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Nithya Menen
Nithya Menen Thalsamayam 2011.jpg
Menon in 2011
Born (1988-04-08) 8 April 1988 (age 29) [1]
Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
Residence kochi, India
Nationality  India
Alma mater Film and Television Institute of India
Occupation Actress, playback singer
Years active 2005–present
Home town Calicut, Kerala, India

Nithya Menon[2][3][4] (born 8 April 1988) is an Indian film actress and playback singer. She has acted in Malayalam, Telugu, Tamil and Kannada films. She won 2 Filmfare Awards for the Telugu films Gunde Jaari Gallanthayyinde and Malli Malli Idi Rani Roju.


  • 1 Early life
  • 2 Career
  • 3 Filmography
  • 4 Discography
  • 5 Awards and nominations
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links

Early life[edit]

Nithya Menen was born in Bangalore, Karnataka to a Malayali family.[5] She studied journalism at the Manipal University.[6] She once said in an interview that she never wished to become an actress but a journalist, as she was "an idealist",[7][8] but felt journalism was "not what it used to be".[9] She then decided to become a filmmaker as she could express her ideas "better through films",[8][10] and enrolled for a course in cinematography at the FTII Pune. During the educational entrance examination, she met B. V. Nandini Reddy, who "brainwashed"[11] and convinced her to take up acting.[12] Nandini Reddy would later turn director and sign Nithya for the lead female role in her first project.


Menen appeared first on screen as a child artist when she was ten in the Indian English language film, The Monkey Who Knew Too Much (1998), playing the younger sister to Tabu's character.[13] In 2006, she started her acting career as a lead actor with the Kannada film 7 O' Clock directed by Kannada's top cinematographer Santosh Rai Pataje.[14] The 2008 off-beat film Aakasha Gopuram, directed by National Film Award-winning director K. P. Kumaran, marked her Malayalam debut, in which she was paired with Mohanlal. She was in the midst of her 12th class exams when she was offered the role, after Mohanlal had spotted her on the front cover of a tourism magazine, Stark World Kerala.[2][7] Her performance was well received, with critics writing that she shows "sparkle in her debut venture" and "makes her entry in an impressive role",[15][16] though the film, based on the Norwegian play The Master Builder, got mixed reviews and was a financial failure.[15][16] She next made a comeback into Kannada films with the super hit film Josh. She played a supporting role in the film, which received rave reviews,[17][18][19] and became a commercial success as well, with her performance garnering her a nomination in the Best Supporting Actress category at the 57th Filmfare Awards South.

In 2011, her first release was Nandini Reddy's romantic comedy Ala Modalaindi, which was Nithya's maiden Telugu venture as well.[4] The film opened to favourable reviews by critics and turned out to become a sleeper hit,[20] while Nithya received critical praise for her performance. Idlebrain's Jeevi in his review cited that she "epitomized Nitya character with her fabulous performance", "looks beautiful in all kinds of dresses" and was "the best debut in recent years of Telugu cinema after Samantha in YMC",[21] while another critic wrote that she was a "charming find" and "...quite the Genelia replacement that our cinema so badly needs right now."[22] She eventually won the Nandi Award for Best Actress for her performance and received a nomination for Filmfare Award for Best Actress at the 59th Filmfare Awards South.[23] Further more, she also sang two songs for the soundtrack album of the film, tuned by Kalyani Malik.[6][24] Nandini Reddy, later, went on to describe Nithya as "the discovery of the decade".[20] Following Ala Modalaindi, she starred in Santosh Sivan's historical fiction Urumi as part of an ensemble cast.[25] She portrayed a Chirakkal princess named Bala, playing the love interest of Prabhu Deva's character,[25] which gained positive remarks, with a Sify review claiming that she "looks pretty and is a scene stealer".[26] Nithya quoted that much of her character was based on "Santosh's perception of who I am", with Sivan stating that he had written that role for her and that only she could play it. She received a nomination for Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress at the 59th Filmfare Awards South[25] She next appeared in ad-filmmaker Jayendra's bilingual venture 180/Nootrenbadhu, made and released in Tamil and Telugu, in which she played a photo journalist named Vidhya.[27] She described the character as "bubbly, full of life, nosey, wide-eyed and innocent in life" and to be similar to herself.[27] Later the year, she was seen in Sibi Malayil's Violin in Malayalam and the Gautham Menon-produced Veppam in Tamil.

