Mamtha Mohandas is an actress and playback singer who is known for her work in Malayalam cinema. Apart from Malayalam, she has acted and done playback in Telugu, Tamil and Kannada films. She made her debut with the Malayalam flick, Mayookham in 2005. In a career span of over a decade, she had done more than 40 films in Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu, and Kannada. In 2006 she won the Best Female Playback singer Award in Telugu for her song in Rakhi. She has also won the Kerala State Film Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Kadha Thudarunnu (2010).
Mamtha Mohandas Early Life
Mamtha Mohandas was born in Manama, Bahrain to a Malayali family on 14th November 1985. Her parents, Ambalappatt Mohandas and Ganga are from Kannur, Kerala. She did her schooling at The Indian School, Bahrain. After schooling, she acquired a Bachelor’s degree from Mount Carmel College, Bangalore. Mamtha started modeling after college. She was featured in print advertisements for big brands like Kalyan, Mysore Maharajah, Raymonds, and IBM, before she made her entry to the films.
Mamtha Mohandas Family
Mamtha Mohandas Family Father Mother
Mamtha was born to Ambalappatt Mohandas and Ganga in Manama, Bahrain. She got engaged to Prajith Padmanabhan, an NRI business on 11th November 2011. Prajith was her childhood friend. The couple tied the knot next month of their engagement at Kozhikode. A year later, on 12th December 2012, Mamta and Prajith reportedly filed for a divorce.
Mamtha Mohandas Career
Mamtha made her big screen debut with the Malayalam flick, Mayookham directed by Hariharan in 2005. The film had the actress paired opposite another newbie, Saiju Kurupp. Though the film didn’t hit the jackpot, the songs became popular and Mamtha also garnered attention for her performance.
Her breakout role was in Bus Conductor in which she played Megastar Mammootty’s sister. She went on to bag high profile films and in 2006, she starred opposite Suresh Gopi in two films – Lanka and Adbutham. Lanka created huge controversy due to a liplock between the actress and Suresh Gopi. In the same year, she played Jayaram’s wife in Rajasenan’s Madhuchandralekha. The film was a hit and helped her career in a big way. 2006 also saw the actress acting alongside Superstar Mohanlal in Baba Kalyani.
Mamtha made her debut in Tamil with Sivappathigaram (2006) opposite Vishal. The film, directed by Karu Pazhaniappan was an average grosser. What is considered as the role which established Mamtha as a force to beckon was Big B (2007). This Mammootty starrer was an average grosser at the box office but is considered one of the best cult movies in Malayalam ever. In the same year, she made her debut in Telugu with Yamadonga opposite Jr NTR. The Rajamouli film turned out to be one of the biggest hits of the year.
She made her debut in Kannada film industry in 2008 with Gooli. She went on to do films like Krishnarjuna and Victory in Kannada. In the same year, she made a cameo in Rajnikanth’s Kuselan (Tamil) and the lead role opposite Nagarjuna in King (Telugu).
Mamta then bagged the Tamil film Guru En Aalu, a rehash of the Bollywood hit Yes Boss in 2009. The film had Madhavan playing the lead role and was an average hit. In Malayalam, she played the lead in Passenger, a sleeper hit. The next year saw the actress essaying an award-winning performance in Sathyan Anthikkad’s Kadha Thudarunnu. She won the Kerala State Film Award for Best Supporting Actress. Following it up, the actress went on to do popular films like Anwar, Musafir (2010). In the same year she appeared opposite Nagarjuna in Kedi.
After some dismal box office performers like Naayika, Padmasree Saroj Kumar and Njanum Ente Familiyum, Mamtha came back with a stellar performance in the Shyamaprasad film Aarike (2012). The film bagged her accolades and won her Asianet Most Popular Actress Award and a Filmfare nomination for the Best actress.
Her career reached greater heights during recent years. In 2013, she played Janet Daniel, wife of JC Daniel in Kamal’s Celluloid. The role bagged her a Filmfare Nomination for the Best Actress. She continued playing stellar roles in films like Paisa Paisa (2013), To Noora with Love and Varsham (2014). She repeated her winning streak with Dileep which she started with My Boss (2012) in Two Countries. The film went on to become one of the biggest grossers of 2015.
