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Shobana performing at the Kerala High Court in 2009
Born
Shobana Chandrakumar Pillai

(1970-03-21) 21 March 1970 (age 51) [1] [2] [3]
Occupation
  • Actress
  • dancer
  • choreographer
Years active1980–present
Children1
Relatives Travancore family
Awards Padma Shri (2006)
Website www.actressshobana.com

Shobana Chandrakumar Pillai (born 21 March 1970), better known mononymously as Shobana, is an Indian film actress and Bharatanatyam dancer. She acts predominantly in Malayalam films along with Telugu and Tamil films with few Hindi, Kannada and English films. She has won two National Film Awards, one Kerala State Film Awards, Kalaimamani in 2011 and numerous other awards. [4] [5] [6]

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Shobana established herself as a leading actress in 1980s and 1990s. 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). Consequent to the year 1999, Shobana turned extremely selective about her films. [7] [8] [9] [10] [11]

Shobana was trained under the Bharata Natyam dancers Chitra Visweswaran and Padma Subrahmanyam. She emerged as an independent performer and choreographer in her twenties and currently runs a dance school, Kalarpana, in Chennai. [7] 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]

Personal life

She is the niece of the Travancore sistersLalitha, Padmini and Ragini, all of whom were Indian classical dancers and actresses. [15] The actress Sukumari was her paternal aunt. Malayalam actress Ambika Sukumaran is her relative. Malayalam actors Vineeth is her cousin and Krishna is her nephew. [16]

In 2011, Shobana adopted a girl and named her Anantha Narayani. [17] [18] [19] [20]

Career

Film career

Shobhana performing Bharathanatyam. Shobhana (cropped).jpg
Shobhana performing Bharathanatyam.

Shobana made her debut as a child artist in the Bollywood film Amar Prem (1972). [21] As an adult, she was introduced to the film industry through the film April 18 , by director Balachandra Menon. Her realistic portrayal of a simple girl-next-door appealed to audiences instantly and she went on to work in numerous films. In the same year, she entered the Tamil film industry and acted in Enakkul Oruvan , directed by SP Muthuraman. [8] Enakkul Oruvan didn't do well at the box office and Shobana's commercial landing was stalled and 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. [22]

Her other major films include Rudraveena (1988), Meleparambil Aanveedu , Kanamarayathu , Ithiri Poove Chuvanna Poove , Yathra , Rangam (1985), Anantaram , Vrutham (1987), Idhu Namma Aalu (1988), Siva (1989), Innale (1990), Thalapathi (1991), Pappayude Swantham Appoos(1992), Manichitrathazhu (1993), Thenmavin Kombath (1994), Mazhayethum Munpe(1995)Dance like a Man (2003), and Makalkku (2005). From Aviduthe Pole Ivideyum to Upaharam , Shobana did sixteen movies in a single year, 1985. [23] Shobana also acted in the Tamil period film Kochadaiiyaan . [5]

Shobana won her first National Film Award for Best Actress in 1994 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". [24] 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. [25]

Classical dance career

Then President of India, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam presenting the Padma Shri Award to Shobana in New Delhi on 20 March 2006. The President, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam presenting the Padma Shri Award - 2006 to Ms. Shobana Chandrakumar, a well-known Classical dancer, Choreographer teacher and actress, in New Delhi on March 20, 2006.jpg
Then President of India, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam presenting the Padma Shri Award to Shobana in New Delhi on 20 March 2006.

Shobana is an accomplished Bharata Natyam dancer. [26] 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. [4]

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. [27] Shobana started performing in the Soorya Music & Dance festival organised by Soorya Krishnamoorthy from the year 1994. [28] In 1999, Shobana along with Prabhu Deva and A. R. Rahman performed with a Tamil film dancing troupe at the "Michael Jackson and Friends" concert in Munich, Germany. She was also a part of Mani Ratnam's stage show, Netru, Indru, Naalai in 2000.

In 1994, Shobana founded a school for classical dance Bharata Natyam in Chennai named Kalarpana. [29]

Filmography

Shobana performing classical dance in 2014. Pragyan 2014 infotainment shobana.jpg
Shobana performing classical dance in 2014.
Shobana performing in a stage show. Shobana Chandrakumar.jpg
Shobana performing in a stage show.

