name = Bhavana
birthname = Karthika Balachandran [http://www.idlebrain.com/celeb/interview/bhavana.html]
birthdate = Birth date and age|1986|6|6|df=y
Thrissur, Kerala India
yearsactive = 2002-present
Malayalam:ഭാവന, born 6 June 1986) is a South Indianactress who acts in Malayalam, Tamil and Telugumovies. She made her debut in Kamal's Nammalwhich won her critical acclaim and various honours, including the State award.
Thrissurgirl, whose real name is Karthika, is the daughter of Asst. Cinematographer, G.Balachandran Menon and Pushpa. She has one brother named Jayaddev currently living in Vancouver, Canada.
She debuted in
Malayalamfilm Nammalopposite newcomers like Siddharth, Jishnu and Renuka Menon. The film was a big success and she got several offers in Malayalam. She has acted with almost all actors of Malayalamincluding Mammootty, Mohanlal, Suresh Gopi, Dileep, Jayaram, Prithviraj, Kunchacko Boban, Jayasuryaetc. Then in 2003, she became the part of big hit movies like Chronic Bachelor, C.I.D.Moosa, Swapnakooduetc.In 2004 her career turned dim. Her movies like Youth Festival, Parayam, Bunglavil Outhaetc bombed at the box-office. She appeared in an Item Number in the film Runwayin 2004. Her career was not a successful one in 2004. She got the State Awardfor Best Character Actressfor Daivanamathilin 2006. In 2006 she acted only two films. Chinthamani Kolacase, Chesswere the films and were successes. Her latest movie Chotta Mumbai is an average hit with top Malayalam Superstar Mohanlal.
Though she got several Tamil films she refused them due to tight schedules. Her first Tamil film originally offered was
Koodal Nagaropposite Bharathbut shelved due to some technical difficulties, but completed and released recently in April 2007. Her first released Tamil film Chithiram Pesuthadiwas a huge success. After that she did many tamil films. But all of them were flop. Her latest release is Jayam Kondaan,which has a very good story line,has become a super hit.She debuted in Telugu Cinema with Ontari. Unfortunately it turned out to be a flop. Her next movie is Hero with Nithin.
* FilmFare Award For Best Actress in 2006
* State Award for Best Character Actress in 2006
* Ujala-Asianet Award for Best Character Actress in 2006
* Mathrubhumi - Medimix Award for New face Actress in 2004
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