Karthika Nair

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Karthika Nair
Karthika -makaramanju actress.jpg
Nair in 2011
Born (1992-06-27) 27 June 1992 (age 29)[1]
Years active2009–2017 (at the moment)
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Parent(s)Radha, Rajasekaran Nair
RelativesThulasi Nair (younger sister)

Karthika Nair (born 27 June 1992)[2] is an Indian actress who has primarily worked down South in all language films.[3] She made her debut in the 2009 Telugu film Josh, opposite Naga Chaitanya. She rose to fame starring in her second and her first successful Tamil film Ko, opposite Jiiva and Piaa Bajpai. She found further success in the Malayalam film Proprietors: Kammath & Kammath, opposite Dileep.[4] She is well known for her action roles in the comedy Brother of Bommali, the social drama Purampokku Engira Podhuvudamai and the Hindi epic TV series Aarambh.

Early life[edit]

Karthika was born to former Indian actress Radha. She has a brother and a sister, Thulasi Nair, who is also a South Indian actress. She did her schooling in Podar International School[5] in Mumbai earned a degree in business from a London School of Economics-affiliated college.[6]


She made her acting debut at the age of 17 in the 2009 Telugu film Josh, opposite Naga Chaitanya. Though the film received mixed reviews, her performance as Vidya, an elementary school teacher desperate to attend college was received well. She received the Santosham Film Award for Best Debut Actress. Her second movie was in Tamil, called Ko, directed by famous film director K. V. Anand, with Jiiva and Piaa Bajpai in lead roles, which did very well at the box office.[7] The film received cult status in the genre of political thrillers. Her performance as Renuka Narayanan, an investigative journalist, who exposes the blunders of politicians was hugely applauded. She received a nomination for SIIMA for Best supporting Actress – Tamil at 1st South Indian International Movie Awards. She then appeared in the Malayalam film Makaramanju, directed by Lenin Rajendran, starring alongside ace cinematographer and director Santosh Sivan. She donned a dual role, one of a painting model, Sugandha Bai and Urvashi, the Celestial beauty.[8][9] Her first-ever dual role was well received and critics raved about her performance. British director Danny Boyle was highly impressed with her work in the film.[10] She received SIIMA for Best Debut Actress – Malayalam at 1st SIIMA Awards and Kerala Film Critics Association Award for best debut actress.

In 2012, she appeared in a single Telugu film Dammu, directed by Boyapati Srinu, in a limited glamorous role. Her performance and the movie received mixed reviews and ended up being a commercial failure. She was paired with N. T. Rama Rao Jr. and shared screen space with Trisha.

In 2013, she appeared in the comedy film Proprietors: Kammath & Kammath, alongside Mammootty and Dileep. Her performance as Surekha, a mute Christian young widow who works in Indian Revenue Service was well received and so is the film. Later, she appeared in the titular role in the Tamil film Annakodi, directed by legendary filmmaker Bharathiraja.[11] Though the film received negative reviews, her performance as a damsel in distress received positive response. She made her Kannada debut with Brindavana, a remake of Telugu blockbuster Brindavanam.[12] The film repeated the success of the original. In the film, she was paired with Darshan.

In 2014, she appeared in her third Telugu film Brother of Bommali, where she played Lucky, the streetwise tomboy twin sister of Allari Naresh's character. The film starred top comedians such as Brahmanandam, Ali and villains such as Kelly Dorji, Nagineedu and Vineet Kumar. In the film, she has donned a full-length comic role. Her performance received high critical acclaim and she received her first-ever Filmfare nomination in the category of Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress -Telugu at 62nd Filmfare Awards South.

In 2015, she appeared in her third Tamil Political crime drama film Purampokku Engira Podhuvudamai, directed by National Film Award winner S. P. Jananathan, alongside Arya, Vijay Sethupathi and Shaam.[13] As part of her role, she learned how to ride a motorcycle.[14] Her performance as Kuyili, a mastermind behind a prison break plan received a positive response. The film received commercial success and critical acclaim. Her portrayal of Kuyili is cited as a complete deprival of regular commercial heroine characterizations.

