Nithya Menen (born 8 April 1988) is an Indian film actress and playback singer. She has acted in , , and films. She is recipient of three for the Telugu films , and in Tamil.
Nithya Menen was born in , Karnataka to a family. She studied journalism at the . She once said in an interview that she never wished to become an actress but a journalist, as she was "an ", 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 . During the , she met , 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.
Menen appeared first on screen as a child artist when she was ten in the Indian English language film, The Monkey Who Knew Too Much (1998), playing the younger sister to 's character. In 2006, she started her acting career as a lead actor with the film directed by Kannada's top cinematographer Santosh Rai Pataje. The 2008 off-beat film , directed by National Film Award-winning director , marked her Malayalam debut, in which she was paired with . 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, based on the Norwegian play , got mixed reviews and was a financial failure. She next made a comeback into Kannada films with the super hit film . She played a supporting role in the film, which received rave reviews, and became a commercial success as well, with her performance garnering her a nomination in the Best Supporting Actress category at the .
In 2011, her first release was Nandini Reddy's , which was Nithya's maiden Telugu venture as well. The film opened to favourable reviews by critics and turned out to become a , while Nithya received critical praise for her performance. Idlebrain's 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 in ", while another critic wrote that she was a "charming find" and "...quite the replacement that our cinema so badly needs right now." She eventually won the for her performance and received a nomination for at the . Further more, she also sang two songs for the soundtrack album of the film, tuned by . Nandini Reddy, later, went on to describe Nithya as "the discovery of the decade". Following Ala Modalaindi, she starred in 's historical fiction as part of an . She portrayed a princess named Bala, playing the love interest of 's character, which gained positive remarks, with a Sify review claiming that she "looks pretty and is a scene stealer". Nithya quoted that much of her character was based on "Santosh's perception of who I am", with Sivan stating that he had written that role for her and that only she could play it. She received a nomination for at the She next appeared in ad-filmmaker Jayendra's bilingual venture /Nootrenbadhu, made and released in Tamil and Telugu, in which she played a named Vidhya. She described the character as "bubbly, full of life, nosey, wide-eyed and innocent in life" and to be similar to herself. Later the year, she was seen in 's in Malayalam and the -produced in Tamil.
Her first 2012 release was the Telugu romance film with Nitin Reddy. She received the CineMAA Award for Best Actress(jury) while received best actress nomination at the same event and at the SIIMA Awards. She acted in , a Malayalam adaptation of 's . 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, 's , in which she portrayed a village woman whose daily life is filmed and broadcast as a reality show for a month, and directed by .
In 2013, she starred in three Telugu films, , and and one Kannada movie . 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 . For this movie, she received her first at the . In 2014, she made a cameo in the Malayalam movie , which became the highest grosser of that year. Her Kannada film which won the in which she plays a character of a physically challenged girl, became a huge blockbuster hit completing 100 days in many centers across Karnataka and her performance was well praised by the critics. She has paired up with for the 2015 Telugu movie . Her performance was well praised by the critics eventually receiving her , and also receiving her second nomination at Filmfare. With this Nithya became the first Telugu actress ever to win Critics Award & the Best Actress Award at Filmfare. She did a minor role in the film , directed by '. She appeared opposite in two films in 2015, , a romantic Malayalam film and , bilingual film directed by '. Dulquer and Nithya's on-screen chemistry was praised in the reviews of both films. For OK Kanmani, she received her first nomination.
In 2016, she starred in three films, opposite was opened to high critical acclaim, with critics praising her screen presence and garned her a nomination at 64th , Another 's bilingual project titled opposite while both versions opened to positive reviews, Kannada version became Blockbuster and Tamil version turned out to be a sleeper hit at Box Office. later she starred opposite in a SciFi thriller in which she had a limited screen presence. In Telugu she starred in two films, opposite opened to negative reviews and tanked at box office, Followed by opposite opened to positive reviews, though her role is limited but brought raves from critics and latter was commercially successful at box office.
In 2017, Her only release was a film opposite opened to critical Acclaim with praising portrayal of her character "Aishwarya Vetrimaran" as a loyal wife by critics and Audience alike and the film turned out be a Blockbuster at the box office and garned her a at . Apart from these, she is filming Vk Prakash's praana which marks her comeback to industry after 2015's romantic flick , In Telugu, she is currently filming 's Production venture and also signed an untitled gangstar drama next opposite which marks her third collaboration with him.
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