Malavika Avinash

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Malavika Avinash
Personal details
BornChennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Political partyBharatiya Janata Party
Avinash (m. 2001)
Alma materBangalore University
OccupationActress, politician

Malavika Avinash is an Indian actress, television personality and politician. She is known for her work in Kannada and Tamil films. She hosted Baduku Jataka Bandi, a television show that aired on Zee Kannada.[1]

She is in the ensemble cast in the highest grossing Kannada movie K.G.F: Chapter 1, which holds a record for opening the 100 crore club in the Kannada industry. The movie features Srinidhi Shetty and Archana Jois in addition to Malavika who were among the first actresses to be featured in the 100 crore club.

Early life[edit]

Malavika was born on 28 January 1976, in a Tamil family to N. Ganesan. Her father was a banker and writer, and her mother, Savithri, a vocalist and dancer. She was initiated into classical arts under the tutelage of Padmashree Leela Samson in Bharatanatyam and Pandit Partho Das on the sitar. G.V. Iyer spotted her at a dance performance as Krishna and cast her as Krishna in his Krishnavataar. She then played a lead role as a princess in Prema Karanth's Panorama children's film Nakkala Rajakumari.

She completed her Bachelor of Law at Bangalore University and was awarded 3rd rank.[2]

She married actor Avinash.[3] They have a son named Gaalav.


Malavika's stint as a child artist was followed by her entry into cinema as the heroine in award-winning Malayalam films for Lenin Rajendran and popular Kannada films. Television however, turned out to be the medium that adopted her. Her earlier television series were for Girish Karnad and Ashutosh Gowariker in Hindi, Ashok Naidu in Kannada and Dinesh Baboo in Malayalam. Her performance in Mayamruga provided her iconic status among Kannada television viewers. Mayamruga's success caught the eye of K. Balachander, who then chose to usher her into Tamil cinema world with Anni, where Malavika played the protagonist Anni.

Malavika's Tamil films include Raji in Rajarajeshwari and K. Balachander's Nilavai Pidippom where she portrayed a middle-class working woman, Pudhuyugam, Pralayam in "Comedy Colony" again under her mentor Balachander. She played Madurai Thilaka in Arasi and Muththazhagi in Chellamey. She played key roles in Tamil films.[4]

Another milestone was her portrayal of Nanjamma, the protagonist in Girish Kasaravalli's film of S.L. Bhyrappa's celebrated novel, Gruha Banga. In her decade of television acting, Malavika played roles in Tamil, Kannada and Hindi productions including cross-over film Cyanide, in which Malavika's portrayal of Shubha won her critical acclaim.[citation needed] Apart from Manvantara for T.N.Seetharam, Malavika swayed the Kannada audiences with her cult figure like character of Madhavi Patel, IPS, in his Muktha.[citation needed]

Agni, a talk show that Malavika hosted on E-TV Kannada was followed by Baduku Jataka Bandi. In the latter, Malavika deals with the problems of individuals, thereby providing an Alternate Dispute Resolution forum for resolving family issues. She also discusses social issues.[5] She was a housemate in Bigg Boss Kannada Season 4. In 2017, she played a judge in Ilayathalapathy Vijay's movie Bairavaa.


Malavika participated in and won many international moot courts as a student, served as editor of her college journal, joined Madhyam, a development communications organization, served as assistant-editors of Madhyam journal, a legal column for the Times of India and UDAYAVANI for two years, her "Malavika Pakkam" column in Kumudam, a Tamil weekly, an Agony aunt column for Kumudam and more recently, 'Malavika order', a weekly column in Vijaya Karnataka. Malavika served as head of programming at Zee Kannada.


Malavika's association with Bharatanatyam commenced at age five when her mother introduced it to her. She trained under M. R. Krishnamurthy of Kalakshetra, followed by advanced tutelage under Padmashri Leela Samson in Delhi. She was a recipient of the CCERT (a unit of the Culture Ministry) scholarship for Bharatanatyam.[citation needed] She pursued dance along with her dancer sister, an alumnus of Kalakshetra, Ranjani Ganesan Ramesh. As a duo they performed at cultural centres in India and abroad, including Hampi festival, Pattadakkal festival, Khujrajo festival, Chidambaram Natyanjali and Uttara Chidambaram. Together, they organise an annual dance festival called Arudhra at Bangalore.

