Kavya Madhavan

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Kavya Madhavan
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Kavya in 2013
Born (1984-09-19) 19 September 1984 (age 38)
Years active1991–2016
Notable work Full list
  • Nishal Chandra
    (m. 2009;div. 2011)
  • (m. 2016)
Awards Full list

Kavya Madhavan (born 19 September 1984) is a former Indian actress, who appeared predominantly in Malayalam films. She made her debut in 1991 as a child artist in Pookkalam Varavayi . Her debut role as one of the lead actresses (other being Samyuktha Varma) was in Lal Jose's Chandranudikkunna Dikhil in 1999, when she was in the ninth grade. Its success established her status as one of the leading actress in the Malayalam industry during the 2000s. She has acted in over 75 movies. She has won the Kerala State Film Award for Best Actress twice, for her performances in Perumazhakkalam (2004) and Gaddama (2010). [1]


Early life

Kavya was born on 19 September 1984 in Kerala. [2]

Acting career

Kavya first appeared as a child actor in Kamal's film Pookkalam Varavayi (1991) at the age of six. Subsequently, she was offered parts in other projects such as Pavam IA Ivachan (1994), Parassala Pachan Payyannur Paramu (1994) by P. Venu and Azhakiya Ravanan (1996), directed by Kamal. She was offered the female lead in Chandranudikkunna Dikhil , also starring Dileep, in 1999.[ citation needed ] After the success of Chandranudikkunna Dikhil, Kavya and Dileep became a popular pairing in Malayalam cinema, and they worked together in 21 movies. [3] Some of their movies are Thenkasipattanam (2000), Darling Darling (2000), Dhosth (2001), Meesa Madhavan (2002) which was one of biggest grosser of the year and was directed by Lal Jose, Mizhi Randilum (2003) in which she played a double role, Sadanandante Samayam (2003), Thilakkam (2003) directed by Jayaraj, Runway (2004) directed by Joshiy, Kochi Rajavu (2005), Lion (2006) again directed by Joshiy, Chakkara Muthu (2006), Inspector Garud (2007), Paappi Appacha (2010), Vellaripravinte Changathi (2011) and Pinneyum (2016). Most of their movies were in the romantic comedy genre.

She also acted in films with Mammootty and Mohanlal, and in movies with several stars, such as Ee Pattanathil Bhootham , Christian Brothers and China Town .

She got critical acclaim for her performance of the role of Ganga in Perumazhakkalam for which she won 2004 Kerala State Film Award for Best Actress and for the role of Ashwati in Gaddama where she played a housemaid working in Saudi Arabia. The movie was based on a feature by K. U. Iqbal, published in Bhashaposhini . [4] The movie was directed by her mentor Kamal, and she got her second Kerala State Film Award for Best Actress for 2011. She won the 2011 Kerala Film Critics Awards for Best Actress, Amrita-FEFKA Film Awards for Best Actress, Best Actress-Malayalam cinema in 59th Filmfare Awards South and Best Actress in Thikkurissy Foundation Awards. [5] She was part of big grossers like Christian Brothers and China Town in 2011 and was selected as Top Star (Female) 2011 in Malayalam. [6]

She was cast in Adoor Gopalakrishnan's Naalu Pennungal in which she played a supporting role.

Though she had many offers from Tamil cinema, she was very reluctant to act due to her busy schedule in Malayalam. Her first was Kasi (2001) which was the remake of Vinayans Vasanthiyum Lakshmiyum Pinne Njaanum . She went on to act in En Mana Vaanil and Sadhu Miranda and enjoyed moderate success.[ citation needed ]

She wrote lyrics for the song "En Khalbillulloru Pennaanu" for the film One Way Ticket (2008) and for Akashavani (2016). [7] She sang her first movie song for the Malayalam film Matinee (2012). [8] She has appeared in many advertisements, TV shows, short films and stage shows. She also sang songs for the movies Hadiya (2017) and Daivame Kaithozham K. Kumar Akanam (2018).

From acting as a child to acting as an actress, Sreeja has provided voice to her in many films.[ citation needed ] Devi, Praveena, Bhagyalakshmi and Vimmy Mariam George and Nithuna Nevil Dinesh have also lent their voices in some films.[ citation needed ]

Personal life

Kavya married Nishal Chandra on 9 February 2009,[ citation needed ] after which she moved to Kuwait.[ citation needed ] However, she returned home in June the same year and filed for divorce on 24 July 2009.[ citation needed ] Both Kavya and Nishal appeared before the court on 25 May 2011 and expressed their willingness for a mutual divorce. The divorce was granted on 30 May 2011. She married actor Dileep on 25 November 2016 at Vedanta Hotel, Kochi. [9] [10] The couple have a daughter, Mahalakshmi born on 19 October 2018. [11]

Kavya owns a textile shop named Laksyah. In April 2013, Mathrubhumi Books published a collection of memoirs written by Kavya, titled Kathayil Alpam Kavyam which gives a glimpse into her childhood memories and the experiences of her school days and in the film industry. The book was released by writers Subhash Chandran and Deedi Damodaran at a function held in K. P. Kesava Menon Hall in Kozhikode on 11 April. [12]


