Nithya Menen Wiki, Age, Biography, Height, Boyfriend, Family, Images, And More

Nithya Menen Wiki, Age, Biography, Height, Boyfriend, Family, Images, And More

Nithya Menon (born April 8, 1988) is an Indian actress and singer who has appeared in over 55 feature films in six languages: Malayalam, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Hindi, and English.

Nithya Menon made her film debut at the age of ten in the English film Hanuman (1998), playing the younger sister to Tabu's character. She began her acting career at the age of 17 when she played a supporting role in the 2006 Kannada film 7 O' Clock. She has starred in Malayalam's Aakasha Gopuram (2008), Telugu's Ala Modalaindi (2011), Tamil's Nootrenbadhu (2011), and Hindi's Mission Mangal (2019).

Early years

Nithya Menen was born on April 8, 1988, in Bangalore, Karnataka, to Malayali parents. Menen, who cannot read or write Malayalam, identifies as a Kannadiga. In Bangalore, she attended Poorna Prajna School and Mount Carmel College.

She stated that she wanted to be a journalist at first, but found it unappealing, so she switched to filmmaking and enrolled in a cinematography course at the Film and Television Institute of India in Pune. During the school entrance exam, she met B. V. Nandini Reddy, who persuaded Menen to pursue a career in acting.

1998-2002: Debut as a child actress

At the age of ten, Nithya played the younger sister to Tabu's character in the French-Indian English film Hanuman.

2006-2010: Kannada and Malayalam debuts

Menen made her acting debut in the Kannada film 7 O' Clock, directed by cinematographer Santosh Rai Pataje, in 2006. Her Malayalam debut in a leading role was in the 2008 offbeat film Aakasha Gopuram, directed by National Film Award-winning director K. P. Kumaran, in which she was paired with Mohanlal. She was in the middle of her 12th grade exams when she was approached for the part after Mohanlal saw her on the front cover of a tourism magazine, Stark World Kerala. Her performance was praised by critics, who wrote that she "shows sparkle in her debut venture" and "makes her entry in an impressive role," despite the fact that the film, based on the Norwegian play The Master Builder, received mixed reviews and was a financial failure. Her next appearance in Kannada films was in the superhit film Josh. She played a supporting role in the film, which received positive reviews and went on to become a commercial success, earning her a nomination for Best Supporting Actress at the 57th Filmfare Awards South. In 2010, she starred in Apoorvaragam, a Malayalam film in which she played Nancy, a young girl who becomes involved with two male students (Nishan and Asif Ali) who are later revealed to be con artists. The film received mixed to negative reviews, but it was a box office success.

Telugu debut and breakthrough in 2011-2012

Nandini Reddy's romantic comedy Ala Modalaindi, which was also Menen's first Telugu venture, was her first release in 2011. The film received positive reviews from critics and went on to become a sleeper hit, with Menen receiving praise for her performance. In his review, Idlebrain's Jeevi said she "epitomised 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 called her a "charming find" and "...quite the Genelia replacement that our cinema so desperately needs right now." She eventually won the Nandi Award for Best Actress and was nominated for a Filmfare Award for Best Actress at the 59th Filmfare Awards South. She also sang two songs for the film's soundtrack album, which was composed by Kalyani Malik. Menen was later dubbed "the discovery of the decade" by Nandini Reddy. Following Ala Modalaindi, she appeared as part of an ensemble cast in Santosh Sivan's historical fiction Urumi. She portrayed a Chirakkal princess named Bala, playing the love interest of Prabhu Deva's character, which gained positive remarks, with a Sify review claiming that she "looks pretty and is a scene stealer". Menen stated that much of her character was based on "Santosh's perception of who I am," with Sivan claiming that he wrote that role specifically for her and that only she could play it. At the 59th Filmfare Awards South, she was nominated for a Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress. She then starred in Jayendra's bilingual film Nootrenbadhu, which was made and released in Tamil and Telugu (as 180), as a photojournalist named Vidya. She described the character as "bubbly, full of life, nosey, wide-eyed, and innocent in life," and said it reminded her of herself. Later that year, she appeared in Malayalam films Violin by Sibi Malayil and Veppam in Tamil by Gautham Vasudev Menon. She also appeared in V. K. Prakash's Kannada anthology film Aidondla Aidu as a young bride obsessed with making payasam for her new husband, much to his chagrin. One of the songs, "Payasa," was written and choreographed by her.

Menen in 2011 during the filming of Thalsamayam Oru Penkutty (2012).

