Nayika Nayakan

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Nayika Nayakan
Genre Reality show
Talent hunt
Directed by Abraham Chunkathu
Creative director(s) Chandrakala
Midhun Chettoor
Presented by Daine Davis
Ashwathy Srikanth
Pearle Maaney
(till Epi:30)
Judges Lal Jose
Samvrutha Sunil
Kunchacko Boban
Country of origin India
Original language(s) Malayalam
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 63
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time Approx. 45 minutes
Original network Mazhavil Manorama
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
Original release 28 May (2018-05-28) – 17 October 2018 (2018-10-17)
External links
Official Website

Nayika Nayakan was an Indian, Malayalam talent hunt show[1] which premiered on Mazhavil Manorama and was aired every Monday to Wednesday at 9:00 PM (IST).[2] The series was helmed by film director Lal Jose and actors Kunchacko Boban and Samvrutha Sunil.[3]

On its grand finale (October 17, 2018), director Lal Jose declared Shambu and Darshana Nair as the winning pair of the show and also distributed several awards to the contestants along with actors Kunchacko Boban and Samvrutha Sunil.[4]


The show featured 16 contestants including 8 boys and 8 girls who were given a chance to be the next aspiring superstars of Mollywood.[5] The series contained different segments and tasks through which the contestants showcased their acting skills. The judgement would be completely based on the performance of the candidates. The winning pair would be roped in to play the lead protagonists in an upcoming film of director Lal Jose. Most of the contestants have already been cast for upcoming movies for leading and supporting roles.[6]


Contestant Status
Aamina Eliminated
Addis Antony Runner-Up
Ann Paul Eliminated
Ann Salim Eliminated
Darshana Nair WINNER
Malavika Krishnadas Finalist
Meenakshi Eliminated
Mintu Eliminated
Nandu Eliminated
Roshan Ullas Eliminated
Sidhi Vinayak Eliminated
Thejas Jyothi Eliminated
Venkitesh Eliminated
Vincy Aloysius Runner-Up
Viswa Finalist
Special Awards
Award Recipient(s)
Best Comedian
  • Meenakshi
  • Venkitesh
Best Dancer
  • Malavika Krishnadas
  • Viswa
Best Romantic Pair
  • Mintu Mariya
  • Shambu
Character Actor
  • Darshana Nair
  • Thejus Jyothi
Daring Act
  • Ann Salim
  • Nandu
Versatile Actors
  • Addis Antony
  • Vincy Aloysius
Special Mention
  • Amina
  • Ann Paul
  • Roshan Ullas
  • Sidhi Vinayak


  • Ashwathy Srikanth
  • Daine Davis
  • Pearle Maaney (till Episode: 30, later replaced by Ashwathy Srikanth)
Guest Mentors


  1. ^ "Mazhavil Manorama to unearth Kerala's next Big Superstars with Nayika Nayakan".
  2. ^ "Nayika Nayakan, a new talent hunt show on Malayalam TV".
  3. ^ "Pearle Maaney to host Nayika Nayakan".
  4. ^ "Lal Jose crowns the winners of the show".
  5. ^ "More of a friend, less of a judge, Kunchacko Boban to mentor 'Nayika Nayakan'".
  6. ^ "Kerala's Next Superstars Are On Mazhavil Manorama".