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Nithya Menen Biography – an Indian Actress who works in Different Languages Films

Nithya Menen Biography
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Real Name: Nithya Menen
Profession: Indian actress
Birthplace: Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
Famous for: Top Telugu Actresses
Age: 33

Nithya Menen (born 8 April 1990) is an Indian actress and singer who works primarily in Malayalam, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, and Hindi films. She appeared first on-screen as a child, when she was eight, in the French-Indian English film, Hanuman (1998), playing the younger sister to Tabu‘s character. At the age of 15, she appeared in a supporting role in the Kannada film 7 O’Clock, which was released in 2006. She has played leading roles in Malayalam in Aakasha Gopuram (2008), in Telugu in Ala Modalaindi (2011), and in Tamil with Nootrenbadhu (2011). Her Hindi debut was Mission Mangal (2019).

Nithya Menen Biography
Nithya Menen Biography
Nithya Menen Biography
Born 8 April 1990 (age 33)

Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
Alma mater Mount Carmel College, Bangalore
Manipal Academy of Higher Education
  • Actress
  • producer
Years active 1998, 2001–2002 (child artist);

Early life (Nithya Menen Biography)

Nithya Menen was born on 8 April 1990 in Bangalore to Malayali parents who settled in Karnataka. Her father hails from Perambra in Kozhikode district and her mother hails from Palakkad district in Kerala. She was educated at Poorna Prajna School and Mount Carmel College, Bangalore.

She has said that she initially wished to become a journalist, but ultimately found journalism unappealing, so she pivoted to filmmaking and enrolled in a cinematography course at the Film and Television Institute of India in Pune. During the school’s entrance exam, she met B. V. Nandini Reddy, who convinced Menen to take up acting. Nithya is a polyglot and can speak six languages including Malayalam, Kannada, Telugu, Tamil, Hindi, and English.

As a child, Menen had acted in a French-Indian English film named Hanuman, at the age of 8, playing the younger sister to Tabu’s character.


Child artiste, film debut in Kannada and Malayalam (1998; 2001-02; 2006–2010)

In 1998, Menen started her acting career as a child artiste in Hanuman (1998). She also was a part of the Hindi-language soap opera Choti Maa – Ek Anokha Bandhan. She played a supporting role in the Kannada film 7 O’Clock. The 2008 off-beat film Aakasha Gopuram, directed by K. P. Kumaran, marked her Malayalam debut in a leading role, 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. Her performance was well received, with critics writing that she shows “sparkle in her debut venture” and “makes her entry in an impressive role”, though the film was a financial failure.

Telugu debut and breakthrough (2011–2012)

Menen’s career marked a turning point in 2011, with the romantic comedy Ala Modalaindi, which was her maiden Telugu venture. The film opened to favorable reviews by critics and turned out to become a sleeper hit, while Menen received critical praise for her performance. Idlebrains 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“, while another critic wrote that she was a “charming find” and “…quite the Genelia replacement that our cinema so badly needs right now.” She eventually won the Nandi Award for Best Actress for her performance and received a nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Actress. Furthermore, she also sang two songs for the soundtrack album of the film, tuned by Kalyani Malik. Nandini Reddy, later, went on to describe Menen as “the discovery of the decade”.

Menen’s first 2012 release was the Telugu romance film Ishq with Nitin Reddy. She received the CineMAA Award for Best Actress (jury) while receiving a Best Actress nomination at the same event and at the SIIMA Awards. She was later seen in five Malayalam films: Karmayogi, V. K. Prakash’s Malayalam adaptation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet co-starring Indrajith Sukumaran, Poppins, the Malayalam remake of Aidondla Aidu in which she reprised her role from the original and sang the Malayalam version of “Payasa”, 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, Amal Neerad’s Bachelor Party in which she played Asif Ali’s wife and young mother to their baby and Ustad Hotel directed by Anwar Rasheed where she paired up for the first time with Dulquer Salmaan.

Further work and continuous success (2013–2015)

In 2013, she starred in three Telugu and one Kannada film. She first appeared in Okkadine with Nara Rohit and in Jabardasth with Siddharth and Samantha. Menen received praise for playing the titular role of a physically challenged girl in Mynaa. The film was successful and completed in 100 days in many centers across Karnataka. Her performance was well-praised by the critics. She also sang the female version of “Modele Maleyante” which was well received.