Menen's first release in 2012 was the Telugu romance film Ishq, starring Nitin Reddy. She won the CineMAA Award for Best Actress (Jury) while also being nominated for best actress at the SIIMA Awards. She later appeared 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

2013-2015: Achievements

She appeared in three Telugu films in 2013, Okkadine, Jabardasth, and Gunde Jaari Gallanthayyinde, as well as one Kannada film, Mynaa. She dubbed for herself and her co-star Isha Talwar in Gunde Jaari Gallanthayyinde, where she played a character with two shades. She received her first Filmfare Award for Best Telugu Actress for this film at the 61st Filmfare Awards South. Her Kannada film Mynaa, in which she plays a physically challenged girl and won the Filmfare Award for Best Film - Kannada, became very successful, completing 100 days in many centres across Karnataka, and her performance was well praised by critics. She also performed the female version of "Modele Maleyante," which received positive feedback. In 2014, she appeared in the Malayalam film Bangalore Days, which became the highest grossing film of the year.

Menen starred in a number of films in 2015, gaining both critical and commercial acclaim. In the beginning of the year, she collaborated with Sharwanand on the Telugu film Malli Malli Idi Rani Roju, which tells the story of a love story between a Muslim girl and a Hindu boy who are tragically separated by fate. Her performance as Nazeera, a young Muslim student in love who later becomes a successful businesswoman in Malaysia, was well received by critics, earning her the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actress South, the Nandi Special Jury Award, and her second Filmfare nomination. Menen became the first Telugu actress to win both the Critics Award and the Best Actress Award at Filmfare. She had minor roles in Trivikram Srinivas' films S/O Satyamurthy and Kanchana 2 starring Raghava Lawrence and Rudhramadevi, in which she shared scenes with Anushka Shetty. In 2015, she co-starred in two films with Dulquer Salmaan: 100 Days of Love, a romantic Malayalam film, and OK Kanmani, a Tamil film directed by Mani Ratnam about a live-in relationship between a male video game designer and a female architectural student. Both films' reviews praised Dulquer and Menen's on-screen chemistry. She received near universal acclaim for her role as Tara in OK Kanmani and received her first Filmfare Award nomination for Best Tamil Actress.


Menen appeared in three Tamil films in 2016. In the beginning of the year, she was paired opposite Suriya for the first time. The film received widespread critical acclaim, with critics praising her screen presence, and she was nominated for a Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress - Tamil at the 64th Filmfare Awards South. She played the lead in K. S. Ravikumar's bilingual film Kotigobba 2 opposite Sudeep. She had a limited screen presence in the science-fiction thriller Iru Mugan, which she co-starred in with Vikram and Nayanthara. She appeared in two Telugu films, Okka Ammayi Thappa, opposite Sundeep Kishan, and Janatha Garage, opposite Jr. NTR.

Menen received the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress - Tamil for her performance in Mersal (2017)

Her only release in 2017 was the Tamil film Mersal, in which she starred alongside Vijay and was praised for her portrayal of a tough yet supportive wife, earning her a Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress - Tamil at the 65th Filmfare Awards South.

Menen's first release in 2018 was Nani's Production venture, an anthology psychological thriller Awe, in which she became the first mainstream South Indian actress to play a gay psychologist. She and Eesha Rebba play a lesbian couple who try to convince the latter's parents to approve of their relationship in the film. The film received unanimous critical acclaim, with her performance receiving particular praise.

After Karmayogi, Aidondla Aidu, and its remake Poppins, she reunited with V. K. Prakash in the experimental film Praana, which also marks her return to the Malayalam industry after 2015's romantic film 100 Days of Love. She is the sole actor in the film and plays Tara Anuradha, an English writer who battles intolerance in society.

In 2019, she made her Hindi debut alongside Akshay Kumar and Vidya Balan in Mission Mangal.

In 2020, she co-starred in Mysskin's Psycho with Udhayanidhi Stalin and Aditi Rao Hydari as Kamala Das, a bitter, foul-mouthed quadriplegic ex-police officer who aids in the capture of a psychopathic serial killer. She also made her OTT debut alongside Abhishek Bachchan and Amit Sadh in the Amazon Prime series Breathe: Into the Shadows, which received mixed to negative reviews, but she was praised for her role as a desperate mother. At the Filmfare OTT Awards, she received her first nomination for 'Best Actor, Series (Female): Drama.

Menen appeared in Ani Sasi's Ninnila Ninnila in 2021, co-starring Ashok Selvan and Ritu Varma, as Maya, a childlike, adventurous girl who tragically dies in an accident, but whose spirit lives on in the main protagonist's mind. She made her producer debut in Skylab, where she played the rebellious and outspoken daughter of a zamindar in a village near Karimnagar who is trying to figure out who she is as a writer.

