Nithya Menen

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Nithya Menen
Nithya Menon.jpg
Nithya Menen during the shoot of Thalsamayam Oru Penkutty
Born Nithya Menen
(1988-04-08) 8 April 1988 (age 26)
Bangalore, Karnataka, India[1]
Occupation Actress, playback singer
Years active 2005–present

Nithya Menen[2][3][4] is an Indian film actress and playback singer, who works in the South Indian film industries.

Early life[edit]

Nithya Menen was born in Banglore, Karnataka into a Malayali family and studied journalism at the Manipal Institute of Communication.[5] She once said in an interview that she never wished to become an actress but a journalist as she was "an idealist",[6][7] but felt journalism was "not what it used to be".[8] She then decided to become a filmmaker as she could express her ideas "better through films",[7][9] and enrolled for a course in cinematography at the FTI Pune. During the entrance examination, she met Nandini Reddy, who "brainwashed"[10] and convinced her to take up acting.[11] Nandini Reddy would later turn director and sign Nithya for the lead female role in her first project.


Menen appeared first on screen as a child artist when she was ten in the Indian English language film, The Monkey Who Knew Too Much (1998), playing the younger sister to Tabu's character.[12] The 2008 off-beat film Aakasha Gopuram, directed by National Film Award-winning director K. P. Kumaran, marked her debut in a leading role, in which she was paired with Mohanlal. She was in the midst of her 12th class exams when she was offered the role, after Mohanlal had spotted her on the front cover of a tourism magazine, Stark World Kerala.[3][6] Her performance was well received, with critics writing that she shows "sparkle in her debut venture" and "makes her entry in an impressive role",[13][14] though the film, based on the Norwegian play The Master Builder, got mixed reviews and was a financial failure.[13][14] She next made her Kannada debut with the film Josh. She played a supporting role in the film, which received rave reviews,[15][16][17] and became a commercial success as well, with her performance garnering her a nomination in the Best Supporting Actress category at the 57th Filmfare Awards South.

In 2011, her first release was Nandini Reddy's romantic comedy Ala Modalaindi, which was Nithya's maiden Telugu venture as well.[2] The film opened to favourable reviews by critics and turned out to become a sleeper hit,[18] while Nithya received critical praise for her performance. Idlebrain '​s Jeevi in his review cited that she "epitomized Nitya character with her fabulous performance", "looks beautiful in all kinds of dresses" and was "the best debut in recent years of Telugu cinema after Samantha in YMC",[19] while another critic wrote that she was a "charming find" and "...quite the Genelia replacement that our cinema so badly needs right now."[20] She eventually won the Nandi Award for Best Actress for her performance.[21] Further more, she also sang two songs for the soundtrack album of the film, tuned by Kalyani Malik.[5][22] Nandini Reddy, later, went on to describe Nithya as "the discovery of the decade".[18] Following Ala Modalaindi, she starred in Santosh Sivan's historical fiction Urumi as part of an ensemble cast.[23] She portrayed a Chirakkal princess named Bala, playing the love interest of Prabhu Deva's character,[23] which gained positive remarks, with a Sify review claiming that she "looks pretty and is a scene stealer".[24] Nithya quoted that much of her character was based on "Santosh's perception of who I am", with Sivan stating that he had written that role for her and that only she could play it.[23] She next appeared in ad-filmmaker Jayendra's bilingual venture 180/Nootrenbadhu, made and released in Tamil and Telugu, in which she played a photo journalist named Vidhya.[25] She described the character as "bubbly, full of life, nosey, wide-eyed and innocent in life" and to be similar to herself.[25] Later the year, she was seen in Sibi Malayil's Violin in Malayalam and the Gautham Menon-produced Veppam in Tamil.

