Kay Kay Menon
Kay Kay Menon
Krishna Kumar Menon
2 October 1966
|Education||University of Pune, Department of Management Sciences (PUMBA)|
Krishna Kumar Menon (born 2 October 1966), better known by the stage name Kay Kay Menon, is an Indian actor who works predominantly in Hindi cinema, and also in Gujarati, Tamil, Marathi and Telugu cinema.
He studied at the St. Joseph High School in Khadki, Pune. He passed his 10th grade in 1981. He did his Bachelors (Physics) from Mumbai University and his MBA from the Department of Management Sciences (PUMBA) at the University of Pune, graduating in 1988 with a major in Marketing.
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" 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".
Menon made his big screen debut with a small role in Naseem (1995), followed in 1999 by the lead role in Bhopal Express, 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. 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 with Ram Gopal Varma's Sarkar, Menon had his break. Sarkar earned him a nomination for the Best Performance in a Negative Role at the Filmfare Awards. In The Tribune, Saibal Chatterjee called him "one of Bollywood's finest actors".
In 2007, he acted in Life in a... Metro, as an adulterous husband. In 2008, he appeared in Shaurya based on A Few Good Men . His portrayal of a ruthless army brigadier is still talked of among cinema lovers. In 2009, he starred in The Stoneman Murders where he played a police officer on the hunt for the Stoneman serial killer. He played the role of Dukki Bana in Gulaal.
His role as Khurram Mir in 2014's Haider bagged him a Filmfare and IIFA award for Best Supporting Actor. He played a very crucial role in The Ghazi Attack as a Naval Captain based on an Indian Naval submarine, S21, intercepts a Pakistani submarine, PNS Ghazi, during routine surveillance and thwarts its mission of destroying INS Vikrant in 1971. He played a role as Vikram Singh in 2019's Penalty with co-actor Mohit Nain.
He impressed and gained more popularity with a role as Himmat Singh in 2020's Special Ops - a web series for Hotstar. In 2021, he again played the young version of Himmat Singh (R&AW leading officer) in Special Ops 1.5, the prequel part of Special Ops. OTT viewers admired his performance in this series. Following the resounding success of espionage thriller Special Ops, Hotstar Specials is set to ring in a new form of storytelling with the launch of ‘Special Ops Universe’, created and conceptualized by film-maker Neeraj Pandey and Friday Storytellers.
- All films in Hindi unless otherwise stated.
|1995||Naseem||Islamic fundamentalist||Debut film|
|2003||Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi||Siddharth Tyabji||Released in theaters in 2005|
|2004||Black Friday||DCP Rakesh Maria||Released in theaters in 2007|
|2005||Sarkar||Vishnu Nagare||Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Negative Role|
|2005||Main, Meri Patni Aur Woh||Akash|
|2005||Ek Khiladi Ek Haseena||Kaif|
|2006||Corporate||Ritesh Sahani||Nominated—GIFA Award for Best Supporting Actor|
|2007||Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd.||Partho Sen|
|2007||Life in a... Metro||Ranjeet||Nominated—IIFA Award for Best Performance in a Negative Role|
|2008||Sarkar Raj||Vishnu Nagare|
|2008||Maan Gaye Mughal-e-Azam||Haldi Hasan|
|2008||Mumbai Meri Jaan||Suresh|
|2008||Via Darjeeling||Ankur Sharma|
|2008||Shaurya||Brigadier Rudra Pratap Singh|
|2009||The Stoneman Murders||Sanjay Shelar|
|2009||Aage se right||Janubhai/Baima Rashidul Kairi|
|2010||Tera Kya Hoga Johnny||Inspector Shashikant Chiple|
|2010||Benny And Babloo||Benny|
|2011||Bheja Fry 2||Ajit Talwar|
|2012||Chaalis Chouraasi||Albert Pinto|
|2012||Life Ki Toh Lag Gayi||Salman|
|2013||ABCD: Any Body Can Dance||Jehangir|
|2013||Udhayam NH4||ACP Manoj Menon IPS||Tamil film|
|2013||Ankur Arora Murder Case||Dr. Asthana|
|2014||Raja Natwarlal||Vardha Yadav|
|2014||Haider||Khurram Meer||Won—Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—BIG Star Entertainment Awards for Most Entertaining Actor in a Thriller Film – Male
Nominated—IIFA Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Screen Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Stardust Award for Best Actor in a Negative Role
|2015||Rahasya||CBI Officer Sunil Paraskar|
|2015||Bombay Velvet||Investigative Officer Vishwas Kulkarni|
|2015||Singh Is Bliing||Mark|
|2016||A Flying Jatt||Mr. Rakesh Malhotra|
|2017||The Ghazi Attack||Captain Ranvijay Singh||Telugu / Hindi|
|2018||Dhaad||Ghelo||Gujarati; released 17 years after being shot|
|2018||Vodka Diaries||ACP Ashwini Dixit|
|2018||Baa Baaa Black Sheep||ACP Shivraj Naik|
|2018||Ek Sangaychay||Marathi film|
|2019||San' 75 Pachattar||Govind||Unreleased film|
|2019||Penalty||Vikram Singh||Netflix film|
|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|
|2005||Time Bomb 9/11||Prime Minister of India|
|2018||The Great Indian Dysfunctional Family||Vikram Ranaut|
|2019||The Last Chapter|
|2020||Special OPS||Himmat Singh|
|2021||Special Ops 1.5: The Himmat Story||Himmat Singh|
- Gupta, Priya (29 September 2014). "Kay Kay Menon: I take my work seriously, not myself". The Times of India. Retrieved 9 September 2016.