Malayalam

YearTitleRoleSources
1984 April 18 Shobana
1984 Kanamarayathu Sherly
1984 Ithiri Poove Chuvanna Poove Subhadra
1984 Alakadalinakkare Daisy
1985 Avidathepole Ivideyum Sujatha
1985 Vasantha Sena Merlin
1985Thozhil Allengil Jail
1985 Akkacheyude Kunjuvava Mridula
1985 Meenamasathile Sooryan Revathi
1985Azhiyatha BandhangalGeetha
1985 Eeran Sandhya Prabha
1985 Thammil Thammil Kavitha
1985 Anubandham Vijayalakshmi
1985 Ee Thanalil Ithiri Nerum Soudamini
1985 Ee Shabdam Innathe Shabdam Sharada
1985AyanamAlice
1985 Yathra Thulasi
1985 Rangam Chandrika
1985 Oru Naal Innorunaal Rajani
1985 Upaharam Maggie Fernandez
1986 Udayam Padinjaru Renu
1986 T. P. Balagopalan M.A. Anitha
1986 Kunjattakilikal Usha
1986 Iniyum Kurukshethram Lekha
1986 Aayiram Kannukal Anu
1986 Ente Entethu Mathrem Ambili
1986 Abhayam Thedi Meera/Miranda
1986 Kshamichu Ennoru Vakku Indu
1986 Aalorungi Arangorungi Geetha
1986 Nyayavidhi Geetha
1986 Ee Kaikalil Viji Balakrishnan
1986 Padayani Radha
1986 Chilambu Ambika
1986 Rareeram Meera
1987 Vrutham Nancy
1987 Nadodikattu Radha
1987 Ithrayum Kaalam Savithri
1987 Kalam Mari Katha Mari Ummu Kolzu
1987 Anantaram Suma, Nalini
1987 Naalkavala Sainabha
1988 Vicharana Anitha
1988 Vellanakalude Nadu Radha
1988 Janmandharam Sridevi
1988 Aryan Aswathy
1988 Aparan Ambili
1988 Dhwani Devi
1988Oru Vivaada Vishayam
1988Alila KuruvikalBhavana
1988 Mukthi Radhika
1989 Charithram Cicily
1990 Innale Maya/Gowri
1990 Iyer the Great Amala
1990 Sasneham Saraswathi
1990 Kalikkalam Annie
1991 Vasthuhara Young Bhavani
1991 Ulladakkam Annie
1991 Adayalam Malini
1991 Kankettu Sujatha
1992 Oru Kochu Bhoomikulukkam Indu
1992 Naaga PanchamiPanchami
1992 Pappayude Swantham Appoos Bhama
1993 Maya Mayuram Bhadra
1993 Meleparambil Aanveedu Pavizham
1993 Golanthara Vartha Lekha
1993 Manichitrathazhu Ganga/Nagavalli
1994 Pavithram Meera
1994 Commissioner Indu Kurup
1994 Thenmavin Kombathu Karthumbi
1994 Pakshe Nandini Menon
1994 Minnaram Neena
1994VishnuSusanna Mathews
1994 Manathe Vellitheru Merlin
1995 Sindoora Rekha Arundhathi
1995 Mazhayethum Munpe Uma Maheshwari
1995 Minnaminuginum Minnukettu Radhika
1996 Kumkumacheppu Indu
1996 Aramana Veedum Anjoorekkarum Alli
1996 Rajaputhran Veni
1996 Hitler Gowri
1997 Superman Nithya
1997 Kalyana Kacheri Gopika
1997 Kaliyoonjal Gowri
1999 Agni Sakshi Devaki Manampalli
2000 Sradha Suma
2000 Valliettan Dev
2004 Mambazhakkalam Indira
2005 Makalkku Killeri
2009 Sagar alias Jacky Reloaded Indu
2013 Thira Dr. Rohini Pranab
2020 Varane Avashyamund Neena

