Ranjini is a famous, popular and successful actress who is known for her commendable performances for essaying challenging roles in both commercially successful and critically acclaimed Malayalam and Tamil movies. Actress Ranjini, whose real name is Sashi Selvaraj was born in the year 1970 to the Singapore based Keralite parents Selvaraj and Lily Selvaraj in Singapore, who are originally from Tirunelveli, Kerala, India. Ranjini aimed from childhood to make her mark and her career in the corporate world but destiny had something else planned for her. She was spotted by director P. Bharathiraja, who was a friend of Ranjini’s father and she made her debut in the year 1985 in his Tamil film Mutha Mariyathai, which went to be critically acclaimed film and Sasha Selvaraj a .k.a Rajini's performances was well appreciated. Though initially Ranjini shifted to India taking a short break from her studies hoping to return to Singapore after the shoot was over, after her first film released, acting offers came pouring in and she thought to give acting a serious try. It is during this time, director P. Bharathiraja, changed her name and renamed her as Ranjini which was a more befitting name for an actress. The acting duo of Mohanlal and Ranjini are considered as the golden couple of the Malayalam cinema as this duo delivered back to back commercially as well as critically acclaimed Malayalam movies. Some of the successful Malayalam movies in which Ranjini starred are-Swathi Thirunal, Chithram, directed by Priyadarshan which went on to become Box office blockbuster, Orukkam, Mukunthetta Sumitra Vikkunnu among others. She also featured in many successful Tamil and Telugu films also. In the year 1993, after acting in the movie Customs Diary, Ranjini quit movies at the peak of her career and went back to Singapore to complete her studies and went to get her degree in credit management from London and later a law degree and became a graduate lawyer. Ranjini a.k.a Sasha Selvaraj worked with BBC also for a short while and is currently married to Keralian businessman Pierre Kombara and is working as a joint director in an overseas education institute in Kochi, Kerala. Ranjini made her comeback in the Malayalam Movie Industry after a hiatus of almost two decades with Malayalam film Koothara directed by director
which released on February 9, 2014.