Menen achieved further acclaim with three more films in 2015. She played a crippled girl alongside Raghava Lawrence in his directorial Kanchana 2, a successful film. The critics termed her performance “crucial” and “effective”. Menen received immense praise for the romantic film O Kadhal Kanmani, directed by Mani Ratnam. She played an architectural student, Tara, opposite Dulquer Salmaan. Dulquer and Menen’s on-screen chemistry was praised and she garnered her first Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil nomination. The film became a financial success at the box office. Firstpost noted, ” Menen is an exceptional actor and has delivered a very realistic performance.” It further praised her chemistry with Salmaan and added, “They’re perfect as the couple and the credit goes to the director for capturing the chemistry between them in simple ways.” She played Princess Muktamba in Rudhramadevi with Anushka Shetty, her final film of the year. The Hindu stated, “Nithya Menen shows that she can leave an imprint on any character she plays. She is an endearing addition to this film.”

Established actress and acclaim (2016–2021)

By 2016, Menen established herself as a leading actress. She starred in three Tamil films in 2016. Beginning the year was 24 she was paired opposite Suriya for the first time. The film was opened to high critical acclaim, Deccan Chronicle wrote, “Nithya Menen shines in her role.” Her screen presence garnered her a Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Tamil nomination. She played the main heroine in K. S. Ravikumar’s bilingual project titled Kotigobba 2 opposite Sudeep. Towards the end of the year, she starred alongside Vikram in the science-fiction thriller Iru Mugan and received praise for her limited role. In Telugu, she starred in two films, Okka Ammayi Thappa opposite Sundeep Kishan and Janatha Garage opposite Jr. NTR. All of her films proved commercial success.

In 2020, Menon starred alongside Udhayanidhi Stalin in Mysskin’s Psycho, where she played Kamala Das, a foul-mouthed quadriplegic ex-police officer. The same year, she made her OTT debut in the Amazon Prime series Breathe: Into the Shadows alongside Abhishek Bachchan, for which she received her first nomination for ‘Best Actor, Series (Female): Drama’ at the Filmfare OTT Awards.

Menen starred in three Telugu films in 2021. She played a spirit named Maya in Ninnila Ninnila with Ashok Selvan and Ritu Varma. Firstpost wrote, “The big surprise in the film is Nithya whose impishness in the story is unlike anything else that she has portrayed over the years, and her on-screen chemistry with Selvan is a delight.” Her next film Skylab, marked her first film as a producer. She played a singer in her year’s final film Gamanam.

Expansion and recent work (2022–present)

Menen had four films and two web releases in 2022. She starred in Bheemla Nayak opposite Pawan Kalyan, the film was a box-office success. Cinema Express said, “Nithya Menen’s Suguna, surprisingly gets a few memorable moments, and she brings a certain level of warmness to Bheemla whenever she is on screen.” She appeared in the series Modern Love Hyderabad, where NDTV termed her performance “luminous”. Next, she played an unknown lady in 19(1)(a) with Vijay Sethupathi. After this, she reprised her role in the third season of Breathe: Into the Shadows.

Menen received rave reviews for the romantic drama Thiruchitrambalam opposite Dhanush as his childhood best friend. It became a critical and commercial success. While Hindustan Times noted, “Nithya Menen has always shied away from playing the quintessential heroine. She’s phenomenal in the film, playing a key character that she nails to perfection.” India Today wrote, “If you give Nithya Menen a meaty character, everyone else can sit back and admire her living the role with full of zest.” Menon played a pregnant woman in her final film of the year, Wonder Women.

Menen appeared in Kolaambi, her first film of 2023, which she termed among her “all-time favorites”. She will next appear in the series Master Peace and Kumari Srimathi.

Artistry and media image (Nithya Menen Biography)

Ankur Pathak of HuffPost said that her filmography is “filled with experiments” and noted, “The actor has taken risks throughout her career. Menen has ensured that she’s unforgettable even in cameos.” Sangeetha Devi Dundoo of The Hindu said that she shows “shown a natural flair for acting” and noted that she has worked in a variety of genres from – breezy romance to period drama to out-of-the-box projects. Latha Srinivasan of The New Indian Express noted, “Nithya Menen slips into her character’s skin with effortless ease.” Nibandh Vinod of News18 termed her an “accomplished actress and singer” who has established a career in five industries.

