C. Shakeela, known mononymously as Shakeela, is an Indian actress and model who predominantly acted in Malayalam, Kannada, Telugu and Tamil language films.[2] Shakeela debuted in the film Playgirls (1995) at the age of 18 as a supporting actress.[3][4] She appeared in about 250 films, most of them softcore, which made her a major debut in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

Shakeela Begum
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Shakeela Begum

Years active1994–present
Spouse(s)Palanivel,sandaiyur [1]

Early lifeEdit

Shakeela was born in a conservative Muslim family based in Kodambakkam, Madras, India. Her mother Chan Begum was from Nellore in Andhra Pradesh and father Chan Basha was from Madras.[1] She had six other siblings and did her school education from six different schools in Madras.[5][1] She could not complete her school leaving certificate examination, eventually making her foray into films.[1]


She acted in many B grade movies and soft-porn movies.[6] One of her big hits was Kinnarathumbikal in Malayalam, which brought her into limelight and resulted in an unheard-of craze for her from youngsters to the old. She did a few controversial topless scenes in her initial movies until she got noticed.[3][4] Her B-Grade films were dubbed and released in almost all Indian languages. Her films were dubbed into foreign languages like Nepalese, Chinese, and Sinhala. After she acted in several movies, the soft-porn movies in India were colloquially called as "shakeela films".[7] Shakeela hired a body double Surayya Banu to do her topless scenes.[8][9]

Shakeela started appearing in family character roles in Tamil, Telugu and Kannada language movies since 2003. She wrote her autobiography in Malayalam,[10] which covered her family, her background, as well as her acquaintance with notable film personalities, politicians and childhood friends.[11][12]

In January 2018, she announced her 250th film as an actor, Sheelavathi, would begin production.[13][14]

Personal lifeEdit

In 2012, Shakeela announced that she will no longer act in B grade movies.[1] Shakeela released her autobiography "Shakeela: Aatmakatha" in 2013.[8][15] Shakeela has adopted a transgender daughter Mila.[16]


As an actressEdit

Shakeela has featured in over 100 in Malayalam, Tamil, Hindi, Kannada, Odia and Telugu Language films in various roles.

Year Film Language
2021 Engada Iruthinga Ivvalavu Naala Tamil
2020 Kanni Raasi Tamil
2019 Kobbari Matta Telugu
2019 Pottu Tamil
2017 Sevili Tamil
2015 Sakalakala Vallavan Tamil
2015 Love U Alia Kannada
2015 Vasuvum Saravananum Onna Padichavanga Tamil
2015 Romantic Target Telugu
2015 Six Malayalam
2014 Adhu Vera Idhu Vera Tamil
2013 Ade Baaja Telugu
2013 Ragalaipuram Tamil
2013 Neelakurinji Poothu Malayalam
2012 Iniyum Oru Janmam Malayalam
2011 Ninety Kannada
2011 Teja Bhai & Family Malayalam
2011 Guru Sishyan Tamil
2010 Vallakottai Tamil
2010 Maanja Velu Tamil
2010 Boss Engira Bhaskaran Tamil
2009 Malai Malai Tamil
2009 Siva Manasula Sakthi Tamil
2009 Current Telugu
2008 Dongala Bandi Telugu
2008 Paape O Parupu Telugu
2008 Lakshmi Putrudu Telugu
2008 Vambu Sandai Tamil
2007 Azhagiya Tamil Magan Tamil
2007 Viyabari Tamil
2007 Chotta Mumbai Malayalam
2006 Vaseegara Tamil
2006 Vathiyar Tamil
2006 Bangaram Telugu
2005 Thaka Thimi Tha Tamil
2005 Keelu Gurram Telugu
2004 Sandra Malayalam
2003 Dhool Tamil
2003 Dongodu Telugu
2003 Nijam Telugu
2003 Jayam Tamil
2003 Puttintiki Ra Chelli Telugu
2003 Veendum Thulabharam Malayalam
2003 Ananthapuram Raajakumaari Malayalam
2003 Jayam Telugu
2003 Duppatlo Dhada Dhada Telugu
2002 Penmanassu Telugu
2002 Thirunelliyile Penkutty Malayalam
2002 Namukkoru Koodaram Malayalam
2002 Miss Suvarna Malayalam
2002 Pranaya Shalabhangal Malayalam
2002 Mohaswapnam Malayalam
2002 Sisiram Malayalam
2002 Uff Yeh Jawani Malayalam
2002 Aalinganam Malayalam
2002 Eden Thottam Malayalam
2002 Niramulla Swapnangal Malayalam
2002 Randu Penkuttikal Malayalam
2002 Pushpasharam Malayalam
2002 Soundarya Lahari Malayalam
2002 Sneha Malayalam
2002 Thotti Gang Telugu
2002 Soundharyalahari Telugu
2001 Agniputhri Telugu
2001 Sagara Kannada
2001 Sneha Tamil
2001 Nayeem And Shakeela Telugu
2001 Aalilathoni Malayalam
2001 Swargavaathil Malayalam
2001 Laasyam Malayalam
2001 Mohanayanangal Malayalam
2001 Chaarasundari Malayalam
2001 Premaagni Malayalam
2001 Kalluvaathukkal Kathreena Malayalam
2001 Romance Malayalam
2001 Maami Malayalam
2001 Nimishangal Malayalam
2001 Kinnaaram Chollicholli Malayalam
2001 Ee Raavil Malayalam
2001 Driving School Malayalam
2001 Naalaam Simham Malayalam
2001 Agnipushpam Malayalam
2001 Kaadambari Malayalam
2001 Laya Thalangal Malayalam
2001 Naalam Simham Malayalam
2001 Pranayaaksharangal Malayalam
2001 Vezhambal Malayalam
2001 Yaamini Malayalam
2001 Agrahaaram Malayalam
2001 Koumaram Malayalam
2000 Kinnara Thumbikal Malayalam
2000 Neela Thadakathile Nizhal Pakshikal Malayalam
2000 Manjukaalappakshi Malayalam
2000 Kaathara Malayalam
2000 Nishasurabhikal Malayalam
2000 Thankathoni Malayalam
2000 Raakkilikal Malayalam
1999 Captain Malayalam
1998 Kulirkaattu Malayalam
1998 Marumalarchi Tamil
1998 Udhavikku Varalaamaa Tamil
1998 Ponnu Velayira Bhoomi Tamil
1997 Sobhanam Malayalam
1994 Jallikattu Kaalai Tamil
1994 Playgirls Tamil


