Throwback Thursday: Where Are Our South Child Stars Now?

We all have some memorable performances played by child actors etched in our memory. These performances made us wonder whether these child actors are born with this incredible talent. They lived a very surreal life. One that was very different from a regular child their age. Many of today's biggest actors like Kamal HaasanAjith, SrideviSimbu and Hansika, started their film careers as child artistes. However, there are even more people who were celebrities as children but eventually moved away from the film fraternity to pursue different interests. We list down a few child actors of the 80’s and 90’s who managed to remain in the memory of the contemporary audience:

Baby Shalini:

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There is no one who didn’t think baby Shalini was cute. Shalini was the child every parent wanted and this became the reason why most girls in that generation sported that unique Baby Shalini haircut with the bangs. Shalini debuted at the age of 4 with the Malayalam movie Ente Mamattikuttiyammakku in which she plays the role of an orphan waiting to be adopted. The film was later remade in Tamil as En Bommukutty Ammavukku. Shalini went on to act in many more movies as a child actor the year 1997 she debuted as a lead actor with the Malayalam movie Aniyathi Pravu opposite Kunchacko Boban. This movie was a blockbuster hit and it made Kunchacko Boban and Shalini the new ‘it’ pair, many even wanted them to be a couple off-screen. However, Shalini broke a million hearts when she married the Kollywood heartthrob Ajithkumar in the year 2000. They now have two children.

Baby Shamili:

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Now, who wouldn’t remember the cute little girl from the Tamil movie Anjali! Just like her elder sister Shalini, Baby Shamili was a pretty popular child actor. Her portrayal of the mentally challenged child earned her the National Film Award for Best Child Artist and the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for the Best Child Artist. She went on to do more critically acclaimed movies. Her portrayal of a child trapped in a bore well in the Malayalam movie Malootty earned her a Kerala State Film Award. 

As she grew up, she played the role of Mohanlal and Mammootty’s sister in the movie Harikrishnans, she also acted in the movie Oy (2009) opposite Siddharth and opposite Kunchacko Boban in the movie Valliyum Thetti Pulliyum Thetti (2016). She will soon be seen in the movie Veera Sivaji opposite Vikram Prabhu.


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Shravya was seen in Telugu movies like AryaSandhade Sandhadi, and Aunananana Kadhannanaa when she was only 9 years old. She made her Tollywood debut as a leading lady in the movie Love You Bangaram in 2014. She later acted in the Telugu movie Kai Raja Kai (2015). She had two Tamil releases this year, Vellikizhamai 13am Thethi, and the recently released Tamil movie Pagiri.

Manjima Mohan:

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Manjima filled in the void left by sisters Shalini and Shamili. The Malayali audience,  went ga-ga about this chirpy little girl. She proved she had the acting ability with movies like Priyam and Madhuranombarakattu, the latter earned her the Kerala State Film Award For Best Child Artist. She later went on to rule the television, when she hosted a show for children called Hai Kids. She debuted as a lead actor with the movie Oru Vadakkan Selfie (2015) opposite Nivin Pauly.  Her ongoing projects include Mudi Sooda Mannan opposite Vikram Prabhu, Achcham Yenbadhu Madamaiyada opposite Simbu and the Telugu version of the same titled Sahasam Swasaga Sagipo opposite Naga Chaitanya. 

Sanusha Santosh:

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After being popular in TV serials, Sanusha started her film career in 2000 with the movie Dada Saheb and blew us away with her acting. She has since played roles in KazhchaNalai NamatheyRenigunta, Nandi and Eththan. The two-time State Award winner juggles projects in all the south film industries. She recently added to her credit the Kannada movie Santheyalli Nintha Kabira opposite Shivarajkumar. Her other movies include Mr. Marumakan opposite Dileep (2012), Mili (2015), Sapthamashree Thaskaraha (2014). She passed on the baton to her little brother Sanoop Santosh who already has a Kerala State Film Award For Best Child Artist and he looks promising.


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As a child artist, he has won a million hearts in K’Town. Anybody who’s grown up watching Tamil films from the 90s would remember Master Mahendran and the twinkle in his eyes. He still continues his association with movies. He played the lead in movies like Vizha (2013), Vindhai (2012), Viraivil Isai. He holds a record in the India Book Of Records for being part of the most number of movies as a child artist. He has acted in over 100 movies in six different languages, including Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam.

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