Actress Uma (Uma Shankari) is the daughter of popular yesteryear Tamil actress Sumithra and her father Rajendra Babu was also a prominent Kannada film director. Her sister Nakshatra ( screen name Deepti) is also a noted Kannada actress who resides in Bangalore. Now the actress is a housewife having tied her knot with a software engineer, H. Dushyanth in 2006. After finishing her BA from an open university, she made her debut in films.
She made her debut in film ‘Veeranadai’(2000) alongside Khushboo and Sathyaraj.
Her next film was ‘
’ where she had a minor role to play. But, the film was an underperformer at the box office. Later, she acted in several films in Kannada and Tamil. But she shot to fame playing Vijayakanth's sister in ‘Chokka Thangam’ directed by K Bhagyaraj. She followed it up with some good roles in movies like ‘Kadal Pookal’ and ‘Thendral’ (opposite Parthiban). In Kannada, she acted in ‘Uppidada MBBS’, a remake of blockbuster Munnabhai MBBS. She also impressed the audience by acting in Sathyaraj-Sibiraj Movie ‘Kovai Brothers’.
In this film, she acted alongside another heroine Namitha. But her conservative and homely wife role impressed audience much more than even Namitha who played a glamor girl opposite Sibiraj. Actress Uma had emulated her mother Sumithra who was famous in the celluloid for her homely look. The actress acted in Malayalam film ’Kuberan’ starring Dileep and Samyuktha Varma. The film was applauded by critics and even became a box office hit. In 2003, Uma acted in ‘Soori’ which featured Vignesh, Parthiepan, and Vijayalakshmi in lead roles. The film although won critical acclaims but disappeared without any trace at the box office. She was appreciated for her role in ‘Adaikalam’ which had a low profile release in December 2006 but won positive reviews from critics. The film had Prashanth, Thiagarajan and Saranya in the lead cast along with Uma. She acted even in ‘Manikanda’ which was considered as Jyothika's "last release" in 2007.