Shobana Chandrakumar Pillai (born 21 March 1970) is an Indian actress and Bharatanatyam dancer. She acts predominantly in Malayalam films along with Telugu and Tamil films with a few Hindi, Kannada and English films. She has won two National Film Awards, one Kerala State Film Awards, two Filmfare Awards South, with 14 Nominations for Best Actress Category in three different south Indian languages, Tamil Nadu State's Kalaimamani Award in 2011 and numerous other awards.[3][4]

Shobana Chandrakumar Pillai
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Shobana in 2009
Born
Shobana Chandrakumar Pillai

(1970-03-21) 21 March 1970 (age 52)[1][2]
Occupations
  • Actress
  • dancer
  • choreographer
Years active1980–present
Children1
FamilyTravancore family
AwardsPadma Shri (2006)
Kalaimamani (2011)
Websiteactressshobana.com

She won the National Film Award for Best Actress twice, for her performances in the Malayalam film Manichitrathazhu (1993) and the English film Mitr, My Friend (2001). Subsequent to the year 1999, Shobana turned extremely selective about her films.[5][6][7][8][9]

Shobana was trained under the Bharatanatyam dancers Chitra Visweswaran and Padma Subrahmanyam. She emerged as an independent performer and choreographer in her twenties and currently runs a dance school, Kalarpana, in Chennai.[5] In 2006, the Government of India honoured her with the Padma Shri for her contributions towards the arts.[10][11]

In 2014, the Kerala State Government honoured her with the Kala Ratna Award. In 2019, she was bestowed an honorary doctorate from Dr. M.G.R. Educational and Research Institute.[12] In 2022, she was bestowed an Doctor of Letters degree from Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit.[13]

Personal lifeEdit

She is the niece of the Travancore sistersLalitha, Padmini and Ragini, all of whom were Indian classical dancers and actresses.[14]

Shobhana is single. In 2011, she became a single-parent mother to a girl child named Anantha Narayani Chandrakumar through adoption.[15][16][17][18]

CareerEdit

Film careerEdit

Shobana made her debut as a child artist. She had a major role in the Tamil movie Mangala Nayagi in 1980 directed by Krishnan–Panju, starring Srikanth and K. R. Vijaya, which was the remake of the Hindi film Saajan Bina Suhagan, for which she won the Best Child Artiste Award.[citation needed]

She also starred in the Telugu film Bhakta Dhruva Markendaya in 1982, an acclaimed all children film made in both Tamil and Telugu.[19][20] As an adult, she was introduced to the film industry through the Malayalam film April 18, by director Balachandra Menon. Her realistic portrayal of a simple girl-next-door appealed to audiences and she went on to work in numerous films. In the same year, she entered the Tamil film industry and acted in Enakkul Oruvan, directed by SP Muthuraman.[6] Enakkul Oruvan didn't perform well at the box office and Shobana's commercial landing was stalled as she went back into Malayalam films. She did come back to act in occasional Tamil films opposite Satyaraj (Mallu Vetti Minor, Vaathiyar Veetu Pillai), Bhagyaraj (Ithu Namma Aalu) and Vijayakanth (Ponmana Selvan, En Kitta Mothathey) in the early 90s – these roles were generally glamorous in which Shobana generally acted as the beautiful, posh and haughty city girl who is eventually charmed by the village boy.[21]

Her other major films include Rudraveena (1988), Meleparambil Aanveedu, Kanamarayathu, Ithiri Poove Chuvanna Poove, Yathra(1985), Anantaram, Nadodikkattu (1987), Vellanakalude Nadu (1988), Idhu Namma Aalu (1988), Siva (1989), Innale (1990), Kalikkalam (1990), Thalapathi (1991), Pappayude Swantham Appoos (1992), Manichitrathazhu (1993), Thenmavin Kombath (1994), Minnaram (1994), Mazhayethum Munpe (1995), Hitler (1996),Agni Sakshi (1999), Dance like a Man (2003), Makalkku (2005), Thira (2013) and Varane Avashyamund (2020). From Aviduthe Pole Ivideyum to Upaharam, Shobana did sixteen movies in a single year, 1985.[22] Shobana also acted in the Tamil period film Kochadaiiyaan.[4]

Shobana won her first National Film Award for Best Actress in 1993 for her performance in AM Fazil's Manichitrathazhu. Her portrayal of Ganga Nakulan and alter-ego Nagavalli in the film was described by critics as "spell binding".[23] She received her second National Film Award for Best Actress in 2001 for her role in the Indian English language film Mitr, My Friend, directed by Revathi. Consequent to the 1993 National Award, Shobana turned extremely selective about her films.[24]

Classical dance careerEdit

Shobana is a Bharata Natyam dancer.[25] She did her dance training at the Chidambaram academy in Chennai, Tamil Nadu under Chitra Visweswaran. Shobana danced Abhinaya, a pivotal element in Bharata Natyam. She was one among the judges in Jodi No. 1, a reality show for dance aired on Vijay TV.

