Vasundhara Das is better known as Shakalaka Baby in celluloid. She made the audience dance to her tune by her song ‘Shakalaka Baby’ which she had sung for music composer A R Rahman for Shankar’s film ‘Mudhalvan.' The song was featured on actress Sushmita Sen in the film. For this item song, she even got her first Filmfare award as a playback singer. But she is also a gifted Indian actress who made her debut in a Tamil film ‘Hey Ram’ opposite
Kamal Haasan where she played the role of Mythili Iyengar as a wife of Kamal Haasan. For an actress to get a chance of debut role in Kamal Haasan’s film itself is a milestone in any actress career. But that was not everything for this actress. She got her biggest break in international filmmaker Mira Nair’s project ‘
Monsoon Wedding’. In this film, she played a daughter to
Naseeruddin Shah, who wanted to arrange a chaotic and expensive wedding for her daughter with Pravin Dabas. The film fetched her lot of critical acclaim. Later, she appeared with
Ajith Kumar in a Tamil film ‘
Citizen’ which was a commercial success. The film also had Meena and Nagma playing supporting roles. In 2004, she acted in a Malayalam movie ‘
Vajram’ where she played the role of actress Gemini, who is the wife of actor
Babu Antony in the screen. The film gave her an opportunity to act with Malayalam superstar Mammootty. Consequently, she even acted in a few Hindi movies such as ‘Ek Dastak’ and ‘Film Star’, etc.
However, she got always a better opportunity to score over her acting potential through playback singing in Hindi cinema. She sang for films like Aks,
Main Hoon Na,
No Entry, Lagaan, Kal Ho Na Ho, Aankhen, Dhoom, Salam Namaste, etc. She has sung for many music composers such as A. R. Rahman,
Anu Malik, Aadesh Srivastav, Pritam, Illayaraja. Deva etc. She got married to Roberto Narain in 2012. This actress and singer was born on October 27, 1977, to a Tamil Brahmin family in Bangalore. Vasundhara began training in Hindustani classical music under her grandmother Indira Das. Her gurus had been Lalita Kaikini and Pandit Parameshwar Hegde, who trained her in her college days. Currently, she is involved in many of her music album projects.