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Full Name  Kavya Madhavan
Occupation  Film actress
Height  1.63 m
Ethnicity  Malayali
Role  Film actor

Other names  Meenu, Kunji
Name  Kavya Madhavan
Nationality  Indian
Years active  1991–present
Siblings  Midhun Madhavan
Kavya Madhavan wearing a floral dress
Born  19 September 1984 (age 36) (1984-09-19) Nileshwaram,Kasaragod, Kerala, India
Residence  Vennala, Thammanam, Kochi, Kerala, India
Spouse  Nischal Chandra (m. 2009–2011)
Movies  Meesa Madhavan, She Taxi, Mizhi Randilum, Chandranudikkunna Dikhil, Pookkalam Varavayi
Similar People  Navya Nair, Meera Jasmine, Bhavana, Manju Warrier, Dileep

Kavya madhavan film biography

Kavya Madhavan is an Indian film actress who predominantly appears in Malayalam films. She made her debut in 1991 as a child artist in Pookkalam Varavayi. Her debut role as a lead actress was in Lal Jose's Chandranudikkunna Dikhil in 1999, when she was in the ninth grade. Its success then established her status as a leading actress in the industry during the 2000s. Her popular films include Darling Darling (2000), Kochu Kochu Santhoshangal (2000), Thenkasipattanam (2001), Dhosth (2001), Meesa Madhavan (2002), Thilakkam (2003), Mizhi Randilum (2003), Pulival Kalyanam (2003), Runway (2004), Kochi Rajavu (2005), Ananthabhadram (2005), Lion (2006), Classmates (2006), Nadiya Kollappetta Rathri (2007), Madampi (2008), Paappi Appacha (2010), and Christian Brothers (2011). She has won the Kerala State Film Award for Best Actress twice, for her performances in Perumazhakkalam (2004) and Gaddama (2010).


Kavya Madhavan wearing a floral dress and earrings

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Acting career

Kavya Madhavan wearing an orange sleeves

Kavya Madhavan first appeared as a child actor in Kamal's film Pookkalam Varavayi (1991) at the age of seven. 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.

Smiling Kavya Madhavan wearing earrings and a blue dress

She was offered the female lead in Chandranudikkunna Dikhil, also starring Dileep, in 1999.

Kavya Madhavan in an orange backgound

After the success of Chandranudikkunna Dikhil, Kavya Madhavan and Dileep became a popular pairing in Malayalam cinema, and they worked together in 18 movies. Some of their movies are Thenkasipattanam (2000), Darling Darling (2000), 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.

Kavya Madhavan sitting in a chair

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.

Kavya Madhavan wearing a purple dress

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 nominated in National film award for Best Actress but lost out in the final round. 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.

She wrote lyrics for the song "En Khalbillulloru Pennaanu" for the film One Way Ticket. She sang her first movie song for the Malayalam film Matinee (2012).

Personal life

Kavya Madhavan married Nishal Chandra on 9 February 2009, after which she moved to Kuwait. However, she returned home in June the same year and filed for divorce on 24 July 2010. 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. After long speculations regarding her romantic relationship with Malayalam actor Dileep and despite both denying it on several occasions, she married him on 25 November 2016 at Vedanta Hotel, Kochi. Many famous from tinseltown attended the wedding including Mammootty, Menaka Suresh, Jomol, Srinda, Meera Jasmine, Jayaram.

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.


On 25 July 2017, Kavya Madhavan and mother were questioned by a special investigation team from Kerala Police for six hours probing the alleged abduction and rape of a popular south Indian actress. Her husband Dileep was arrested in the molestation case and remanded into judicial custody. The police had previously conducted a raid in Kavya Madhavan's online boutique 'Lakshyah' on suspicion that a memory card, containing the video recording of the molestation. Pulsar Suni, the prime accused in the case told the police that after committing the crime, he had handed over the memory card at 'Laksyah'. Reportedly, Pulsar Suni told the police that he had worked as driver for Kavya Madhavan for two months, but Kavya Madhavan denied the statement. The police decided to interrogate Kavya once again and also question her friends and close relatives regarding the matter.

