languages, Tamil Nadu State's Kalaimamani Award in 2011 and numerous other awards. [3] [4] In a career spanning more than 40 years, Shobana has starred in 230 films across several languages predominantly in Malayalam, besides Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Hindi and English. [5] [4]

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She won the National Film Award for Best Actress twice, for her performances in the Malayalam film Manichitrathazhu (1993) and the English film Mitr, My Friend (2001). Subsequent to the year 1999, Shobana turned extremely selective about her films. [6] [7] [8] [9] [10]

Shobana was trained under the Bharatanatyam dancers Chitra Visweswaran and Padma Subrahmanyam. [11] She emerged as an independent performer and choreographer in her twenties and currently runs a dance school, Kalarpana, in Chennai. [6] In 2006, the Government of India honoured her with the Padma Shri for her contributions towards the arts. [12] [13]

In 2014, the Kerala State Government honoured her with the Kala Ratna Award. In 2019, she was bestowed an honorary doctorate from Dr. M.G.R. Educational and Research Institute. [14] In 2022, she was bestowed a Doctor of Letters degree from Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit. [15]

Personal life

Shobana is the niece of the Travancore sistersLalitha, Padmini and Ragini, all of whom were Indian classical dancers and actresses. [16]

Shobhana is single. In 2011, she became a single-parent mother to a girl child named Anantha Narayani Chandrakumar through adoption. [17] [18] [11] [19]

Career

Film career

Shobana made her debut as a child artists. She had a major role in the Tamil movie Mangala Nayagi in 1980 directed by Krishnan–Panju, starring Srikanth and K. R. Vijaya, which was the remake of the Hindi film SaajanBina Suhagan, for which she won the Best Child Artiste Award. [20]

She also starred in the Telugu film Bhakta Dhruva Markendaya in 1982, an acclaimed all children film made in both Tamil and Telugu. [21] [22] As an adult, she was introduced to the film industry through the Malayalam film April 18 (1984), by director Balachandra Menon. Her realistic portrayal of a simple girl-next-door appealed to audiences and she went on to work in numerous films. In the same year, she entered the Tamil film industry and acted in Enakkul Oruvan (1984), directed by SP Muthuraman. [7] Enakkul Oruvan didn't perform well at the box office and Shobana's commercial landing was stalled as she went back into Malayalam films. She did come back to act in occasional Tamil films opposite Satyaraj ( Mallu Vetti Minor, Vaathiyar Veetu Pillai), Bhagyaraj ( Ithu Namma Aalu ) and Vijayakanth ( Ponmana Selvan , En Kitta Mothathey ) in the early 90s – these roles were generally glamorous in which Shobana generally acted as the beautiful, posh and haughty city girl who is eventually charmed by the village boy. [23]

Her other major films include Rudraveena (1988), Meleparambil Aanveedu , Kanamarayathu (1984) Ithiri Poove Chuvanna Poove , Yathra (1985), Anantaram (1987), Nadodikkattu (1987), Vellanakalude Nadu (1988), Idhu Namma Aalu (1988), Siva (1989), Innale (1990), Kalikkalam (1990), Thalapathi (1991), PappayudeSwanthamAppoos (1992), Manichitrathazhu (1993), Thenmavin Kombath (1994), Minnaram (1994), Mazhayethum Munpe (1995), Hitler (1996), Agni Sakshi (1999), Dance like a Man (2003), Makalkku (2005), Thira (2013) and Varane Avashyamund (2020). From Aviduthe Pole Ivideyum to Upaharam , Shobana did sixteen movies in a single year, 1985. [24] Shobana also acted in the Tamil period film Kochadaiiyaan (2014). [4]

She has shared the screen space with the ace actors of Tollywood right from Nandamuri Balakrishna, Venkatesh, Chiranjeevi, Akkineni Nagarjuna, Mohan Babu, Rajendra Prasad, and many more. In Rudraveena (1984), alongside Mega Star Chiranjeevi, she played classical dancer Lalitha Sivajyothi, who belongs to a lower caste and is denied entry into the temple. The film gave her recognition in Telugu cinema. In Abhinandana (1988), she paired with Karthik, and essayed his love interest, who aspires to become a classical dancer. In Kokila (1990), she paired with Naresh, and In Alludugaru (1990) she starred opposite Mohan Babu and was a remake of Malayalam film Chithram. 1 April Viduthala and Rowdy Gari Pellam were other Telugu films in 1991. [25]

Shobana won her first National Film Award for Best Actress in 1993 for her performance in AM Fazil's Manichitrathazhu . Her portrayal of Ganga Nakulan and alter-ego Nagavalli in the film was described by critics as "spell binding". [26] She received her second National Film Award for Best Actress in 2001 for her role in the Indian English language film Mitr, My Friend , directed by Revathi. Consequent to the 1993 National Award, Shobana turned extremely selective about her films. [27]

Classical dance career

Shobana is a Bharata Natyam dancer. [28] She did her dance training at the Chidambaram academy in Chennai, Tamil Nadu under Chitra Visweswaran. Shobana danced Abhinaya , a pivotal element in Bharata Natyam. She was one among the judges in Jodi No. 1, a reality show for dance aired on Vijay TV.

