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ShakeelaShakeela: Stripped of oomph!
15th Jan 2005  19.20 IST
By P. Sreekumaran  


What is sauce for the goose is not sauce for the gander. No wonder, countless fans of oomph girl Shakeela are shocked at her decision.

Well, the news is that Shakeela, who triggered a tsunami of softporn in Malayalam films, is going in for an image recast. There was a time when films used to run to packed houses merely on the strength of Shakeela's sizzling item numbers. Such was her popularity at one stage that even films of superstars Mammootty and Mohanlal were put to shade.




Then, Shakeela got tired of it all, and vowed never to return to Malayalam movies! The bosomy belle migrated to Telugu and Tamil screens to do character and comic roles.

Now, she is back in Kollywood. But this time around, it is in a new avatar. No more skin shows, no more titillating tales.

Finding it difficult to digest? It is true nevertheless. Shakeela is actually playing a nun in the film Abhaya Theeram being directed by newcomer Alex Thangachen. The movie revolves around an orphanage of AIDS-affected children. And Shakeela is its in-charge.

The million dollar question is: will Shakeela's fans, fed on a staple of sizzlers, accept the vamp's attempt at turning a new leaf in her reel life? Time alone can tell.





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