Sharmilee, born as Maria Margaret Sharmilee, is a famous Malayalam actress who has acted in not just Malayalam movies, but also, Tamil and Telugu ones. She started her career with Tamil films and then transitioned to Malayalam films where she was named the 2005 debutante artist by the Kerala Film Critics Association. She got popular by the name of Sharmilee due to her career in Tamil films where she has always been credited by that name.
After Kakkakarumbam (2004) she got the name Meenakshi after playing a character by the same name in that movie.
The same year, she acted in another hit film, which has been her most successful film to date, Vellinakshatram.
Despite her acting and modelling career, she never lost her focus on her studies. She is a graduate in Maths from Stella Maris College and then went on to do her post-graduation in Computer Applications. She continued and completed her studies and did modelling assignments alongside. She also hosted Kasumele, a popular programme on Jaya TV. Sharmilee made her debut with the film
Aasai Aasaiyai (2002) which is about an aspiring entrepreneur and part-time detective and then starred in Anbe Anbe and Diwan. She then made her Telugu debut in 2003 with the movie Taarak. In 2004, she did Kakkakarumbam and Vellinakshatram, which was her peak time in her career and also marked her debut in Malayalam cinema. However, she failed to retain the stardom and tried maintaining a hold in the industry by venturing into movies of other regional languages.
After doing some more films and being a part of hit songs, Sharmilee completely faded away from the screen in 2005. The time she was here, she did make a mark.
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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.