Shalini Kumar

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Shalini Kumar
Born20 November 1980 (1980-11-20) (age 33)[1]
Other namesShalini Ajith
Years active1983–1990
(child artist)
Spouse(s)Ajith Kumar
(2000 – present)
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Shalini Kumar
Born20 November 1980 (1980-11-20) (age 33)[1]
Other namesShalini Ajith
Years active1983–1990
(child artist)
Spouse(s)Ajith Kumar
(2000 – present)

Shalini Kumar, also known simply as Shalini, is an Indian film actress who debuted, at the age of 4, as a child artist in the Malayalam film Ente Mamattikkuttiyammakku which was produced by Navodaya Studio.In Telugu film Jagadeka Veerudu Atiloka Sundari (1990) she acted along with her sister shamili as an orphan children taken care by Chiranjeevi. She continued to appear in many films as a child actor, credited as Baby Shalini. After a break of several years, she returned to the industry by appearing in her first lead role in Aniyathi Pravu which went on to become a blockbuster. She later appeared in highly successful films in Malayalam and Tamil such as Kadhalukku Mariyadhai (1997), Niram (1999), Amarkalam (1999) and Alaipayuthey (2000). Shalini is married to Tamil film actor Ajith Kumar.

Early and Personal Life[edit]

Shalini was born to Babu & Alice on 20 November 1980.[3][4] She attended Fatima Mat. Hr. Sec School, Adarsh Vidyalaya, Chennai and Church Park Convent, Chennai. She is the middle child. Her younger sister Shamili and her elder brother Richard Rishi are also employed in the film industry. Shalini has stated that she enjoys badminton and has played in a few state-level tournaments.[5][6]

In 1999, during the shoot of Saran's Amarkalam, Ajith began to date his co-star Shalini. At that time, their involvement made him a regular subject of tabloid gossip, a role to which he was accustomed following his previous relationship.[7] Ajith proposed to Shalini in June 1999, and following consultations with her family, she agreed.[8] They were married in April 2000 in Chennai in a grand ceremony. As both were of different religions, Ajith being a Hindu Brahmin and Shalini being Protestant Christian, they were married together under the customs of both religions.[9] After their marriage, Shalini retired as an actress and became a full-time housewife, following the completion of two unfinished projects. On 3 January 2008, their daughter, Anoushka, was born in Chennai.


Shalini started her career as a child artist in Ente Mamattikkuttiyammakku and she acted in all the films under the direction of Fazil. She went to study, she returned to acting with Aniyathipravu which was successful. Initially Fazil was keen on casting a debutant in the lead female role, but Shalini inisted that she should also star in the Tamil version.[10] Her performance was praised especially recommending the film and citing that "Shalini returns in this film with a good performance".[11] The success of the film prompted the director to make another film with the lead pair in 2000, Kannukkul Nilavu which received positive reviews and was a success at the box office. Her next film was Amarkalam, Saran initially approached Shalini, who was studying at the time and she refused but after a three-month pursuit, he finally got her to sign on as well.[12] She was offered a role in Padayappa[13] which she rejected.


As child artist[edit]

1983Ente MamattikkuttiyammakkuMamattukuttiyama/TintuMalayalamKerala State Film Award for Best Child Artist
1984Muthodu MuthuAchimolMalayalam
1984Onnum Mindatha BharyaMalayalam
1984NH 47Malayalam
1984Onnanu NammalMalayalam
1984Krishna GuruvayoorappaUnnikrishnanMalayalam
1984Oru Sumangaliyude KadhaMalayalam
1984Minimol VathicanilMalayalam
1984ChakkarayummaShalu MolMalayalam
1985Vannu Kandu KeezhadakkiMalayalam
1985Pillai NilaShalini/ShaluTamil
1985Jeevante JeevanBijuMalayalam
1985Akkacheede KunjuvavaChakkimolMalayalam
1985Oru Nokku KananChinnumol/UnnimolMalayalam
1985Katha Ithu VareRamyamolMalayalam
1985Oru KudakeeyilMalayalam
1985Iniyum Kadha ThudarumMalayalam
1985Ormikkan OmanikkanMalayalam
1985Muhurtham 11.30 nuRajiMalayalam
1985Amme BhagavathiMalayalam
1986Pratheykam SradhikkukaMalayalam
1986Priyamvadakkory Pranaya GeethamMalayalam
1986Ente Entethu MathremMalayalam
1986Ee Jeeva NinagagiLathaKannada
1987Shankar GuruTamil
1989Raja Chinna RojaChitraTamil
1990Jagadeka Veerudu Atiloka SundariShamiliTelugu

As heroine[edit]

1997Aniyathi PravuMiniKunchako BobanMalayalam
1997Nakshatratharattu'HemaKunchako BobanMalayalam
1997Kadhalukku MariyadhaiMiniVijayTamil
1998Kaikudunna NilavuVeniDileepMalayalam
1998KaliyoonjalAmmuDileep, MammoottyMalayalam
1999NiramSonaKunchako BobanMalayalam
1999AmarkalamMohanaAjith KumarTamilAlso playback singer
1999Prem PoojariHemaKunchako BobanMalayalam
2000Kannukkul NilavuHemaVijayTamil
2000AlaipayutheySakthiMadhavanTamilTamil Nadu State Film Award Special Prize for Best Actress
2001Piriyadha Varam VendumNithiPrashanthTamil


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  4. ^ Ajith Shalini Marriage Ajith Kumar Wedding Photos Tamil Actor Details » Psyphil Celebrity Blog. (3 January 2008). Retrieved on 2011-06-28.
  5. ^ `Acting is a lot of responsibility'. The Hindu, 10 October 2006
  6. ^ "Tamil Nadu / Tiruchi News : From a child artiste to badminton player". The Hindu. 15 September 2006. Retrieved 2012-07-12. 
  7. ^ "Talk of the Town". The Hindu. 26 April 2000. Retrieved 2012-07-12. 
  8. ^ "Rediff On The NeT, Movies: The Ajit-Shalini romance". 15 September 1999. Retrieved 2012-07-12. 
  9. ^ "". Retrieved 2012-07-12. 
  10. ^ "Penchant for riveting romances - The Hindu". 20 June 2004. Retrieved 2012-07-12. 
  11. ^ "Kaadhalukku Mariyaadhai: Movie Review". Retrieved 2012-07-12. 
  12. ^ "Rediff On The NeT, Movies: Director Saran on matters close to his heart". 10 February 2000. Retrieved 2012-07-12. 
  13. ^ "Rediff On The NeT, Movies: Gossip from the southern film industry". 3 November 1998. Retrieved 2012-07-12.