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Navya Nair (Dhanya Veena)
Navya nair.jpg
Navya Nair in 2010
Born Dhanya Veena
(1985-10-14) 14 October 1985 (age 32)[citation needed]
Cheppad, Harippad, Kerala
Other names Dhanya Veena
Occupation Actress, Dancer, Television host
Years active 2001–present
Spouse(s) Santhosh Menon (2010–present)
Children Sai Krishna

Dhanya Veena, better known by her stage name Navya Nair, is an Indian film actress who has starred in Malayalam, Tamil, and Kannada films. She is a recipient of 2 Kerala State Film Award for Best Actress and the Kalaimamani award.

Personal life[edit]

Navya Nair was born on 14 October 1985 to Raju & Veena Raju who hails from Cheppad, a village near Harippad in Alleppey District. The film director K. Madhu is her uncle. She studied at Bethany Balikamadom High School, Nangiarkulangara till 10th grade and then at MSM Higher Secondary School, where her mother was a teacher. She married Mumbai-based businessman, Santhosh Menon, on 21 January 2010 and they have a son Sai Krishna, born on 22 November 2010.[1]

Film career[edit]

She was still at school when offered her first film role, starring opposite Dileep in Ishtam in 2001. There followed roles in partnership with Dileep, in films such as Mazhathullikkilukkam, Kunjikoonan, Kalyanaraman, Pandippada, Gramaphone and Pattanathil Sundaran.

The most popular character of Navya is that of 'Balamani' in Nandanam. She won the Kerala State Film Award for Best Actress & the prestigious Filmfare Award for Best Actress - Malayalam in 2002 for the same.[2] She has been paired with Mohanlal, Mammooty, Suresh Gopi, Jayaram, Dileep, Prithviraj, and Jayasurya.

She started acting in offbeat movies, such as Saira and Kanne Madanguka when her chances in commercial films decreased. Saira was the opening film in the section Tous Les Cinemas Du Monde at the Cannes International Film Festival in 2007, which was the 4th Malayalam film screened at the Cannes International Film Festival. Saira has participated in 21 other international film festivals like USA, Brazil, Israel, Russia, Italy, Greece, Zimbabwe, Belgium, Bangladesh etc. She won the state award again in 2005 for her performance in Kanne Madanguka and Saira.[3]

Her debut in Tamil cinema came with Azhagiya Theeye, but the most notable one was the 2009 Tamil movie Aadum Koothu, which won the National Award for the best Tamil film. The T.V.Chandran film revolved around a character called Manimekala played by Navya Nair. She was considered for the National award for Best Actress, which happened for the third time, the first two times being in 2002 for Nandanam and in 2005 for Saira..Her Kannada debut movie is Gaja in which she shared screen with actor Darshan and she had successive hits like Nam Yajamanaru and [Boss]. She has around 50 movies to her credit.

After marriage, she stopped her full-time acting career. She came back to film through "Scene Onnu Nammude Veedu" in 2012. After a gap of almost 2 years from then she did "Drishya", a Kannada remake of Malayalam megahit thriller "Drishyam".As like in Malayalam, the film has become a superhit and gave Navya a great come back.she still waiting for challenging roles.


After marriage she made her comeback as a judge in Munch Dance Dance in Asianet and she has done another reality show in Asianet "Bharthakkanmarude Sradhaku" as judge and host. She has acted in some advertisements also. She also judged Sunfeast Delishus Star Singer Season-7 on Asianet.She also attended Badai Bungalow in the same channel.[4] Currently she is taking part in Laughing Villa a comedy reality show in Surya TV.

No. Year Program Role Channel Language Notes
1 2012 Munch Dance Dance Judge Asianet Malayalam Reality show
2 2013 Bharthakkanmarude Sradhaku Judge
Asianet Malayalam Reality show
3 2016-2017 Laughing Villa Host Surya TV Malayalam Comedy talk show

Writing and dance career[edit]

"Navya Rasangal" is the first published book of Navya Nair. It is her autobiography. She is a well trained classical dancer and has performed in many stages. She has won many awards as a dancer.she created the dance fusion and introduced it in 2015 surya festival named "SHIVOHAM"which tunrned to be huge hit and played in hundreds of stages as she is a dancing queen.


Kerala State Film Awards

Asianet Film Awards

Mathrubhumi Film Awards

  • 2002 – Best Actress Award
  • 2003 – Best Onscreen Couple Award (shared with actor Prithviraj Sukumaran)