Her first 2012 release was the Telugu romance film Ishq with Nitin Reddy. She received the CineMAA Award for Best Actress(jury) while received best actress nomination at the same event and at the SIIMA Awards. She acted in Karmayogi, a Malayalam adaptation of Shakespeare's Hamlet. For the Kannada film Aidondla Aidu she had sung and also choreographed one of the songs, titled "Payasa".[28] She was seen in two Malayalam projects, T. K. Rajeev Kumar's Thalsamayam Oru Penkutty, in which she portrayed a village woman whose daily life is filmed and broadcast as a reality show for a month,[29] and Ustad Hotel directed by Anwar Rasheed.[30]

In 2013, she starred in three Telugu films, Okkadine, Jabardasth and Gunde Jaari Gallanthayyinde and one Kannada movie Mynaa. She played a character with two shades in Gunde Jaari Gallanthayyinde and she dubbed for her as well as for the character of her co-star Isha Talwar. For this movie, she received her first Filmfare Award for Best Telugu Actress at the 61st Filmfare Awards South.[31] In 2014, she made a cameo in the Malayalam movie Bangalore Days, which became the highest grosser of that year.[32] Her Kannada film Mynaa which won the Filmfare Award for Best Film – Kannada[33] in which she plays a character of a physically challenged girl, became a huge blockbuster hit completing 100 days in many centers across Karnataka and her performance was well praised by the critics. She has paired up with Sharwanand for the 2015 Telugu movie Malli Malli Idi Rani Roju. Her performance was well praised by the critics eventually receiving her Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actress South, Nandi Special Jury Award and also receiving her second nomination at Filmfare. With this Nithya became the first Telugu actress ever to win Critics Award & the Best Actress Award at Filmfare. She did a minor role in the film S/O Satyamurthy, directed by Trivikram'. She appeared opposite Dulquer Salmaan in two films in 2015, 100 Days of Love, a romantic Malayalam film and OK Kanmani, bilingual film directed by Mani Ratnam'. Dulquer and Nithya's on-screen chemistry was praised in the reviews of both films. For OK Kanmani, she received her first Filmfare Award for Best Tamil Actress nomination.[34][35]

In 2016, she starred in three Tamil films, 24 opposite Suriya was opened to high critical acclaim, with critics praising her screen presence and garned her a Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Tamil nomination at 64th Filmfare Awards South, Another K. S. Ravikumar's bilingual project titled Kotigobba 2 opposite Sudeep while both versions opened to positive reviews, Kannada version became Blockbuster and Tamil version turned out to be a sleeper hit at Box Office.[36] later she starred opposite Vikram in a SciFi thriller Iru Mugan in which she had a limited screen presence.[37] In Telugu she starred in two films, okka Ammayi Thappa opposite Sundeep Kishan opened to negative reviews and tanked at box office, Followed by Janatha Garage opposite Jr. NTR opened to positive reviews, though her role is limited but brought raves from critics and latter was commercially successful at box office.[38][39]

In 2017, Her only release was a Tamil film Mersal opposite Vijay opened to critical Acclaim with praising portrayal of her character "Aishwarya Vetrimaran" as a loyal wife by critics and Audience alike and the film turned out be a Blockbuster at the box office.[40][41] Apart from these, she is filming Vk Prakash's praana which marks her comeback to Malayalam industry after 2015's romantic flick 100 days of love,[42][43] In Telugu, she is currently filming Nani's Production venture Awe[44] and also signed an untitled gangstar drama next opposite Sharwanand which marks her third collaboration with him.[45]


