Shalini Babu, also known simply as Shalini, is a former Indian actress who predominantly worked in Malayalam films along with a 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 film as child artist with legendary actor Dr. Vishnuvardhan in the film Ee Jeeva Ninagagi. This film was released in 1986. In the Telugu film Jagadeka Veerudu Atiloka Sundari (1990), she acted along with her sister Shamili as an orphan child taken care of by megastar 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 (1997), which went on to become a blockbuster.She later 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).Shalini is married to Tamil film actor Ajith Kumar.She won the Tamil Nadu State Film Special Award for Best Actress for her role in Alaipayuthey.
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