|Full Name Padmavathi|
Parents Rajagopal, Saroja
Spouse Suresh Kumar (m. 1987)
|Name Padmavathi Kumar |
Role Film actress
Occupation Actress, producer
|Born 27 August 1963 (Age 56) (1963-08-27) Nagercoil, Tamil Nadu, India|
Years active 1980–1987, 2011–present
Children Keerthy Suresh, Revathi Suresh
Siblings Sundar Rajagopal, Balaji Rajagopal, Govinda Rajagopal
Movies Netri Kann, Rathilayam, Poochakkoru Mookkuthi, Koottinilamkili, Ente Mohangal Poovaninju
Similar People Keerthy Suresh, Priyadarshan, Balachandra Menon, Suresh, Nedumudi Venu
Menaka is an Indian film actress and producer. She is a native of Nagercoil, Tamil Nadu. In her short film career 1980–86, Menaka acted in 116 films, mostly in Malayalam. She did a few films in Tamil, Kannada and Telugu. She has worked with many leading actors of the time, including Prem Nazir, Soman and Sukumaran, and opposite top actors of the 1980s like Shankar and Nedumudi Venu. She has acted opposite current superstars Mammootty, Mohanlal, Chiranjeevi and Rajinikanth. After 19 years, she made a comeback through the teleserial Kaliveedu directed by Purusothaman and produced by A. Radhakrishnan. Again after six years, she made a comeback on the big screen through Fazil's 2011 film Living Together.
Menaka was born in a conservative family. Her father Rajagopal is from Tenkasi and mother Saroja is from Thickurichy.
Menaka married malayalam film producer Suresh Kumar at the Lord Krishna temple, at Guruvayur, on 27 October 1987. She produces films under the banner Revathy Kalamandhir. She has two daughters: Revathi and Keerthi. Keerthi as a child actress acted in Kuberan starring Dileep, Bijumenon starred Achaneyanenikkishtam and Pilots with Suresh Gopi. She acted in Priyadarshan's movie Geethaanjali as heroine.