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Last Updated Wednesday November 22 2017 04:17 AM IST

We traced the girl prodigy who amazed us with mirror writing 18 years ago

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Shilpa Krishnan

Remember the little girl prodigy Shilpa Krishnan from Thrissur who could instantly transform any word in any language to its mirror image? Eighteen years later, she is reaping accolades for her short film Pularum Iniyum Naalekal (There’s Always Tomorrow).

Written and directed by Shilpa, the film, a bilingual in Malayalam and English tells the short and sweet story of a chance meeting in Abu Dhabi between former lovers Anthony and Durga. The film takes one through their experiences of lost love, self-discovery and redemption. The film has been to 28 film festivals till now and has won 11 awards in various categories in 2016.

Shilpa moved to Singapore for higher education when she bagged Singapore Airlines Neptune Orient Lines Scholarship to join the Raffles Junior college. She finished her computer engineering degree from Singapore National University and worked for Procter and Gamble for nine years. A marriage and a baby followed but Shilpa never left her urge to fulfill her dreams.

While in NUS, Shilpa had visually adapted Vaikom Muhammed Basheer’s Mathilukal, Tagore’s Kabuliwala and R.K. Narayan’s Second Opinion for theatre. She entered the world of filmmaking in 2008 with two one-minute-long videos, which were shortlisted in the top 25 films of an online film festival. Her first feature film, Mausams, won the Silver Screen Award at the Nevada Film Festival in 2011.

Shilpa Krishnan

Another film Ingineyum Oru Katha was a viral hit on Youtube. She also helmed a popular comedy series, Athazham. She holds a Limca Book of World Record for reverse writing in the Young Achievers' Section and has received Ponds Woman of Tomorrow and Ugadhi Puraskar for her achievements. She is also an acclaimed artist and a trained dancer in Bharatanatyam, Mohiniyattam and Kathak.

Shilpa makes sure that her busy schedule as the global marketing director of Abbott Pharmaceuticals, a global healthcare and research company, never stops her from pursuing her passions and hobbies. She lives in Singapore with her husband Shivanu Shukla and four-year-old daughter.

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