As playback singer

  • "Mounamaay Manassil," Matinee (2012)
  • As lyricist

  • "En Kalbilulloru," One Way Ticket
  • "Kalaam Neeangu poyo," Akashvani (2016)
  • Album

    In 2012, Kavya released a Malayalam album titled Kavyadalangal which was composed by Twinz Tunes and Kavya. She was featured in the video under the direction of Aneesh Upasana.


    Kerala State Film Awards
  • 2004: Kerala State Film Award for Best Actress – Perumazhakkalam
  • 2011: Kerala State Film Award for Best Actress – Gaddama
  • Filmfare Awards South
  • 2011:Filmfare Best Malayalam Actress Award – Gaddama
  • Asiavision Awards
  • 2013: Best Actress – Best Actress
  • Kerala Film Critics Award
  • 2000: Second Best Actress – Chandranudikkunna Dikhil
  • 2001: Second Best Actress – Kochu Kochu Santhoshangal
  • 2003: Second Best Actress – Mizhi Randilum
  • 2005: Best Actress – Anandabhadram
  • 2010: Best Actress – Gaddama
  • South Indian International Movie Awards
  • 2013: SIIMA Special Appreciation Award for her contribution to Malayalam Cinema
  • 2011: Best Actress – Gaddama
  • Asianet Film Awards
  • 2000: Special Jury Award – Kochu Kochu Santhoshangal, Madhuranombarakattu
  • 2002: Best Star Pair – Meesa Madhavan
  • 2002: Best Actress – Oomappenninu Uriyadappayyan
  • 2004: Special Jury Award Actress – Perumazhakkalam
  • 2009: Best Actress – Banaras
  • 2011: Best Actress – Gaddama, Bhaktha Janangalude Sradhakku
  • 2012: Best Actress – Bavuttiyude Namathil
  • Vanitha Film Awards
  • 2004: Best Actress – Mizhi Randilum
  • 2006: Best Actress – Anandabhadram
  • 2011: Best Actress – Gaddama
  • Mathrubhumi Film Awards
  • 2002: Best Popular Actress – Meesa Madhavan
  • 2002: Best Star Pair – (Dileep and Kavya)
  • 2003: Second Best Actress – Mizhi Randilum
  • 2004: Special Jury Award Actress – Perumazhakkalam
  • 2007: Best Popular Actress – All Films 2007
  • 2009: Best Actress – Banaras
  • 2011: Best Actress – Gaddama
  • Amrita TV FEFKA Film Awards
  • 2010: Best Actress – Gaddama
  • 2011: Best Popular Actress – All Films 2011
  • 2013: Best Actress – Bavuttiyude Namathil
  • Kerala Film Audience Awards
  • 2001: Monisha Award
  • 2003: Best Actress – Oomappenninu Uriyadappayyan
  • Other Awards
  • 2000: Bharathan Award – Navagatha Prathibha Chandranudikkunna Dikhil
  • 2003: Fourth Raju Pilakkad Chalachithra Award – Oomappenninu Uriyadappayyan
  • 2007: Sathyan Memorial Award for Best Actress – Nadiya Kollappetta Rathri
  • 2011: Sathyan Award
  • 2011: Lalitha-Padmini-Ragini Memorial Award
  • 2011 Viewers Choice Award for Best Actress – Gaddama
  • 2011: Reporter TV Film Award for Best Actress – Gaddama
  • 2011: Manappuram Kanyaka Minnale Film Awards for Young Megastar Female
  • 2011: Thikkurissy Foundation Film Awards for Best Actress – Gaddama
  • 2011: The Kochi Times Film Awards 2011-Best Actor Female for Gaddama
  • 2011: Surya TV Film Awards for Best Actress – Gaddama, Bhaktha Janangalude Sradhakku
  • 2012: Aimfill – Inspire Film Awards 2011 – Best Actress – Gaddama
  • 2013: Mahatma Kala Samskrithi Mahatma Film Awards for Best Actress – Bavuttiyude Namathil
  • 2013: Kala Rathnam Award from Nileshwaram Rotary Club.
  • 2014: MIR Film Awards "Pride of Malabar" by Kannur Vision & Smartsa Creations
  • References

    Kavya Madhavan Wikipedia