Kay Kay Menon

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Not to be confused with Indian playback singer Krishnakumar Kunnath, known by the initialism KK.
Kay Kay Menon
Kay Kay Menon at libas store.jpg
Kay Kay Menon promotes Saat Uchakkey at Libas Store Mumbai, 2016
Born (1966-10-02) 2 October 1966 (age 50)
Kerala, India
Nationality Indian
Occupation Actor
Years active 1995–present
Spouse(s) Nivedita Bhattacharya

Kay Kay Menon (born 2 October 1966) is an Indian film, stage and television actor who works predominantly in Hindi cinema.

Early life[edit]

Menon was born in Kerala[1] but raised in Ambarnath and Pune, Maharashtra.[1] His parents moved from Kerala to Mumbai when he was one year old.[1]

He studied at the St. Josephs Boys' High School in Khadki, Pune.[2] He passed his 10th grade in 1981. He did his Bachelors (Physics)[1] from Mumbai University and his MBA from the Department of Management Sciences (PUMBA) at the University of Pune,[1] graduating in 1988 with a major in Marketing.

Menon's initial focus was working in the advertising industry[1] including Kinetic Honda and Marlboro cigarette advertisements in India.


He started his career in theatre productions where he met Nivedita Bhattacharya, whom he married. His first theatre break was opposite Naseeruddin Shah in Feroz Abbas Khan's Mahatma vs Gandhi.[3]

In the early years of his career, Menon worked on television, with roles in the TV movies Zebra 2 and Last Train To Mahakali. He was praised for his role as a young Prime Minister in the Zee TV series Pradhan Mantri (2001), directed by Ketan Mehta. In The Hindu, Sevanti Ninan wrote, "an actor to watch: Kay Kay Menon ... this unusually tall actor who plays the pradhan mantri is a major saving grace"[4] while in The Tribune, Amita Malik commented, "excellent acting by Menon, who skilfully conveys the physical as well as mental image of the honest politician".[5]

Menon made his big screen debut with a small role in Naseem (1995), followed in 1999 by the lead role in Bhopal Express,[3] a movie that went mostly unnoticed. This was the first in a series of initial setbacks in Menon's film career. In the early 2000s, he starred as a wicked rock musician in Anurag Kashyap's debut movie, Paanch, which struggled with censorship and has remained unreleased.[6][7] Two other movies, Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi and Black Friday, had to wait many years for a release date. Meanwhile, his commercial films Deewar (starring Amitabh Bachchan) and Silsiilay (with Shahrukh Khan) flopped at the box office. It was only in 2005, with the eventual release of the critically acclaimed Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi, but most of all with Ram Gopal Varma's Sarkar, that Menon had his break.[6] Sarkar earned him a nomination for the Best Performance in a Negative Role at the Filmfare Awards.[8] In The Tribune, Saibal Chatterjee called him "one of Bollywood's finest actors".[6]

In 2007, he acted in Life in a... Metro, as an adulterous husband. In 2008, he appeared in Shaurya, and Drona.[9][unreliable source?] In 2009, he starred in The Stoneman Murders where he played a police officer on the hunt for the Stoneman serial killer.[10] He played the role of Dukey Bana in Gulaal.


