Nithya Menon is well known as Nithya is an Indian film actress and playback singer from who works in the South Indian film industry. Mostly she acted in Malayalam film and she has also acted in Telugu, Tamil and Kannada films, besides trying her hand at playback singing. She was born on 8th April 1988 in Bangalore in a Malayali family and studied journalism at the Manipal Institute of Communication. Her father's family is from Calicut and her mother's is from Palakkad. She once said in an interview that she never wished to become an actress but a journalist as she was "an idealist", but felt journalism was "not what it used to be". She then decided to become a filmmaker as she could express her ideas "better through films" and enrolled for a course in cinematography at the FTI Pune. During the entrance examination, she met Nandini Reddy, who brainwashed and convinced her to take up acting. Nandini Reddy would later turn director and sign Nithya for the lead female role in her first project.
Nithya Menon appeared first on screen as a child artiste when she was eight in the Indian English language film “Hanuman” in 1998, playing the younger sister to Tabu. The 2008 off-beat film “Aakasha Gopuram” directed by National Film Award-winning director K. P. Kumaran, marked her 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. 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, based on the Norwegian play “The Master Builder”, got mixed reviews and was a financial failure. She next made her Kannada debut with the film “Josh”. She essayed a supporting role in the film, which received rave reviews, and became a commercial success as well, with her performance garnering her nomination in the Best Supporting Actress category at the 57th Film fare Awards South. In 2011, her first release in lead role was Nandini Reddy’s romantic comedy “Ala Modalaindi”, which was Nithya’s maiden Telugu venture as well. The film opened to favourable reviews by critics and turned out to become a sleeper hit, while Nithya received critical praise for her performance. Furthermore, she also sang two songs for the soundtrack album of the film, tuned by Kalyani Malik. Following Ala Modalaindi, she starred in Santosh Sivan’s historical fiction “Urumi” as part of an ensemble cast her character, which gained positive remarks, She next appeared in ad-filmmaker Jayendra’ s bilingual venture “180/Nootrenbadhu”, made and released in Tamil and Telugu. 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 which created a sensational history at box office and this was commercially hit. 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”. 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 and “Ustad Hotel” directed by Anwar Rasheed. In 2013, she starred in three Telugu films, “Okkadine”, “Jabardasth” and “Gunde Jaari Gallanthayyinde”. 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. She received critical acclaims for her performance in “Gunde Jaari Gallanthayyinde” where this film broken all the records at box office. She also signed a film of director Cheran in which she is going to pair up with T.L.V.Prasad.
List of Awards
2011 The Hyderabad Times Film Awards 2011-Promising Newcomer female in Ala Modalaindi.
2012 Nandi Award for Best Actress – Ala Modalaindi
2012 Thikkurissy Foundation Award for Most Popular Actress.
2012 Ugadi Puraskar Award for Best Supporting Actress – Ala Modalaindi.