Nithya_Menen with her Family
Nithya Menen with her Family

Menen is widely known for her performances in films such as – Kerala CafeAla Modalaindi180IshqUstad HotelMalli Malli Idi Raani RojuO Kadhal KanmaniMersalAwe and Thiruchitrambalam among others. Menen has been placed in Rediff.coms “Top Telugu Actresses”. She ranked 3rd in 2011, 5th in 2012, 1st in 2013, and 3rd in 2015. In its “Top Kannada Actresses”, she ranked 1st in 2013, and in the “Top Tamil Actresses” list, she ranked 5th in 2015. Forbes India included Menen in its first-ever “Showstoppers – India’s Top 50 Outperformers” list. She stood at 30th place on its Most Influential Stars on Instagram in South Cinema for the year 2021 list.

Menen is known as someone who is a very private person. Hemanth Kumar of Firstpost said, “There’s always been an air of mystery about Nithya Menen, and when she talks, she’s careful about how she articulates her thoughts and ideas. Despite her popularity, the actress is hardly in the news.” Often compared to late actress Soundarya, Menen takes it as a compliment. “Since Soundarya, perhaps there hasn’t been anyone that people could relate to. She was loved and respected,” she says. In the Hyderabad Times’ Most Desirable Woman list, she was placed 19th in 2014 and 15th in 2015.

Filmography (Nithya Menen Biography)


Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Title Role Language Notes
1998 Hanuman Munna English Child artist
2006 7 O’ Clock Anu Kannada
2008 Aakasha Gopuram Hilda Varghese Malayalam
2009 Josh Meera Kannada
Vellathooval Jiya George Malayalam
Kerala Cafe Nithya Malayalam
Angel John Sofia Malayalam
2010 Apoorvaragam Nancy Malayalam
Anwar Asna Malayalam
2011 Ala Modalaindi Nithya Telugu
Urumi Chirakkal Bala/ Daisy da Cunha Malayalam
Nootrenbadhu180 D. Vidya Lakshmi Tamil Bilingual film
Violin Angel Malayalam
Veppam Revathy Tamil
Aidondla Aidu Gowri Kannada Anthology film
Makaramanju Model Malayalam
2012 Ishq Priya Telugu
Thalsamayam Oru Penkutty Manjula Ayyapan Malayalam
Karmayogi Moonumani Malayalam
Doctor Innocentanu Anna Malayalam Special appearance
Bachelor Party Neethu Malayalam
Ustad Hotel Shahana Malayalam
Poppins Ammu Malayalam Anthology film
2013 Okkadine Shailaja Telugu
Jabardasth Saraswati Telugu
Myna Myna Kannada
Gunde Jaari Gallanthayyinde Shravani / Bangaram Telugu
2014 Malini 22 Palayamkottai Malini Tamil
Bangalore Days Natasha Francis Malayalam Cameo appearance
2015 Malli Malli Idi Rani Roju Nazeera Khanum Telugu
JK Enum Nanbanin Vaazhkai Nithya Tamil Telugu version Rajadhi Raja released in 2016
100 Days of Love Sheela Malayalam
S/O Satyamurthy Valli Telugu
Kanchana 2 Ganga Tamil
O Kadhal Kanmani Tara Kalingarayar Tamil
Rudhramadevi Muktamba Telugu
2016 24 Priya Sethuraman Tamil
Okka Ammayi Thappa Mango / Satyabhama Telugu
Kotigobba 2 / Mudinja Ivana Pudi Subhashini / Shubha Kannada Bilingual film
Janatha Garage Anu Telugu
Iru Mugan Ayushi Tamil
2017 Mersal Aishwarya Vetrimaaran Tamil
2018 Awe Krishnaveni Telugu
Geetha Govindam Nithya Telugu Special appearance
2019 NTR: Kathanayakudu Savitri Telugu Special appearance
Praana Tara Anuradha Malayalam Multilingual film
Mission Mangal Varsha Pillai Hindi
2020 Psycho Kamala Das IPS Tamil
2021 Ninnila Ninnila Maya Telugu
Gamanam Shailaputri Devi Telugu Anthology film; cameo appearance
Skylab Gouri Venkataraju Telugu Also producer
2022 Bheemla Nayak Suguna Nayak Telugu
19(1)(a) Unnamed Malayalam
Thiruchitrambalam Shobana Tamil
Wonder Women Nora Joseph English
2023 Kolaambi Arundhathi Malayalam

Short film

Year Title Role Language Notes
2020 Color of a Nation Pregnant woman Telugu


Year Title Role Language Notes
2001-2002 Chhoti Maa…Ek Anokha Bandhan Young Koyna Hindi Child Artist
2022 Telugu Indian Idol Judge Telugu