- Ravi, Shruti (19 January 2012). "Pune is like Mumbai now, says Kay Kay Menon". The Times of India. Retrieved 9 September 2016.
- Gupta, Priya (30 September 2014). "Kay Kay Menon: I take my work seriously, not myself". The Times of India. Retrieved 29 November 2015.
- Ninan, Sevanti (22 April 2001). "Melodrama with a K". The Hindu. Retrieved 23 July 2021.
An actor to watch: Kay Kay Menon in "Pradhan Mantri". While the cynicism in this serial continues to be overstated through the second episode, this unusually tall actor who plays the pradhan mantri is a major saving grace. His lines could be better, but he mouths them with conviction. Looks like he will have to carry this serial on his shoulders.
- Malik, Amita (27 April 2001). "Mantris in tough competition". The Tribune. Retrieved 30 November 2015.
- Chatterjee, Saibal (28 August 2005). "A man among boys". The Tribune. Retrieved 30 November 2015.
- Shrivastava, Vipra (26 December 2014). "Seven reasons why Anurag Kashyap is the 'ugliest' filmmaker". India Today. Retrieved 29 November 2015.
- "2006 Filmfare Awards". Retrieved 30 November 2015.
- "Review: Shaurya". www.rediff.com.
- "Masand's Verdict: Shaurya « Rajeev Masand – movies that matter : from bollywood, hollywood and everywhere else".
- "'Drona reminded me of my childhood'". www.rediff.com.
- "'Drona' makers spend a fortune on villain". DNA India. 13 September 2008.
- Vijayakar, Rajiv (20 February 2009). "The Stoneman Murders (Hindi)". Screen India. Archived from the original on 25 February 2009. Retrieved 28 February 2009.
- ""Special ops 1.5"". Disney+ Hotstar. 12 November 2021.
- "Hazaaron Revisited". The Telegraph. 18 October 2013. Retrieved 30 November 2015.
- "Moving beyond art". The Telegraph. 25 January 2009. Retrieved 30 November 2015.
- Highway 203 at IMDb. Retrieved on 8 September 2016
- "Queen and Haider rule at Filmfare awards". The National. 1 February 2015. Retrieved 29 November 2015.
- Oza, Nandini (5 January 2018). "After 17 years, Gujarati film Dhaad starring Nandita Das set for release". The Week.
- T-Series, SAN 75 (Pachattar) Official Theatrical Trailer | Kay Kay Menon, Kirti Kulhari, Tom Alter | T-Series, retrieved 2 January 2019
- "Parineeti Chopra and Harrdy Sandhu quietly begin shooting for Ribhu Dasgupta's action thriller in Turkey". Bollywood Hungama. 21 April 2021. Retrieved 21 June 2021.
- Firrkie, retrieved 2 January 2019
- Zee Music Company, 3 Dev - Official Trailer |Karan Singh Grover, Ravi Dubey, Kunaal Roy Kapur, Kay Kay Menon, Raima Sen, retrieved 2 January 2019
- "'Ray' trailer: Netflix anthology is a tribute to the master filmmaker". The Hindu. 9 June 2021. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 16 June 2021.