|Navya Nair (Dhanya Veena)|
14 October 1985 
|Other names||Dhanya Veena|
|Spouse(s)||Santhosh Menon (2010–present)|
Dhanya Veena, better known by her stage name Navya Nair, is an Indian actress who works in Malayalam, Tamil, and Kannada films. She is well established in Malayalam. She is two time recipient of Kerala State Film Award for Best Actress and Kalaimamani award.
Navya Nair was born on 14 October 1985 to Raju & Veena Raju who hails from Cheppad, a village in Alleppey District. The film director K. Madhu is her uncle. She studied at Bethany Balikamadom High School, Nangiarkulangara till 10th grade and then at MSM Higher Secondary School, where her mother was a teacher. In 2013, newspapers reported that she had cheated during 12th standard board exams. She married Mumbai-based businessman, Santhosh Menon, on 21 January 2010 and they have a son Sai Krishna, born on 22 November 2010.
She was still at school when offered her first film role, starring opposite Dileep in Ishtam in 2001. There followed roles in partnership with Dileep, in films such as Mazhathullikkilukkam, Kunjikoonan, Kalyanaraman, Pandippada, Gramaphone and Pattanathil Sundaran.
The most popular character of Navya is that of 'Balamani' in Nandanam. She won the Kerala State Film Award for Best Actress in 2002 for the same. She has been paired with Mohanlal, Mammooty, Suresh Gopi, Jayaram, Dileep, Prithviraj, and Jayasurya.
She started acting in offbeat movies, such as Saira and Kanne Madangukawhen her chances in commercial films decreased. Saira was the opening film in the section Tous Les Cinemas Du Monde at the Cannes International Film Festival in 2007, which was the 4th Malayalam film screened at the Cannes International Film Festival. Saira has participated in 21 other international film festivals like USA, Brazil, Israel, Russia, Italy, Greece, Zimbabwe, Belgium, Bangladesh etc. She won the state award again in 2005 for her performance in Kanne Madanguka and Saira.
Her debut in Tamil cinema came with Azhagiya Theeye and her first role in Kannada cinema was in Gaja but the most notable one was the 2009 Tamil movie Aadum Koothu, which won the National Award for the best Tamil film. The T.V.Chandran film revolved around a character called Manimekala played by Navya Nair. She has around 50 movies to her credit.
After marriage, she stoped her full-time acting career. She came back to film through "Scene Onnu Nammude Veedu" in 2012. After a gap of almost 2 years from then she did "Drishya", a Kannada remake of Malayalam megahit thriller "Drishyam"..
After marriage she made her comeback as a judge in Munch Dance Dance in Asianet ans she has done another reality show in Asianet "Bharthakkanmarude Sradhaku" as judge and host.She has acted in some advertisements also.She is presently judging Sunfeast Delishus Star Singer on Asianet.
Writing career & Dance Career
"Navya Rasangal" is the first published book of Navya Nair. It is her autobiography.She is a well trained classical dancer and has performed in many stages. She has won many awards as a dancer.