She started her own dance school, "Kalipinya" in 1989 and got it registered in 1992. [3]

She has worked on collaborative ventures with the likes of tabla maestro Zakir Hussain, Vikku Vinayakram and Mandolin Srinivas. Her recitals abroad include those at the World Malayalee convention, in the United States in 1985 and 1995, in Kuala Lumpur before the King and Queen of Malaysia, numerous cities in the United States, Europe, South East Asia and Australia. [29] Shobana started performing in the Soorya Music & Dance festival organised by Soorya Krishnamoorthy from the year 1994. [30]

In 1994, Shobana founded a school for classical dance Bharatanatyam in Chennai named Kalarpana. [31]

Filmography

Malayalam

Key
Denotes films that have not yet been released
List of Malayalam film credits
YearTitleRoleNotes
1984 April 18 SobhanaDebut in lead role
Kanamarayathu Sherly
Ithiri Poove Chuvanna Poove Subhadra
Alakadalinakkare Daisy
1985 Avidathepole Ivideyum Sujatha
Vasantha Sena Merlin
Thozhil Allengil JailJalaja
Akkacheyude Kunjuvava Mridula
Meenamasathile Sooryan Revathi
Azhiyatha BandhangalGeetha
Eeran Sandhya Prabha
Thammil Thammil Kavitha
Anubandham Vijayalakshmi
Ee Thanalil Ithiri Nerum Soudamini
Ee Shabdam Innathe Shabdam Sharada
AyanamAlice
Yathra Thulasi
Rangam Chandrika
Oru Naal Innorunaal Rajani
Upaharam Maggie Fernandez
1986 Udayam Padinjaru Renu
T. P. Balagopalan M.A. Anitha
Kunjattakilikal Usha
Iniyum Kurukshethram Lekha
Aayiram Kannukal Anu
Ente Entethu Mathrem Ambili
Abhayam Thedi Meera/Miranda
Kshamichu Ennoru Vakku Indu
Aalorungi Arangorungi Geetha
Nyayavidhi Geetha
Ee Kaikalil Viji Balakrishnan
Padayani Radha
Chilambu Ambika
Rareeram Meera
1987 Vrutham Nancy
Nadodikattu Radha
Ithrayum Kaalam Savithri
Kalam Mari Katha Mari Ummu Kolzu
Anantaram Suma, Nalini
Naalkavala Sainabha
1988 Vicharana Anitha
Vellanakalude Nadu Radha
Janmandharam Sridevi
Aryan Aswathy
Aparan Ambili
Dhwani Devi
Oru Vivaada VishayamShobha
Alila KuruvikalBhavana
Mukthi Radhika
1989 Charithram Cicily
1990 Innale Maya/Gowri
Iyer the Great Amala
Sasneham Saraswathi
Kalikkalam Annie
1991 Vasthuhara Young Bhavani
Ulladakkam Annie
Adayalam Malini
Kankettu Sujatha
1992 Oru Kochu Bhoomikulukkam Indu
Naaga PanchamiPanchami
Pappayude Swantham Appoos Bhama
1993 Maya Mayuram Bhadra
Meleparambil Aanveedu Pavizham
Golanthara Vartha Lekha
Manichitrathazhu Ganga/Nagavalli
1994 Pavithram Meera
Commissioner Indu Kurup
Thenmavin Kombathu Karthumbi
Pakshe Nandini Menon
Minnaram Neena
VishnuSusanna Mathews
Manathe Vellitheru Merlin
1995 Sindoora Rekha Arundhathi
Mazhayethum Munpe Uma Maheshwari
Minnaminuginum Minnukettu Radhika
1996 Kumkumacheppu Indu
Aramana Veedum Anjoorekkarum Alli
Rajaputhran Veni
Hitler Gowri
1997 Superman Nithya
Kalyana Kacheri Gopika
Kaliyoonjal Gowri
1999 Agni Sakshi Devaki Manampalli
2000 Sradha Suma
Valliettan Devi
2004 Mambazhakkalam Indira
2005 Makalkku Killeri
2009 Sagar alias Jacky Reloaded Indu
2013 Thira Dr. Rohini Pranab
2020 Varane Avashyamund Neena
2024L360TBA [32]

