Maria Roy is an actress in the Malayalam film industry well known for her first film ‘ Notebook’ which came out in the year 2006. She was born on November 7th in the year 1987 in the city of Kottayam in Kerala. Maria spent her childhood in her hometown and completed her higher secondary education from one of the best schools in Kerala known as ‘Pallikudum’.

After she had completed schooling in the year 2006, Maria moved to Chennai to pursue graduation from Loyola College there. She belongs to a family of artists and well-known people. Arundhati Roy is her aunt, who is the author of the 1997 Man Booker Prize-winning novel, ‘The God of Small Things’. Another well-known face is Mary Roy, who is her grandmother. Although she made an entry into the Malayalam film industry with one of the best-known directors, her career was somewhat short lived. She made her acting debut in ace filmmaker Rosshan Andrrews’ ‘Notebook’ which was released in the year 2006. She was asked to play the role of Sreedevi, one among the three female protagonists who later in the film died of a miscarriage.

The film was well received by the critics and as well as among the viewers and gained popularity among the youngsters. Maria had to discontinue her career as she had only completed her schooling. Later on after completing her graduation, Maria made a comeback to Malayalam cinema in Aji John’s ‘ Hotel California’ in the year 2013 alongside other Malayalam film stars like Anoop Menon, Jayasurya and Honey Rose. Also, she made a cameo appearance in Rosshan Andrrews’ 2013 thriller ‘ Mumbai Police’.

After her acting debut, Maria had decided to follow her true passion that was dancing. For around six years, Maria had moved to the UK and later to New York. She pursued western dance styles; mainly contemporary for a three-year long course in the United Kingdom. Later she did another course in Street Jazz, Hip Hop and theatre from New York. She is currently living her dream of running a dance school with her friend Arunima Gupta. Her school offers various dance styles such as ballet, hip-hop, jazz, funk, etc.

Malayalam Actress - Meenakshi

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, ‘Tarak’. 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 ‘Junior Senior’, an adaptation of the popular Hindi movie, ‘Yes Boss’. This bubbly actor reprised the role of Juhi Chawla 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.

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