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Shobana Chandrakumar Pillai (born 21 March 1970), better known mononymously as Shobana, is an Indian film actress and bharatanatyam dancer. She has acted nearly 230 films, predominantly in Malayalam language, in addition to Telugu, Tamil, Hindi, Kannada and English language films. She has won two National Film Awards, one Kerala State Film Awards and numerous other awards.[2][3][4]


Shobana
Shobana perfomence.jpg
Born
Shobana Chandrakumar Pillai

(1970-03-21) 21 March 1970 (age 49)[1]
OccupationActress, dancer, choreographer, mridangam player
Years active1980–present
Parent(s)
  • Chandrakumar Pillai
  • Anandam

Shobana established herself as a leading actress in 1980s and 1990s. She has worked with directors such as Adoor Gopalakrishnan, G. Aravindan, K. Balachander, AM Fazil, Mani Ratnam, Bharathan, Uppalapati Narayana Rao, and Priyadarsan. 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). Consequent to the year 1999, Shobana turned extremely selective about her films.[5][6],[7],[8]

Shobana was trained under the Bharata Natyam 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 Indian Government honoured Shobana with the Padma Shri for her contributions towards the arts.[9][10] In 2014, the Kerala State Government honoured her with the Kala Ratna Award.

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Personal lifeEdit

Shobhana did her schooling in Chennai at Rosary Matric Girls School. She is the niece of the Travancore sistersLalitha, Padmini and Ragini, all of whom were classical Indian dancers and actresses.[11] The actress Sukumari was her paternal aunt. Malayalam actress Ambika Sukumaran is her relative. Malayalam actors Vineeth is her cousin and Krishna is her nephew.[12] She has an adopted daughter Ananthanarayani.

CareerEdit

Film careerEdit

 
Shobana in a dance programme

Shobana made her debut as a child artist in the Bollywood film Amar Prem (1972). [13] As an adult, she was introduced to the film industry through the film April 18, by director Balachandra Menon. Her realistic portrayal of a simple girl-next-door appealed to audiences instantly 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 do well at the box office and Shobhana's commercial landing was stalled and 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.[14]

Her other major films include Meleparambil Aanveedu, Kanamarayathu, Ithiri Poove Chuvanna Poove , Yathra, Rangam (1985), Anantaram, Vrutham (1987), Idhu Namma Aalu (1988), Siva (1989), Innale (1990), Thalapathi (1991), Manichitrathazhu (1993), Thenmavin Kombath (1994), Minnaram(1994), Dance like a Man (2003), Mampazhakkalam (2004) and Makalkku (2005). From Aviduthe Pole Ivideyum to Upaharam, Shobana did sixteen movies in a single year, 1985.[15] Shobana also stars in the Tamil period film Kochadaiiyaan.[3]

Shobana won her first National Film Award for Best Actress in 1994 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".[16] She received her second National 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.[17]

Classical dance careerEdit

 
The President, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam presenting the Padma Shri Award – 2006 to Ms. Shobana Chandrakumar, a well-known Classical dancer, Choreographer teacher and actress, in New Delhi on 20 March 2006

Shobhana is an accomplished Bharata Natyam dancer.[18] She did her dance training at the Chidambaram academy in Chennai, Tamil Nadu under Chitra Visweswaran. Shobhana 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.[2]

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.[19] Shobhana started performing in the prestigious Soorya Music & Dance festival organised by Soorya Krishnamoorthy from the year 1994.[20] In 1999, Shobhana along with Prabhu Deva and AR Rahman performed with a Tamil film dancing troupe at the "Michael Jackson and Friends" concert in Munich, Germany. She was also a part of Mani Ratnam's stage show, Netru, Indru, Naalai in 2000.

In 1994, Shobana founded a school for classical dance Bharata Natyam in Chennai – Kalarpana.[21]

FilmographyEdit

MalayalamEdit

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

TeluguEdit

Year Title Role Sources
1982 Bhakta Dhruva Markandeya
1984 Srimathi Kanuka Padma
1984 Vijrumbhana Shobha
1985 Hechcharika
1985 Marana Sasanam Lalitha
1985 Muvva Gopaludu Krishnaveni
1985 Ajeyudu Rekha
1985 Trimurtulu Latha
1985 Rudraveena Lalita Shiva Jyoti
1985 Abhinandana Rani
1985 Praja Pratinidhi Bharathi
1985 Manavadostunnaadu Roopa
1985 Kokila Kokila
1985 Neti Siddhartha Jyoti
1985 Agni Sakshi
1989 Nari Nari Naduma Murari Shobha
1992 Rowdy Alludu Sita
1986 Appula Appa Rao Subba Laxmi
1986 Hello Darling
1986 Rendilla Poojari Radha
1986 Naga Jyoti Gayathri
1986 Vikram Radha
1986 Marchandi Mana Chattalu Uma
1986 Keechu Raallu Monica
1986 Asthram Padmini
1986 Gangwar Pavithra
1986 Alludu Diddina Kapuram Sita
1987 Muddula Manavudu Hemalatha
1987 Paapa Kosam Swapna
1987 Rowdy Gaari Teacher Malli
1990 Alludugaru Kalyani
1991 April 1st Vidudhala Bhuvaneshwari
1991 Rowdy Gaari Pellam Janaki
1991 Minor Raja Santhana Lakshmi
1991 Manchi Roju Padma
1992 Ahankari Shobana
1992 Asadhyulu Jyoti
1992 Champion Sandhya
1993 Kannayya Kittayya Saroja
1993 Nippu Ravva Guest appearance in a song
1993 Rakshana Padma
1997 Surya Putrulu Ragini
2006 Game Uma

TamilEdit

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

KannadaEdit

Year Title Role Sources
1990 Shivashankar Girija
1985 Giri Baale Neelaveni

HindiEdit

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

EnglishEdit

Year Title Role Sources
2003 Dance Like a Man Ratna
2002 Mitr, My Friend Lakshmi

Awards and RecognitionsEdit

Year Awards Category Film
1989 Filmfare Awards South Filmfare Award for Best Actress - Malayalam Innale
1993 National Film Awards National Film Award for Best Actress Manichithrathazhu
1993 Kerala State Film Awards Kerala State Film Award for Best Actress Manichithrathazhu
1994 Filmfare Awards South Filmfare Award for Best Actress - Malayalam Thenmavin Kombath
2002 National Film Awards National Film Award for Best Actress Mitr, My Friend
2013 Vanitha Film Awards Best Actress Thira

Television shows as JudgeEdit

Year Title Channel Language
2010 Jodi Number one season 4 Vijay TV Tamil
2010 Super Jodi Surya TV Malayalam
2015 D 3
(Grand finale)
Mazhavil Manorama Malayalam
2017 Midukki Mazhavil Manorama Malayalam
Tv serial
  • 1991 - Penn (tamil)


ReferencesEdit

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