Menaka (actress)

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Menaka
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Born Padmavathi
27 August 1963 (1963-08-27) (age 52)
Nagercoil, Tamil Nadu, India
Occupation Actress, producer
Years active 1980–1987, 2011–present
Spouse(s) Suresh Kumar (1987-present)
Parent(s) Rajagopal, Saroja

Menaka (born 27 August 1963) is an Indian film actress and producer. She was a native from Nagercoil of Tamil Nadu.[1] In her short film career 1980–86, Menaka acted in 116 films, mostly in Malayalam. She did a few movies in Tamil, Kannada and Telugu.[2] She has worked with many leading actors of the time, including the Prem Nazir, Soman and Sukumaran,and opposite to the top actors of the 1980s like Shankar and Nedumudi Venu.[3] She has acted opposite current superstars Mammootty, Mohanlal, Rajinikanth. After 19 years, she made a comeback through the teleserial Kaliveedu directed by Purusothaman and produced by A.Radhakrishnan.[4] Again after six years, she made a comeback on the big screen through Fazil's 2011 film Living Together.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Menaka was born as Padmavathi on 27 August 1963 and belongs to a conservative Nagercoil Tamil Brahmin Iyengar family.[6] Her father Rajagopal is from Tenkasi and mother Saroja is from Thirukkural.[7] She has three brothers: Govinda, Sundar, and Balaji.

Menaka married film producer Suresh Kumar at the Lord Krishna temple, at Guruvayur, on 27 October 1987.[6] She produces films under the banner Revathy Kalamandhir. She has two daughters: Revathi and Keerthi.[6] Keerthi as a child actress acted in Kuberan starring Dileep, Bijumenon starred Achaneyanenikkishtam and Pilots with Suresh Gopi.[8] She acted in Priyadarshan's movie Geethaanjali as heroine.[9]

Filmography[edit]

Malayalam[edit]

