Karthika Balachandran (born June 6, 1986), better known mononymously by her stage name Bhavana, is an Indian actress who acts in Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu movies. She made her debut in Kamal's Nammal which won her critical acclaim and various honours, including the State award.
Born Karthika, Bhavana is the daughter of assistant cinematographer, G. Balachandran Menon and Pushpa. She has one brother named Jayaddev who is currently living in Vancouver, Canada.
She debuted in Malayalam film Nammal opposite newcomers like Siddharth, Jishnu and Renuka Menon. The film was a big success and she got several offers in Malayalam. She won many honours and Kerala State Special Jury Award for the same film. Bhavana was a 11th class student when she got her break in films. She has acted with almost all actors of Malayalam including Mohanlal, Mammootty, Suresh Gopi, Dileep, Jayaram, Prithviraj, Kunchacko Boban, Jayasurya etc.
In 2003, she became the part of hit movies like Chronic Bachelor, C.I.D.Moosa, Swapnakoodu etc. In 2004 her career turned dim. Her movies like Youth Festival, Parayam, Bunglavil Outha etc bombed at the box-office. Her career was not a successful one in 2004. In 2005 she acted in Udayananu Tharam, Hridayathil Sookshikkan, Police, Daivanamathil, Chanthupottu and Naran. The films Udayananu Tharam, Chanthupottu and Naran turned out to be blockbusters and Daivanamathil was critically acclaimed. She got the Kerala State Film Award for Second Best Actress for Daivanamathil in 2006. In 2006 she acted in several movies like Chinthamani Kolacase, Chess and were successes. In 2007, her movie alongside Mohanlal, Chotta Mumbai turned out into a blockbuster. It was her third movie, paired along Mohanlal. After 2007, she concentrated much on Tamil Films. In 2008, the multistarrer Twenty:20 saw her comeback to Malayalam Cinema. Her recent releases in malayalam include Lollipop and Sagar Alias Jacky.
Her first Tamil film originally offered was Koodal Nagar opposite Bharath but shelved due to some technical difficulties, but completed and released in April 2007. Her first released Tamil film Chithiram Pesuthadi with Malayali Actor Narain was a great success and after this successful movie she has got many offers in Tamil and currently doing many projects with famous Tamil actors like Madhavan, Jayam Ravi, Bharath and Srikanth.
Bhavana Balachandran Photo.
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