Year Film Role Language Notes
2005 Seven O' Clock Anu Kannada
2008 Akasha Gopuram Hilda Varghese Malayalam
2009 Josh Meera Kannada Nominated – Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Kannada
Vellathooval Jiya Malayalam
Kerala Cafe Nithya Malayalam
Angel John Sofia Malayalam
2010 Apoorvaragam Nancy Malayalam
Anwar Asna Malayalam
2011 Aidondla Aidu Gowri Kannada
Ala Modalaindi Nithya Telugu Nandi Award for Best Actress
Nominated – Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu
Nominated – Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer – Telugu
Urumi Chirakkal Bala Malayalam Nominated-Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Malayalam
180 Vidya Tamil
Violin Angel Malayalam
Veppam Revathy Tamil
Makaramanju Model Malayalam
2012 Ishq Priya Telugu
Thalsamayam Oru Penkutty Manjula Ayyapan Malayalam
Karmayogi Moonumani Malayalam
Ustad Hotel Shahana Malayalam
Doctor Innocent aanu Anna Malayalam
Bachelor Party Neethu Malayalam
Poppins Ammu Malayalam
2013 Okkadine Shailaja Telugu
Jabardasth Saraswati Telugu
Myna Myna Kannada
Gunde Jaari Gallanthayyinde Shravani Telugu Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu
Nominated-SIIMA Awards for Best Actress
2014 Malini 22 Palayamkottai Malini Tamil
Bangalore Days Natasha Francis Malayalam Cameo Appearance
2015 Malli Malli Idi Rani Roju Nazira Telugu Nandi Special Jury Award
Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actress – Telugu
Nominated – Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu
Nominated-SIIMA Awards for Best Actress
JK Enum Nanbanin Vaazhkai Nithya Tamil
100 Days of Love Sheela Malayalam
S/O Satyamurthy Valli Telugu
Kanchana 2 Ganga Tamil
O Kadhal Kanmani Tara Kalingarayan Tamil SIIMA Awards for Best Actress (Critics)
Nominated – Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil
Rudramadevi Muktamba Telugu
2016 24 Priya Tamil Nominated – Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Tamil
Rajadhi Raja Nithya Telugu
Mudinja Ivana Pudi Subha Tamil
Okka Ammayi Thappa Mango Telugu
Kotigobba 2 Shuba Kannada
Janatha Garage Anu Telugu
Iru Mugan Aayushi Tamil
2017 Mersal Aishwarya Vetrimaaran Tamil
2018 Awe Krishnaveni Telugu
PraanaFilm has yet to be released TBA Malayalam


Year Song Film Language Composer
2010 Payasa Aidondla Aidu Kannada Abhijit-Joe
2011 Edo Anukunte Ala Modalaindi Telugu Kalyani Malik
Ammammo Ammo Telugu
2012 Oh Priya Priya Ishq Telugu Anoop Rubens
Payasam Poppins Malayalam Ratheesh Vegha
2013 Arere Arere Jabardasth Telugu S. Thaman
Doore Doore Neengi Natholi Oru Cheria Meenalla Malayalam Abhijith
Modala Maleyante (Duet) Myna Kannada Jassie Gift
Thu Hi Rey Gunde Jaari Gallanthayyinde Telugu Anoop Rubens
Hi my name is malini Malini 22 Palayamkottai Tamil Arvind & Shankar
Kanneer Thulilye (Duet)
Madharthamma (Immigrant Mix)
Hi my name is malini Malini 22 Telugu
Navve Kaluva (Duet)
Yennali (Immigrant Mix)
2015 Paalnilaa : Lets Do the Dandiya Rockstar (2015 film) Malayalam Prashant Pillai
2016 Laalijo 24 Telugu A. R. Rahman
Hrudayam Kannulatho 100daysofLove[46][47] Govind Menon

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Film Result
2009 Filmfare Awards South Best Supporting Actress – Kannada Josh Nominated
2011 Filmfare Awards South Best Supporting Actress – Malayalam Urumi Nominated
Best Actress – Telugu Ala Modalaindi Nominated
Best Female Playback Singer – Telugu (for song "Ammammo Ammo") Nominated
1st South Indian International Movie Awards Best Female Debutant – Telugu Nominated
Best Female Playback Singer – Telugu(for song "Ammammo Ammo") Nominated
Nandi Awards Best Actress Won
Hyderabad Times Film Awards[48] Promising Newcomer Female Won
Ugadi Puraskar Awards[49] Best Actress Won
Vijay Awards Best Actress Nootrenbandhu Nominated
2012 CineMAA Awards Best Actress (Jury) Ishq Won
2nd South Indian International Movie Awards Rising Star of South Indian Cinema (Female) - Won
2013 Filmfare Awards South Best Actress – Telugu Gunde Jaari Gallanthayyinde Won
3rd South Indian International Movie Awards Best Actress – Telugu Nominated
Vanitha Film Awards[50] Best Pair (along with Dulquer Salmaan) Ustad Hotel Won
2014 Vijay Awards Best Actress Malini 22 Palayamkottai Nominated
2015 Filmfare Awards South Best Actress – Telugu Malli Malli Idi Rani Roju Nominated
Best Actress – Telugu (Critics) Won
5th South Indian International Movie Awards Best Actress – Telugu Nominated
1st IIFA Utsavam Awards Best Actress – Telugu Nominated
Filmfare Awards South Best Actress – Tamil OK Kanmani Nominated
5th South Indian International Movie Awards Best Actress – Tamil Nominated
Best Actress – Tamil (Critics) Won
Best Supporting Actress – Telugu Rudhramadevi Nominated
Best Supporting Actress – Tamil Kanchana 2 Nominated
2017 64th Filmfare Awards South Best Supporting Actress – Tamil 24 Nominated