Year Title Channel Language Role Notes Comments
2014 Bigg Boss Kannada (season 2) Star Suvarna Kannada Contestant Evicted Day 27
2020-2021 Cooku With Comali (Season 2) Star Vijay Tamil Contestant 1st Runner-Up Wild Card Round - Re-entry (episode 38)
2021 Alitho Saradaga[17] ETV Telugu Guest Episode 211
2021 Start Music (Season 2) Star Vijay Tamil Contestant Winner

In popular cultureEdit

Indrajit Lankesh directed her biopic Shakeela based on her life in which Richa Chadda portrays the title character.[18][19]


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  2. ^ "From the archives: Who is Shakeela Khan? India Today Insight".
  3. ^ a b "Outlook". Outlook Publishing. 22 December 2008 – via Google Books.
  4. ^ a b "The soft porn queen of India Shakeela decides to tell her life story – many bombshells worried what she may reveal!". India Daily. 8 June 2005. Archived from the original on 13 June 2006. Retrieved 13 June 2006.
  5. ^ "Shakeela: There was a time when I was told that if we cast you in our film, it'll become a blue film".
  6. ^ "After turning softcore films into hits, Southern actress Shakeela gets a biopic of her own".
  7. ^ "Smut glut". The Hindu. 8 August 2002. Archived from the original on 1 October 2004.
  8. ^ a b "Shakeela, the woman who inspired genres without ever doing porn".
  9. ^ "Surayya Banu (age 40): A body double".
  10. ^ "A Soft Porn Star's Life".
  11. ^ "Providing a political platform". The Hindu. 13 January 2003. Archived from the original on 19 January 2005.
  12. ^ "Promises and lies". The Hindu. 26 May 2003. Archived from the original on 1 August 2003.
  13. ^ "Why can't a Shakeela film be called 'Sheelavathi' ?".
  14. ^ Actress Shakeela’s 250th movie titled Seelavathi – Virgin AP News Corner. 28 January 2018
  15. ^
  16. ^ "Happy birthday Shakeela: Here are some rare photos of the South Indian actress".
  17. ^ "Alitho Saradaga: సావిత్రి అన్నీ పుణ్యాలే చేస్తే అలా ఎందుకు పోయింది.. ఆత్మకథలో అబద్ధాలు చెప్పాలా? షకీలా సంచలన కామెంట్స్". Samayam Telugu (in Telugu). Retrieved 21 January 2021.
  18. ^ "Shakeela lauds her biopic that stars Richa Chadha". 31 December 2020 – via The Times of India.
  19. ^ "Richa Chadha's 'Shakeela' to release theatrically on Christmas". 30 November 2020 – via The Hindu.

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