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
, 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
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.