Filmfare Award for Best Actress – MalayalamNandanam


  • 2006


No. Year Film Role Language Co-star Director Notes
1 2001 Ishtam Anjana Malayalam Dileep Sibi Malayil Ishtam was later remade in Hindi as Mere Baap Pehle Aap by Priyadarshan
2 2002 Mazhathullikkilukkam Sophie Malayalam Dileep Akbar Jose
3 Nandanam Balamani Malayalam Prithviraj Ranjith Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Malayalam
Kerala State Film Award for Best Actress
Asianet Award for Best Actress
4 Kalyanaraman Gowri Malayalam Dileep Shafi
5 Deepangal Sakshi Krishnaveni Kesavan Malayalam Indrajith K. Madhu
6 Kunjikoonan Chembakam Malayalam Dileep Sasi Shanker
7 Chathurangam Sherin Mathew Malayalam Mohanlal K. Madhu
8 2003 Gramaphone Pooja Malayalam Dileep Kamal
9 Vellithira Thatha Malayalam Prithviraj Bhadran
10 Ammakilikkoodu Akhila Malayalam Prithviraj M Padmakumar
11 Pattanathil Sundaran Radhamani Sundaresan Malayalam Dileep Vipin Mohan
12 2004 Sethurama Iyer CBI Rachana Malayalam Mammootty K. Madhu
13 Jalolsavam Geetha Malayalam Kunchacko Boban Sibi Malayil
14 Chathikkatha Chanthu Vasumathi/Ambika Malayalam Jayasurya Rafi Mecartin
15 Azhagiya Theeye Nandhini Tamil Prasanna Radha Mohan First Tamil film
16 Parayam Guest role Malayalam Jishnu Anil Babu Guest appearance
17 2005 Immini Nalloraal Sneha Malayalam Jayasurya Rajasenan
18 Pandippada Meena Karuppusamy Malayalam Dileep Rafi Mecartin
19 Sarkar Dada Sandhya Malayalam Jayaram Sasi Shanker
20 Kanne Madanguka Kaarunya Bhagyanathan Malayalam Murali Alberrt Antoni Kerala State Film Award for Best Actress also for Saira
21 Saira Saira Hussain Malayalam Nedumudi Venu Dr. Biju Saira was the opening film in the section Tous Les Cinemas Du Monde at the Cannes International Film Festival. Kerala State Film Award for Best Actress also for Kanne Madanguka
22 Chidambarathil Oru Appasamy Thenmozhi Elangovan Tamil Thangar Bachchan Thangar Bachchan
23 2006 Pasa Kiligal Maragatham Tamil Prabhu,Murali, Vineeth Amritham The film was fully written and directed by Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) chief M. Karunanidhi, as it was a comeback film for the director-cum-politician.
24 Amirtham Amirtha Ramaswamy Tamil Ganesh Kannan
25 Pathaaka Ashitha Muhammed Malayalam Suresh Gopi K. Madhu
26 Kalabham Sivakami Malayalam Bala Anil K Nair
27 2007 Maya Kannadi Maheswari Tamil Cheran Cheran
28 Ali Bhai Chenthamara Malayalam Mohanlal Shaji Kailas
29 Kichamani MBA Shivani Menon Malayalam Suresh Gopi, jayasurya Samad Mangada
30 2008 Gaja Shwetha Kannada Darshan K. Madesh First Kannada film
31 Sila Nerangalil Thamarai Chidambaram,
Tamil Vincent Ashok Jayaraj
32 SMS Indhumathi Malayalam Bala Surjulan
33 Raman Thediya Seethai Senthamarai Tamil Cheran K P Jegannath Guest appearance
34 Kavyam Uma Malayalam Suresh Gopi Anish and Santosh
35 2009 Aadum Koothu Manimeghalai Tamil Cheran T.V.Chandran
36 Banaras Devu Malayalam Vineeth Nemom Pushparaj
37 Nam Yajamanru Charulatha Kannada Dr.Vishnuvardhan T. S. Nagabharana
38 Calendar Kochurani Malayalam Prithviraj, Mukesh Mahesh
39 Ivar Vivahitharayal Navya Nair Malayalam Jayasurya Saji Surendran Special appearance
40 Bhagyada Balegara Cheluvi Kannada Shivaraj Kumar Sai Prakash
41 Kerala Cafe Sheela Johnykutty Malayalam Dileep M Padmakumar(Nostalgia) For the first time in the history of Malayalam cinema, one film was conceived by a team of ten directors.
42 Violet Suchitra Malayalam Suresh Gopi M Sabarish
43 2010 Drona 2010 Mithra Antarjanam Malayalam Mammootty Shaji Kailas
44 Yugapurushan Savitri Antarjanam Malayalam Mammootty, Kalabhavan Mani R Sukumaran
45 Rasikkum Seemane Gayathri Tamil Srikanth RK Vidyadaran
46 Sadgamaya Yamuna Malayalam Suresh Gopi HariKumar
47 2011 Boss Raani Kannada Darshan Reghu Raj
48 2012 Scene Onnu Nammude Veedu Manju Malayalam Lal Shaiju Anthikadu Came back to films after marriage
49 2014 Drishya Seetha Kannada V. Ravichandran P. Vasu


  1. ^ "South Indian Beauty Navya Nair Married!". indiglamour. 2010. Retrieved 21 January 2010. 
  2. ^ "State film awards presented". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 4 December 2003. Retrieved 26 May 2007. 
  3. ^ "Kerala State film awards for 2005 announced". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 8 February 2006. Retrieved 26 May 2007. 
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