Menen starred opposite Pawan Kalyan in Bheemla Nayak in 2022, where she was praised by critics for portraying the powerful role of Nayak wife, and the film grossed over 160 crore at the box office. Later, she co-starred with Revathi in Modern Love Hyderabad, a film about an estranged relationship (due to an interfaith marriage) between a mother and her daughter, and Menen's performance as Noori Hussain was praised. Later, she starred in the romantic drama film Thiruchitrambalam alongside Dhanush as his childhood best friend Shobana, and her performance was praised by The News Minute. Nithya had several offers to work with Dhanush before this film, including Aadukalam, but she couldn't because of other commitments. Dhanush also planned to direct a film in 2018 with Nithya collaborating with him, but that project did not materialise. Dhanush had Nithya in mind for the lead role while writing the script for Thiruchtrambalam. The film was a critical and commercial success at the box office, grossing more than $100 million.




Films that have not yet been releasedDenotes films that have not yet been released
1998HanumanMunnaEnglishChild artist
20067 O' ClockAnuKannada
2008Aakasha GopuramHilda VargheseMalayalam
Kerala CafeNithyaMalayalam
Angel JohnSofiaMalayalam
2011Ala ModalaindiNithyaTelugu
UrumiChirakkal Bala/ Daisy da Cunha[a]Malayalam
Nootrenbadhu180D. Vidya LakshmiTamilBilingual film
Aidondla AiduGowriKannadaAnthology film
Thalsamayam Oru PenkuttyManjula AyyapanMalayalam
Doctor InnocentanuAnnaMalayalamSpecial appearance
Bachelor PartyNeethuMalayalam
Ustad HotelShahanaMalayalam
PoppinsAmmuMalayalamAnthology film
Gunde Jaari GallanthayyindeShravani / Bangaram[a]Telugu
2014Malini 22 PalayamkottaiMaliniTamil
Bangalore DaysNatasha FrancisMalayalamCameo appearance
2015Malli Malli Idi Rani RojuNazeera KhanumTelugu
JK Enum Nanbanin VaazhkaiNithyaTamilTelugu version Rajadhi Raja released in 2016
100 Days of LoveSheelaMalayalam
S/O SatyamurthyValliTelugu
Kanchana 2GangaTamil
O Kadhal KanmaniTara KalingarayanTamil
Okka Ammayi ThappaMango / Satyabhama[a]Telugu
Kotigobba 2 / Mudinja Ivana PudiSubhashini / ShubhasreeKannadaBilingual film
Janatha GarageAnuTelugu
Iru MuganAyushiTamil
2017MersalAishwarya VetrimaaranTamil
2018AweKrishnaveni (Krish)[a]Telugu
Geetha GovindamNithyaTeluguSpecial appearance
2019NTR: KathanayakuduSavitriTeluguSpecial appearance
PraanaTara AnuradhaMalayalamMultilingual film
Mission MangalVarsha PillaiHindi
2020PsychoKamala Das IPSTamil
2021Ninnila NinnilaMayaTelugu
GamanamShailaputri DeviTeluguAnthology film; cameo appearance
SkylabGouriTeluguAlso producer
2022Bheemla NayakSugunaTelugu
Wonder WomenNora JosephEnglish
2023Aaram Thirukalpana Not yet releasedCelineMalayalam


2001-2002Chhoti Maa...Ek Anokha BandhanYoung KoynaZee TVHindiChild Artist
2022Telugu Indian IdolJudgeAhaTelugu

Web series

2020Breathe: Into the ShadowsAbha SabarwalAmazon Prime VideoHindiSeason 2
2022Modern Love HyderabadNoori HussainAmazon Prime VideoTelugu
Breathe: Into the ShadowsAbha SabarwalAmazon Prime VideoHindiSeason 3
2023Kumari Srimathi Not yet releasedTBAAmazon Prime VideoTelugu

Music video

2022ThaniyeMalayalamSiddharth Menon, Nithya Menenon YouTube
2022TanhaHindiSiddharth Menon, Nithya Menenon YouTube

