Shalini Ajith Kumar also commonly known as Shalini is a former Indian actress who predominantly worked in Malayalam films and few Tamil films.
She debuted at the age of three as a child artist in the Malayalam film Ente Mamattikkuttiyammakku, which was produced by Navodaya Studio. She also acted in Kannada, Tamil and Telugu films as child artist.In Kannada, she shared screenspace with legendary actor Dr. Vishnuvardhan in the film Ee Jeeva Ninagagi, which was released in 1986. She also acted along with her sister Shamili in the Telugu film Jagadeka Veerudu Atiloka Sundari in 1990 which stars Chiranjeevi and Sridevi in lead role.
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 the 1997 Malayalam movie Aniyathi Pravu, which went on to become a blockbuster.
Later she appeared in highly successful films in Malayalam and Tamil such as Kaliyoonjal (1997), Kadhalukku Mariyadhai (1997), Amarkalam (1999), Niram (1999), Kannukkul Nilavu (2000), Alaipayuthey (2000) and Piriyadha Varam Vendum (2001). She won the Tamil Nadu State Film Special Award for Best Actress for her role in Mani Ratnam’s Alaipayuthey.
Shalini was born to Babu and Alice on 20 November 1980. Her father is from Kollam and her mother from Thiruvalla city. Her father migrated to Madras, with an ambition of becoming an actor and the family settled there. Later, he fulfilled his ambition through his children. 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, are also actors in the film industry.
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