Bhavana (actress)

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Bhavana in 2022
Karthika Menon [1] [2]

Thrissur, Kerala, India
  • Actress
  • dancer
Years active2002 – present
(m. 2018)

Karthika Menon, better known by her stage name Bhavana, is an Indian actress who predominantly appears in Malayalam and Kannada films, and has also appeared in some Tamil and Telugu films. Bhavana made her acting debut with the Malayalam film Nammal in 2002.


Early life

Bhavana was born as Karthika Menon in Thrissur, Kerala, as the daughter of Pushpa and assistant cinematographer G. Balachandran. She has an elder brother, Jayadev. [2] [3] She did her schooling at Holy Family Convent Girls High School, Thrissur.

Bhavana has described herself as a restless person and someone who's "hard to handle". She grew up with a dream to become an actress. [4] As a five-year-old, she used to imitate actress Amala's scenes from the Malayalam film Ente Sooryaputhrikku in front of the mirror and was even willing to jump from a building and break her arm, like Amala's character, did in the film. [4]


At age 16, [4] she debuted in the Malayalam film Nammal taking the stage name Bhavana opposite newcomers Sidharth Bharathan, Jishnu and Renuka Menon. [5] The film was a big success and she got several offers in Malayalam. [6] She won many honors and received a Kerala State Special Jury Mention for the film. [7] Bhavana was an 11th Standard student when she got her break in the film. [8]

In 2010, she starred in her first Kannada film alongside Puneeth Rajkumar, Jackie which was a blockbuster. Following the film's huge success, the film was dubbed into Telugu and Malayalam. [9] Bhavana was said to star with Emraan Hashmi and Amitabh Bachchan in a Bollywood film. [10] Her second Kannada film Vishnuvardhana with Sudeep opened to a big response.[ citation needed ] She appeared in the Malayalam films Ozhimuri [11] and Trivandrum Lodge in 2012, [12] and Honey Bee [13] and Ezhamathe Varavu in 2013. She played Roshni Mathew, a single mother employed in an IT company, in Shyamaprasad's Ivide , a crime thriller based on the serial killing of IT techies in major US cities. [14]

In 2016, she starred in a film with Benedict Doray. Recent films of Bhavana include Swapnathekaal Sundaram and Adventures of Omanakuttan. [15]

In 2022, it was announced Bhavana would return to making Malayalam movies, with Adhil Maimoonath Asharaf's debut feature Ntikkakkakkoru Premondaarnn. [16]

Abduction and assault

In February 2017, she was kidnapped [17] while returning home from a shoot and subjected to sexual assault by a gang of men. In April 2017, there were multiple reports in the media that actor Dileep had links to the main accused. [18] In July 2017, Dileep was arrested by the investigating team, [19] which said in its charge sheet that there was circumstantial evidence for Dileep's alleged conspiracy with the other accused men. [20] Dileep was released on bail in October 2017. [21] In 2022, amid further media reports alleging Dileep's attempt to intimidate an investigating officer, new charges were filed against him and five others. [22]

After the assault, Bhavana withdrew from the industry for five years. [23] Bhavana made her first comment about the case in 2022. [24]

Bhavana's assault partly contributed to the creation of the Malayalam film industry Women in Cinema Collective , formed to protect female actors. [24] A couple of months after Bhavana spoke out, the Kerala state assembly is planning legislation to protect women working in the film industry. [23]

Personal life

The engagement ceremony of Bhavana and Kannada film producer Naveen was held in March 2017. [25] They married on 22 January 2018. [26]


