|Born||19 September 1984|
|Notable work||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). 
Kavya was born on 19 September 1984 in Kerala. 
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.  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 .  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.  She was part of big grossers like Christian Brothers and China Town in 2011 and was selected as Top Star (Female) 2011 in Malayalam. 
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).  She sang her first movie song for the Malayalam film Matinee (2012).  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 ]
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.   The couple have a daughter, Mahalakshmi born on 19 October 2018. 
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. 
|1991||Pookkalam Varavayi||Geethu's friend||Debut film ; child artist|
|1994||Pavam I. A. Ivachan||Sara Ivachan|
|1996||Parassala Pachan Payyannur Paramu||Neena|
|1996||Azhakiya Ravanan||Young Anuradha|
|1997||Oral Mathram||Gopika Menon|
|1997||Krishnagudiyil Oru Pranayakalathu||Anjali|
|1999||Chandranudikkunna Dikhil||Radha||Debut film in lead role|
|2000||Kochu Kochu Santhoshangal||Celin|
|2002||En Mana Vaanil||Thilaka||Tamil film|
|2003||Mizhi Randilum||Bhadra and Bhama||double role|
|2007||Nadiya Kollappetta Rathri||Nadiya and Nadira||double role|
|2008||Sadhu Miranda||Priya||Tamil film|
|2009||Ee Pattanathil Bhootham||Ancy|
|2011||Bhaktha Janangalude Sradhakku||Sumangala|
|2011||Vellaripravinte Changathi||Sulekha / Mary Varghese|
|2013||Breaking News Live||Nayana|
|2006||Bhoomikkoru Charamageetham||College student||Short film|
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|Totals [lower-alpha 1]|
|Year||Award||Award Category & Awarded Work||Ref.|
|2004||Kerala State Film Awards||Best Actress – Perumazhakkalam|||
|2011||Best Actress – Gaddama|||
|Filmfare Awards South||Best Actress (Malayalam) – Gaddama|||
|2013||Asiavision Awards||Best Actress|||
|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|||
|2013||Special Appreciation Award for her contribution to Malayalam Cinema|||
|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||   |
|Amritha TV - FEFKA Film Awards|||
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