Bhavana (actress)

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Bhavna at CCL2 party, Vizag, India, 2011 (cropped).jpg
Bhavana in 2011
Karthika Menon[1]

(1986-06-06) 6 June 1986 (age 32)[2]
ResidenceBengaluru, Karnataka, India
  • Actress
  • dancer
Years active2002–present
Naveen (m. 2018)

Karthika Menon (born 6 June 1986), better known by her stage name Bhavana, is an Indian film actress, who works in South Indian film industry. She has acted in Malayalam, Tamil, Kannada, and Telugu language films, and has established herself as a bankable lead actress. Bhavana made her acting debut in the Malayalam film Nammal in 2002, for which she won the Kerala State Film Award – Special Mention. In a career spanning over a decade, she has appeared in over 75 films and has won two Kerala State Film Awards.

On 17 February 2017, she was allegedly kidnapped and molested by a gang while travelling from work.[3][4][5][6]

Early life[edit]

Bhavana was born as Karthika Menon on 6 June 1986 in Thrissur district, Kerala, as the daughter of Pushpa and assistant cinematographer G. Balachandran. She has an elder brother, Jayadev.[7][8] She studied at Holy Family Girls' High School, Chembukkavu, Thrissur.[citation needed]

Bhavana has described herself as a restless person and someone who's "hard to handle". She grew up with a dream to become an actress.[9] As a five-year-old, she used to imitate actress Amala's scenes from the Malayalam film Ente Sooryaputhrikku in front of the mirror and was even willing to jump from a building and break her arm, like Amala's character, did in the film.[9]


Bhavana in a show in 2010

At age 16,[9] she debuted in the Malayalam film Nammal taking the stage name Bhavana (Malayalam ഭാവന "enlightenment, imagination") opposite newcomers Sidharth Bharathan, Jishnu and Renuka Menon. The film was a big success and she got several offers in Malayalam. She won many honors and a Kerala State Special Jury Award for the film. Bhavana was an 11th Standard student when she got her break in the film. She has acted with almost all actors in Malayalam cinema and has got many offers lined up in Tamil and did many projects with famous Tamil actors like Ajith Kumar, Madhavan, Jayam Ravi, Bharath, Jiiva and Srikanth.[10]

In 2010, she starred in her first Kannada film alongside Puneeth Rajkumar, Jackie which was a blockbuster. Following the film's huge success, the film was dubbed into Telugu and Malayalam.[11] Bhavana was said to star with Emraan Hashmi and Amitabh Bachchan in a Bollywood film.[12] Her second Kannada film Vishnuvardhana with Sudeep opened to a big response.[13] She appeared in the Malayalam films Ozhimuri and Trivandrum Lodge in 2012, and Honey Bee and Ezhamathe Varavu in 2013. She played Roshni Mathew, a single mother employed in an IT company, in Shyamaprasad's Ivide, a crime thriller based on the serial killing of IT techies in major US cities.[14][15]

In 2016, she starred in a film with Benedic Doray. Upcoming films of Bhavana include Swapnathekaal Sundaram and Adventures of Omanakuttan. Swapnathekaal Sundaram, touted to be an "out-and-out family entertainer", will see her portraying a housewife and mother to a 9-year-old boy, while Adventures of Omanakuttan will feature her as Pallavi, a flamenco dancer.[16]

Personal life[edit]

Bhavana got married to her long time boyfriend and Kannada film producer Naveen on 22 January 2018.[17][18][19][20]

Kidnap and sexual assault[edit]

On 17 February 2017, she was allegedly kidnapped and molested by a gang while travelling from work. The incident happened at night when she was moving from Thrissur to Kochi in her car when a van hit from behind near Athani, Angamaly. A brawl ensued between her driver Martin and the three van passengers, after which they pulled him aside and forcefully entered her vehicle keeping her hostage. They drove for two-and-a-half hours in the city, during which they sexually assaulted her and took pictures and filmed. They dropped her near Kakkanad and ran away.[3][21][22][23][24][25][26][4][5][6][27][28][excessive citations] Bhavana filed a case with the police. The FIR was registered with allegations of rape, criminal intimidation, criminal conspiracy, and breaches of relevant sections of the IT Act of India.[29] On 28 June 2017, actor Dileep was interrogated by the Kerala Police in connection with the abduction and sexual assault of actress Bhavana. On 10 July 2017, Dileep was arrested by Kerala Police for alleged conspiracy, and was remanded by the court. On 3 October 2017, he was released on conditional bail by the Kerala High Court.


