Clara, known by her stage name Sheela (born 22 March 1946[1]) is an Indian film actress and director who appears predominantly in Malayalam cinema. Paired with Prem Nazir, they hold the Guinness World Record for acting in the largest number of films (130) together as heroine and hero.[2][3] In 2005, she won the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the Malayalam film Akale. She was one of the most popular and highest paid actresses, reportedly paid more than her male counterparts, of her time.[citation needed]

Sheela
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Sheela in 2017
Born (1946-03-22) 22 March 1946 (age 75)[1]
NationalityIndian
Other namesClara (Real name)
Occupation
  • Actress
  • writer
  • film director
  • novelist
  • painter
  • television host
Years active
  • 1962–1981
  • 2003–present
Spouse(s)
  • Xavier
    (div. 1970)
  • (m. 1975; div. 1991)
ChildrenGeorge Vishnu

Early life and familyEdit

Sheela was born in a Syrian Christian family to Railway officer Kanimangalam Antony and Gracy at Thrissur, Kingdom of Cochin (now Kerala). She was brought up in Ooty.[4] Since her father was working with the railways, she was brought up in different places before finally settling down at Chennai. As a result, she had her primary education at various places, including Thrissur, Ooty, Tiruchirappalli, Salem, Edappally and St. Francis Anglo-Indian Girls School, Coimbatore.[1]

She was initially married to Xavier, a reporter, which ended in a divorce.[citation needed] Later she married actor Ravichandran, who co-starred with her in many films and has a son George in this marriage who has worked in a few Tamil, Malayalam and Telugu films, apart from television.[citation needed] He is currently working as a reputed builder. He is married and has two daughters. Sheela has authored a Malayalam novel named Pathamathe Cheque and has also written a book titled Kuilinte Koodu, apart from many short stories. She is also a painter and an interior designer.

Film careerEdit

Sheela was introduced to theatre at the age of 13 by Tamil actor S. S. Rajendran. She was introduced into the film industry at the age of 17 by MGR in the Tamil film Paasam (1962). M. G. Ramachandran, the hero of the film, added the suffix "Devi" to her name, thus he renamed her "Sheela Devi". She would continue to act in Tamil films with that name. Later, she reverted her name to Sheela, her original name.[5] The same year, she made her Malayalam debut through Bhagyajathakam. The next two decades saw her act in more than 475 films in various languages such as Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Hindi and Urdu. Her popular films are Chemmeen, Kallichellamma, Velutha Kathreena Akale, Oru Penninte Kadha, Sarsaiya, Yakshaganam, Kutti Kuppayam, Sthanarthy Saramma, Kadathunattu Makkan, Kannapan Unni, Jwala, Vazhve Mayam, etc. In Kannapanunni, she plays the role of a powerful yet humane princess forced to marry a poor woodcutter. In Kadathanattu Makkam, she plays the role of a princess who is cheated by her sisters-in-law and false allegations of being in love with a boatman are leveled against her. She and the boatman are both given the death sentence.

In the 70s and 80s, she directed two films Yakshaganom and Shikarangal. She wrote the story and screenplay for Shikharangaland Yakshagaanam, which was also remade in Tamil. Sheela wrote the story and screenplay for Mammooty starrer Onnu Chiriku. Besides films, she has directed a tele-film titled Ninaivukale Neengividu, co-starring Jayabharathi. Her other films include Vishnu Vijayam and Eeta. She retired from the film industry in the 1983 and settled at Ootacamund, Tamil Nadu.[6] After a long sabbatical, she returned to acting, playing a prominent role in Sathyan Anthikkad's Manassinakkare (2003). The same year, she acted in the Tamil film Chandramukhi.

Sheela, along with Prem Nazir, hold the Guinness World Record for acting in the largest number of films (130) together. In 2005, she won the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress and Kerala State Film Award for Second Best Actress for her role in the Malayalam film Akale. She received the Kerala State Film Award for Best Actress thrice in her film career in 1969, 1971 and 1976. She has won awards such as Kerala State Film Awards, the Lux award and the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement award. Sheela made an exhibition of her paintings at hotel Le- Meridian in Ernakulam and 93 paintings were sold, most of which was bought by Snehatheeram Baby Mathew and Mr. Ravi Pillai. The amount collected from these paintings were donated as flood relief fund for the people in Chennai.