Short film

TBAColor of a Nation Not yet releasedPregnant womanTeluguShort film

Voice artist

2013Gunde Jaari GallanthayyindeShrutiTelugu
2019Frozen 2ElsaTelugu


2010"Payasa"Aidondla AiduKannadaAbhijit-Joe
2011"Edo Anukunte"Ala ModalaindiTeluguKalyani Malik
"Ammammo Ammo"Ala ModalaindiTeluguKalyani Malik
2012"Oh Priya Priya"IshqTeluguAnoop Rubens
"Payasam"PoppinsMalayalamRatheesh Vegha
2013"Arere Arere"JabardasthTeluguS. Thaman
"Doore Doore Neengi"Natholi Oru Cheria MeenallaMalayalamAbhijith
"Modala Maleyante"MynaKannadaJassie GiftSolo singer
"O Premada Poojari"MynaKannadaJassie GiftDuet with Shreya Ghoshal
"Thu Hi Rey"Gunde Jaari GallanthayyindeTeluguAnoop Rubens
"Hi my name is malini"Malini 22 PalayamkottaiTamilArvind & Shankar
"Kanneer Thulilye (Duet)"Malini 22 PalayamkottaiTamilArvind & Shankar
"Madharthamma (Immigrant Mix)"Malini 22 PalayamkottaiTamilArvind & Shankar
"Hi my name is malini"Malini 22TeluguArvind & Shankar
"Navve Kaluva (Duet)"Malini 22TeluguArvind & Shankar
"Yennali (Immigrant Mix)"Malini 22TeluguArvind & Shankar
2015"Paalnilaa : Lets Do the Dandiya"Rockstar (2015 film)MalayalamPrashant Pillai
2016"Laalijo"24TeluguA. R. Rahman
"Hrudayam Kannulatho"100 Days of LoveTeluguGovind Menon
2018"Va Va Vo"MohanlalMalayalamTony Joseph Pallivathukal
2021"Thiruppavai"Margazhi ThingalTamilRavi G
2022ThaniyeThaniyeMalayalamSidharth MenonMusic video
2022ThanhaThanhaHindiSidharth MenonMusic video

Awards and nominations

2009Filmfare Awards SouthBest Supporting Actress – KannadaJoshNominated
2011Best Supporting Actress – MalayalamUrumiNominated
Best Actress – TeluguAla ModalaindiNominated
Best Female Playback Singer – Telugu (for song "Ammammo Ammo")Nominated
1st South Indian International Movie AwardsBest Female Debut (Telugu)Nominated
Best Female Playback Singer (Telugu) (for song "Ammammo Ammo")Nominated
Nandi AwardsBest ActressWon
Vijay AwardsBest ActressNootrenbandhuNominated
2012CineMAA AwardsBest Actress (Jury)IshqWon
2nd South Indian International Movie AwardsRising Star of South Indian Cinema (Female)Won
2013Filmfare Awards SouthBest Actress – KannadaMynaNominated
Best Actress – TeluguGunde Jaari GallanthayyindeWon
3rd South Indian International Movie AwardsBest Actress (Telugu)Nominated
Vanitha Film AwardsBest Pair (along with Dulquer Salmaan)Ustad HotelWon
2014Vijay AwardsBest ActressMalini 22 PalayamkottaiNominated
2015Filmfare Awards SouthBest Actress – TeluguMalli Malli Idi Rani RojuNominated
Best Actress – Telugu (Critics)Won
5th South Indian International Movie AwardsBest Actress (Telugu)Nominated
1st IIFA Utsavam AwardsBest Actress – TeluguNominated
Nandi AwardsSpecial Jury AwardWon
Filmfare Awards SouthBest Actress – TamilOK KanmaniNominated
5th South Indian International Movie AwardsBest Actress – TamilNominated
Best Actress – Tamil (Critics)Won
Best Supporting Actress (Telugu)RudhramadeviNominated
Best Supporting Actress – TamilKanchana 2Nominated
20162nd IIFA Utsavam AwardsBest Supporting Actress – TeluguRudhramadeviNominated
201764th Filmfare Awards SouthBest Supporting Actress – Tamil24Nominated
201865th Filmfare Awards SouthMersalWon
7th South Indian International Movie AwardsBest Actress – TamilNominated
2020Filmfare OTT AwardsBest Actor Series: Drama (Female)Breathe: Into The ShadowsNominated
Profession(s)Actress, Playback Singer, Dubbing Artist
Famous Role‘Tara’ in the Tamil film, “O Kadhal Kanmani” (2015)
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters- 160 cm
in meters- 1.60 m
in feet & inches- 5’ 3”
Eye ColourBrown
Hair ColourBlack
DebutFilm (English): The Monkey Who Knew Too Much (1998)
Film (Malayalam): Akasha Gopuram (2008)

Film (Telugu): Ala Modalaindi (2011)

Film (Tamil): Nootrenbadhu (2011)

Film (Kannada): Seven O' Clock (2005)

Film (Hindi): Mission Mangal (2019)