Her much delayed film Vaa Deal,[15] starring Arun Vijay is yet to be released or would be considered unreleased & shelved forever.

Television Debut (2017)[edit]

In the year 2017, Nair made her Television debut(after retiring from movies, since 2015) with the Epic drama Aarambh, written by V. Vijayendra Prasad and directed by Goldie Behl, which aired on Star Plus, starring opposite Rajneesh Duggal.[16] In the series, she played Devasena, a warrior queen, which was well received by both audience and critics. The show aired its last on 10 September 2017.[17]


Year Movie Role Language Notes
2009 Josh Vidhya Telugu
2011 Ko Renuka Narayanan Tamil
Makaramanju Sugandha Bai,
2012 Dammu Neelaveni Telugu
2013 Proprietors: Kammath & Kammath Surekha Malayalam
Annakodi Annakodi Tamil
Brindavana Bhoomi Kannada
2014 Brother of Bommali Mahalakshmi / Lucky Telugu
2015 Purampokku Engira Podhuvudamai Kuyili Tamil
Year Title Role Language Notes
2017 Aarambh Devasena Hindi Television debut

Awards and recognition[edit]

Film Award Category Result
Josh Santosham Film Awards Best Debut Heroine Won
CineMAA Awards Best Debut Actress Won
Makaramanju Kerala Film Critics Association Awards 2010 Best Debut Actress Won
1st South Indian International Movie Awards Best Female Debutant - Malayalam Won
Vanitha Film Awards Best Debut Actress Won
Brother of Bommali 62nd Filmfare Awards South Best Supporting Actress – Telugu Nominated


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  2. ^ "Karthika celebrates 20st birthday". The Times of India. 27 June 2013. Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. Retrieved 18 August 2013.
  3. ^ "Tollywood Actress Says Goodbye to Movies". Sakshi Post. 25 June 2021. Retrieved 7 November 2021.
  4. ^ Princess Devsena, now on television – Rediff.com Movies Archived 9 June 2017 at the Wayback Machine. Rediff.com (7 June 2017). Retrieved on 2017-08-30.
  5. ^ "Karthika: T-town's new face – Times Of India". The Times of India. 2 September 2009. Archived from the original on 8 November 2015. Retrieved 11 October 2011.
  6. ^ Nayar, Parvathy S (14 August 2012). "Karthika gearing up for a career in hotel industry". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 3 January 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2012.
  7. ^ "Ko hits half-century!", The Times of India, 11 June 2011, archived from the original on 26 September 2012, retrieved 17 June 2011
  8. ^ "'Makara Manju' was a tough experience: Karthika Nair". Filmydum. 1 February 2011. Retrieved 17 February 2011.
  9. ^ "Karthika debuts in Malayalam with Makaramanju". Sify. 2010. Archived from the original on 24 December 2009. Retrieved 17 February 2011.
  10. ^ "Karthika dazes Danny Boyle". Indiaglitz. 13 December 2010. Retrieved 17 February 2011.
  11. ^ "Karthika is Annakodi!". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 11 July 2012. Retrieved 17 January 2012.
  12. ^ "Karthika and Vedhika in Darshan's Brindavana". Telugu Now. 25 January 2013. Archived from the original on 4 September 2013. Retrieved 16 August 2013.
  13. ^ Karthika is Arya & Vijay Sethupathi’s girl. Sify. 16 December 2013. Retrieved 20 July 2014.
  14. ^ Kumar, Hemanth (17 August 2014). An action-packed year ahead for Karthika. The Times of India. Retrieved 20 August 2014.
  15. ^ "Arun Vijay and Karthika don't wish to distract the kids, Deal, Arun Vijay". Behindwoods.com. 12 March 2013. Retrieved 8 September 2013.
  16. ^ "Aarambh PROMO: Fiery Tanuja Mukerji & gorgeous Karthika Nair as 'Devsena' in Star Plus magnum opus will blow your mind!". ABP News.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  17. ^ "Would you miss Star Plus' Aarambh? – Telly Updates". Telly Updates. 27 August 2017. Archived from the original on 27 August 2017. Retrieved 27 August 2017.

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