Kavya Madhavan

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Kavya Madhavan
Kavya madhavan.jpg
Kavya in 2013
Born (1984-09-19) 19 September 1984 (age 34)
Nileshwaram, Kasaragod, Kerala, India
Residence Aluva, Kerala
Nationality  India
Occupation Film actress, dancer, singer, lyricist
Years active 1991–2016
  • Nishal Chandra
    (m. 2009; div. 2011)
  • Dileep (m. 2016)

Kavya Madhavan (born 19 September 1984) is an Indian film actress, who appears in Malayalam films. She made her debut in 1991 as a child artist in Pookkalam Varavayi. Her debut role as a lead actress was in Lal Jose's Chandranudikkunna Dikhil in 1999, when she was in the ninth grade. Its success established her status as a leading actress in the industry during the 2000s. She has won the Kerala State Film Award for Best Actress twice, for her performances in Perumazhakkalam (2004) and Gaddama (2010).

Acting career[edit]

Madhavan was born on 19 September 1984.[1] She first appeared as a child actor in Kamal's film Pookkalam Varavayi (1991) at the age of seven. Subsequently, she was offered parts in other projects such as Pavam IA Ivachan (1994), Parassala Pachan Payyannur Paramu (1994) by P.Venu and Azhakiya Ravanan (1996), directed by Kamal.

She was offered the female lead in Chandranudikkunna Dikhil, also starring Dileep, in 1999.[2]

After the success of Chandranudikkunna Dikhil, Kavya Madhvan and Dileep became a popular pairing in Malayalam cinema, and they worked together in 18 movies.[3] Some of their movies are Thenkasipattanam (2000), Darling Darling (2000), Meesa Madhavan (2002) which was one of biggest grosser of the year and was directed by Lal Jose, Mizhi Randilum (2003) in which she played a double role, Sadanandante Samayam (2003), Thilakkam (2003) directed by Jayaraj, Runway (2004) directed by Joshiy, Kochi Rajavu (2005), Lion (2006) again directed by Joshiy, Chakkara Muthu (2006), Inspector Garud (2007), Paappi Appacha (2010), Vellaripravinte Changathi (2011) and Pinneyum (2016). Most of their movies were in the romantic comedy genre.

She also acted in films with Mammootty and Mohanlal, and in movies with several stars, such as Ee Pattanathil Bhootham, Christian Brothers and China Town.

She got critical acclaim for her performance of the role of Ganga in Perumazhakkalam for which she won 2004 Kerala State Film Award for Best Actress and for the role of Ashwati in Gaddama where she played a housemaid working in Saudi Arabia. The movie was based on a feature by K. U. Iqbal, published in Bhashaposhini.[4] The movie was directed by her mentor Kamal, and she got her second Kerala State Film Award for Best Actress for 2011. She won the 2011 Kerala Film Critics Awards for Best Actress, Amrita-FEFKA Film Awards for Best Actress, Best Actress-Malayalam cinema in 59th Filmfare Awards South and Best Actress in Thikkurissy Foundation Awards.[5] She was nominated in National film award for Best Actress but lost out in the final round. She was part of big grossers like Christian Brothers and China Town in 2011 and was selected as Top Star (Female) 2011 in Malayalam.[6]

She was cast in Adoor Gopalakrishnan's Naalu Pennungal in which she played a supporting role.

Though she had many offers from Tamil cinema, she was very reluctant to act due to her busy schedule in Malayalam. Her first was Kasi (2001) which was the remake of Vinayans Vasanthiyum Lakshmiyum Pinne Njaanum. She went on to act in En Mana Vaanil and Sadhu Miranda and enjoyed moderate success.

She wrote lyrics for the song "En Khalbillulloru Pennaanu" for the film One Way Ticket.[7] She sang her first movie song for the Malayalam film Matinee (2012).[8] She has appeared in many advertisements, TV Shows, stage shows and so on.