Malavika served as a judge on TV dance shows and hosted Takadhimithaa, a game show dedicated to Bharatanatyam on JayaTV. Politics

Malavika Avinash entered politics campaigning for BJP leader Sushma Swaraj in Bellary. She is a member of the BJP's Mahila Morcha.[6][7][8] She joined Bharatiya Janata Party in September 2013[9] and was appointed one of its co-spokespersons in February 2014.[10]


Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Film Role Language Notes
1988 Krishnaavataar Kannada
1989 Nakkala Rajakumari Rajakumari Kannada
1992 Daivathinte Vikrithikal Elsie Malayalam
1993 Janam Reshma Malayalam
1995 Kalyanothsava Rashmi Kannada
1995 Samara Sandhya Kannada
1995 Ravitheja Teja Kannada
2003 Jay Jay Jamuna's Sister Tamil
2005 Aaru Kalabhavan Mani's wife Tamil
2006 Cyanide Shubha Kannada
2006 Dishyum Malar (Cinthya's mother) Tamil
2006 Aathi Ramachandra's Wife Tamil
2006 Kalvanin Kadhali Haritha's sister-in-law Tamil
2008 Jayamkondaan Chandrika Tamil
2010 Irandu Mugam Thilakavathy Tamil
2011 Vanthaan Vendraan Arjun and Ramana's mother Tamil
2012 Munjane Manu's mother Kannada Nominated—SIIMA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
2012 Dashamukha Madhuri Kannada
2012 Drama Gayathri Kannada
2012 Krantiveera Sangolli Rayanna Goddess Kannada
2012 Yaare Koogadali Kumara's Stepmother Kannada
2013 Myna Revathi Kannada
2013 Karodpathi Kannada
2014 Kalyanamasthu Kannada
2014 Adyaksha Kannada
2014 Mr. and Mrs. Ramachari Sudha Kannada IIFA Utsavam Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Kannada)
Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Kannada
2015 Ring Road Kannada
2016 Mukunda Murari TV Interviewer Kannada
2016 Shivalinga Police commissioner Kannada
2017 Bairavaa Judge Tamil
2018 K.G.F: Chapter 1 Deepa Hegde Kannada
2018 David Kannada
2019 Boomerang Siva's mother Tamil
2019 Kaithi Nalini Tamil

Television career[edit]

Year Title Role Language Director Note(s) Ref.
1998–2000 Mayamruga Malavika Kannada T. N. Seetharam
2001–2003 Manvantara Gargi Kannada T. N. Seetharam
2001–2003 Grihabhanga Nanjamma Kannada Girish Kasaravalli
2001–2003 Anni Angayarkkani Tamil K. Balachander
2004–2006 Mukta SP Madhavi Patel Kannada T. N. Seetharam [11]
2004–2006 Nilavai Pidippom Tamil K. Balachander
2004–2006 Chidhambara Ragasiyam Thulasi Tamil Naga replaced by Devadarshini
2004–2006 Raja Rajeshwari Raji Tamil replaced by Abitha
2008–2009 Comedy Colony Tamil
2008–2009 Arasi Madurai Thilakavathy Tamil Samuthirakhani
2009–2013 Chellamey Muthazhagi Tamil O. N. Rathnam
2010–2011 Baduku Jataka Bandi Host Kannada
2013–2014 Mahaparva Judge in few episodes Kannada T. N. Seetharam
2015 Aradirali Belaku Host Kannada
2016–2017 Bigg Boss Kannada Herself Kannada As contestant; season 4 [12]
2019 Magalu Janaki Sheela Bhushan Kannada T. N. Seetharam [13]

Awards and honours[edit]

  1. Best Actress award given by the Tamil Nadu government
  2. Kalaimamani award for her achievements as an actress
  3. Aryabhata award
  4. Kempegowda award


  1. ^ "TV star Malavika Avinash Zee head". 6 September 2006.
  2. ^ "BJP's versatile spokespersons". The Hindu. 7 February 2014. Retrieved 17 February 2016.
  3. ^ "From reel love to real love". Times of India.
  4. ^ "I am born to be CM". Vijay Times.
  5. ^ "Malavika back to TV".
  6. ^ "Malavika – Another Glam Doll to Join Janata Dal (S)". Daiji World.
  7. ^ "Malavika comes to JDS".
  8. ^ "Actress Malavika Avinash appointed as new Secretary for JDS" (in Malayalam).
  9. ^ "Actor Malavika joins BJP". The Hindu. 28 September 2013. Retrieved 18 October 2013.
  10. ^ "Karnataka BJP gets 4 women co-spokespersons". The Hindu. 6 February 2014. Retrieved 8 February 2014.
  11. ^ "Small-screen "Anni" thinks big". The Hindu.
  12. ^ K., Bhumika (24 December 2016). "Who is watching who?". The Hindu. Retrieved 31 December 2018.
  13. ^ "Malavika Avinash is back on television as advocate - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 20 August 2019.

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