Shobha was a famous South Indian actress who worked in Malayalam and Tamil films. Her exceptional acting talents impressed many directors who had different ideas, making the out-of-the-box experimental type of movies. She understood what the directors wanted from a scene in a beautiful way. In several films, she had to present distressed characters, and she excelled at them even at a very young age.
She was the daughter of K. P. Menon and Prema Menon, one of the leading actresses of Malayalam film industry during the 1950s. She joined the industry in 1968, making her screen debut in Tamil Thriller film Thattungal Thirakkappadum at the age of six. She worked with eminent directors like
Balachandra Menon, K.G.George, Mohan, P. N. Panicker and
Ramu Kariat during her short time in the industry. She received many accolades, including two Filmfares and a National award for Pasi.
Balu Mahendra, who worked as a cinematographer in some of her films without the consent of her relatives. This wedlock created so many difficulties and struggles in the family circle and in the midst of that dilemma she committed suicide on 1st May 1980. Balu Mahendra admitted in his interview to Anu Haasan in Koffee with Anu that he based his next movie, Moondram Pirai, on the life of Shobha, describing the misfortune of fate snatched her away from his life. K. G. George also directed a film named 'Lekhayude Maranam Oru Flash Back' which depicted the real life of Shobha.
Her untimely demise was a shock and a complete loss to the entire industry. The cinema industry was expecting a lot from the talented young actress when she suddenly took her own life. She was like a flower which was plucked before she could fully bloom. The actress who was able to present succulent as well as susceptible roles equally good could have gained stupendous achievements if lived longer.
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Shobha was a popular child actress and heroine of the Tamil and Malayalam film industries. She was born on the 23rd of September in 1962 to K. P. Menon and PremaMenon, who was then one of the most popular actresses in Malayalam cinema. She was named Mahalakshmi Menon at birth, but she later became popular as Shobha.
Her career started in the year 1966 as a child artist in J. P. Chandrababu’s Tamil thriller Thattungal Thirakkappadum where she played opposite renowned names like Savitri, K. R. Vijay, R. S. Manohar and Chandrababu himself. She was credited as Baby Shobha from the movie Udhyogastha. She continued as child artist in the film industry for a few years before she received her break as a heroine in the movie Utrada Raatri in the year 1978.
She did more than 100 movies in the South Indian Film industry.
She received a National Film Award for her role in the Tamil movie Pasi, released in 1980. She also received a Filmfare award for the Best Kannada Actress in the year 1978 for her role in the movie Aparichita.
She married director Balu Mahendra in the year 1978, soon after she had debuted as a heroine. She has a short, yet successful career in the two years that followed. In the year 1980, Shobha committed suicide at the tender age of 17.
Director K. G. George’s movie Lekhayude Maranam Oru Flashback (1983) is based on her life and death.
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Shoba was the National Award Winner for her best performance in the Tamil film Pasi. Shoba was born in the year 1962. Her real name was Mahalakshmi. She hailed from Kerala and acted in all the south Indian films. Thattungal Thirakkapadum was her first movie, as a child artiste. The Malayalam film Udhyogastha in 1966 made a super hit, and it made Shoba bring to the limelight as a celebrity child artist. Nizhal Nijamagiradhu.
Azhiyatha Kolangal, and
Agal Vilakku are some of her popular Tamil films. Sindooracheppu, Makane Ninakku Vendi, Gandharavakshetram and Badra Deepam were some of her consecutive hit movies in Malayalam. Ormakal Marikkumo, Ulkkadal, Jeevitham Oru Ganam and Manju Moodal Manju were some of her final movies. Tharam Marindi and Manavoori Pandavulu are the Telugu movies on her list. Kokila, Aparichita, and Amara Madhura Prema were her Kannada films, out of which Amara Madhura Prema released after her death. Shoba was married to the popular director Balu Mahendra in the year 1978. Based on her story, a Malayalam film was directed by K.G. George called Lekhayude Maranam Oru Flashback in the year 1983. The film has Mamooty, Nalini and