Her first 2012 release was the Telugu romance film Ishq with Nitin Reddy. She acted in Karmayogi, a Malayalam adaptation of Shakespeare's Hamlet. For the Kannada film Aidondla Aidu she had sung and also choreographed one of the songs, titled "Payasa".[26] She was seen in two Malayalam projects, T. K. Rajeev Kumar's Thalsamayam Oru Penkutty, in which she portrayed a village woman whose daily life is filmed and broadcast as a reality show for a month,[27] and Ustad Hotel directed by Anwar Rasheed.[28]

In 2013, she starred in three Telugu films, Okkadine, Jabardasth and Gunde Jaari Gallanthayyinde. She played a character with two shades in Gunde Jaari Gallanthayyinde and she dubbed for her as well as for the character of her co-star Isha Talwar.[29] She also signed a film of director Cheran in which she is going to pair up with Sharwanand.[30]


As actress[edit]

Year Film Role Language Notes
1998 Hanuman Anja's sister English As child artist
2001 Choti Maa – Ek Anokha Bandhan Koyna Hindi As child artist
2005 Seven O' Clock Anu Kannada
2008 Akasha Gopuram Hilda Varghese Malayalam
2009 Josh Meera Kannada Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Kannada
2009 Vellathooval Jiya Malayalam
2009 Kerala Cafe Nithya Malayalam
2009 Angel John Sofia Malayalam
2010 Apoorvaragam Nancy Malayalam
2010 Anwar Asna Malayalam
2011 Aidondla Aidu Gowri Kannada
2011 Ala Modalaindi Nithya Telugu Nandi Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Telugu Actress
Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer – Telugu
2011 Urumi Chirakkal Bala Malayalam Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Malayalam
2011 180 Vidya Telugu/Tamil
2011 Nootrenbadhu Vidya Tamil Nominated—Vijay Award for Best Actress
2011 Violin Angel Malayalam
2011 Veppam Revathy Tamil
2011 Makaramanju Model Malayalam
2012 Ishq Priya Telugu CineMAA Award for Best Actress (Jury)
Nominated—CineMAA Award for Best Actress
2012 Thalsamayam Oru Penkutty Manjula Ayyapan Malayalam
2012 Karmayogi Moonumani Malayalam
2012 Ustad Hotel Shahana Malayalam
2012 Doctor Innocent aanu Anna Malayalam Extended Cameo appearance
2012 Bachelor Party Neethu Malayalam
2012 Poppins Major Prathap Varma's wife Malayalam
2013 Okkadine Shailaja Telugu
2013 Jabardasth Saraswati Telugu
2013 Myna Myna Kannada
2013 Gunde Jaari Gallanthayyinde Shravani Telugu Filmfare Award for Best Telugu Actress
2014 Malini 22 Palayamkottai Malini Tamil
2014 Bangalore Days Natasha Malayalam
2015 Malli Malli Idi Rani Roju Nazira Telugu
2015 JK Enum Nanbanin Vaazhkai Nithya Tamil Direct-to-video release
2015 Rudhramadevi Mummadamma Telugu Completed
2015 100 Days of Love Sheela Malayalam Completed
2015 Appavin Meesai Tamil


2015 Muni 3: Ganga Tamil Filming[33]
2015 O Kadhal Kanmani Tara Tamil Completed[34][35]
2015 S/O Satyamurthy Telugu Completed

As playback singer[edit]

Year Song Film Language Composer
2010 Payasa Aidondla Aidu Kannada Abhijit-Joe
2011 Edo Anukunte Ala Modalaindi Telugu
Kalyani Malik
2011 Ammammo Ammo Telugu
Kalyani Malik
2012 Oh Priya Priya Ishq Telugu Anoop Rubens
2012 Payasam Poppins Malayalam Ratheesh Vegha
2013 Arere Arere Jabardasth Telugu S. Thaman
2013 Doore Doore Neengi Natholi Oru Cheria Meenalla Malayalam Abhijith
2013 Modala Maleyante (Duet) Myna Kannada Jassie Gift
2013 Thu Hi Rey Gunde Jaari Gallanthayindhe Telugu Anoop Rubens
2013 Hi my name is malini Malini 22 Palayamkottai Tamil Arvind & Shankar
2013 Kanneer Thulilye (Duet) Tamil
2013 Madharthamma (Immigrant Mix) Tamil
2013 Hi my name is malini Malini 22 Telugu
2013 Navve Kaluva (Duet) Telugu
2013 Yennali (Immigrant Mix) Telugu



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