Those actresses who have left movies after marriage have mostly been the ones who had already completed a long enough career, synchronising their exit with their marriage. The pattern, however, has been quite different for the Malayali actress Annie, who quit films immediately with her marriage, but after being in the industry just for three years, and at the height of her fame. While it was known to all that Annie’s marriage was preceded by a pretty involved courtship, her decision to quit films came quite as a surprise not only to the industry but also to her fans. That she had taken her marriage to Shaji Kailas Shaji Kailas is an Indian film director who direct >> Read More... , one of the most famous directors of that time, as a very significant and serious matter in her life became evident when she took quite a few vital decisions one after the other. Although born a Christian, she immediately converted to Hinduism. The next decision she took was to discard the very name with which she had attained fame and glory in the industry, and in one sweep she became Chitra from Annie, and linked it with her husband’s name. The final decision she took - about quitting films forever, was of course the most momentous one that left her fans most upset. It takes real guts to quit at the very pinnacle of fame, especially when the fame had come in the remarkably short time of three years and packed with 16 films of various shades, but all of them a huge success. She had made her fans increasingly eager to see more of her films, and it must have pained her too, to deliver this rude anti climax. For it had indeed been a glorious career for Annie, right from her 1993 debut film “Ammayane Sathyam” working for none other than the redoubtable Balachandra Menon Balachandra Menon has various feathers to his caps >> Read More... in quite a complex near double role, when she was just 14. In her very next film she bagged the 1995 Filmfare Award for “Mazhayethum Munpe”, and closed her career with the 1996 hit “Kireedamillatha Rajakkanmar”. Although she is fully retired now, she is still to be seen in public functions and gatherings of the film industry – a small consolation for her fans, perhaps.

Ann Augustine Malayalam Actress

Ann Augustine

Carrying the acting tradition in the family is nothing uncommon in the film industry, and so it was almost natural for Anate Augustine one of the current crop of promising Malayali actresses to have chosen an acting career following in the footsteps of her father Augustine, who himself had acted in more than 100 films in his lifetime. While entering films, however, she chose to abbreviate her name from Anate to ‘Ann’ and this change may have brought her luck as her current standing in the industry bears out, having been a recipient of so many awards right from her debut film in 2010. Like many others in the current generation of actor and actresses, Ann too comes with a solid educational background, having earlier studied in Calicut and Thiruvananthapuram, and then graduated in psychology from Bangalore. While she is grateful for her father’s guidance in her career, at the same time she feels it necessary to pursue her higher education, almost side by side with her acting, as inspired by her late father. In fact, she says she misses her father every time she gets up to pick up another of her awards. In spite of having received 6 awards in her 5 years of acting career, she keeps a balanced and mature head on her relatively young shoulders. In fact, she had the humility to confess that she felt the State Award should have gone to either Shobana or Shwetha, two of her seniors in the acting fraternity. Glancing through her films and the awards that she has been able to accumulate, it would be obvious that she has been able come to the limelight whether she was playing a lead role, (like for instance in her first film “Elsamma Enna Aankutty” or in “Artist”) or even an associate role in some of her other movies. Being level headed and talented, these qualities would carry her far whether she chooses acting or being a psychologist, whatever be her ultimate priorities. That she is focused and determined also comes out from the decision she took without any sort of hesitation or dilemma about her own marriage to Jomon T John.

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