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Friday 8 July 2011

NIthya Menon - Photoshoot

Nithya Menen
Born     22 October 1988 (age 22)
Occupation     Actress, model, playback singer

Nithya Menen
(Malayalam: നിത്യ മേനന്‍) is an Indian film actress, who works mainly in the Malayalam film industry. She has also acted in Telugu, Tamil and Kannada films, besides trying her hand at playback singing.

Nithya Menen was born in Calicut, Kerala and grew up in Bangalore, Karnataka and studied Journalism from Manipal Institute of Communication. She quotes 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.

 Career
She had appeared first on screen as a child artiste when she was eight in the Indian English language film, Hanuman (1998), playing the younger sister to Tabu's character. 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 a nomination in the Best Supporting Actress category at the 57th Filmfare Awards South.

In 2011, her first release was Nandini Reddy's romantic comedy Ala Modalaindi, which was Nithya's maiden Telugu venture as well.The film opened to favorable reviews by critics and turned out to become a sleeper hit, while Nithya received critical praise for her performance. She next appeared in ad-filmmaker Jayendra's bilingual venture 180/Nootrenbadhu (Tamil movie), made and released in Tamil and Telugu, in which she played a photo journalist named Vidhya. She described the character as "bubbly, full of life, nosey, wide-eyed and innocent in life" and to be similar to herself.

She is currently working on half-a-dozen projects; Karmayogi, a Malayalam adaptation of Shakespeare's Hamlet, Sibi Malayil's Violin and the Gautham Menon-produced Veppam are in post-production stages, while she is currently shooting for the Telugu romance film Ishq and Aidondla Aidu in Kannada, for which she had sung and also chorographed one of the songs, titled "Payasa".







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