She started her own dance school, "Kalipinya" in 1989 and got it registered in 1992.[3]

She has worked on collaborative ventures with the likes of tabla maestro Zakir Hussain, Vikku Vinayakram and Mandolin Srinivas. Her recitals abroad include those at the World Malayalee convention, in the United States in 1985 and 1995, in Kuala Lumpur before the King and Queen of Malaysia, numerous cities in the United States, Europe, South East Asia and Australia.[26] Shobana started performing in the Soorya Music & Dance festival organised by Soorya Krishnamoorthy from the year 1994.[27]

In 1994, Shobana founded a school for classical dance Bharata Natyam in Chennai named Kalarpana.[28]

FilmographyEdit

MalayalamEdit

Year Title Role Sources
1984 April 18 Shobana Debut in lead role
Kanamarayathu Sherly
Ithiri Poove Chuvanna Poove Subhadra
Alakadalinakkare Daisy
1985 Avidathepole Ivideyum Sujatha
Vasantha Sena Merlin
Thozhil Allengil Jail
Akkacheyude Kunjuvava Mridula
Meenamasathile Sooryan Revathi
Azhiyatha Bandhangal Geetha
Eeran Sandhya Prabha
Thammil Thammil Kavitha
Anubandham Vijayalakshmi
Ee Thanalil Ithiri Nerum Soudamini
Ee Shabdam Innathe Shabdam Sharada
Ayanam Alice
Yathra Thulasi
Rangam Chandrika
Oru Naal Innorunaal Rajani
Upaharam Maggie Fernandez
1986 Udayam Padinjaru Renu
T. P. Balagopalan M.A. Anitha
Kunjattakilikal Usha
Iniyum Kurukshethram Lekha
Aayiram Kannukal Anu
Ente Entethu Mathrem Ambili
Abhayam Thedi Meera/Miranda
Kshamichu Ennoru Vakku Indu
Aalorungi Arangorungi Geetha
Nyayavidhi Geetha
Ee Kaikalil Viji Balakrishnan
Padayani Radha
Chilambu Ambika
Rareeram Meera
1987 Vrutham Nancy
Nadodikattu Radha
Ithrayum Kaalam Savithri
Kalam Mari Katha Mari Ummu Kolzu
Anantaram Suma, Nalini
Naalkavala Sainabha
1988 Vicharana Anitha
Vellanakalude Nadu Radha
Janmandharam Sridevi
Aryan Aswathy
Aparan Ambili
Dhwani Devi
Oru Vivaada Vishayam Shobha
Alila Kuruvikal Bhavana
Mukthi Radhika
1989 Charithram Cicily
1990 Innale Maya/Gowri
Iyer the Great Amala
Sasneham Saraswathi
Kalikkalam Annie
1991 Vasthuhara Young Bhavani
Ulladakkam Annie
Adayalam Malini
Kankettu Sujatha
1992 Oru Kochu Bhoomikulukkam Indu
Naaga Panchami Panchami
Pappayude Swantham Appoos Bhama
1993 Maya Mayuram Bhadra
Meleparambil Aanveedu Pavizham
Golanthara Vartha Lekha
Manichitrathazhu Ganga/Nagavalli
1994 Pavithram Meera
Commissioner Indu Kurup
Thenmavin Kombathu Karthumbi
Pakshe Nandini Menon
Minnaram Neena
Vishnu Susanna Mathews
Manathe Vellitheru Merlin
1995 Sindoora Rekha Arundhathi
Mazhayethum Munpe Uma Maheshwari
Minnaminuginum Minnukettu Radhika
1996 Kumkumacheppu Indu
Aramana Veedum Anjoorekkarum Alli
Rajaputhran Veni
Hitler Gowri
1997 Superman Nithya
Kalyana Kacheri Gopika
Kaliyoonjal Gowri
1999 Agni Sakshi Devaki Manampalli
2000 Sradha Suma
Valliettan Devi
2004 Mambazhakkalam Indira
2005 Makalkku Killeri
2009 Sagar alias Jacky Reloaded Indu
2013 Thira Dr. Rohini Pranab
2020 Varane Avashyamund Neena