1991 Pookkalam Varavayi Geethu's friendDebut film ; child artist
1994Pavam I. A. IvachanSara Ivachan
1994The President
1996Parassala Pachan Payyannur ParamuNeena
1996 Azhakiya Ravanan Young Anuradha
1997 Oral Mathram Gopika Menon
1997 Bhoothakkannadi Meenu
1997 Irattakuttikalude Achan Dhanya
1997 Krishnagudiyil Oru Pranayakalathu Anjali
1998Kattathoru PenpoovuYamuna
1999 Chandranudikkunna Dikhil RadhaDebut film in lead role
2000 Madhuranombarakattu Sunaina
2000 Darling Darling Padmaja/Puppy
2000 Kochu Kochu Santhoshangal Celin
2000 Thenkasipattanam Devu
2001 Sahayathrikakku Snehapoorvam Maya
2001 Rakshasa Rajavu Daisy
2001Jeevan MasaiManjula
2001Mazhamegha PravukalMalu
2001 Dosth Geethu
2002 Onnaman Suhara
2002 Oomappenninu Uriyadappayyan Gopika
2002 Kasi Lakshmi Tamil film
2002 Meesa Madhavan Rugmini
2002 En Mana Vaanil Thilaka Tamil film
2003 Thilakkam Ammu
2003 Vellithira Pankajamcameo
2003 Sadanandante Samayam Sumangala
2003 Mizhi Randilum Bhadra and Bhamadouble role
2003 Pulival Kalyanam Ganga
2004 Perumazhakkalam Ganga
2004 Greetings Sheethal
2004 Runway Gopika
2005 Iruvattam Manavaatti Bhumika
2005 Ananthabhadram Bhadra
2005 Seelabathi Seelabathi
2005 Kochi Rajavu Ashwathy/Achu
2005 Aparichithan Meena
2006 Chakkara Muthu Anitha
2006 Vadakkumnadhan Bhama
2006 Vasthavam Sumithra
2006 Classmates Thara Kurup
2006 Kilukkam Kilukilukkam Chandini
2006 Lion Sharika
2007 Athisayan Maya
2007 Naalu Pennungal Subhadra
2007 Inspector Garud Subcollector.Sethulakshmi
2007 Nadiya Kollappetta Rathri Nadiya and Nadiradouble role
2007 Kangaroo Jancy
2008 Sadhu Miranda Priya Tamil film
2008 Madampi Jayalakshmi
2008 Twenty:20 Ancy
2009 Ee Pattanathil Bhootham Ancy
2009 Banaras Amritha
2010 Paappi Appacha Annie
2011 Bhaktha Janangalude Sradhakku Sumangala
2011 Gaddama Aswathy
2011 Chinatown Rosamma
2011 Venicile Vyaapari Ammu
2011 Vellaripravinte Changathi Sulekha / Mary Varghese
2011 Christian Brothers Meenakshi
2012 Bavuttiyude Namathil Vanaja
2013 Lokpal Dr.Geetha
2013 Breaking News Live Nayana
2013 5 Sundarikal Gaurianthology
2015 She Taxi Sharika
2016 Pinneyum Devi

Short films

2006Bhoomikkoru CharamageethamCollege studentShort film
2016KaavalalHerselfShort film

Awards and nominations

Kavya Madhavan awards and nominations
Totals [lower-alpha 1]
  1. Certain award groups do not simply award one winner. They recognize several different recipients, have runners-up, and have third place. Since this is a specific recognition and is different from losing an award, runner-up mentions are considered wins in this award tally. For simplification and to avoid errors, each award in this list has been presumed to have had a prior nomination.
YearAwardAward Category & Awarded WorkRef.
2004 Kerala State Film Awards Best Actress Perumazhakkalam [13]
2011 Best Actress Gaddama [14]
Filmfare Awards South Best Actress (Malayalam) Gaddama [15]
2013 Asiavision Awards Best Actress [16]
Kerala Film Critics Awards Second Best Actress - Chandranudikkunna Dikhil
Second Best Actress - Kochu Kochu Santhoshangal
Second Best Actress - Mizhi Randilum
Best Actress Perumazhakkalam & Annorikkal
Best Actress Anandabhadram
Best Actress Gaddama
2011 South Indian International Movie Awards Best Actress – Gaddama [18]
2013 Special Appreciation Award for her contribution to Malayalam Cinema [19]
Asianet Film Awards Special Jury Award – Kochu Kochu Santhoshangal , Madhuranombarakattu
Best Star Pair – Meesa Madhavan
Best Actress Oomappenninu Uriyadappayyan
Special Jury Award – Perumazhakkalam
Best Actress Banaras
Best Actress Gaddama, Bhaktha Janangalude Sradhakku
Best Actress Bavuttiyude Namathil
Vanitha Film Awards Best Actress - Mizhi Randilum
Best Actress - Anandabhadram
Best Actress - Gaddama
2011 Sathyan Awards
Lalitha-Padmini-Ragini Memorial Award
Viewers Choice Awards
Best Actress - Gaddama [20] [21]
Amritha TV - FEFKA Film Awards [23]

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