Born : March 21, 1966 (age 49)
Occupation : Actress, dancer, choreographer, Mridangam player and stage performer
Years active : 1984-2000,2013-present
Shobana (born Shobana Chandrakumar Pillai) is Indian film actress and Bharata Natyam dancer from Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. She has acted in more than 200 films in several languages including Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Hindi, Kannada and English.
Shobana was a lead actress in a number of southern Indian films during the 1980s and 1990s. She has worked with directors such as Adoor Gopalakrishnan, G. Aravindan, K. Balachander, AM Fazil, Mani Ratnam, Bharathan and Priyadarsan. She won the National Film Award for Best Actress twice, for her performances in the films Manichitrathazhu (1993) and Mitr, My Friend (2001). Consequent to the 1993 National Award, Shobana turned extremely selective about her films.
Shobana was born on 21 March 1970 to Chandrakumar Pillai & Dr. Sthri Anandam in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. She did her schooling in Chennai at Sishya school, Adyar. Shobana adopted a baby girl in 2010.
She is the niece of the Travancore sisters – Lalitha, Padmini and Ragini, all of whom were classical Indian dancers and actresses. The actress Sukumari is her paternal aunt. Malayalam actress Ambika Sukumaran is her relative. Malayalam actors Vineeth is her cousin and Krishna is her nephew.