Meenakshi, born as Maria Margaret Sharmili, is a famous Malayalam actress. An MCA graduate from Stella Maris College, Chennai, she was offered roles in movies early in her life. Starting off with modeling, she gained popularity with the hit telephone show, ‘Kasu Mele’, on Jaya TV. She was instantly liked by the audience for her lively personality. Acting in movies was the next obvious choice, but that did not get her immediate success. Her debut Tamil movie did not come in her favor regarding box office records, but that did not stop her from taking up movies in other languages.
However, her third attempt in the Tamil film industry created a platform for her and showcased her acting abilities. Then, she shifted her focus to Telugu and in 2003, she was part of the hit, ‘
’. Nonetheless, it was the Malayalam film industry which gave her the success and recognition she needed. Her first Malayalam movie was ‘Vellinakshatram’, which did magic and gave her box office success, as well as grew her popularity. Though this film was a big hit, it seemed like her path of success had come to an end. Her following movies proved to be not so great. The pale box office reviews did not deter her from trying her luck again in ‘
’, an adaptation of the popular Hindi movie, ‘
’. This bubbly actor reprised the role of
in the movie. Continuing her journey in the industry, she did manage to deliver some hit movies, but not for long. Like any other famous actor, she disappeared from the acting world. 2005 is the last year she was seen acting in a movie and her love for acting, however, was always intact, as she preferred Malayalam movies more. She is known as Meenakshi in the industry, more than her real name which is Sharmili or Sharmilee.