Shakeela is an actress who has predominantly acted in Tamil, Malayalam, and Telugu films. Apart from her acting career, she is also active in politics and is a member of the Indian National Congress. She entered the film industry in 1989 with Shibu Mitra`s `Aakhri Ghulam`. Even though she has acted in several movies since the beginning of her career, it was her role in the movie `Kinnara Thumbikal` that made her more popular in the Malayalam film industry. She published her autobiography titled `Shakeela: Aathmakatha` in 2013.