Telugu

List of Telugu film credits
YearTitleRoleNotesRef.
1982Bhakta Dhruva MarkandeyaSunithi DeviChildren's film
1984Marchandi Mana ChattaluUma
1985Marana SasanamLalitha
1986Srimathi KanukaPadma
Vijrumbhana Shobha
Vikram Radha
Dagudu MoothaluRadha
AsthramPadmini
1987 Muddula Manavudu Hemalatha
ManavadostunnaaduRoopa
Ajeyudu Rekha
Muvva Gopaladu Krishna veni
Trimurtulu Latha
1988 Rudraveena Lalita Shiva Jyoti [25]
Abhinandana Rani [25]
Praja PratinidhiBharathi
1990Paapa KosamSwapna
Nari Nari Naduma Murari Shobha
Kokila Kokila
Shourya chakraBharathi
Neti Siddhartha Jyoti
Alludugaru Kalyani
1991 April 1st Vidudhala Bhuvaneshwari [25]
Appula Appa Rao Subba Laxmi
Rowdy Gaari Pellam Janaki
Minor Raja Santhana Lakshmi
Manchi RojuPadma
Rowdy Alludu Sita
Alludu Diddina Kapuram Sita
Keechu RaalluMonica
1992AhankariShobana
Asadhyulu Jyoti
ChampionSandhya
Hello DarlingBharathi
SivaratriGayatrhi
GangwarPavithra
1993Rowdy Gaari TeacherMalli
Naga JyotiNaga rani
Kannayya Kittayya Saroja
Nippu Ravva Guest appearance in a song
Rendilla PoojariRadha
Rakshana Padma
1997 Surya Putrulu Ragini
2006 Game Uma

Tamil

List of Tamil film credits
YearTitleRoleNotes
1980 Mangala Nayagi HerselfChild artist
Manmatha RagangalHerselfChild artist
1984 Enakkul Oruvan Kalpana
1985 Marudhani Marudhani
1988Oray Thaai Oray KulamEaswari
Kadhal Geetham Rani
Idhu Namma Aalu Banu
1989 Sattathin Thirappu Vizhaa Radha
Paattukku Oru Thalaivan Shanthi
Siva Parvathy
Ponmana Selvan Parvathy
Vaathiyaar Veettu Pillai Geeta
1990 Enkitta Mothathe Mallika
Mallu Vetti Minor Santhana Lakshmi
Sathya Vaakku Meena
1991MahamayiMahamayi
Thalapathi Subhalakshmi
1993SivarathiriGayathri
1996 Thuraimugam Rukkumani
2012 Podaa Podi Veena
2014 Kochadaiiyaan Yaaghavi

Kannada

List of Kannada film credits
YearTitleRoleNotes
1985 Giri Baale Neelaveni
1990 Shivashankar Girija

Hindi

List of Hindi film credits
YearTitleRoleNotes
1998 Swami Vivekananda Dancer
2007 Apna Asmaan Padmini Kumar
2008 Mere Baap Pehle Aap Anuradha Joshi (Annu)

English

List of English film credits
YearTitleRoleNotes
2002 Mitr, My Friend LakshmiActress Revathy's directional debut
2003 Dance Like a Man Ratna Parekh
2008 A Little Dream Sundar's mother Documentary film about the journey of former Indian President A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

Awards and recognitions

Titles and honours

List of titles and honours received by Shobana
YearHonourHonouring bodyRef.
2000Grade A Top Doordarshan [33]
2006 Padma Shri Government of India [34] [35]
2011 Kalaimamani Tamil Nadu Eyal Isai Nataka Manram, Government of Tamil Nadu [36]
2012Arch of ExcellenceAll India Achievers Conference [37]
2013 Kalarathna Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Academy [38]
2019 Honorary doctorate (D.Litt)Dr. M.G.R. Educational and Research Institute [14]

Other awards

List of other awards received by Shobana
YearAwards and nominationsCategoryFilmResult
1984 Filmfare Awards South Best Actress - Malayalam Kanamarayathu Nominated
1985 Yathra Nominated
1986 Chilambu Nominated
1988 Best Actress - Telugu Rudraveena Nominated
Best Actress - Tamil Idhu Namma Aalu Nominated
1990 Best Actress - Malayalam Innale Won
Best Actress - Telugu Alludugaru Nominated
1991 Rowdy Gaari Pellam Nominated
1993 National Film Awards Best Actress Manichitrathazhu Won
Kerala State Film Awards Best Actress Won
Filmfare Awards South Best Actress - Malayalam Manichitrathazhu Nominated
1994 Thenmavin Kombath Won
1996 Kumkumacheppu Nominated
1999 Agnisakshi Nominated
2002National Film Awards Best Actress Mitr, My Friend Won
2005 Filmfare Awards South Best Actress - Malayalam Makalkku Nominated
2013 Vanitha Film Awards Best Actress Thira Won [39]
Filmfare Awards South Best Actress - Malayalam Nominated
2021 10th South Indian International Movie Awards Best Actress - Malayalam Varane Avashyamund Won
2021-2022 Filmfare Awards South Best Actress - Malayalam Varane Avashyamund Nominated [40]

Television

List of television credits
YearTitleChannelLanguageNotes
1991 Penn DD Podhigai Tamil Serial
1999Uravugal Vijay TV Serial
2010 Jodi Number one season 5 Reality show as Judge
Super Jodi Surya TV MalayalamReality show as Judge
2015 D 3 (Grand finale) Mazhavil Manorama Reality show as Judge
2017 Midukki Reality show as Judge
2021Margazhi Thingal YouTube TamilMusic Video [41]
Madhuram Shobhanam Zee Keralam Malayalam
2023MayamayuramLaunch promo
Subhadram
Seethayanam

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