Considered to be one of the sexiest actresses of Malayalam film industry, Shamna (Poorna) appears predominantly in Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu movies. Shamna Kasim was born in Kannur, Kerala. She has three sisters and one brother. Shamna is the youngest one in the family. Shamna Kasim had done her schooling St. Theresas Anglo Indian higher secondary school Kannur. She has learned various classical dance forms like Kathak, Barathanattyam, Mohiniyattam right from her childhood. At the time of schooling she represented her school in various competitions like youth festival, Roller skating championship etc. She has secured Kalathilakam of Kannur for 4 years while in school. She also had participated in reality show Super dancer and secures a position of third place. This paved her way into South Indian movie industry. In short span of time she has secured her position as a talented and well liked artist. She achieved it through sheer hard work and talent. Shamna also routinely appears in various stage shows performed across the world.