Telugu

Shobana's Maya Ravan performance in Bangalore, which was held on 12 September in 2008. Shobana (cropped).jpg
Shobana's Maya Ravan performance in Bangalore, which was held on 12 September in 2008.
YearTitleRoleSources
1982Bhakta Dhruva MarkandeyaSunithi DeviDebut film
1985Marana SasanamLalitha
1986Srimathi KanukaPadma
1986VijrumbhanaShobha
1986 Vikram Radha
1986Marchandi Mana ChattaluUma
1986AsthramPadmini
1987Manushulu MaraliSavithri
1987Muddula ManavuduHemalatha
1987ManavadostunnaaduRoopa
1987 Ajeyudu Rekha
1987 Trimurtulu Latha
1988 Rudraveena Lalita Shiva Jyoti
1988 Abhinandana Rani
1988Praja PratinidhiBharathi
1990Paapa KosamSwapna
1990 Nari Nari Naduma Murari Shobha
1990 Kokila Kokila
1990Shourya chakraBharathi
1990 Neti Siddhartha Jyoti
1990 Alludugaru Kalyani
1991 April 1st Vidudhala Bhuvaneshwari
1991 Appula Appa Rao Subba Laxmi
1991 Rowdy Gaari Pellam Janaki
1991 Minor Raja Santhana Lakshmi
1991Manchi RojuPadma
1991 Rowdy Alludu Sita
1991Hello DarlingBharathi
1991 Alludu Diddina Kapuram Sita
1991Keechu RaalluMonica
1991Thalapathisundari
1992AhankariShobana
1992 Asadhyulu Jyoti
1992ChampionSandhya
1992GangwarPavithra
1993Rowdy Gaari TeacherMalli
1993Naga JyotiGayathri
1993 Kannayya Kittayya Saroja
1993 Nippu Ravva Guest appearance in a song
1993Rendilla PoojariRadha
1993 Rakshana Padma
1997 Surya Putrulu Ragini
2006 Game Uma

Tamil

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

Kannada

YearTitleRoleSources
1990 Shivashankar Girija
1985 Giri Baale Neelaveni

Hindi

YearTitleRoleSources
2008 Mere Baap Pehle Aap Anuradha Joshi (Annu)
2007 Apna Asmaan Padmini Kumar
1998 Swami Vivekananda Dancer

English

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

Awards and recognitions

Titles and honours

YearHonourHonouring bodyRef(s)
2000Grade A Top Doordarshan [30]
2006 Padma Shri Government of India [31] [32]
2011 Kalaimamani Tamil Nadu Eyal Isai Nataka Manram, Government of Tamil Nadu [33]
2012Arch of ExcellenceAll India Achievers Conference [34] [35]
2013 Kalarathna Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Academy [36]
2015Global Achievement for Performing Arts All Malaysia Malayalee Association [37]
2019 Honorary doctorate (D.Litt) Dr. M.G.R. Educational and Research Institute [14]

Other awards

YearAwards and nominationsCategoryFilmResult
1984 Filmfare Awards South Filmfare Award for Best Actress - Malayalam Kanamarayathu Nominated
1985 Filmfare Awards South Filmfare Award for Best Actress - Malayalam Yathra Nominated
1986 Filmfare Awards South Filmfare Award for Best Actress - Malayalam Chilambu Nominated
1988 Filmfare Awards South Filmfare Award for Best Actress - Telugu Rudraveena Nominated
1988 Filmfare Awards South Filmfare Award for Best Actress - Tamil Idhu Namma Aalu Nominated
1990 Filmfare Awards South Filmfare Award for Best Actress - Malayalam Innale Won
1990 Filmfare Awards South Filmfare Award for Best Actress - Telugu Alludugaru Nominated
1991 Filmfare Awards South Filmfare Award for Best Actress - Telugu Rowdy Gaari Pellam Nominated
1993 National Film Awards National Film Award for Best Actress Manichitrathazhu Won
1993 Kerala State Film Awards Kerala State Film Award for Best Actress ManichitrathazhuWon
1993 Filmfare Awards South Filmfare Award for Best Actress - Malayalam Manichitrathazhu Nominated
1994Filmfare Awards SouthFilmfare Award for Best Actress - Malayalam Thenmavin Kombath Won
1996 Filmfare Awards South Filmfare Award for Best Actress - Malayalam Kumkumacheppu Nominated
1999 Filmfare Awards South Filmfare Award for Best Actress - Malayalam Agnisakshi Nominated
2002National Film AwardsNational Film Award for Best Actress Mitr, My Friend Won
2005 Filmfare Awards South Filmfare Award for Best Actress - Malayalam Makalkku Nominated
2013 Vanitha Film Awards Vanitha Film for Best Actress Thira Won [38]
2013 Filmfare Awards South Filmfare Award for Best Actress - Malayalam Thira Nominated

Television

YearTitleChannelLanguageNotes
1991 Penn DD Podhigai Tamil Serial
1999Uravugal Vijay TV TamilSerial
2010 Jodi Number one season 5 Vijay TV TamilReality show as Judge
2010Super Jodi Surya TV MalayalamReality show as Judge
2015 D 3
(Grand finale)
Mazhavil Manorama MalayalamReality show as Judge
2017 Midukki Mazhavil Manorama MalayalamReality show as Judge
2021Margazhi Thingal YouTube TamilMusic Video [39]

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