AwardsEdit

National Film Awards
Kerala State Film Awards
Filmfare Awards South
Asianet Film Awards
Other Awards
  • 2007 Lux Lifetime Achievement Award
  • 2006 Amrita TV Lifetime Achievement Award
  • 2019 J. C. Daniel Award
  • 2019 Jayan Ragamalika Award
  • 2020 Malayala Puraskaram

FilmographyEdit

ActressEdit

MalayalamEdit

TamilEdit

TeluguEdit

Story, screenplay, and directionEdit

TelevisionEdit

MalayalamEdit

Shows as host
  • Jeevitham Sakshi (Kairali TV)[8] as presenter
  • Sthree (Asianet News) as presenter
Serials
  • Velutha Kathrina (Kairali TV) as Kathreena
  • Kanalpoovu (Kairali TV) as Pulikattil Kathreena/Eliyamma
  • Aliyans (Kaumudy TV) as Herself
As judge
  • Malayali Veetamma(Flowers TV)
  • Ugram Ujjwalam (Mazhavil Manorama)
  • Comedy Stars season 2 (Asianet)
  • Comedy Festival (Mazhavil Manorama)
Other shows
  • Bhava Nayika
  • Ningalkkum Aakaam Kodeeshwaran
  • JB Junction
  • Onnum Onnum Moonnu
  • Laughing Villa
  • Close Encounter
  • Nammude Swantham Karuthammayude Onam
  • Badayi Bunglavu
  • Comedy Super Nite
  • Portrait of an actress
  • Nere Chovve
  • Ithihasa Nayikakkoppam
  • Cinema Rendezvous
  • Thara Raja Thara Rani
  • Lime Light
  • Hello Europe
  • Star Chat
  • Merry Sheela
  • Varikalkkidayil
  • Puraskara Niravil Nithya Haritha Nayika
  • Media One Online
  • Mathrubhumi Online
  • Cinema Diary
  • DD Interview
  • Aashwasaganga
  • I Me Myself
  • Europe Malayali Journal
  • Sheelayude Varthamanam

TamilEdit

Serials
  • Neenivayukale Neengi Vidu (Story, Screenplay, Direction; Doordarshan)
  • Aayiram Janmangal starring Rajnikanth (written by Sheela)
  • Rusi Kanda Poonai starring Saritha (written by Sheela)
Other Programmes
  • Natchathira Sangamam

DramaEdit

  • Kuttavum Shikshyum

AdvertisementsEdit

  • Lux Soap
  • Star Choyz Caterers
  • KPL Shudhi Coconut Oil

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c നിത്യഹരിത നായിക ഷീലയ്‌ക്ക് 70 വയസ്‌ [Evergreen heroine Sheila is 70 years old]. Mangalam Publications (in Malayalam). Archived from the original on 9 July 2017. Retrieved 23 March 2015.
  2. ^ "Records Application Search Longest Screen Partnership". Guinness World Records. 6 April 2018. Retrieved 6 April 2018.
  3. ^ "Comeback queen". The Hindu. 27 May 2005. Retrieved 26 May 2007.
  4. ^ "മലയാളത്തിന്റെ അഭിനയസൗന്ദര്യം". Mathrubhumi. Retrieved 2 May 2015.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "Comedy Super Nite with Sheela – Full Episode#58". Flowerstv. Retrieved 22 August 2015.
  6. ^ "നിത്യഹരിത നായിക ഷീലയ്‌ക്ക് 70 വയസ്‌". Mangalam Publications. Retrieved 10 September 2015.
  7. ^ "Doing Malayalam proud". The Hindu. 22 July 2005. Retrieved 26 May 2007.
  8. ^ "Actress Sheela to be a TV anchor – Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 11 January 2018.

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