Shakeela’s first movie was a Tamil soft porn movie named “Playgirls”, in which Silk Smitha was the leading actress. After that she acted in many B graded movies. Her big hit film was Kinnarathumbikal in Malayalam, which brought her under limelight. She had become popular by acting in B-grade Malayalm films at a time when Malayalam film industry was going through a bad recession. The strict censor rules in other Indian states helped the B-Grade movie makers to concentrate in Malayalam, and were later dubbed in to other Indian languages. The deluge of B-grade Shakeela films were produced on a shoestring budget of 20 to 25 lakhs Rupees. The returns on these films are assured even if they run only in 30 to 40 stations. Her popular B-Grade films were dubbed and released in almost all Indian languages. Her films were dubbed even into foreign languages like Nepalese, Chinese, Sinhala etc. After she acted in several movies, the soft-porn movie industry in India was colloqiuly called as “Shakeela films”. After the censor rules were tightened in Malayalam, the B-Grade movie industry got declined. Also, there were attacks in Kerala against B-movies, which resulted in theatres declining to show these genre films. Shakeela is now appearing in comedy oriented character roles in Tamil, Telugu and Kannada. She acted in more than 70 movies.