Bhavana is an award-winning actress from Kerala who works in Malayalam, Tamil, Kannada, and Telugu film industries. Kamal’s teen film Nammal was her debut movie. The actress bagged a special mention at the Kerala State Film Awards for her promising performance in the film. She achieved big success through super hits like Swapnakoodu, CID Moosa, and Chathikkatha Chanthu. She has appeared in more than 68 films in various languages till date. For her performance in Daivanamathil (2005), Bhavana won the Kerala State Second Best Actress award.
Bhavana Early Life
Bhavana was born as Karthika Menon on 6th June 1986 to G Balachandran and Pushpa. Bhavana did her schooling at Holy Family girl’s High School, Chembukkavu, Thrissur. Her father had worked as an assistant cinematographer in the Malayalam film industry. She has a brother, Jayadev who is currently settled in Vancouver, Canada.
Bhavana Family Father Mother Brother
Bhavana was born as Karthika Menon to G Balachandran and Pushpa in Thrissur, Kerala on 6th June 1986. Her father was an assistant cinematographer in Malayalam film industry while her mother is a homemaker. Balachandran died on 24th September 2015. Bhavana has a brother Jayadev who is settled in Canada.
In 2002, Karthika Menon made her debut in films. She had adopted the screen name Bhavana, for her debut movie, Nammal. The film was directed by Kamal and starred newbies like Siddharth, Jishnu, and Renuka Menon among others. The movie became a big hit and shot the lead actors into stardom. She was praised for her performance and even got her a Kerala State Special Jury Award. Bhavana instantly bagged many big projects including Chronic Bachelor, CID Moosa, Swapnakoodu etc. While her only release in 2002 was Nammal, all her later films released in 2003 turned out to be super hits.
In the following years, she starred in a string of comedies like Chathikkatha Chanthu, Runway, Youth Festival (2004). While the first two become huge hits, films like Amrutham and Parayam too managed to pull off good box office collections.
She continued to star in successful comedies like Udayananu Thaaram, Chanthupottu, Naran etc. At the same time, she also played the lead in Jayaraj’s Daivanamathil, for which she won the Kerala State Film Award for Second Best Actress.
She made her debut in Tamil industry with Mysshkin’s critically acclaimed romance-drama, Chithiram Pesuthadi for which she went on to win the Filmfare Award for Best Actress in Tamil. While she enjoyed success in Malayalam with films like Chinthamani Kolacase, Chess (2006), Chotta Mumbai (2007) her Tamil hits like Deepavali, Veyil and Arya too became hits. In 2008, he starred in the Tamil flick Jayem Kondein, the Malayalam blockbuster Twenty: 20 and the Telugu flick Ontari.
In 2010, Bhavana made her debut in Kannada film industry with Jackie, opposite Puneeth Rajkumar. The film turned out to be a blockbuster and its dubbed versions were released in Tamil and Malayalam. She starred in Vishnuvardhana (2011) opposite Sudeep and the film too turned out to be a big success.
Her Malayalam releases in 2011 include Doctor Love, Oru Marubhumikadha, and Kudumbasree Travels. She won accolades for her performance as advocate Balamani in Madhupal’s drama, Ozhimori and as Malavika in VK Prakash’s Trivandrum Lodge. She also starred in the Kannada hit Yaare Koogadali and a cameo in the Telugu flick, Nippu.
One of her most famous movies of recent times released in the following year – Honey Bee. This debut directorial by Jean Paul Lal had the actress paired opposite Asif Ali and was a sleeper hit. She also starred in Topiwala and Bachchan, two Kannada super hits.
After doing movies like Koothara, Angry Babies In Love and Polytechnic (2014) which were mostly box office duds, Bhavana delivered a stellar performance in Shyamaprasad’s star-studded thriller, Ivide. The movie also had Prithviraj Sukumaran and Nivin Pauly playing the other lead roles.
In 2015, she was seen in Open Your Mind, a short film directed by Vishnu Raghav which was appreciated for its bold theme. Mollywood couldn't see the actress much in the year and the following year. A few Malayalam films such as Hello Namasthe, and Kuttikalundu Sookshikkuka which came out during the time failed to make any kind of impact.
In 2017, Bhavana appeared in Honey Bee 2, the sequel to Jean Paul Lal's debut film Honey Bee. The film, unlike its prequel, couldn't get a hold at the box office. Adventures Of Omanakuttan, her next film with Asif Ali, in the lead was a considerable success. Bhavana's performance in the film as Pallavi won applause from the critics. Vilakkumaram, Oru Viseshapetta Biriyanikissa are her other movies which released during the year. Adam Joan, the Prithviraj starrer, in which the actress was seen donning a support role, is her last Malayalam film till date.
Bhavana has won the prestigious Kerala state Film Award twice. She won the Special Jury Award for Best Actress for her debut movie, Nammal in 2002 and a Second Best Actress trophy for her performance in Daivanamathil in 2005. She has also won two Best Supporting actress Award from Asianet for Nammal and Daivanamathil.
In 2003, she won the Mathrubhumi Award for Best New Actress for Nammal and Most Entertaining Actress for CID Moosa and Swapnakoodu in 2003. She has also won the Best Actress Awards by Jersey Foundation, Kalakeralam and a Special Jury Award from Grihalakshmy for her performance in Daivanamathil.
Award Name Category Film Name Status Year Kerala State Film Award Special Jury Award for Best Actress Nammal Won 2002 Kerala State Film Award Second Best Actress Deivanamathil Won 2005 Filmfare Awards South Best Actress Chithiram Pesuthadi Won 2006 Asianet Film Award Best Supporting Actress Nammal Won 2006 Asianet Film Award Best Supporting Actress Deivanamathil Won 2005 Mathrubhumi Award Best New Actress Nammal Won 2002 Mathrubhumi Award Most Entertaining Actress Swapnakoodu, CID Moosa Won 2003 Grihalakshmy Awards Special Jury Award Deivanamathil Won 2005 Sathyan Award Best Tamil Actress N/A Won 2006
Bhavana was educated at Holy Family Girls’ High School, Chembukkavu, Thrissur. The actress was selected to do one of the lead roles in Nammal when she was in her 11th class.
Qualification: High School
Schooling: Holy Family Girls’ High School, Chembukkavu, Thrissur
Bhavana Trivia & Facts
Made her debut when she was in 11th standard
- Enjoyed success as a lead through ‘Swapnakoodu’ and ‘CID Moosa’ (2003)
- Acted in the Kannada super hit, ‘Jackie’
- Bhavana’s father, Balachandran worked as an assistant cinematographer in Malayalam film industry
- Bhavana’s real name is Karthika Menon.
In 2015, it was reported that there was an alleged ban over Bhavana working in Malayalam projects. In an interview to leading English daily in 2015, Bhavana revealed that she was dragged into unwanted politics when she lent a helping hand towards a friend. The act apparently irked some industry hotshots and the actress found herself getting ousted from projects.
In February 2018, shocking the industry, the actress was subjected to a horrifying assault in a moving car while on her way back from a film set. She immediately lodged a police complaint and the following investigation pointed to popular actor Dileep's hand behind the incident. The following events shook Mollywood with actors openly supporting Dileep and other giving flak to those who come out in support of him.
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