8 June 1981
|Occupation||Actress, Film director|
|Years active||1986 – present|
|Spouse(s)||Rajeev Ravi (2009 – present)|
|Awards||Kerala State Film Award for Best Child Artist (1986), Kerala State Film Award for Best Actress (2004)|
Gayathri Mohandas (born 14 February 1981) known professionally as Geetu Mohandas is an Indian film actress and director known for her works in Malayalam cinema and Bollywood. In 2013, she directed the socio political film Liar's Dice which has received two National Film Awards, was premiered at Sundance Film Festival, and was chosen by the Government of India as India's entry for the U.S. 87th Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, but was not shortlisted or nominated.
Geetu's actual name is Gayathri Mohandas. Affectionately called Geetu by her family, the name was adopted as her screen name when she starred in her fourth movie Onnu Muthal Poojyam Vare in 1986 with Mohanlal in the lead role. Geetu was five years old then and captured the hearts of Malayalam filmgoers as a fatherless child who discovers a father in an anonymous telephone caller. She acted in the top grosser En Bommukutty Ammavukku as the title role, which was the Tamil remake of Fazil's Ente Mamattikkuttiyammakku (Malayalam) done by Baby Shalini in the title role. Geetu's first movie as an adult was Life is Beautiful starring Mohanlal in the lead. She went on to act in Thenkasi Pattanam, Valkannadi, Nammal Thammil and several other Malayalam movies. The high point of her career was Akale directed by Shyamaprasad, and produced by Tom George Kolath which won her the Kerala State Award for Best Actress in 2004. Geetu also won the Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Malayalam, for her role as Rose, in Akale.
Her first directorial venture was Kelkkunnundo which won recognition at several film festivals, including Best Child Actor at the National Awards. The film has been included as a chapter in the 12th standard Kerala state syllabus since 2014.
Geetu's second directorial venture Liar's Dice received its world premiere at 2013 Mumbai Film Festival and went on to screen at Sundance Film Festival and International Film Festival Rotterdam. It won a special jury award at Sofia International Film Festival.
She was born as Gayathri to Mohandas and Latha on June 8, 1981 at Ernakulam. Her mother belongs to Tamil community. She has a brother, Arjun. On 14 November 2009, she married cinematographer Rajeev Ravi. The wedding took place at night in Kochi, Kerala, India.
The couple have a daughter, Aradhana.
- International Film Festival of India
- 2009 - IFFI Golden Lamp Tree Award for Best Film and Director - Kulkkunnundo Film Chamber of Commerce
- 1986 - Film Chamber of Commerce Award for Best Child Artist - Onnu Mudal Poojyam Vare
- Mumbai International Film Festival
- 2010 - Jury Award - Kelkkunnundo
- Ala Awards
- Ala Award for Best Actress - Akale
- 2002: Ala Award for Best Popular Actress - Valkannadi
- Amrita Film Fraternity Awards
- Amrita Film Fraternity Award for Best Actress - Akale
- SICA Awards
- 2002 - South Indian Cinematographers Association Award for Best Supporting Actress - Kannagi
- Film Critics Awards
- 2002 - Film Critics Award for Best Actress - Shesham
- 2004 - Film Critics Award for Best Actress - Akale
- 2010 - Film Critics Award for Best Short Film - Kelkkunnundo
- 2004: Kerala State Film Award for Best Actress – Akale, Oridam
- 1986: Kerala State Film Award for Best Child Artist – Onnu Muthal Poojyam Vare
- 2004 - Special Jury Mention - Akale
- 2001: Best Actress – Shesham
- 2004: Special Jury Award – Akale
- Mathrubhumi, Medimix film
- 2004: Best character Actress – Akale
|1986||Onnu Muthal Poojaym Vare||Deepa||Kerala State Film Award for Best Child Artist|
|1986||Sayam Sandhya||Vinu Mol|
|1988||En Bommukutty Ammavukku||Tinnu||Tamil film|
|2000||Life Is Beautiful||Bala|
|2002||Pakalppooram||Seemandini / Ghost|
|2002||Kakke Kakke Koodevide||Sudharma|
|2003||Mullavalliyum Thenmavum||Eva Cherian|
|2003||Nala Damayanthi||Damayanthi||Tamil film|
|2004||Oridam||No name in the movie|
|2004||Akale||Rose||Kerala State Film Award for Best Actress|
Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Malayalam
|2007||Naalu Pennungal||The Virgin||aka Four Women (Canada: English title: festival title)|
|2008||Akasha Gopuram||Catherine||Nominated - Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Malayalam|
|2014||Liar's Dice||Hindi||Special Jury award at the 18th Sofia International Film Festival|
Received two National Film Awards
|2018||Moothon||Malayalam||Global filmmaking award for story in Sundance film festival 2016|
- Nala Damayandhi – Review Retrieved 13 April 2009.
- Geetu Mohandas
- "Nawazuddin's Liar's Dice in Sundance Film Festival". Starblockbuster. Retrieved 17 April 2014.
- Gitanjali Roy (23 September 2014). "India will send Hindi-language road film Liar's Dice to the Oscars next year, the Film Federation of India (FFI) announced today". Retrieved 23 September 2014.
- "I, Me, Myself – Geethu Mohandas". The Hindu. 4 July 2003. Retrieved 13 April 2009.
- Shobha Warrier (11 February 2003). "Geetu Mohandas is Damayanthi". Rediff.com. Retrieved 13 April 2009.
- "In the big league". The Hindu. 12 June 2003. Archived from the original on 26 July 2011. Retrieved 13 April 2009.
- Liar's Dice wins Special Jury award at Sofia International Film Festival Archived 21 March 2014 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 6 April 2014.
- http://cinidiary.com/people.php?pigsection=Actor&picata=2&no_of_displayed_rows=8&no_of_rows_page=10&sletter= Retrieved 5 May 2015.
- "ഗീതു മോഹന്ദാസ് വിവാഹിതയായി" Retrieved 18 April 2011.