Published: Monday Sep 03, 2012
Sheela, the yesteryear veteran Malayalam actress will don a new role. This time she is to appear as a politician, that too in real life.
Yes, the actress who has graced the Malayalam Film Industry with her stupendous performance in more than 500 films will soon join the Congress Party and take up issues concerning women and children in Kerala. The actress along with late actor Prem Nazir, holds the world record for acting in the largest number of films (110) together as heroine and hero.
The actress made the announcement after a meeting with Defence Minister A K Antony in New Delhi yesterday. “You’ll know everything when the time comes and there’ll be an official announcement soon,” winded up the actress making her intention public.
The 70 year old actress added that “People in Kerala find it hard to accept film stars as politicians. But I don’t need money or fame from politics and I have gained both a lot from cinema.” “This was not an easy decision. It took many months to make up my mind for this. Believe me, I have nothing new to gain from politics except satisfaction in working for the people,” she said.
Sheela, who has acted in nearly 500 films in Malayalam, Tamil, Kannada and Telugu, said she would not like to put a full stop to her acting career after taking the political plunge. Sheela, who made her debut in the tinsel world with M G Ramachandran’s Paasam in Tamil at the age of 19 made her first Malayalam film in 1962 acting opposite Sathyan in Bhagyajathakam and continued her reign in the Malayalam film industry as the most sought after actress for two decades.
Her all-time hits that also won her many awards include Chemmeen, Kallichellamma, Velutha Kathreena, Vazhve Mayam, Kannappanunni and Kadathanattu Makkam. She also directed two films, Yakshaganom and Shikarangal besides writing the story, script and screenplay. Besides being a painter with a passion for oil and portraits, she also authored a book titled Kuilinte Koodu and many short stories.
Sheela returned to acting after a long gap in 2003 with a critically acclaimed character role in Sathyan Antikkad’s Manassinakkare that won her the best supporting actor award of the state government. She won the National Film Award for best supporting actress for her role in Shyamaprasad’s Akale the following year.
Meanwhile Sharada, her contemporary and another leading lady of Nazir, campaigned extensively for Congress candidates Sashi Tharoor in Thiruvananthapuram and K V Thomas in Ernakulam in the 2009 general elections after she quit the Telugu Desam party and joined the Congress. For time being let's wait and watch her future in Politics.