Bhavana (Malayalam actress)

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Born Karthika Menon[1]
(1986-06-06) 6 June 1986 (age 30)[2]
Thrissur, Kerala, India
Nationality Indian
Occupation Actress, Dancer
Years active 2002–present
Religion Hinduism
Parent(s) Balachandran, Pushpa

Karthika Menon (born 6 June 1986), better known by her stage name Bhavana, is an Indian film actress who works in the South Indian film industry. She 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 60 films and won two Kerala State Film Awards.

Early life[edit]

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 one brother, Jayadev, who currently lives in Vancouver, Canada.[3] She studied at Holy Family Girls' High School, Chembukkavu, Thrissur.

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.[4] 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.[4]


At age 16,[4] she debuted in the Malayalam film Nammal taking the stage name Bhavana (Malayalam ഭാവന "enlightenment, imagination") opposite newcomers Siddharth, 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.[5]

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.[6] Bhavana was said to star with Emraan Hashmi and Amitabh Bachchan in a Bollywood film.[7] Her second Kannada film Vishnuvardhana with Sudeep opened to a big response.[8] 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.[9][10]

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.[11]

Other works[edit]

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.


Kerala State Film Award
Filmfare Awards South
Asianet Film Award
  • 2002 – Best Supporting Actress Award – Nammal
  • 2005 – Best Supporting 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


Year Film Role Language Notes
2002 Nammal Parimalam Malayalam Debut movie
Kerala State Film Special Jury Award
Asianet 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 movie
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
Arya Deepika Tamil
Rameswaram Vasanthi
2008 Vaazhthugal Kayalvizhi Thirunavukkarasu
Ontari Bujji Telugu Telugu debut movie
Mulla Mentally challenged lady Malayalam Cameo appearance
Jayamkondaan Annapurani Tamil
Hero Krishnaveni Telugu
Twenty:20 Ashwathy Nambiar Malayalam
LollyPop 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 movie
Marykkundoru Kunjaadu Mary Ittichan Malayalam
2011 Kudumbasree Travels Aswathy
The Metro Anupama
Doctor Love Ebin
Vishnuvardhana[12] Bharathi Kannada
Oru Marubhoomikkadha Eliana Malayalam
2012 Nippu Vaishnavi Telugu Cameo appearance
Romeo Shruti Kannada
Ozhimuri Balamani Malayalam
Trivandrum Lodge Malavika
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/Malayalam Cameo appearance
Ivide Roshni Mathew Malayalam
Open Your Mind Sandhya Short film
Kohinoor Lilly Cameo appearance
2016 Hello Namasthe Priya
Adventures of Omanakuttan Pallavi Post-production
Vilakkumaram Ashwathy Jayachandran Completed
Kuttikalunde Sookshikuka Shahida Gautham Filming
Swapnathekkal Sundaram Ashwathy Delayed
Honey Bee 2 Angel Announced


  1. ^ "Interview with Bhavana". Idlebrain. 8 September 2008. Retrieved 19 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "The South Indian actor celebrates her 24th birthday today". 
  3. ^ "Tamil Actress Bhavana Balachandran Photo Gallery | Bhavana's Latest Movie in Telugu is Ontari with P.Gopichand". 1986-06-06. Retrieved 2011-01-02. 
  4. ^ a b c Y. Sunita Chowdhary (2011-07-16). "Arts / Cinema : New-look Bhavana's dream comes true". The Hindu. Retrieved 2011-10-03. 
  5. ^ "Bhavana going glamorous in film". Times of India. 
  6. ^ "Bhavana debuts in Kannada today – Tamil Movie NEWS". IndiaGlitz. Retrieved 2011-10-03. 
  7. ^ cinema (2011-09-03). "Actress bhavana is all set to make her bollywood debut. | Blog". Retrieved 2011-10-03. 
  8. ^ "chitraloka | kannada Movies | Kannada Film | News | Reviews | Interviews | Movie Image | Movie Gallery". 2011-12-17. Retrieved 2012-09-29. 
  9. ^ "Watch Making of Prithviraj, Nivin Pauly, Bhavana Starrer 'Ivide' [VIDEO]". International Business Times, India Edition. 30 March 2015. 
  10. ^ "Shyamaprasad gives artistes their space". The Times of India. 
  11. ^ "Bhavana will play a flamenco dancer next". The Times of India. 
  12. ^ "Vishnuvardhana (2011)". 2011-12-08. 

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