Widely known as Baby Shamili, Shamili is an actress whose claim to fame comes from acting as a child actor in Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu and Kannada films and TV serials.
Shamili was born in the family where acting was aplenty. She is the younger sister of Shalini and
Richard Rishi, both actors.
Shamili started her acting career as early as when she was two years old. She acted in Bharathan's movie Malotty. She won the Kerala State Film Award for Best Child Artist. However, Shamili's biggest claim to fame came after starring in award-winning director
Mani Ratnam's “
Anjali”. Shamili portrayed a mentally challenged kid in this movie. This stunning performance won her the National Film Award for Best Child Artist.
Her first role as a lead actor in '
Oy!' gained her critical but not commercial success. Unfortunately, she could not capitalise her early success when it came to female lead roles. She later jumped into small screen and acted in several TV serials.
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Shamili is a well known child artist, who was born in the year 1988. She was born to Babu and Alice in Chennai. She is the youngest in their family and two of her siblings are also in the cinema industry. Shalini Ajith is her elder sister and Richard is her brother. Shamili has acted as a child artist in all the south Indian languages, as her sister. She made her debut through the Tamil movie Anjali, directed by Mani Ratnam. Her performance as a mentally retarded child, won her the National Award for the Best Child Artist and Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Child Artist. At the age of three, she acted in the movie called Durga in a dual role. She acted with animals like dog and goat without any fear. She has also acted as a boy in the movie Thai Poosam. Even in this film she appeared in a dual role, one as Bhanu Priya’s brother and another as her son. Her next movie Senthura Devi as a daughter of Vivek has also dual roles. In the year 1992, she acted in a Malayalam movie called Malootty, which earned her the Best Child Artist Award from Kerala Government.
Most of the films, which she did dual roles have the story that mainly focuses on Shamili. She has also acted in a Hindi film named Sabse Bada Mawali. In her teens, she started to act in the sister roles. She performed as the sister of Mammooty and Mohanlal in a Malayalam movie called Harikrishnans. In 2000, she acted in a Tamil film called
Kandukondain Kandukondain as the sister of Aishwarya Rai and Tabu. This was the last movie she acted as a child or as a young girl. After 9 years, she made her debut as a heroine in a Telugu movie called “Oy!” with Siddharth but failed to impress all. Shamili is very talented in painting, dancing and even in Carnatic music. At present, she is in talks with director K. S. Ravikumar for his next Kannada movie which has Sudeep as the hero.
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Shamili is also known as Baby Shamili and is an Indian actress. She has contributed in Telugu, Tamil, Kannada and Malayalam movies. She has worked as a child artist in many movies. She is best known for her performance in the movie Anjali in 1990. She had played the character of a mentally challenged girl by the name of Anjali.
She was born in Chennai. Her family belongs to the film industry and has worked in there. Her parents were Babu and Alice. Her father always wanted to become an actor and hence had migrated to Madras. He could not fulfill his dreams, but he fulfilled his dreams through his children. Shamili’s brother Richard Rishi and sister Shalini also were actors in the Tamil and Telugu film industries.
She appeared on the Big-screen when she was two years old. She has been a part of the movie Malootty, which was directed by Bharathan. The film was based on the rescue of Jessica McClure an 18-month-old child who had fallen into the well. She made her debut in Tamil with the movie Anjali in 1990. The movie was directed by Mani Ratnam. She had played the character of a mentally challenged girl by the name Anjali. Her other movies as a child artist include Jagadeka Veerudu Athiloka Sundari, Durga, Mathe Haditu Kogile in 1990. In 1991 she appeared in Senthura Devi, Thai Poosam, Killer, Anbu Changili, Bhairavi, Vaasalile Oru Vennila, Police Lockup, Kadambari, Chinna Nee Naguthiru, Hoovu Hannu in 1993, Bhuvaneshwari in 1994, Karulina Kudi in 1995, Jagadeeshwari in 1998.
She debuted as Heroine with the Telugu movie Oy! The movie was directed by
Anand Ranga, and the music of the film was given by
Yuvan Shankar Raja. Along with Shamili, the movie starred Siddharth in the lead roles. The film made a fair appearance at the box office and collected Rs 12 crore. In 2016, she has lined up two movies. One is a Tamil film
Veera Sivaji by
Ganesh Vinayak and opposite her will be actor
Vikram Prabhu. Her second movie is a Malayalam movie Valliyum Thetti Pulliyum Thetti which will be directed by
Rishi Sivakumar. The movie will star
Renji Panicker, Krishna Shanker and Manoj K. Jayan in the lead roles.
She won the National Film Award in the category of Best Child Artist for the movie Anjali in 1990. Her next award was for the movie Malootty from the Kerala State Film Award for the category of Best Child Artist in 1992. In 2009, she won the Best Female Debut from CineMAA Award for the movie OY!