Malavika Mohanan

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Malavika Mohanan
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December 2018 press photoshoot
Born (1993-08-04) 4 August 1993 (age 26)
Years active2013–present
Home townPayyanur, Kannur, Kerala, India

Malavika Mohanan is an Indian film actress, who has predominantly worked in the Malayalam film industry. She has also appeared in a number of Hindi, Kannada and Tamil films.

The daughter of cinematographer K. U. Mohanan, Malavika made her acting debut with the romantic drama Pattam Pole (2013). Following a series of lead roles in Malayalam and Kannada films, she won critical acclaim after appearing in Majid Majidi's drama film, Beyond the Clouds (2017), portraying a dweller of Mumbai's dhobi ghat area.[1]

Early life[edit]

Born in 1993, Malavika is the daughter of cinematographer K. U. Mohanan and Beena Mohanan. She hails from Payyanur in Kannur, Kerala, but was brought up in Mumbai.[2]


2013–2017: Debut and early career[edit]

Malavika completed a degree in Mass Media at Wilson College, Mumbai, hoping to emulate her father as a cinematographer or as a director. Post her graduation, while she was contemplating taking up higher studies, she accompanied her father to a commercial shoot for a fairness cream, starring veteran Malayalam actor Mammootty. The actor subsequently enquired about Malavika's interest in acting, before offering her a role opposite his son, Dulquer Salmaan, in an upcoming Malayalam film.[3][4] Malavika took time to consider the proposal before passing an audition and accepting terms to star in Pattam Pole (2013), and gradually learned about the process of acting as the shoot progressed. Owing to the original costume designer's illness, Malavika also worked as her own designer for the project.[3][5][6] The romantic drama film, which narrated the relationship between a Tamil Brahmin youth and a Christian girl, received mixed reviews and did not perform well at the box office. A critic from noted that Malavika's "peppy girl act is far from being perfect but shows promise", while the Times of India's reviewers suggested that she did a "decent job".[7][8] During the period, she continued having an interest in fashion, setting up an Indian ethnic fusion clothing brand called "The Scarlet Window".[9][10]

Her second film, Nirnayakam (2015), Malavika portrayed as a ballet dancer, won good reviews but also met with a tepid response commercially.[11][12][13] Another film during the period, Naale opposite Fahadh Faasil, saw her portray a tribal girl but was later dropped midway through production.[14] In 2016, Malavika worked on her first Kannada film, Naanu Mattu Varalakshmi (2016) opposite a debutant actor, Prithvi.[15] Despite having a low-key release at the box office, the film won good reviews with Malavika's portrayal of the titular role of Varalakshmi being praised by critics.[16][17] She then featured in the role of a police officer in the crime thriller The Great Father (2017), where she starred alongside an ensemble cast including Mammootty, Arya and Sneha.[18][19] The film opened to positive reviews and performed well at the box office.[20][21][22]

2018–present: Beyond the Clouds and future projects[edit]

Malavika's breakthrough as an actress came through her role as Tara, a poor girl from Mumbai's dhobi ghat area, in Majid Majidi's drama film, Beyond the Clouds (2017).[23][24] Following her successful audition, Majidi selected her ahead of renowned actresses Deepika Padukone and Kangana Ranaut for the role, which saw her portray the older sister of debutant Ishaan Khatter.[25][26][27] She expressed her delight at working with Majidi so early in her career, especially considering that she regularly had to study and write essays on his films during her undergraduate course.[28] For the film, Malavika lost eight kilograms in fifteen days to film for a jail sequence, and opted not to wash her hair for several days on end to get the look of the slum dweller correct.[29][30] The film was screened across several international festivals, before being released worldwide in April 2018. Malavika won positive reviews for her portrayal, with Filmfare's critic stating "Malavika Mohanan is a natural in front of the camera".[31] A reviewer from The Times of India stated she was "captivating in her honest portrayal" and "skilfully walks the fine line between passionate and melodramatic", while The Hollywood Reporter called her "solid".[32][33][34]

In mid-2018, she signed on to appear in a role in Karthik Subbaraj's Petta (2019), which would feature her alongside an ensemble cast including Rajinikanth, Vijay Sethupathi and Nawazuddin Siddiqui. For the film, which marked her first project in the Tamil language, Malavika hired a Tamil-speaking tutor to help her practice her lines.[35][36] Her next movie will be Hero in Telugu opposite Vijay Devarakonda. The movie will be directed by Anand Annamalai, co-writer of films like Kuttramae Thandanai and Kaakka Muttai. [37][38]


Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Title Role Language Notes
2013 Pattam Pole Riya Malayalam Debut film
2015 Nirnayakam Saral Malayalam
2016 Naanu Mattu Varalakshmi Varalakshmi Kannada
2017 The Great Father Meera Malayalam
2018 Beyond the Clouds Tara
2019 Petta Poongodi Tamil
Hero TBA Telugu Filming


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