Web series (Nithya Menen Biography)

Year Title Role Language Notes
2020–2022 Breathe: Into the Shadows Abha Sabarwal Hindi seasons 2–3
2022 Modern Love Hyderabad Noori Hussain Telugu
2023 Kumari Srimathi Itikalipudi Kumari Srimathi Telugu
Master Peace † Ria Binoy Malayalam

Music videos

Year Song Language Singer(s) Notes
2022 Thaniye/Tanha Malayalam/Hindi Siddharth Menon, Nithya Menen on YouTube

Voice artist

Year Film Role Language Notes
2013 Gunde Jaari Gallanthayyinde Shruti Telugu
2019 Frozen 2 Elsa Telugu
Nithya Menen Biography
Nithya Menen Biography

Discography (Nithya Menen Biography)

Year Song Title Language Composer Notes
2010 “Payasa” Aidondla Aidu Kannada Abhijit-Joe
2011 “Edo Anukunte” Ala Modalaindi Telugu Kalyani Malik
“Ammammo Ammo”
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” Myna Kannada Jassie Gift Solo singer
“O Premada Poojari” Duet with Shreya Ghoshal
“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” Ghatana (D) Telugu
“Navve Kaluva (Duet)”
“Yennali (Immigrant Mix)”
2015 “Paalnilaa: Lets Do the Dandiya” Rockstar Malayalam Prashant Pillai
2016 “Laalijo” 24 (D) Telugu A. R. Rahman
“Hrudayam Kannulatho” 100 Days of Love (D) Telugu Govind Menon
2018 “Va Va Vo” Mohanlal Malayalam Tony Joseph Pallivathukal
2021 “Thiruppavai” Margazhi Thingal Tamil Ravi G
2022 “Thaniye” Thaniye Malayalam Sidharth Menon Music video
2022 “Thanha” Thanha Hindi

Accolades (Nithya Menen Biography)

Year Award Category Work Result
2013 CineMAA Awards Best Actress – Critics Ishq Won
2010 Filmfare Awards South Best Supporting Actress – Kannada Josh Nominated
2012 Best Supporting Actress – Malayalam Urumi Nominated
Best Actress – Telugu Ala Modalaindi Nominated
Best Female Playback Singer – Telugu (for “Ammammo Ammo”) Nominated
2014 Best Actress – Kannada Myna Nominated
Best Actress – Telugu Gunde Jaari Gallanthayyinde Won
2016 Best Actress – Tamil O Kadhal Kanmani Nominated
Best Actress – Telugu Malli Malli Idi Rani Roju Nominated
Best Actress Critics – Telugu Won
2017 Best Supporting Actress – Tamil 24 Nominated
2018 Mersal Won
2020 Filmfare OTT Awards Best Actor in a Drama Series – Female Breathe: Into the Shadows Nominated
2013 Hyderabad Times of India Film Awards Best Actor – Female Ishq Won
2016 IIFA Utsavam Best Actress – Telugu Malli Malli Idi Rani Roju Nominated
Best Supporting Actress – Tamil Kanchana 2 Nominated
2017 Best Supporting Actress – Telugu Rudhramadevi Nominated
2011 Nandi Awards Best Actress Ala Modalaindi Won
2016 Special Jury Award Malli Malli Idi Rani Roju Won
2012 South Indian International Movie Awards Best Female Debut – Telugu Ala Modalaindi Nominated
Best Female Playback Singer – Telugu (for “Ammammo Ammo”) Nominated
2013 Rising Star of South Indian Cinema – Female Won
2014 Best Actress – Telugu Gunde Jaari Gallanthayyinde Nominated
2016 Best Actress – Tamil O Kadhal Kanmani Nominated
Best Actress Critics – Tamil Won
Best Actress – Telugu Malli Malli Idi Rani Roju Nominated
Best Supporting Actress – Tamil Kanchana 2 Nominated
Best Supporting Actress – Telugu Rudramadevi Nominated
2018 Best Actress – Tamil Mersal Nominated
2023 Thiruchitrambalam Nominated
Best Actress – Telugu Bheemla Nayak
2013 Vanitha Film Awards Best Star Pair (With Dulquer Salmaan) Ustad Hotel Won
2012 Vijay Awards Best Actress Nootrenbandhu Nominated
2015 Malini 22 Palayamkottai Nominated

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