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Archana Jose Kavi is an Indian film actress and YouTuber & a television host.[1] She made her acting debut in Neelathaamara (2009) scripted by M. T. Vasudevan Nair and directed by Lal Jose.[2][3]

Archana Kavi
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Kavi in January 2010
Archana Jose Kavi

(1988-01-04) 4 January 1988 (age 31)
ResidenceMumbai, India
OccupationActress, YouTuber
Years active2009–present
Home townKannur
Spouse(s)Abish Mathew


Early lifeEdit

Archana was born in New Delhi to Jose Kaviyil(Kannur), a senior journalist, and Rosamma. Jose Kaviyil's family is basically from Kannur Dist(Kerala).[4] She has an elder brother named Ashish Kavi.[5] She was raised in Delhi and studied in St. Xavier's School, Delhi.[4] In 2006, Archana moved from Delhi to Ramapuram in Kerala to do a Bachelor of Business Administration course at the Mar Augustinose College.[4] She stated that she came from a "typical Malayali middle-class family and acting was never considered a profession by us".[6] She said that she wanted to be a journalist initially since her father was one and later wanted to be an RJ but that people discouraged her.[7]

Archana applied for an internship at the television channel Yes Indiavision and assisted in the production of certain programmes. After a year, she anchored the show Bloody Love on the same channel,[8] while she was spotted by director Lal Jose, who offered her the lead female role in his film in March 2009.[4][6][9]


She made her cinematic debut in 2009 with the highly successful Neelathaamara, portraying the role of Kunjimalu, a maid in an old Nair Tharavadu (ancestral home) who falls for the young master of the house.[9] Director Lal Jose said that "Archana has an in-born talent".[4] Her role won lot of critical accolades. In her next venture titled Mummy & Me, which narrated the tale of the tumultuous relationship between a modern-day teenager and her mother, she played the lead role of a rebellious teenager named Jewel.[10] Archana stated the character Jewel was "so very like the real me".[10] But her following release Best of Luck where she reunited with her Neelathamara co-stars Kailash and Rima Kallingal,failed to make an impact at the box office. She made her Tamil debut in the period film Aravaan [11] in which she played a tribal character named Chimby.[7]

In 2013 she also made her Telugu debut in Backbench Student. Archana stated that she played "a college girl caught in a sweet love tale" in the film.[12] She acted as the lead in Abhiyum Njanum, in which she played a modern girl from Mumbai, who comes to Kerala in search of her fiancé.[13] In Honey Bee she played a naïve Anglo-Indian girl Sara.[14] She played a supporting role as the hero Karthik's best friend in Pattam Pole.[15] Her next films Bangles in which she played a junior artiste,[16] and Nadodimannan in which she played a doctor,[17] both released on the same day.[18]

She has signed her second Tamil film Gnana Kirukkan.[19] She is shooting for Day-Night opposite Maqbool Salmaan.[20] She has acted as a Muslim girl in the film Mazhavillinattam Vare, which is Kaithapram's directorial debut.[7] She will also be seen in Nemam Pushparaj's upcoming film Kukkiliyar, in which she plays Manoj K Jayan's daughter who plays a 75-year-old.[21] Archana also shot for a Hindi film Saroja, an offbeat film directed by Anjali Shukla, playing the role of a commercial sex worker.[22][23]

She anchored Sundari Neeyum Sundaran Njaanum, a reality show for television actors on Asianet.[8] She maintains a Twitter account. In 2010 she was only one of two Malayalam actresses maintaining an active Twitter account.[24]

Archana also owns a boutique named 'Chaaya' in Kochi, Kerala.[25]

Personal lifeEdit

Archana Kavi got engaged to standup comedian Abish Mathew on 31 October 2015.She got married to him on 23 January 2016 in Vallarpadam Church,Kerala[26] The marriage function was attended by Rima Kallingal, Aashiq Abu and Abish's friends from Delhi and comedians like Kenny Sebastian, Kaneez Surka, Rohan Joshi and Kanan Gill.


Year Film Role Language Notes
2009 Neelathaamara Kunjimalu Malayalam
2010 Mummy & Me Jewel
Best of Luck Neethu
2011 Salt N' Pepper Pooja Nair Cameo appearance
2012 Spanish Masala Lillykkutty
Aravaan Chimitti Tamil
Mazhavillinattam Vare [27] Rabiya Malayalam
2013 Backbench Student Priyanka Telugu
Abhiyum Njanum Abirami Malayalam
Honey Bee Sara
Pattam Pole Sherin
Bangles Angel
Nadodimannan Aathira
2014 To Noora with Love Sreeparvathi
Day Night Game Abhirami
Monayi Angane Aanayi Merin
Gnana Kirukkan Sumathi Tamil
2015 Sughamaayirikkatte Ramla Malayalam
Kukkiliyar Sarayu
2016 Dooram Rasiya
Once Upon A Time there was a kallan

Other WorksEdit

Year Program Role Channel Notes
2008 Bloody love Host Yes Indiavision
2013 Sundari Neeyum Sundaran Njaanum Host Asianet Reality show
2017 Toofan Mail Ammu YouTube Web series
2018 Big talks Host Asianet Social media web series
2019 Meenaviyal Amrita YouTube Web series

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Film/Show Result
2009 Asianet Film Awards Best New Face (Female) Neelathamara Won
Jai Hind Award
Surya Film Award
Film Critics Award
2011 Asianet Film Awards Best Star Pair
(with Kunchako Boban)
Mummy & Me
Vanitha Film Awards
Kairali Awards Popular Actress
Filmfare Awards Best Actress – Malayalam Nominated
2019 Mazhavil entertainment awards Social Media influencer Bigg Talks , Toofan Mail Won


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  27. ^ P. K. Ajith Kumar (4 February 2004). "Bowled over by cinema". The Hindu. Chennai, India. Archived from the original on 23 October 2012. Retrieved 5 February 2011.

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