TV (Hindi): Choti Maa...Ek Anokha Bandhan (2001)
Song (Kannada): Payasa (2010)
Song (Telugu): Edo Anukunte (2011)
Song (Malayalam): Ammammo Ammo (2011)
Song (Tamil): Hi My Name is Malini (2013)
Web Series: Breathe: Into the Shadows (2020)

Awards, Honours, Achievements• Nandi Award for ‘Best Actress’ for the film, “Ala Modalaindi” (2011)
• Hyderabad Times Film Award for ‘Promising Newcomer Female’ for the film, “Ala Modalaindi” (2011)
• Ugadi Puraskar Award for ‘Best Actress’ for the film, “Ala Modalaindi” (2011)
• CineMAA Award for ‘Best Actress (Jury)’ for the film, “Ishq” (2012)
• 2nd South Indian International Movie Award for ‘Rising Star of South Indian Cinema (Female)’ (2012)
• Filmfare Awards South for ‘Best Actress-Telugu’ for the film, “Gunde Jaari Gallanthayyinde” (2013)
• Vanitha Film Award for ‘Best Pair (along with Dulquer Salmaan)’ for the film, “Ustad Hotel” (2013)
• Filmfare Awards South for ‘Best Actress – Telugu (Critics)’ for the film, “Malli Malli Idi Rani Roju” (2015)
• Nandi Special Jury Award for the film, “Malli Malli Idi Rani Roju” (2015)
• 5th South Indian International Movie Award for ‘Best Actress – Tamil (Critics)’ for the film, “OK Kanmani” (2015)
• 65th Filmfare Awards South for ‘Best Supporting Actress – Tamil’ for the film, “Mersal” (2018)
Personal Life
Date of Birth8 April 1988 (Friday)
Age (as of 2022)34 Years
BirthplaceBanashankari, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Zodiac signAries
HometownBangalore, Karnataka, India
College/University• Manipal Institute of Communication, Manipal
• Mount Caramel College, Bangalore
Educational QualificationCourse in Journalism
HobbiesSinging, Travelling
Relationships & More
Marital StatusUnmarried
ParentsNames Not Known
Colour(s)Black, Blue
Film DirectorMani Ratnam
CuisineSouth Indian
Film(s)Titanic (1997), The Matrix (1999), Spider-Man (2002)
Music DirectorA. R. Rahman
Travel Destination(s)Kerala, London, Goa
SingerShreya Ghoshal
WriterJohn Grisham

Some Lesser Known Facts About Nithya Menen

  • Nithya Menen is an Indian actress, playback singer, and a dubbing artist.
  • She was born into a Malayali family in Bangalore.
  • Nithya was good at dancing and singing in her school and college days. She actively took part in co-curricular activities in her childhood.
  • At the age of 10, Nithya worked as a child artist in the English film, “The Monkey Who Knew Too Much” (1998).
  • Nithya wanted to become a journalist since childhood. However, when she was in her final smester, she found it unappealing and decided to make her career in filmmaking.
  • After graduating in journalism, Nithya enrolled herself in Pune’s Film and Television Institute of India to do a course in cinematography.
  • When Nithya appeared for the entrance exam of the course, she met the film director, B. V. Nandini Reddy who convinced her to pursue acting.
  • Nithya made her acting debut in 2001 with the TV serial, “Choti Maa…Ek Anokha Bandhan.”
  • She made her film debut in 2005 with the Kannada film, “Seven O’ Clock.”
  • Subsequently, she made her Malayalam film debut with the film, “Akasha Gopuram,” Kannada film debut with the film, “Josh,” Telugu film debut with the film, “Ala Modalaindi,” and Tamil film debut with the film, “Nootrenbadhu.”
  • Thereafter, she featured in films like “Ishq,” “Ustad Hotel,” “Mersal,” “Awe,” “100 Days of Love,” “Iru Mugan,” “24” and “Praana.”
  • Her Bollywood debut came in the year 2019 with the film, “Mission Mangal.”
  • In 2020, she made her digital media debut with the web series “Breathe: Into the Shadows.”
  • Apart from acting, she has also sung many songs, including “Payasa” (Kannada, 2010), “Edo Anukunte” (Telugu, 2011), “Ammammo Ammo” (Malayalam, 2011), “Oh Priya Priya” (Telugu, 2012), and “Payasam (Malayalam, 2012).”
  • Menen has worked in the films of many different languages, like Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Telugu, and Tamil.
  • Nithya has featured on the covers of magazines like “JFW (Just For Women) Magazine” and “Provoke Magazine.”
  • Nithya has a good command over 6 different languages including Hindi, English, Malayalam, Telugu, Kannada, and Tamil.

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