Years Title Role Language Notes
2002 Nammal Parimalam Malayalam Kerala State Film Award – Special Mention
Asianet Film Award for Best Supporting Actress
2003 Chronic Bachelor Sandhya
Thilakkam Gauri Cameo appearance
C.I.D. Moosa Meena
Swapnakoodu Padma
Ivar Nandhini
Valathottu Thirinjal Nalamathe Veedu Sangeetha Varma
2004 Parayam Sudha
Chathikkatha Chanthu Indira
Runway Item number Special appearance
Youth Festival Parvathy
Amrutham Mridula
2005 Bunglavil Outha Aswathy
Udayananu Tharam Gayathri Cameo appearance
Hridayathil Sookshikkan Amritha
Police Sethulakshmi
Daivanamathil Sameera Kerala State Film Award for Second Best Actress
Asianet Award for Best Supporting Actress
Chanthupottu Rose
Naran Leela
Bus Conductor Sugandhi
2006 Chithiram Pesuthadi Charumathi (Charu) Tamil Tamil debut
Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil
Chinthamani Kolacase Chinthamani Warrier Malayalam
Kisan Kilimathi
Chess Dr. Radhika
Kizhakku Kadalkarai Salai Priya Tamil
Veyil Meenakshi
2007 Deepavali Susi Nominated—Vijay Award for Best Actress
Koodal Nagar Manimekalai
Chotta Mumbai 'Parakkum' Latha Malayalam
Aarya Deepika Tamil
Rameswaram Vasanthi
2008 Vaazhthugal Kayalvizhi Thirunavukkarasu
Ontari Bujji Telugu Telugu debut
Mulla Mentally challenged lady Malayalam Cameo appearance
Jayamkondaan Annapurani Tamil
Hero Krishnaveni Telugu
Twenty:20 Ashwathy Nambiar Malayalam
Lollipop Rosebella
2009 Sagar Alias Jacky Reloaded Aarathi Menon
Winter Shyama Ramdas
Robin Hood Rupa
Mahatma Krishnaveni Telugu
2010 Happy Husbands Krishnendu Mukundhan Malayalam
Aasal Sulabha Pillai Tamil
Jackie Lakshmi Kannada Kannada debut
Nominated-Suvarna Film Awards For Best Debutant- Female
Nominated-Udaya Film Awards for Best Actress
Nominated-SandalwoodStarAward for Best Debutant -Female
Nominated- Sandalwood Star Award for Best Actress
Marykkundoru Kunjaadu Mary Ittichan Malayalam
2011 Kudumbasree Travels Aswathy
The Metro Anupama
Doctor Love Ebin
Vishnuvardhana[30] Bharathi Kannada Nominated-Suvarna Film Awards For Best Actress
Nominated-Udaya Film Awards For Best Actress
Nominated- SIIMA Award For Best Actress - Kannada
Oru Marubhoomikkadha Eliana Malayalam
2012 Nippu Vaishnavi Telugu Cameo appearance
Romeo Shruti Kannada Nominated-Udaya Film Awards For Best Actress
Nominated-Suvarna Film Awards For Best Actress
Nominated- Sandalwood Star Award For Best Actress
Ozhimuri Balamani Malayalam
Trivandrum Lodge Malavika
Ee Adutha Kaalathu Herself Photo presence only
Yaare Koogadali Bharathi Kannada
2013 Topiwala Suman Bedi
Bachchan Dr. Ashwini
Honey Bee Angel Malayalam
Ezhamathe Varavu Bhanu
2014 Polytechnic Ashwathi Nair
Koothara Swathy
Angry Babies in Love Sarah
2015 Mythri Herself Kannada
Cameo appearance
Ivide Roshni Mathew Malayalam
Open Your Mind Sandhya Short film
Kohinoor Lilly Cameo appearance
2016 Hello Namasthe Priya
Mukunda Murari Rukmini Kannada Special appearance in song "Murali Lola"[31][32]
Kuttikalundu Sookshikkuka Shahida Gautham Malayalam
2017 Chowka Bhoomika Kannada
Honey Bee 2: Celebrations Angel Malayalam
Adventures of Omanakuttan Pallavi
Vilakkumaram Aswathy Ananthakrishnan
Honey Bee 2.5 Angel/Herself Guest appearance
Oru Visheshapetta Biriyani Kissa Kumari Kamalambika Guest appearance
Adam Joan Shwetha
2018 Tagaru Panchami Kannada Nominated - City Cine Award for Best Actress - Kannada
2019 Inspector Vikram Filming
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Kerala State Film Awards
Filmfare Awards South
Asianet Film Award
  • 2002 – Best Supporting Actress Award – Nammal
  • 2005 – Best Character Actress Award – Daivanamathil
Other awards
  • 2002 – Mathrubhumi Award for Best New Actress – Nammal
  • 2003 – Mathrubhumi Award for Most Entertaining Actress – Swapnakoodu, C.I.D. Moosa
  • 2005 – Grihalakshmy Special Jury Award – Daivanamathil
  • 2005 – Jersey Foundation Award for Best Actress – Daivanamathil
  • 2005 – Kalakeralam Award for Best Actress – Daivanamathil
  • 2006 – Sathyan Award for Best Tamil Actress


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