C. Shakeela, known mononymously as Shakeela, is an Indian actress and model who predominantly acted in Malayalam, Kannada, Telugu and Tamil language films. Shakeela debuted in the film Playgirls (1995) at the age of 18 as a supporting actress. She appeared in about 250 films, most of them softcore, which made her a major debut in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
Nellore, Andhra Pradesh, India
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. She had six other siblings and did her school education from six different schools in Madras. She could not complete her school leaving certificate examination, eventually making her foray into films.
She acted in many B grade movies and soft-porn movies. 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. 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". Shakeela hired a body double Surayya Banu to do her topless scenes.
Shakeela started appearing in family character roles in Tamil, Telugu and Kannada language movies since 2003. She wrote her autobiography in Malayalam, which covered her family, her background, as well as her acquaintance with notable film personalities, politicians and childhood friends.
In 2012, Shakeela announced that she will no longer act in B grade movies. Shakeela released her autobiography "Shakeela: Aatmakatha" in 2013. Shakeela has adopted a transgender daughter Mila.
As an actressEdit
Shakeela has featured in over 100 in Malayalam, Tamil, Hindi, Kannada, Odia and Telugu Language films in various roles.
|2021||Engada Iruthinga Ivvalavu Naala||Tamil|
|2015||Love U Alia||Kannada|
|2015||Vasuvum Saravananum Onna Padichavanga||Tamil|
|2014||Adhu Vera Idhu Vera||Tamil|
|2012||Iniyum Oru Janmam||Malayalam|
|2011||Teja Bhai & Family||Malayalam|
|2010||Boss Engira Bhaskaran||Tamil|
|2009||Siva Manasula Sakthi||Tamil|
|2008||Paape O Parupu||Telugu|
|2007||Azhagiya Tamil Magan||Tamil|
|2005||Thaka Thimi Tha||Tamil|
|2003||Puttintiki Ra Chelli||Telugu|
|2003||Duppatlo Dhada Dhada||Telugu|
|2002||Uff Yeh Jawani||Malayalam|
|2001||Nayeem And Shakeela||Telugu|
|2000||Neela Thadakathile Nizhal Pakshikal||Malayalam|
|1998||Ponnu Velayira Bhoomi||Tamil|
|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||ETV||Telugu||Guest||Episode 211|
|2021||Start Music (Season 2)||Star Vijay||Tamil||Contestant||Winner|
In popular cultureEdit
- "സിനിമാ അഭിനയവും വിവാദങ്ങൾ നിറഞ്ഞ ജീവിതവും". 24 News Live. YouTube. Retrieved 3 August 2019.
- "From the archives: Who is Shakeela Khan? India Today Insight".
- "Outlook". Outlook Publishing. 22 December 2008 – via Google Books.
- "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.
- "Shakeela: There was a time when I was told that if we cast you in our film, it'll become a blue film".
- "After turning softcore films into hits, Southern actress Shakeela gets a biopic of her own".
- "Smut glut". The Hindu. 8 August 2002. Archived from the original on 1 October 2004.
- "Shakeela, the woman who inspired genres without ever doing porn".
- "Surayya Banu (age 40): A body double".
- "A Soft Porn Star's Life".
- "Providing a political platform". The Hindu. 13 January 2003. Archived from the original on 19 January 2005.
- "Promises and lies". The Hindu. 26 May 2003. Archived from the original on 1 August 2003.
- "Why can't a Shakeela film be called 'Sheelavathi' ?".
- Actress Shakeela’s 250th movie titled Seelavathi – Virgin AP News Corner. 28 January 2018
- "Happy birthday Shakeela: Here are some rare photos of the South Indian actress".
- "Alitho Saradaga: సావిత్రి అన్నీ పుణ్యాలే చేస్తే అలా ఎందుకు పోయింది.. ఆత్మకథలో అబద్ధాలు చెప్పాలా? షకీలా సంచలన కామెంట్స్". Samayam Telugu (in Telugu). Retrieved 21 January 2021.
- "Shakeela lauds her biopic that stars Richa Chadha". 31 December 2020 – via The Times of India.
- "Richa Chadha's 'Shakeela' to release theatrically on Christmas". 30 November 2020 – via The Hindu.