Personal life[edit]

Kavya married Nishal Chandra on 9 February 2009,[9] after which she moved to Kuwait.[10] However, she returned home in June the same year and filed for divorce on 24 July 2010.[9][11] Both Kavya and Nishal appeared before the court on 25 May 2011 and expressed their willingness for a mutual divorce. The divorce was granted on 30 May 2011. After long speculations regarding her romantic relationship with Malayalam actor Dileep for more than a decade and despite both denying it on several occasions, she married him on 25 November 2016 at Vedanta Hotel, Kochi. Many famous from tinseltown attended the wedding including Mammootty, Menaka Suresh, Jomol, Srinda, Meera Jasmine, Jayaram.[12][13] She also owns a textile shop named'Laksyah'.

in 2018 , they expected first child [14] In April 2013, Mathrubhumi Books published a collection of memoirs written by Kavya, titled Kathayil Alpam Kavyam which gives a glimpse into her childhood memories and the experiences of her school days and in the film industry. The book was released by writers Subhash Chandran and Deedi Damodaran at a function held in K. P. Kesava Menon Hall in Kozhikode on 11 April.[15]


Kavya Madhavan was the most sought out actress in Malayalam industry for more than a decade ever since she made her debut as a lead heroine in Chandranudikkunna Dikhil. Unlike her contemporaries who ventured out to other South Indian film industries Kavya always remained loyal to Malayalam cinema and acted only in 3 Tamil films during her entire career. Kavya Madhavan had made it clear earlier in her career itself that she was never interested in glamour roles and roles than required skin show and she kept her word throughout her career.


As playback singer[edit]

  • "Mounamaay Manassil," Matinee (2012)
  • Daivame Kaithozham K Kumarakanam (2018)

As lyricist[edit]

  • "En Kalbilulloru," One Way Ticket (2008)
  • "Kalaam Neeangu poyo," Akashvani (2016)


In 2012, Kavya released a Malayalam album titled Kavyadalangal which was composed by Twinz Tunes and Kavya. She was featured in the video under the direction of Aneesh Upasana.


No. Song Lyrics Music Singer
1 Enne Arinjuvo Krishna Kavya Dileep Twinz Tunes (Arun & Anoop) K S Chithra
2 Parayathe Pande Kavya Dileep Kavya Madhavan Sujatha Mohan
3 Mazha Mazha Kavya Dileep Twinz Tunes (Arun & Anoop) Suchith Suresan
4 Oru Pon Vennaayi Kavya Dileep Twinz Tunes (Arun & Anoop) Kavya Madhavan
5 Melle Melle Kavya Dileep Kavya Madhavan Shweta Mohan
6 Chanchakkam Kavya Dileep Twinz Tunes (Arun & Anoop) Rimi Tomy
7 Erinje Ante Ullil Kavya Dileep Twinz Tunes (Arun & Anoop) Jyotsna Radhakrishnan
8 En Khalbil Kavya Dileep Twinz Tunes (Arun & Anoop) Vidhu Prathap

As actress[edit]

