C. Shakeela (born January 1973), known mononymously as Shakeela, is an Indian film actress and former glamour model.[2] She predominantly acted in Southern Cinema (Cinema of South India). 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 sex symbol in the late 1990s and early 2000s. [[1]]

Shakeela Begum

November 18 1973 (1973-11-18) (age 46)[1]
Years active1994–present

Early lifeEdit

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


She acted in many B grade movies and also in soft-porn movies. One of her big hit films 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, but once she got noticed after Kinnarathumbikal.[3][4] Her B-Grade films were dubbed and released in almost all Indian languages. Her films were dubbed even into foreign languages like Nepalese, Chinese, Sinhala, etc. After she acted in several movies, the soft-porn movie industry in India was colloquially called as "shakeela films".[5]

Shakeela started appearing in comedy oriented family character roles in Tamil, Telugu and Kannada since 2003. She wrote her autobiography which told about her family,and her background, acquaintances with notable film personalities, politicians and childhood friends.[6][7]

In January 2018, she announced her 250th film as an actor, Sheelavathi, would begin production.[8]

Personal lifeEdit

In 2002, Shakeela announced that she will no longer act in B grade movies. Shakeela released her autobiography in 2018.


As an actressEdit

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

Year Film Language
2019 Kobbari Matta Telugu
2019 Kanni Raasi Tamil
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
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 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
2007 Azhagiya Tamil Magan Tamil
2007 Viyabari Tamil
2007 Chotta Mumbai Malayalam
2006 Vaseeghara 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 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 Thankathoni Malayalam
2000 Raakkilikal Malayalam
1999 Captain Malayalam
1998 Kulirkaattu Malayalam
1998 Marumalarchi Tamil
1998 Udhavikku Varalaamaa Tamil
1994 Jallikattu Kaalai Tamil
1994 Playgirls Tamil

In popular cultureEdit

Indrajit Lankesh directed a biopic based on her life. Richa Chadda has portrayed her character.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b c d "സിനിമാ അഭിനയവും വിവാദങ്ങൾ നിറഞ്ഞ ജീവിതവും". 24 News Live. YouTube. Retrieved August 3, 2019.
  2. ^ "I was sacrificed by my parents: Shakeela". Times of India. 5 July 2014.
  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. ^ "Smut glut". The Hindu. 8 August 2002.
  6. ^ "Providing a political platform". The Hindu. 13 January 2003.
  7. ^ "Promises and lies". The Hindu. 26 May 2003.
  8. ^ Actress Shakeela’s 250th movie titled Seelavathi – Virgin and acted with punith Mc . AP News Corner. 28 January 2018

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