- 2002 – Best Actress Award
- 2003 – Best Onscreen Couple Award (shared with actor Prithviraj Sukumaran)
|1||2001||Ishtam||Anjana||Malayalam||Dileep||Sibi Malayil||Ishtam was later remade in Hindi as Mere Baap Pehle Aap by Priyadarshan|
|3||Nandanam||Balamani||Malayalam||Prithviraj||Ranjith||Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Malayalam
Kerala State Film Award for Best Actress
Asianet Award for Best Actress
|5||Deepangal Sakshi||Krishnaveni Kesavan||Malayalam||Indrajith||K. Madhu|
|7||Chathurangam||Sherin Mathew||Malayalam||Mohanlal||K. Madhu|
|11||Pattanathil Sundaran||Radhamani Sundaresan||Malayalam||Dileep||Vipin Mohan|
|12||2004||Sethurama Iyer CBI||Rachana||Malayalam||Mammootty||K. Madhu|
|13||Jalolsavam||Geetha||Malayalam||Kunchacko Boban||Sibi Malayil|
|14||Chathikkatha Chanthu||Vasumathi/Ambika||Malayalam||Jayasurya||Rafi Mecartin|
|15||Azhagiya Theeye||Nandhini||Tamil||Prasanna||Radha Mohan||First Tamil film|
|16||Parayam||Guest role||Malayalam||Jishnu||Anil Babu||Guest appearance|
|18||Pandippada||Meena Karuppusamy||Malayalam||Dileep||Rafi Mecartin|
|19||Sarkar Dada||Sandhya||Malayalam||Jayaram||Sasi Shanker|
|20||Kanne Madanguka||Kaarunya Bhagyanathan||Malayalam||Murali||Alberrt Antoni||Kerala State Film Award for Best Actress also for Saira|
|21||Saira||Saira Hussain||Malayalam||Nedumudi Venu||Dr. Biju||Saira was the opening film in the section Tous Les Cinemas Du Monde at the Cannes International Film Festival. Kerala State Film Award for Best Actress also for Kanne Madanguka|
|22||Chidambarathil Oru Appasamy||Thenmozhi Elangovan||Tamil||Thangar Bachchan||Thangar Bachchan|
|23||2006||Pasa Kiligal||Maragatham||Tamil||Prabhu,Murali, Vineeth||Amritham||The film was fully written and directed by Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) chief M. Karunanidhi, as it was a comeback film for the director-cum-politician.|
|25||Pathaaka||Ashitha Muhammed||Malayalam||Suresh Gopi||K. Madhu|
|26||Kalabham||Sivakami||Malayalam||Bala||Anil K Nair|
|28||Ali Bhai||Chenthamara||Malayalam||Mohanlal||Shaji Kailas|
|29||Kichamani MBA||Shivani Menon||Malayalam||Suresh Gopi, jayasurya||Samad Mangada|
|30||2008||Gaja||Shwetha||Kannada||Darshan||K. Madesh||First Kannada film|
|31||Sila Nerangalil||Thamarai Chidambaram,
|33||Raman Thediya Seethai||Senthamarai||Tamil||Cheran||K P Jegannath||Guest appearance|
|34||Kavyam||Uma||Malayalam||Suresh Gopi||Anish and Santosh|
|37||Nam Yajamanru||Charulatha||Kannada||Dr.Vishnuvardhan||T. S. Nagabharana|
|39||Ivar Vivahitharayal||Navya Nair||Malayalam||Jayasurya||Saji Surendran||Special appearance|
|40||Bhagyada Balegara||Cheluvi||Kannada||Shivaraj Kumar||Sai Prakash|
|41||Kerala Cafe||Sheela Johnykutty||Malayalam||Dileep||M Padmakumar(Nostalgia)||For the first time in the history of Malayalam cinema, one film was conceived by a team of ten directors.|
|42||Violet||Suchitra||Malayalam||Suresh Gopi||M Sabarish|
|43||2010||Drona 2010||Mithra Antarjanam||Malayalam||Mammootty||Shaji Kailas|
|44||Yugapurushan||Savitri Antarjanam||Malayalam||Mammootty, Kalabhavan Mani||R Sukumaran|
|45||Rasikkum Seemane||Gayathri||Tamil||Srikanth||RK Vidyadaran|
|48||2012||Scene Onnu Nammude Veedu||Manju||Malayalam||Lal||Shaiju Anthikadu||Came back to films after marriage|
|49||2014||Drishya||Seetha||Kannada||V. Ravichandran||P. Vasu|
- "South Indian Beauty Navya Nair Married!". indiglamour. 2010. Retrieved 21 January 2010.
- "State film awards presented". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 4 December 2003. Retrieved 26 May 2007.
- "Kerala State film awards for 2005 announced". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 8 February 2006. Retrieved 26 May 2007.
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