In 2017, the actress was seen in Mammootty starrer Thoppil Joppan in which she played the female lead along with Andrea Jeremiah. She didn't take up any other movie that year. The movies that came out in the following year, such as Udhaharanam Sujatha and Goodalochana in which she donned notable cameo/extended cameo roles, indicated that the actress has become highly selective of her projects. 2018, Fahadh Fassil movie Carbon directed Venu, saw her playing a forest junkie and she received singular praise from the critics for her nuanced performance.
Other Roles within the Industry
Mamtha Mohandas is trained in Carnatic and Hindustani music. She started her career as a playback singer with the Telugu film Rakhi in 2006. The song bagged her a Filmfare trophy for Best Female Playback singer. She attained super success with the chartbuster, Daddy Mummy Song from the Vijay starrer, Villu in 2009. She has also sung popular tracks in films like Shankardada Zindabad (the song - Akalesthe Annam Pedtha), Jagadam, Tulasi and King (Ghanana). She has also sung for Malayalam films like Thriller, Mohabbath. The popular Iravil Viriyum track from Arike has also been rendered by Mamta Mohandas.
Mamtha Mohandas Awards
Mamtha has attained acclaim for her acting prowess as well as her singing. The actress has won two Filmfare awards, one for Best Actress (Kadha Thudarunnu) and the other for playback (Rakhi, Telugu, 2006). She has also won the Kerala State Film Award for Second Best Actress, Mathrubhumi Award for Best Actress, Kerala state Film Critics Association Award for Best actress, and Asianet Film Award for Popular Actress among many other awards. She has been nominated thrice for Best Actress at the Filmfare Awards.
- Kerala state film Award, Second Best Actress, Kadha Thudarunnu, 2010, Won
- Asianet Film Award, Popular Actress, Kadha Thudarunnu, Won, 2010
- Asianet Film Award, Best Actress, Kadha Thudarunnu, Nominated, 2010
- Asianet Film Award, Popular Actress, My Boss, Won, 2013
- Filmfare Award, Best Female Playback Singer, Telugu, Rakhi, 2006
- Filmfare Award, Best Actress, Passenger, Nominated, 2009
- Filmfare Award, Best Actress, Kadha Thudarunnu, Won, 2010
- Filmfare Award, Best Actress, Arike, Nominated, Won, 2013
- Filmfare Award, Best Playback Singer, Arike, Nominated, 2013
- Filmfare Award, Best Actress, Celluloid, Nominated, 2014
- Kerala Film Critics Association Awards, Best Debut, Mayookham, Won, 2005
- Kerala Film Critics Association Awards, Second Best Actress, Celluloid, Won, 2012
- Vanitha Film Award, Best Actress, Kadha Thudarunnu, Won, 2010
Mamtha Mohandas Television
Mamtha made her small screen debut by hosting the popular quiz show, Kaiyyil Oru Kodi, on popular Malayalam channel Surya TV. The show ran for one season in 2012.
Mamtha Mohandas Education
Mamtha finished her schooling at The Indian School, Manama, Bahrain. She later attended Mount Carmel College, Bangalore for her graduation.
Mamtha Mohandas Endorsements
The actress started her career by modeling for brands like Raymonds, Mysore Maharajah, and IBM. Later, after attaining stardom, she became the brand ambassador for Kochi International Fashion Week. She was also the brand ambassador for the Kerala Strikers celebrity cricket team which was captained by superstar Mohanlal.
Mamtha Mohandas Trivia & Facts
- Mamta Mohandas' hails from Kannur
- She is a cancer survivor. She has fought and recovered from Cancer, twice.
- Studied in Indian School, Manama, Bahrain till 2002
- Likes motorcycle riding, owns a Honda CBR 1000 RR motorcycle.
- Wanted to become a motorcycle racer
- Featured in advertisements for IBM, Mysore Maharajah, Raymond’s etc.
Mamtha Mohandas Controversies
- The actress courted controversy early in her career when she did a liplock scene with Suresh Gopi in AK Sajan’s thriller, ‘Lanka’
- Mamtha Mohandas’ tweet was criticized when she accidentally tweeted, mourning the death of singer Kavalam Sreekumar instead of his father, Kavalam Narayana Panicker.
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