Anjali saw Shamili portray the role of a special child to perfection and she went on to win the National Award for Best Child Artist. Reminiscing those days, Shamili in a recent interview talked about how she never remembered as she was too young. “I was too young when I started acting. So I really can’t say what it was. My sister (Shalini) got into films and she was doing a lot of good roles. That’s how Mani Ratnam sir saw me and Anjali happened. The movie became a huge hit and I got more offers. My dad would travel with me and took care of everything. So, I was fine. I remember, everybody had a lot of fun on the shoot. I was too young, and there really was no one my age then. My brother (Richard Rishi) was also part of the film; he played one of the flatmates. They were all the same age group – he, Tarun, Krishna and all – and they spent time together and had a lot of fun. But it was not the same for me. I was really young and I used to get tired. I barely knew what was going on,” she said.
Shamili has always been open about her love for her family too. In a throwback interview with JFW, Shamili said that Ajith is someone who she admires a lot. “I have always liked his work from the beginning even before he became a part of the family. Among his movies, I really like Vaali, Billa, Villain, and Godfather.As a person, he is very non-interfering and very compassionate. He would never offer you advice or criticise you unless you ask him to. Even with my career choices, he has always been supportive of what I do.”
“When I decided to come back to movies, I thought of getting a portfolio done and he offered to do it for me. Even though I know he is an excellent photographer, I denied his offer because I thought it would be weird for me to pose in front of him. After considering for a long time, I finally agreed to it and he got busy with it immediately. He even helped me in choosing the clothes, the accessories and my pose. He is such a perfectionist that he doesn’t mind waiting to get the perfect shot. When we didn’t get it, he offered to try it the next day too!”