No. Year Film Role Director Notes
1 1991 Pookkalam Varavayi Geethu's friend (Baby Shamili) Kamal
2 1994 Pavam I. A. Ivachan Sara Ivachan Roy P. Thomas
3 1994 The President Child Artist Unreleased
4 1994 Parassala Pachan Payyannur Paramu Neena P.Venu
5 1996 Azhakiya Ravanan Young Anuradha (Bhanupriya) Kamal
6 1997 Oral Mathram Gopika Menon Sathyan Anthikkad
7 1997 Snehasindooram Anjali Krishnan Munnaddu
8 1997 Bhoothakkannadi Meenu Lohithadas
9 1997 Irattakuttikalude Achan Dhanya Sathyan Anthikkad
10 1997 Krishnagudiyil Oru Pranayakalathu Anjali Kamal
11 1998 Kattathoru Penpoovu Yamuna Mohan Kupplery
12 1999 Chandranudikkunna Dikhil Radha Lal Jose Kerala Film Critics Award for Second Best Actress
13 2000 Madhuranombarakattu Sunaina Kamal
14 2000 Darling Darling Padmaja/Pappy Rajasenan
15 2000 Kochu Kochu Santhoshangal Celin Sathyan Anthikkad Kerala Film Critics Award for Second Best Actress
16 2001 Sahayathrikakku Snehapoorvam Maya M. Shankar
17 2001 Thenkasipattanam Devu Rafi Mecartin
18 2001 Rakshasa Rajavu Daisy Vinayan
19 2001 Dhosth Geethu (Dileep's Sister) Thulasidas
20 2001 Jeevan Masai Manjari T N Gopakumar
21 2001 Mazhamegha Pravukal Malu Pradeep
22 2002 Onnaman Suhara Thampi Kannamthanam
23 2002 Oomappenninu Uriyadappayyan Gopika Vinayan
24 2002 Kasi Lakshmi (Vikram's sister) Vinayan Tamil film
25 2002 Meesa Madhavan Rugmini Lal Jose
26 2002 En Mana Vaanil Thilaka Vinayan Tamil film
27 2003 Thilakkam Ammu (Oduvil's daughter) Jayaraj
28 2003 Sadanandante Samayam Sumangala (Dileep's wife) Akbar-Jose
29 2003 Kadha Meera Sundardas
31 2003 Mizhi Randilum Bhadra / Bhama
(double role)
Ranjith Kerala Film Critics Award for Second Best Actress
32 2003 Pulival Kalyanam Ganga (Lalu Alex's daughter) Shafi
33 2003 Gowrisankaram Gauri Nemom Pushparaj
34 2004 Runway Gopika Joshiy
35 2004 Aparichithan Meenakshi Sanjev Sivan
36 2004 Greetings Sheethal Shajoon Kariyal
37 2004 Perumazhakkalam Ganga Kamal Kerala State Film Award for Best Actress
38 2005 Iruvattam Manavaatti Bhumika Sanal
39 2005 Annorikkal Ponnu Sarathchandran Wayanad
40 2005 Kochi Rajavu Aswathy Johny Antony
41 2005 Ananthabhadram Bhadra Santhosh Sivan Kerala Film Critics Award for Best Actress
42 2005 Seelabathi Seelabathi Shareth
43 2006 Lion Sharika Joshiy
44 2006 Vadakkumnadhan Bhama Shajoon Kariyal
45 2006 Classmates Thara Kurup Lal Jose
46 2006 Chakkara Muthu Anitha Lohithadas
47 2006 Vasthavam Sumithra M. Padmakumar
48 2006 Arunam Valli Vinod Mankara
49 2006 Kilukkam Kilukilukkam Chandini Sandhya Mohan
50 2007 Inspector Garud Sethulakshmi IAS Johny Antony
51 2007 Athisayan Maya Vinayan
52 2007 Nadiya Kollappetta Rathri Naadiya / Naadira
(Double Role)
K. Madhu
53 2007 Naalu Pennungal Subhadra Adoor Gopalakrishnan
54 2007 Kangaroo Jancy Raj Babu
55 2008 Twenty:20 Ancy Joshiy
56 2008 Sadhu Miranda Priya Siddique Tamil film
57 2008 Madampi Jayalakshmi B. Unnikrishnan
58 2009 Banaras Amritha Nemom Pushparaj
59 2009 Ee Pattanathil Bhootham Ancy Johny Antony
60 2010 Paappi Appacha Annie Mamas K. Chandran Nominated: Filmfare Award for Best Actress
61 2011 Gaddama Aswathy Kamal Kerala State Film Award for Best Actress
Kerala Film Critics Award for Best Actress
Filmfare Award for Best Actress
62 2011 Christian Brothers Meenakshi Joshiy
63 2011 Chinatown Rosamma Rafi Mecartin
64 2011 Bhaktha Janangalude Sradhakku Sumangala Priyanandanan
65 2011 Venicile Vyaapari Ammu Shafi
66 2011 Vellaripravinte Changathi Sulekha / Mary Varghese Akku Akbar
67 2012 Bavuttiyude Namathil Vanaja G. S. Vijayan Nominated: Filmfare Award for Best Actress
68 2013 Lokpal Dr.Geetha Joshiy
69 2013 Players Rose Sanal
70 2013 Breaking News Live Nayana Sudhir Ambalapaddu
71 2013 Anchu Sundharikal Gauri Lakshmi Aashiq Abu
72 2015 She Taxi Devayani (Taxi Driver) Saji Surendran
73 2016 Aakashvani Vani Khais Millen
74 2016 Pinneyum Devi Adoor Gopalakrishnan
75 2016 Kaavalal
76 2016 Kachadhappa


Kerala State Film Awards
Filmfare Awards South
Asiavision Awards
  • 2013: Best Actress – Best Actress[17]
Kerala Film Critics Award
South Indian International Movie Awards
Asianet Film Awards
Vanitha Film Awards
Mathrubhumi Film Awards
Amrita TV FEFKA Film Awards
Kerala Film Audience Awards
Other Awards


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