Bhavana (actress)

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Bhavana as Krishnendu Mukundan in Happy Husbands in 2010
Born Karthika Menon[1]
(1986-06-06) 6 June 1986 (age 29)[2]
Thrissur, Kerala
Other names Kaathi,Bhavi
Occupation Actress
Years active 2002–present
Religion Hindu
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 Perinkavu, Thrissur, Kerala, the daughter of Pushpa and assistant cinematographer, G.Balachandran. She has one brother, Jayadev, who currently lives in Vancouver, Canada.[3] She studied at Holy Family Girls' High School, Chembukkavu, near Kerala state zoo Thrissur. Bhavana, who describes herself as a restless person and someone who's "hard to handle", states that she had grown up with a dream to become an actress.[4] She recalls that, 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,[5] 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. She 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. She has been doing glamorous roles since 2008.[6]

In 2010, she starred in her first Kannada film alongside Puneeth Rajkumar acted in Jackie which was a blockbuster. Following the film's huge success, the film was dubbed into Telugu and Malayalam.[7] Bhavana was said to star with Emraan Hashmi and Amitabh Bachchan in a Bollywood film.[8] Her second Kannada film Vishnuvardhana with Sudeep opened to a big response.[9] In 2012, Bhavana appeared in the Malayalam films Ozhimuri and Trivandrum Lodge. In 2013, Bhavana appeared in the Malayalam films Honey Bee and Ezhamathe Varavu.

Upcoming films of Bhavana include Ivide, Swapnathekaal Sundaram and Adventures of Omanakuttan. She plays 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.[10][11] 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.[12]

Other works[edit]

She is the brand ambassador along with actress Mamta Mohandas for team Kerala Strikers for 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


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
Thilakkam Gauri Malayalam Cameo appearance
C.I.D. Moosa Meena Malayalam
Swapnakoodu Padma Malayalam
Ivar Nandhini Malayalam
Valathottu Thirinjal Nalamathe Veedu Sangeetha Varma Malayalam
2004 Parayam Sudha Malayalam
Chathikkatha Chanthu Indira Malayalam
Runway Item number Malayalam Special appearance
Youth Festival Parvathy Malayalam
Amrutham Mridula Malayalam
2005 Bunglavil Outha Aswathy Malayalam
Udayananu Tharam Gayathri Malayalam Cameo appearance
Hridayathil Sookshikkan Amritha Malayalam
Police Sethulakshmi Malayalam
Daivanamathil Sameera Malayalam Kerala State Film Award for Second Best Actress
Asianet Award for Best Supporting Actress
Chanthupottu Rose Malayalam
Naran Leela Malayalam
Bus Conductor Sugandhi Malayalam
2006 Chithiram Pesuthadi Charumathi (Charu) Tamil Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil
Chinthamani Kolacase Chinthamani Warrier Malayalam
Kisan Kilimathi Malayalam
Chess Dr. Radhika Malayalam
Kizhakku Kadalkarai Salai Priya Tamil
Veyil Meenakshi Tamil
2007 Deepavali Susi Tamil Nominated—Vijay Award for Best Actress
Koodal Nagar Manimekalai Tamil
Chotta Mumbai 'Parakkum' Latha Malayalam
Arya Deepika Tamil
Rameswaram Vasanthi Tamil
2008 Vaazhthugal Kayalvizhi Thirunavukkarasu Tamil
Ontari Bujji Telugu
Mulla Mentally challenged lady Malayalam Cameo appearance
Jayamkondaan Annapurani Tamil
Hero Krishnaveni Telugu
Twenty:20 Ashwathy Nambiar Malayalam
LollyPop Rosebella Malayalam
2009 Sagar alias Jacky Reloaded Aarathi Menon Malayalam
Winter Shyama Ramdas Malayalam
Robin Hood Rupa Malayalam
Mahatma Krishnaveni Telugu
2010 Happy Husbands Krishnendu Mukundhan Malayalam
Aasal Sulabha Pillai Tamil
Jackie Lakshmi Kannada
Marykkundoru Kunjaadu Mary Ittichan Malayalam
2011 Kudumbasree Travels Aswathy Malayalam
The Metro Anupama Malayalam
Doctor Love Abin Malayalam
Vishnuvardhana[13] Bharathi Kannada
Oru Marubhoomikkadha Eliana Malayalam
2012 Nippu Vaishnavi Telugu Cameo appearance
Romeo Shruti Kannada
Ozhimuri Balamani Malayalam
Trivandrum Lodge Malavika Malayalam
Yaare Koogadali Bharathi Kannada
2013 Topiwala Suman Bedi Kannada
Bachchan Dr. Ashwini Kannada
Honey Bee Angel Malayalam
Ezhamathe Varavu Bhanu Malayalam
2014 Polytechnic Ashwathi Nair Malayalam
Koothara Swathy Malayalam
Angry Babies in Love Sarah Malayalam
2015 Mythri Kannada/Malayalam
Ivide Roshni Mathew Malayalam
Kohinoor Malayalam Guest Appearance
Swapnathekaal Sundaram Anu Rahul Malayalam Filming
Adventures of Omanakuttan Pallavi Malayalam Filming


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