Dagger-14-plain.pngDenotes films that have not yet been released
2002 Nammal Parimalam Malayalam Malayalam Debut
2003 Thilakkam GauriCameo appearance
Chronic Bachelor Sandhya
C.I.D. Moosa Meena
Swapnakoodu Padma
Ivar Nandhini
Valathottu Thirinjal Nalamathe VeeduSangeetha Varma
Chathikkatha Chanthu Indira
Runway Item NumberSpecial appearance in the song Osalama Ailasa
Youth FestivalParvathy
Amrutham Mridula
2005 Hridayathil Sookshikkan Amritha
Police Sethulakshmi
Daivanamathil Sameera
Chanthupottu Rose
Naran Leela
Bus Conductor Sugandhi
Udayananu Tharam Gayathri
2006 Chithiram Pesuthadi Charumathi (Charu) Tamil Tamil debut
Chinthamani Kolacase Chinthamani WarrierMalayalam
Kisan Kilimathi
Chess Dr. Radhika
Kizhakku Kadalkarai Salai PriyaTamil
Veyil Meenakshi
2007 Deepavali Susi
Koodal Nagar Manimekalai
Chotta Mumbai 'Parakkum' LathaMalayalam
Aarya DeepikaTamil
Rameswaram Vasanthi
2008 Vaazhthugal Kayalvizhi Thirunavukkarasu
Ontari Bujji Telugu Telugu debut
Mulla Mentally challenged ladyMalayalamCameo appearance
Jayamkondaan AnnapuraniTamil
Hero KrishnaveniTelugu
Twenty:20 Ashwathy NambiarMalayalam
Lollipop Rosebella
2009 Sagar Alias Jacky Reloaded Aarathi Menon
Winter Shyama Ramdas
Robin Hood Rupa
Mahatma KrishnaveniTelugu
2010 Happy Husbands Krishnendu MukundhanMalayalam
Aasal Sulabha PillaiTamil
Jackie Lakshmi Kannada Kannada debut
Marykkundoru Kunjaadu Mary IttichanMalayalam
2011 Kudumbasree Travels Aswathy
The Metro Anupama
Doctor Love Ebin
Vishnuvardhana BharathiKannada
Oru Marubhoomikkadha ElianaMalayalam
2012 Nippu VaishnaviTeluguCameo appearance
Romeo ShrutiKannada
Ozhimuri BalamaniMalayalam
Trivandrum Lodge Malavika
Yaare Koogadali BharathiKannada
2013 Topiwala Suman Bedi
Bachchan Dr. Ashwini
Honey Bee AngelMalayalam [27]
Ezhamathe Varavu Bhanu
2014 Polytechnic Ashwathi Nair
Koothara Swathy
Angry Babies in Love Sarah
2015 Mythri HerselfKannadaBilingual film,
Cameo appearance
My Hero MythriMalayalam
Ivide Roshni Mathew
Kohinoor LillyCameo appearance
2016 Hello Namasthe Priya
Mukunda Murari RukminiKannadaSpecial appearance in the song "Murari Lola"
Kuttikalundu Sookshikkuka Shahida GauthamMalayalam
2017 Chowka BhoomikaKannada
Honey Bee 2: Celebrations AngelMalayalam
Adventures of Omanakuttan Pallavi
VilakkumaramAswathy Ananthakrishnan
Honey Bee 2.5 Angel/HerselfGuest appearance
Oru Visheshapetta Biriyani Kissa Kumari KamalambikaGuest appearance
Adam Joan Shwetha [28]
2018 Tagaru PanchamiKannada [28]
2019 99 Janaki Devi ( Jaanu) [29]
2021 Inspector Vikram Bhavana [30] Malavika [31]
Bhajarangi 2 Chinminki [32]
Govinda Govinda Padmavathi [33]
2023 Ntikkakkakkoru Premondarnn NithyaMalayalam [34] [35]
Pink NoteDagger-14-plain.pngBhavana/AkankshaKannadaFilming [36] [37]
Case Of KondanaDagger-14-plain.pngTBAFilming [38] [39]
HuntDagger-14-plain.pngKeerthi JayarajanMalayalamPre production [40]


YearAwardAward CategoryAwarded WorkRef.
2002 Kerala State Film Awards Kerala State Film Award – Special Mention Nammal [7]
2005 Second Best Actress Daivanamathil [7]
2006 Filmfare Awards South Best Actress Chithiram Pesuthadi [41]

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