Bhavana (actress)

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This article is about Malayalam actress. For others, see Bhavana (disambiguation).
Bhavna at CCL2 party, Vizag, India, 2011 (cropped).jpg
Bhavana at CCL-2 party in 2011
Born Karthika Menon[1]
(1986-06-06) 6 June 1986 (age 29)[2]
Thrissur, Kerala, India
Other names Kaathi, Bhavi
Occupation Actress
Years active 2002–present
Religion Hinduism
Parent(s) Balachandran, Pushpa

Karthika Menon better known by her stage name Bhavana, is an Indian film actress from Thrissur, Kerala, who works in the South Indian film industry. She made her acting debut in Kamal's Nammal (2002), which won her critical acclaim and various honors. In a career spanning over a decade, she has appeared in over sixty 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 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 Kerala State Film Special Jury Award
Asianet Award for Best Supporting Actress
2003 Chronic Bachelor Sandhya Malayalam
2003 Thilakkam Gauri Malayalam Cameo appearance
2003 C.I.D. Moosa Meena Malayalam
2003 Swapnakoodu Padma Malayalam
2003 Ivar Nandhini Malayalam
2003 Valathottu Thirinjal Nalamathe Veedu Sangeetha Varma Malayalam
2004 Parayam Sudha Malayalam
2004 Chathikkatha Chanthu Indira Malayalam
2004 Runway Item number Malayalam Special appearance
2004 Youth Festival Parvathy Malayalam
2004 Amrutham Mridula Malayalam
2005 Bunglavil Outha Aswathy Malayalam
2005 Udayananu Tharam Gayathri Malayalam Cameo appearance
2005 Hridayathil Sookshikkan Amritha Malayalam
2005 Police Sethulakshmi Malayalam
2005 Daivanamathil Sameera Malayalam Kerala State Film Award for Second Best Actress
Asianet Award for Best Supporting Actress
2005 Chanthupottu Rose Malayalam
2005 Naran Leela Malayalam
2005 Bus Conductor Sugandhi Malayalam
2006 Chithiram Pesuthadi Charumathi (Charu) Tamil Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil
2006 Chinthamani Kolacase Chinthamani Warrier Malayalam
2006 Kisan Kilimathi Malayalam
2006 Chess Dr. Radhika Malayalam
2006 Kizhakku Kadalkarai Salai Priya Tamil
2006 Veyil Meenakshi Tamil
2007 Deepavali Susi Tamil Nominated—Vijay Award for Best Actress
2007 Koodal Nagar Manimekalai Tamil
2007 Chotta Mumbai 'Parakkum' Latha Malayalam
2007 Arya Deepika Tamil
2007 Rameswaram Vasanthi Tamil
2008 Vaazhthugal Kayalvizhi Thirunavukkarasu Tamil
2008 Ontari Bujji Telugu
2008 Mulla Mentally challenged lady Malayalam Cameo appearance
2008 Jayamkondaan Annapurani Tamil
2008 Hero Krishnaveni Telugu
2008 Twenty:20 Ashwathy Nambiar Malayalam
2008 LollyPop Rosebella Malayalam
2009 Sagar alias Jacky Reloaded Aarathi Menon Malayalam
2009 Winter Shyama Ramdas Malayalam
2009 Robin Hood Rupa Malayalam
2009 Mahatma Krishnaveni Telugu
2010 Happy Husbands Krishnendu Mukundhan Malayalam
2010 Aasal Sulabha Pillai Tamil
2010 Jackie Lakshmi Kannada
2010 Marykkundoru Kunjaadu Mary Ittichan Malayalam
2011 Kudumbasree Travels Aswathy Malayalam
2011 The Metro Anupama Malayalam
2011 Doctor Love Ebin Malayalam
2011 Vishnuvardhana[12] Bharathi Kannada
2011 Oru Marubhoomikkadha Eliana Malayalam
2012 Nippu Vaishnavi Telugu Cameo appearance
2012 Romeo Shruti Kannada
2012 Ozhimuri Balamani Malayalam
2012 Trivandrum Lodge Malavika Malayalam
2012 Yaare Koogadali Bharathi Kannada
2013 Topiwala Suman Bedi Kannada
2013 Bachchan Dr. Ashwini Kannada
2013 Honey Bee Angel Malayalam
2013 Ezhamathe Varavu Bhanu Malayalam
2014 Polytechnic Ashwathi Nair Malayalam
2014 Koothara Swathy Malayalam
2014 Angry Babies in Love Sarah Malayalam
2015 Mythri Herself Kannada Cameo appearance
2015 Ivide Roshni Mathew Malayalam
2015 Open Your Mind Sandhya Malayalam Short film
2015 Kohinoor Lilly Malayalam Cameo appearance
2016 Swapnathekaal Sundaram Anu Rahul Malayalam Filming
2016 Adventures of Omanakuttan Pallavi Malayalam Filming
2016 Hello Namaste Priya Malayalam Post Production


  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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