Year Title Role Co-Star Director Notes
2013 Abhiyum Njanum Devika Archana Kavi, Lal S. P. Mahesh
2013 Kutteem Kolum Subadra Guinness Pakru, Munna Guinness Pakru
2013 Pakaram Parvathi
2012 Orkut Oru Ormakoot Veni
2012 Vaadhyar Subhadra Jayasurya, Ann Augustine Nidheesh Sakthi
2011 Living Together Valsala Sreejith Vijay, Hemaanth Menon Nidheesh Sakthi
2007 Akkare Ninnoru Sultan
1994 Chanakya Soothrangal Leela
1987 Kilippattu
1987 Neeyethra Dhanya Shobha
1987 Onnaam Maanam Poomaanam Rema
1987 Amme Bhagavathi Parvathy
1986 Varshangal Poyathariyathe Lakshmi
1986 Doore Doore Oru Koodu Koottam Sujatha Mohanlal, Nedumudi Venu Sibi Malayil
1986 Snehamulla Simham Vilasini Mammootty, Nalini Sajan
1986 Ayalvasi Oru Daridravasi Kaveri PremNazir,Shankar,Nedumudi Priyadarsan
1986 Naale Njangalude Vivahum Indu Shankar, Mala Aravindan D.Sasi
1986 Ponnum Kudthinu Pottu Sethubhai Shankar, Jagadeesh Suresh Babu
1986 Revathikkoru Pavakkutty Indu Bharath Gopi, Mohanlal Sathyan Anthikkad
1986 Yuvajanotsavam Nirmala Mohanlal, Urvashi Sreekumaran Thampi
1986 Aalorungi Arangorungi Marykutty
1986 Viswasichalum Illenkilum Shankar
1986 Oppam Oppathinoppam Rajamma Shankar, Mohanlal Ambaat Soman
1986 Bharya Oru Manthri -
1986 Malarum Kiliyum Maya
1986 Bhagavaan
1986 Hello My Dear Wrong Number Shobha
1986 Kulambadikal Susan Ratheesh, Anuradha Cross Belt Mani
1985 Akkare Ninnoru Maran Nandini Maniyanpilla Raju, Nedumudi Venu Gireesh
1985 Boeing Boeing Sreekutty Shankar, Mohanlal Priyadarsan
1985 Parayanumvayya Parayathirikkanumvayya Shalini Shankar , Mammooty Priyadarsan
1985 Mounanombaram Indu Shankar, Sukumaran
1985 Vellam Ambika Premnazir, K.R.Vijay Hariharan
1985 Mukhyamantri Anu Premnazir, Shankar Alleppy Asharaf
1985 Ormikkan Omanikkan Mohanlal, Rohini Sasikumar
1985 Sammelanam Shalini Shankar C.P.VijayKumar
1985 Oru Nokku Kanan Sandhya Shankar, Mamooty Sajan
1985 Archana Aaradhana Aradhana Shankar, Ambika Sajan
1985 Edanilangal Bhanu Mammootty, Mohanlal I.V.Sasi
1985 Anakkorumma Devi Ratheesh, Soman M.Mani
1985 Soundarya Pinakkam Malini Shankar Pannikar
1985 Principal Olivil Malathi
1985 Ambada Njaane! Devayani Shankar
1985 Ee Thalamura Ingane
1985 Ozhivukalam
1985 Kandu Kandarinju Ammini Mammootty, Mohanlal Sajan
1984 Muthodumuthu Achimol (Aswathy) Shankar, Pratap chandran M.Mani
1984 Engane Undasane Sunanda Mammootty, Thilakan Balu Kiriyath
1984 Mainakam Jaya Sukumaran, Ratheesh K.G.Rajasekharan
1984 Manase Ninakku Mangalam Sobha Prem Nazir, Madhu A.B.Raj
1984 Piriyilla Naam Sherly Prem Nazir, Shankar Joshi
1984 Poochakkoru Mookkuthi Revathi Shankar Priyadarsan
1984 Appunni Ammu Mohanlal, Nedumudi Venu Sathyan Anthikkad
1984 Swanthamevide Bandhamevide Indulekha Mohanlal, Jose Prakash Sasikumar
1984 Thirakil Alppam Samayam Saphiya Madhu, Shankar P. G. Viswambaran
1984 Ethirppukal Shankar Unni Arammula
1984 Amme Narayana
1984 Oru Thettinte Katha -
1984 Veendum Chalikkunna Chakram Prameela Mammootty, Shankar P.G.Vishwabaran
1984 Velichamillatha Veedhi - Venunagavally, Shanvas J.Kallan
1984 Onnum Mindatha Bharya Asha Thampi Mammootty, Sukumaran Balu Kiriyath
1984 Aagraham - Devan, Rajasenan
1984 Krishna Guruvayoorappa Unni's wife Shankar, Balan K Nair
1984 Paavam Poornima Poornima Mammootty, Mohanlal Balu Kiriyath
1984 Vepralam - Rajkumar, Menon Suresh
1984 Aayiram Abhilashangal Mammootty, Sukumaran Soman Ambattu
1984 Odaruthammava Aalariyam Shobha Govind Shankar, Sreenivasan Priyadharsan
1984 Karimbu Princy Sukumaran, Ratheesh K.Vijayan
1984 Vellam Ambika Madhu, Prem Nazir Hariharan
1984 Koottinilamkili Radhika Mammootty, Shalini Balu Kiriyath
1984 Adiyozhukkukal Madhavi Mammootty, Mohanlal I.V.Sasi
1984 Thirakal Rekha
1983 Prem Nazirine Kanmanilla Herself
1983 Rathilayam Makutty
1983 Engane Nee Marakkum Sobha Shankar, Mohanlal M.S.Mani
1983 Pourusham - Sukumaran, Soman, Sasi Kumar
1983 Justice Raja Thulasi Premnazir, K.R.Vijay R.Krishnamoorty
1983 Thalam Thettiya Tharattu Sindhu Lekshmi, Rajkumar A.B.Raj
1983 Thavalam Ramani Soman, Mohanlal Thampi Kannamthanam
1983 Arabikadal Madhu, Ratheesh Sasikumar
1983 Astapahi Radha Nedumudi Venu Ambili
1983 Nadi Muthal Nadi Vare
1983 Shesham Kazhchayil Lathika
1983 Kathi
1983 Eettillam Abitha
1983 Rugma Elizabeth
1983 Kolakomban Dr.Leela Mohanlal, Soman Sasikumar
1982 Ponnum Poovum Subhadra Sukumaran, Mammootty A. Vincent
1982 Ente Mohangal Poovaninju Sridevi Shankar, Mohanlal Bhadhran
1982 Drohi Sukumaran P.Chandrakumar
1982 Kanmanikkorumma
1982 Kaalam Jaya Ravindran, Jagathy Sreekumar Hemachandran
1982 Rakthasakshi -
1982 Aayudham Usha
1982 Adarsham
1981 Kolangal Kunjamma Nedumudi Venu, Sreenivasan K.G.George
1981 Ahimsa Safiya Sukumaran, Ratheesh I.V.Sasi
1981 Munnettam Indu Ratheesh, Mammootty Sree Kumaran Thampi
1981 Guha Suvarna Shankar
1981 Visham -
1981 Veliyettam Jaanu
1980 Oppol Malu Balan K. Nair, Master Aravind K. S. Sethumadhavan