All films in Hindi unless otherwise stated.
Year Film Role Notes
2017 Vodka Diaries ACP Ashwini Dixit
2017 Baa Baaa Black Sheep ACP Shivraj Naik
2017 The Ghazi Attack Captain Ranvijay Singh Telugu / Hindi
2017 San' 75 Pachattar Govind
2016 Saat Uchakkey Tejpal
2016 A Flying Jatt Mr. Malhotra
2015 Singh Is Bliing Mark
2015 Bombay Velvet Investigative Officer Vishwas Kulkarni
2015 Rahasya CBI Officer Sunil Paraskar
2015 Baby Bilal
2014 Haider Khurram Meer Winner—Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor[11]
2014 Raja Natwarlal Vardha Yadav
2013 Ankur Arora Murder Case Dr. Asthana
2013 Udhayam NH4 Manoj Menon Tamil film
2013 ABCD: Any Body Can Dance Jehangir
2013 Enemmy Naeem Shaikh
2012 Shahid War saab
2012 Life Ki Toh Lag Gayi Salman
2012 Chaalis Chouraasi Albert Pinto
2011 Bhindi Baazaar Shroff
2011 Bheja Fry 2 Ajit Talwar
2010 Benny And Babloo Benny
2010 Lafangey Parindey Anna
2010 Tera Kya Hoga Johnny Inspector Shashikant Chiple
2009 Sankat City Guru
2009 Aage se right Janubhai/Baima Rashidul Kairi
2009 Gulaal Dukey Bana
2009 The Stoneman Murders Sanjay Shelar
2008 Drona Riz Razaida
2008 Sirf Gaurav
2008 Shaurya Brigadier Rudra Pratap Singh
2008 Via Darjeeling Ankur Sharma
2008 Mumbai Meri Jaan Suresh
2008 Maan Gaye Mughal-e-Azam Haldi Hasan
2008 Highway 203 Writer Unreleased[12]
2008 Sarkar Raj Vishnu Nagare
2007 Go Nagesh Rao
2007 Life in a... Metro Ranjeet
2007 Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd. Partho Sen
2007 Strangers Mr Rai
2006 Shoonya Mahendra Naik
2006 Corporate Ritesh Sahani
2005 Ek Khiladi Ek Haseena Kaif
2005 Main, Meri Patni Aur Woh Akash
2005 Dansh Mathew
2005 Sarkar Vishnu Nagare Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Negative Role[8]
2004 Silsiilay Anwar
2004 Deewaar Sohail
2004 Black Friday DCP Rakesh Maria Released in theaters in 2007[13]
2003 Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi Siddharth Tyabji Released in theaters in 2005[14]
2003 Paanch Luke Unreleased[7]
2002 Chhal Karan Menon
1999 Bhopal Express Verma
1995 Naseem Religious fundamentalist Debut film[3]


Year Show Role
1995-96 Darr Inspector Avinash
1999 Star Bestsellers - Zebra 2 Captain Rajeev
1999 Star Bestsellers - Last Train to Mahakali Sir
2000 Rishtey - Ward No. 6 Rajat
2001 Pradhan Mantri PM Anirudh Prakash
2014 Yudh Municipal Commissioner


  1. ^ a b c d e f Gupta, Priya (29 September 2014). "Kay Kay Menon: I take my work seriously, not myself". The Times of India. Retrieved 2016-09-09. 
  2. ^ Ravi, Shruti (19 January 2012). "Pune is like Mumbai now, says Kay Kay Menon". The Times of India. Retrieved 2016-09-09. 
  3. ^ a b c Gupta, Priya (30 September 2014). "Kay Kay Menon: I take my work seriously, not myself". Times of India. Retrieved 29 November 2015. 
  4. ^ Ninan, Sevanti (22 April 2001). "Melodrama with a K". The Hindu. Retrieved 30 November 2015. 
  5. ^ Malik, Amita (27 April 2001). "Mantris in tough competition". The Tribune. Retrieved 30 November 2015. 
  6. ^ a b c Chatterjee, Saibal (28 August 2005). "A man among boys". The Tribune. Retrieved 30 November 2015. 
  7. ^ a b Shrivastava, Vipra (26 December 2014). "Seven reasons why Anurag Kashyap is the 'ugliest' filmmaker". India Today. Retrieved 29 November 2015. 
  8. ^ a b "2006 Filmfare Awards". Retrieved 30 November 2015. 
  9. ^ Kohli, Damanjeet (2008-11-17). "India's Bollywood set to thrive despite global economic slowdown". Channel NewsAsia. Retrieved 2009-02-28. 
  10. ^ Vijayakar, Rajiv (2009-02-20). "The Stoneman Murders (Hindi)". Screen India. Retrieved 2009-02-28. 
  11. ^ "Queen and Haider rule at Filmfare awards". The National. 1 February 2015. Retrieved 29 November 2015. 
  12. ^ Highway 203 at the Internet Movie Database. Retrieved on 8 September 2016
  13. ^ "Moving beyond art". The Telegraph. 25 January 2009. Retrieved 30 November 2015. 
  14. ^ "Hazaaron Revisited". The Telegraph. 18 October 2013. Retrieved 30 November 2015. 

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