Nishan (actor)

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Born Nishan KP Nanaiah[1]
(1984-01-17) 17 January 1984 (age 33)
Coorg, Karnataka
Occupation Actor
Years active 2009–present


Nishan KP Nanaiah, known mononymously as Nishan, is an Indian actor from Karnataka , (brought up in Kolkata), has predominantly worked in Malayalam films. Also in a few languages like Hindi, Tamil and Telugu .Nishan speaks around 5-6 languages, and is very good at picking up new languages n its dialects, hence working in different languages comes naturally to him.. He debuted in 2009 through the Hindi film Cycle Kick but the film did not release. He got a career break in Shyamaprasad's Malayalam film Ritu in the same year. He became a notable actor through Sibi Malayil's Apoorvaragam which was released in 2010.

Personal life[edit]

Nishan was born to K.S. Prasad, a customs officer, and late K. Padma Prasad, in Coorg, Karnataka.[2] He was brought up in Kolkata, West Bengal. He was a university tennis player. He got a diploma in acting from the Pune Film Institute (FTII).[3]

Alma Mater[edit]

After graduating, he moved to Mumbai to try his luck in Bollywood. He worked with Subhash Ghai in a film titled Cycle Kick,[4] which was released in 2011.[3] As an actor, he believes in expanding his horizons and hence he decided to venture down south..his first southern break was Telugu film Manorama (2009).[3] The film along with Nishan s performance was critically very well acclaimed..His character in the film was noted, however simultaneously [3] He got a call from legendary malayalam director Shyamaprasad during those days, for playing the lead role in his film, Ritu (2009).[3] About the selection, the actor said, "Shyamaprasad sir had seen my stills from a model coordinator in Chennai. But I was not sure if I could do the film because Malayalam is a tough language. Shyam sir, however, told me that he was confident that I could do the role."[3] Rithu was a critical hit, which won him the best debut award.

After Ritu, he got another notable role in Sibi Malayil's Apoorvaragam. Apoorvaragam was a sleeper hit.[citation needed] It ran for 100+ days.[citation needed] This movie made Nishan a household name as it was a commercial hit.[citation needed] In February, Ee Adutha Kaalathu released in which he played the role of Rustam. This film received positive response from critics and audiences, and is considered a path-breaker for its bold and realistic narration and the innovative style of weaving story threads together.[citation needed] Nishan's role of Rustam was more appreciated as it had a grey shade.[citation needed] He also starred in Bejoy Nambiar's David alongside Vikram. His role of Peter was appreciated by the critics.[citation needed] His last release was Geethanjali (Malayalam) directed by Priyadarshan, starring Mohanlal. The film went on to be a semi hit.[citation needed]

Nishan's forthcoming release is Badlapur Boys (Hindi) directed by newcomer Shailesh Verma. It is based on the Indian traditional rural sport, kabaddi.



S.No Year Film Language Director Co-cast Character Notes
1 2009 Ritu Malayalam Shyamaprasad Asif Ali, Rima Kallingal Sharath Debut film
2 Manorama Telugu Eshwar Reddy Charmi Killer
3 2010 Apoorvaragam Malayalam Sibi Malayil Asif Ali, Nithya Menon, Vinay Forrt Roopesh
4 Soch Lo Hindi Sartaj Singh Pannu Sartaj Singh Pannu, Iris Maity Basu
5 2011 Cycle Kick Hindi Shashi Sudigala Sunny Hinduja,Girija Oak Ramu Release delayed
6/7 Gramam / Namma Gramam Tamil
Mohan Nedumudi Venu, Samvrutha Sunil Kannan Bilingual film
8 Note Out Malayalam Kutty Naduvil Mithra Kurian Pavithran
9 Ithu Nammude Katha Malayalam Rajesh Kannamkara Asif Ali, Ananya, Jagathy Santhosh
10/11 2012 Yaarukku Theriyum Tamil
Ganesh Kamaraj Kalabhavan Mani, Sanjana Singh Shakthi Bilingual film
12 Ee Adutha Kalathu Malayalam Arun Kumar Indrajith, Murali Gopy, Anoop Menon, Tanusree Ghosh Rustham
13 2013 Annum Innum Ennum Malayalam Rajesh Nair Jishnu, Fareisa Joemmanbaks Roy
14/15 David/David Hindi
Bejoy Nambiar Vikram, Tabu, Isha Sharvani Peter Bilingual film
16 10:49 am Local Call Malayalam Manu Sudhakar Shritha Sivadas, Kailash Alby
17 Radio Malayalam Umer Mohamedh Iniya, Sarayu Manu
18 Geethaanjali Malayalam Priyadarshan Mohanlal, Keerthi Suresh Anoop
19 2014 Badlapur Boys Hindi Sailesh Verma Saranya Mohan Vijay
20 2015 Lavender Malayalam Altas Ali Anoop Menon, Rahman, Elham Mirza Siddharth


S.No Film Language Director Co-cast Character Notes
1 Chai Shai Biscuit Hindi Himanshu Bhatnagar Shraddha Das Uday Postproduction
2 Ameya Malayalam Ashraf Muhammed Ananya
3 Hadiya Malayalam Ragini Nandwani Filming


  • Asianet Film Award for Best New Face (2009)
  • Surya Film Award for Best Debutant (2009)
  • World Malayalee Council and Kairali TV award for Best Debut (2009)


  1. ^ "K. P. Nishan Nanaiah biography". Retrieved 17 January 2011.
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  3. ^ a b c d e f P.K.Ajith Kumar (24 September 2010). "Making a mark". The Hindu. 
  4. ^ Gupta, Pratim D (1 June 2011). "From movies at Menoka to Mukta debut". The Telegraph (Calcutta). Retrieved 3 October 2016. 

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