TeluguEdit

Year Title Role Sources
1982 Bhakta Dhruva Markandeya Sunithi Devi Children's film
1985 Marana Sasanam Lalitha
1986 Srimathi Kanuka Padma
Vijrumbhana Shobha
Vikram Radha
Marchandi Mana Chattalu Uma
Asthram Padmini
1987 Dagudu Moothalu Radha
Muddula Manavudu Hemalatha
Manavadostunnaadu Roopa
Ajeyudu Rekha
Trimurtulu Latha
1988 Rudraveena Lalita Shiva Jyoti
Abhinandana Rani
Praja Pratinidhi Bharathi
1990 Paapa Kosam Swapna
Nari Nari Naduma Murari Shobha
Kokila Kokila
Shourya chakra Bharathi
Neti Siddhartha Jyoti
Alludugaru Kalyani
1991 April 1st Vidudhala Bhuvaneshwari
Appula Appa Rao Subba Laxmi
Rowdy Gaari Pellam Janaki
Minor Raja Santhana Lakshmi
Manchi Roju Padma
Rowdy Alludu Sita
Hello Darling Bharathi
Alludu Diddina Kapuram Sita
Keechu Raallu Monica
Muvva Gopaladu Krishna veni
1992 Ahankari Shobana
Asadhyulu Jyoti
Champion Sandhya
Sivaratri Gayatrhi
Gangwar Pavithra
1993 Rowdy Gaari Teacher Malli
Naga Jyoti Naga rani
Kannayya Kittayya Saroja
Nippu Ravva Guest appearance in a song
Rendilla Poojari Radha
Rakshana Padma
1997 Surya Putrulu Ragini
2006 Game Uma

TamilEdit

Year Title Role Sources
1980 Mangala Nayagi Child artist
Manmatha Ragangal Child artist
1984 Enakkul Oruvan Kalpana
1985 Marudhani Marudhani
1988 Oray Thaai Oray Kulam Easwari
Kadhal Geetham Rani
Idhu Namma Aalu Banu
1989 Sattathin Thirappu Vizhaa Radha
Paattukku Oru Thalaivan Shanthi
Siva Parvathy
Ponmana Selvan Parvathy
Vaathiyaar Veettu Pillai Geeta
1990 Enkitta Mothathe Mallika
Mallu Vetti Minor Santhana Lakshmi
Sathya Vaakku Meena
1991 Mahamayi Mahamayi
Thalapathi Subhalakshmi
1993 Sivarathiri Gayathri
1996 Thuraimugam Rukkumani
2012 Podaa Podi Veena
2014 Kochadaiiyaan Yaaghavi

KannadaEdit

Year Title Role Sources
1985 Giri Baale Neelaveni
1990 Shivashankar Girija

HindiEdit

Year Title Role Sources
1998 Swami Vivekananda Dancer
2007 Apna Asmaan Padmini Kumar
2008 Mere Baap Pehle Aap Anuradha Joshi (Annu)

EnglishEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2002 Mitr, My Friend Lakshmi Actress Revathy's directional debut
2003 Dance Like a Man Ratna Parekh
2008 A Little Dream Sundar's mother Documentary film about the journey of former Indian President A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

Awards and recognitionsEdit

Titles and honoursEdit

Year Honour Honouring body Ref(s)
2000 Grade A Top Doordarshan [29]
2006 Padma Shri Government of India [30][31]
2011 Kalaimamani Tamil Nadu Eyal Isai Nataka Manram, Government of Tamil Nadu [32]
2012 Arch of Excellence All India Achievers Conference [33]
2013 Kalarathna Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Academy [34]
2019 Honorary doctorate (D.Litt) Dr. M.G.R. Educational and Research Institute [12]

Other awardsEdit

Year Awards and nominations Category Film Result
1984 Filmfare Awards South Best Actress - Malayalam Kanamarayathu Nominated
1985 Yathra Nominated
1986 Chilambu Nominated
1988 Best Actress - Telugu Rudraveena Nominated
Best Actress - Tamil Idhu Namma Aalu Nominated
1990 Best Actress - Malayalam Innale Won
Best Actress - Telugu Alludugaru Nominated
1991 Rowdy Gaari Pellam Nominated
1993 National Film Awards Best Actress Manichitrathazhu Won
Kerala State Film Awards Best Actress Won
Filmfare Awards South Best Actress - Malayalam Manichitrathazhu Nominated
1994 Thenmavin Kombath Won
1996 Kumkumacheppu Nominated
1999 Agnisakshi Nominated
2002 National Film Awards Best Actress Mitr, My Friend Won
2005 Filmfare Awards South Best Actress - Malayalam Makalkku Nominated
2013 Vanitha Film Awards Best Actress Thira Won[35]
Filmfare Awards South Best Actress - Malayalam Nominated
2021 10th South Indian International Movie Awards Best Actress - Malayalam Varane Avashyamund Won

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Channel Language Notes
1991 Penn DD Podhigai Tamil Serial
1999 Uravugal Vijay TV Tamil Serial
2010 Jodi Number one season 5 Vijay TV Tamil Reality show as Judge
2010 Super Jodi Surya TV Malayalam Reality show as Judge
2015 D 3
(Grand finale)
Mazhavil Manorama Malayalam Reality show as Judge
2017 Midukki Mazhavil Manorama Malayalam Reality show as Judge
2021 Margazhi Thingal YouTube Tamil Music Video[36]
2021 Madhuram Shobhanam Zee Keralam Malayalam

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