Shobha, whose real name was Mahalakshmi, was the daughter of actress Prema who had acted in few Malayalam movies in the 60s. She acted as a child artiste in few Malayalam and Tamil movies, before making her debut in an adult role in Balachandra Menon’s utradaraatri (1978).
Shobha was a natural performer and essayed her roles with realistic simplicity and exploded the myth that only arrestingly beautiful faces could make it big in films. She had an inexplicable charm, and a personality that exuded distinct elegance and charismatic innocence.

In a brief period (1978-1980), Shobha made a fetching mark in all the four southern languages, covering herself with glory by winning the coveted urvashi award when she was just 19 years old.

And in that incredible short span of time, she managed to walk away with the honours in exciting projects of exacting filmmakers; both venerable veterans of the craft and young torchbearers of experimental cinema found to their delight that this dusky petite woman’s shy smile was a facade that secreted an intense, smouldering persona, a powerhouse of unbridled talent blessed with an individualistic stamp of expression.


Shobha’s Malayalam movies include Ekakini (1978), Ulkatal (1978), Ormakal MarikkiumO (1978), Bandhanam (1978), Ente Neelaakaasam (1979), Daliya Pookkal (1980) and Shalini Ente Koottukkaari (1980).

Shobha won the Kerala Government’s Best Supporting Actress Award for her performance in K.S.Sethumadhavan’s Ormakal Marikkumo and the Best Actress Award the next year for her role in Thoppil Bhasi’s Ente Neelaakaasam. In her short tryst with Malayalam cinema, Shobha earned the approbation of great masters like M.T.Vasudevan Nair, K.G.George and Sethumadhavan. The Kannada populace had a glimpse of her extraordinary screen presence in Balumahendra’s Kokila (1977). Singitam Srinivasa Rao and Bapu harnessed Shobha’s histrionic voltage in the Telugu movies Tharam Marindi (1977) and Manavoori Pandavalu (1978) respectively.

Mullum Malarum

Mullum Malarum

Mullum Malarum
Perceiving a rare spark in the upcoming actress, K. Balachandar cast Shobha in the pivotal role in Nizhal Nijamagirathu (1978), the tamil remake of Sethumadhavan’s malayalam movie Adimakal Udamakal. The humble Thilakam exhibiting rare dignity as she turns away the penitent Chalam contemptuously in favour of the loyal Kasi.
Mahendran made Shobha a household name all over Tamilnadu with his trail blazing Mullum Malarum (1978) which was remade in Malayalam as VenalilOruMazha. Valli almost walking up to the altar to marry her Engineer,only to change her mind in the last minute and run back to the arm of her beloved brother.

Mullum Malarum

Mullum Malarum
The Tamil movies that Shobha acted subsequently were Oru veedu oru ulagam (1978), Agal Vilakku, chakkalathi, oru vidukathai oru thodarkathai, moodupani and saamandhippoo.

Memorable performance as the village teacher Indhu in Azhiyadha Kolangal, who unknown to herself evokes the first pangs of love and lust in three of her adolescent students

Azhiyatha kolangal

Azhiyatha Kolangal
Balu Mahendra wrote a sentimental series of musings in Kumdudam titled Shobhavum Naanum. K.G.George made a movie that was largely a biography of Shobha- Lekhayude Maranam-oru Flashback (1983) starring Nalini and Gopi told the sordid story with stark reality.

Shalini Ente Kootukari

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