Posted Fri, July 1, 2011 5:52pm UTC

Babe of the week: Bhavana

Bhavana is not exactly climbing the steps to superstardom. She is dancing her way up. From being a bespectacled, petite Mallu girl, she has now become one of the most desirable sirens of south cinema. Having shed the extra fat and those love handles, Bhavana is now going for Size Sub-Zero, it seems. When she is not winning over her Sandalwood and Kollywood fans, she is busy renewing her career in Mollywood. Here is Bhavana our Babe of the Week. Click on, and let your ‘Bhavana’ run wild.

Bhavana is not exactly climbing the steps to superstardom. She is dancing her way up. From being a bespectacled, petite Mallu girl, she has now become one of the most desirable sirens of south cinema. Having shed the extra fat and those love handles, Bhavana is now going for Size Sub-Zero, it seems. When she is not winning over her Sandalwood and Kollywood fans, she is busy renewing her career in Mollywood.

Here is Bhavana our Babe of the Week. Click on, and let your ‘Bhavana’ run wild.

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1. Bhavana was born on June 6, 1986, to G. Balachandran Menon and Pushpa, at Thrissur, Kerala. Her real name is Karthika Menon. She completed her studies from Holy Family Girls’ High School, Thrissur.

2. Bhavana was still in school when she debuted in films at the age of 16. In ‘Nammal’ (2002), directed by Kamal, she played a slum dweller named Parimalam, and won rave reviews.

3. She followed this up with a sister act in Mammootty’s ‘Chronic Bachelor’, the following year. She then did a special appearance in Dileep’s ‘Thilakkam’.

4. Her first lead role was in ‘CID Moosa’, opposite Dileep. The movie became one of the most successful films in Malayalam film history, and Bhavana became a star overnight.

5. This was followed by the critically and commercially acclaimed ‘Swapnakoodu’. The song ‘Karupinazhaku’, featuring Bhavana and Meera Jasmine, became a rage.

6. Though she was now one of the most promising stars in Malayalam, her career didn’t take off the way it should have taken off. In the next two years, she was part of super hits such as ‘Naran’, ‘Chanthupottu’ and ‘Bus conductor’, but was only a glorified prop.

7. In 2006 came the turning point, when Kollywood’s Mysskin cast her opposite another Malayalam actor Narain (Sunil in Malayalam) in ‘Chithiram Pesuthadi’, which became a smash hit.

8. She followed it up with ‘Veyil’, which also was a commercial hit. ‘Veyil’ was screened at the 2007 Cannes, making it the first Tamil film to make it to the esteemed film festival. ‘Deepavali’, opposite Jayam Ravi, was also well accepted by the masses.

9. Back home in Mollywood, she was featured as Mohanlal’s heroine in ‘Chotta Mumbai’, which went on to become one of the biggest hits of the year. She also ventured into Tollywood, in 2008, with ‘Ontari’ opposite Gopichand.

10. In 2010, Bhavana gave two super hits in Malayalam: ‘Happy husbands’ and ‘Marykundoru Kunjadu’. She also delivered major hits in Tamil (‘Asal’) and Kannada (‘Jackie’). Her upcoming movies include the much awaited Mohanlal starrer ‘Arabiyum Ottakavum P Madhavan Nairum’.