Tamil films[edit]

Year Title Role Co-Star Director Notes
1980 Ramayi Vayasukku Vanthutta Udaya Shankar Ventanipatti Debut movie
1980 Savithri
1981 Keezh Vaanam Sivakkum Sister Sivaji, Saritha, Saratbabu
1981 Netri Kann Menaka Rajinikanth, Lakshmi S. P. Muthuraman
1982 Nijangal Menaka Sivakumar, K.S.Sethumadhavan
1983 Urangatha Ninaivugal Menaka Sivakumar, Lakshmi R.Bhaskaran
2012 Mattuthavani

Hindi films[edit]

Year Title Role Co-Star Director Notes
1997 Bhayaanak Panjaa Anil Dhawan, Gajendra R. Mittal

Kannada films[edit]

Year Title Role Co-Star Director Notes
Samayada Gombe Role From Dr.Raj Sister

Produced films[edit]

Year Title Cast Director Notes'
2004 Vettam
2002 Kuberan
2002 Katha
2002 Shivam Biju Menon, Saikumar Shaji Kailas
2001 Achaneyanenikkishtam Biju Menon, Jagathy Suresh Krishna Guest appearance by Mohanlal
2000 Pilots Suresh Gopi, Sreenivasan Rajiv Anchal
2000 Cover Story
1997 Aaram Thamburan Mohanlal, Manju Warrier Shaji Kailas
1994 Kashmeeram Suresh Gopi, Priya Raman Rajiv Anchal
1993 Butterflies Mohanlal, Jagadeesh Rajiv Anchal
1992 Australia Mohanlal, Shankar Rajiv Anchal Unreleased film
1991 Vishnulokam Mohanlal, Jagadeesh Kamal

Television career[edit]

  • Ammakkayi (SuryaTV)
  • Chithra Shalabham (Asianet)
  • Kaliveedu

References[edit]

  1. ^ Movies | Nostalgia |. Manorama Online (23 December 2013). Retrieved on 26 January 2014.
  2. ^ Malayalam actress Menaka returns to acting – Malayalam Movie News. Indiaglitz.com (9 March 2005). Retrieved on 26 January 2014.
  3. ^ സിനിമ എങ്ങനെ ഞാന്‍ മറക്കും – articles,infocus_interview – Mathrubhumi Eves. Mathrubhumi.com. Retrieved on 26 January 2014.
  4. ^ Kerala News – Menaka. Kerals.com (26 September 2005). Retrieved on 26 January 2014.
  5. ^ Menaka is back in front of the camera. Sify.com (29 October 2010). Retrieved on 26 January 2014.
  6. ^ a b c Menaka was treated like a queen. The New Indian Express. Retrieved on 26 January 2014.
  7. ^ http://cinidiary.com/people.php?pigsection=Actor&picata=2&no_of_displayed_rows=20&no_of_rows_page=10&sletter=
  8. ^ http://www.mangalam.com/mangalam-varika/84386
  9. ^ ഞാന്‍ കീര്‍ത്തി; മേനകയുടെ മകള്‍. mangalam.com (16 August 2013). Retrieved on 26 January 2014.

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