Shamili, also known as Baby Shamili, born on 10 July 1987, is an Indian actress who has worked in Malayalam, Tamil, Kannada and Telugu films. She is probably best known for her critically acclaimed performance as the mentally challenged child Anjali in the 1990 film Anjali, that fetched her the National Film Award for Best Child Artist, and as a child trapped inside a bore-well in the film Malootty, that got her a Kerala State Film Award for Best Child Artist. Shamili got Karnataka State Film Award for Best Child Artist for her performance in her Kannada debut Mathe Hadithu Kogile.
July 10, 1987
|Other names||Baby Shamili|
|Alma mater||Women's Christian College, Chennai|
|Relatives||Shalini Kumar (sister)|
Richard Rishi (brother)
Ajith Kumar (brother-in-law )
Shamili hails from a family of actors, being the younger sister of actor Richard Rishi and actress Shalini. She was born to Babu and Alice. Her father migrated to Madras with an ambition of becoming an actor and the family settled there. Later he fulfilled his ambition through his children.
Shamili started acting at the age of two in Tamil Cinema. Her breakthrough in Tamil came with Mani Ratnam's Anjali, in which she portrayed a mentally challenged child, which earned her the National Film Award for Best Child Artist. In 1990, she acted in Bharathan's Malootty, a film based on Jessica McClure. Her performance won her critical appreciation and the Kerala State Film Award for Best Child Artist. She also acted as a teenager in Fazil's Harikrishnans as Mammooty and Mohanlal's sibling. In Kannada she has acted with well-known actors such as Vishnuvardhan, Ambareesh, Sithara, Shruti, Srinath, Geetha, Meghna, Vinaya Prasad, Sunil, Sathyapriya, Bhavya, Lakshmi and Abhijith. In Kannada, she acted in Dakshayini (1993), Kadambari (1993), Karulina Kudi (1995), Bhairavi (1991), Chinna Nee Naguthiru (1993), Bhuvaneshwari (1994), Mathe Haditu Kogile (1990), Hoovu Hannu (1993) and Jagadeshwari (1998).
She played her first female lead role in Anand Ranga's directorial debut Oye! (2009) alongside Siddarth, though the film's mixed response at the box office prompted her to embark on yet another sabbatical. Between 2010 and 2015, Shamili studied and worked in Singapore and turned down numerous opportunities to return to acting. She later returned to Chennai, and work on the production of Veera Shivaji alongside Vikram Prabhu in 2016.
As Child ArtistEdit
|1990||Anjali||Anjali||Tamil||National Film Award for Best Child Artist|
Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Child Artist
|Malootty||Malootty||Malayalam||Kerala State Film Award for Best Child Artist|
|Jagadeka Veerudu Athiloka Sundari||Bujji||Telugu|
|Mathe Haditu Kogile||Pallavi||Kannada||Karnataka State Film Award for Best Child Artist|
|Vaasalile Oru Vennila||Ammu||Tamil|
|Devar Veettu Ponnu||Sangari,
|Nippu Ravva||Engineer's daughter||Telugu|
|Chinna Nee Naguthiru||Kannada|
|Doragariki Donga Pellam||Baby Vani||Telugu|
|1996||Sabse Bada Mawali||Hindi|
|2009||Oye!||Sandhya||Telugu||CineMAA Award for Best Female Debut|
|2015||Valliyum Thetti Pulliyum Thetti||Sreedevi||Malayalam|
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- "Ajith Shalini Marriage Ajith Kumar Wedding Photos Tamil Actor Details". Celebrity.psyphil.com. 3 January 2008. Retrieved 22 April 2013.
- "Baby Shamili debuts opposite Siddharth". IndiaGlitz. 10 September 2018. Retrieved 11 October 2008.
|National Film Award|
Mrin Moyee Chandrakar
for Kalat Nakalat
| Best Child Artist
(shared with Tarun and Shruthi)
for Bhadram Koduko