Bhavana (Malayalam actress)
6 June 1986 
Thrissur, Kerala, India
Karthika Menon (born 6 June 1986), better known by her stage name Bhavana, is an Indian film actress best known for her work in South Indian films. She has mainly acted in Malayalam, Tamil, Kannada, and Telugu films. Bhavana made her acting debut in Kamal's Malayalam film Nammal (2002), which won her critical acclaim and various honors. In a career spanning over a decade, she has appeared in over 75 films and won two Kerala State Film Awards.
Bhavana was born in Thrissur district, Kerala, as the daughter of Pushpa and assistant cinematographer, late G.Balachandran (died on 24 September 2015). She has an elder brother, Jayadev. She studied at Holy Family Girls' High School, Chembukkavu, Thrissur. Bhavana's brother Jayadev is making his entry in the film industry as director in a Tamil film titled 'Pattinappakkam'.
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. 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.
At age 16, 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 films. 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.
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. Bhavana was said to star with Emraan Hashmi and Amitabh Bachchan in a Bollywood film. Her second Kannada film Vishnuvardhana with Sudeep opened to a big response. 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.
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.
She is the brand ambassador, along with actress Mamta Mohandas, for team Kerala Strikers in the Celebrity Cricket League (CCL), captained by Mohanlal, who is also one of the owners of the team, and vice-captain Indrajith. She has acted in many advertisements also.
- 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
Kerala State Film Special Jury Award
Asianet Award for Best Supporting Actress
|Valathottu Thirinjal Nalamathe Veedu||Sangeetha Varma|
|Runway||Item number||Special appearance|
|Udayananu Tharam||Gayathri||Cameo appearance|
|Daivanamathil||Sameera||Kerala State Film Award for Second Best Actress
Asianet Award for Best Supporting Actress
|2006||Chithiram Pesuthadi||Charumathi (Charu)||Tamil||Tamil debut movie
Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil
|Chinthamani Kolacase||Chinthamani Warrier||Malayalam|
|Kizhakku Kadalkarai Salai||Priya||Tamil|
|2007||Deepavali||Susi||Nominated—Vijay Award for Best Actress|
|Chotta Mumbai||'Parakkum' Latha||Malayalam|
|Ontari||Bujji||Telugu||Telugu debut movie|
|Mulla||Mentally challenged lady||Malayalam||Cameo appearance|
|2009||Sagar alias Jacky Reloaded||Aarathi Menon|
|2010||Happy Husbands||Krishnendu Mukundhan||Malayalam|
|Jackie||Lakshmi||Kannada||Kannada debut movie|
|Marykkundoru Kunjaadu||Mary Ittichan||Malayalam|
|Angry Babies in Love||Sarah|
|Open Your Mind||Sandhya||Short film|
|Mukunda Murari||Rukmini||Kannada||Special appearance in song "Murali Lola"|
|Kuttikalundu Sookshikkuka||Shahida Gautham||Malayalam|
|Honey Bee 2:Celebrations||Angel||Malayalam||Anand TV Award for most popular actress|
|Adventures of Omanakkuttan||Pallavi|
|Charlie Telugu remake||Tessa||Telugu|
|Honey Bee2.5||Herself||Post Production|
|Oru Visheshapetta Biriyanikissa||Kumari Kamalambika||Guest appearance
|Mugulu Nage||Kannada||Guest appearance|
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- "Bhavana, happy birthday". bollywoodlife.com. 6 June 2013.
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- "Bhavana's brother turns director". Nowrunning.com. Retrieved 20 February 2017.
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- "Bhavana – Director Naveen Marriage News, Stills on 9-3-2017".
- "Bhavana going glamorous in film". Times of India.
- "Bhavana debuts in Kannada today – Tamil Movie NEWS". IndiaGlitz. Retrieved 3 October 2011.
- cinema (3 September 2011). "Actress bhavana is all set to make her bollywood debut. | Kottaka.com Blog". Kottaka.com. Retrieved 3 October 2011.
- "chitraloka | kannada Movies | Kannada Film | News | Reviews | Interviews | Movie Image | Movie Gallery". chitraloka.com. 17 December 2011. Retrieved 29 September 2012.
- "Watch Making of Prithviraj, Nivin Pauly, Bhavana Starrer 'Ivide' [VIDEO]". International Business Times, India Edition. 30 March 2015.
- "Shyamaprasad gives artistes their space". The Times of India.
- "Bhavana will play a flamenco dancer next". The Times of India.
- "Vishnuvardhana (2011)". imdb.com. 8 December 2011.
- "Rachita Ram and Bhavana dance to Murali lola hai Gopala". Retrieved 27 November 2016.
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