Shobana started as a child artist in 1972, when she was around 2 years old, in the Bollywood movie Amar Prem. She made her debut in the Malayalam film industry as a leading actress in 1984 through the movie April 18. She has been part of over 170 films so far. Shobana is also a Bharatanatyam dancer. She was trained at Chidambaram Academy in Chennai. She runs a dance school in Chennai now.