Rekhitha R. Kurup, better known by her stage name Bhamaa, is an Indian film actress who has mainly appeared in Malayalam and Kannada language films. She made her debut in 2007 with the film Nivedyam directed by A. K. Lohithadas. In a career spanning over a decade, she has starred in over 40 films.

Bhama in 2013
Rekhitha R. Kurup

Nationality India
Other namesBhama Kurup
Years active2007 – present
Height165 cm (5 ft 5 in)
Arun Jagadish (m. 2020)
Parent(s)Rajendran Kurup

Personal lifeEdit

Bhama is the youngest daughter of Rajendra Kurup & Shylaja. She has two elder sisters, Reshmitha R Kurup and Renjitha R Kurup. She did her schooling at St. Mary's Higher Secondary School and at Infant Jesus Bethany Covent Girl's Higher Secondary School, Manarcad.[citation needed] She pursued bachelors in Sociology by correspondence course.[1]

Bhama is married to Arun Jagadish, a businessman who hails from Chennithala,whose family is settled in Kochi,Kerala.[2] The couple got married in January 2020 in a wedding held at the Windsor Castle Hotel in Kottayam and was attended by prominent Malayalam cine-artists like Mammooty, Suresh Gopi, Mia George, Vinu Mohan, Abu Salim and among others.


Before her entry into the film industry, she was the host of a show on Surya TV titled Thaali. She has also acted in a Christian devotional album. Director Lohithadas, whom she considers her Mentor/Guru cast her in Nivedyam, her first movie.[citation needed] Her second film was Hareendran Oru Nishkalankan directed by Vinayan, in which she was cast opposite Manikuttan. She paired with Vineeth Sreenivasan in Cycle directed by Johny Antony.

Bhama said that until 2011, she was getting the same kind of roles in Malayalam. She started taking up Kannada film offers, after which she started getting fresh and interesting characters in Malayalam.[3] She acted in Sohanlal's Kadhaveedu, where she played the heroine in M. T. Vasudevan Nair's segment and her character was that of a modern girl, a media person, who is smart and energetic. She had a small but significant role in Vinod Vijayan's segment of D Company, Day of Judgement, featuring Fahadh Faasil where she played a psycho and wore no make-up.[4] In 2014, she had five Malayalam releases. She played a Christian housewife in Rakesh Gopan's 100 Degree Celsius and was seen as a 15-year-old mother in Vinod Mankara's Ottamandaram.[5] In her only non-Malayalam release of the year, the Tamil-English biographical film Ramanujan based on the mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan, she played the role of Janakiammal, Ramanujan's wife.[6][7]

Playback singingEdit

Bhama has occasionally worked as a playback singer as well. She had reportedly sung the song "Kannil Kannil", composed by Rahulraj for a film titled Bike;[8][9] however the film was cancelled and the song remains unreleased. She lent her voice for the devotional album Maaya Madhavam (2009),[10] and has crooned the title song for the upcoming children's film Meow Meow Karimppoocha.[11]She did voice over for the short film ; Pacha directed by Sarayu. She has sung a song in the movie 100 Degree Celsius along with other heroines Ananya, Meghna Raj and Shweta Menon.



Year Film Role Language Notes
2007 Nivedyam Sathya Bhama Malayalam
2007 Hareendran Oru Nishkalankan Indhu Malayalam
2008 Cycle Annie Malayalam
2008 One Way Ticket Sunanda Malayalam
2009 Swapnangalil Haisal Mary Haisal Mary Malayalam
2009 Colours Pooja Malayalam
2009 Ivar Vivahitharayal Kavya Malayalam
2009 Oru Black And White Kudumbam Minnu Malayalam
2010 Sakudumbam Shyamala Nandana Malayalam
2010 Neelambari Parvathy Malayalam
2010 Koottukar Aswathy Malayalam
2010 College Days Athira Malayalam
2011 Janapriyan Meera Malayalam
2011 Sevenes Gowri Malayalam
2011 Swapna Sanchari Aswathi (Achu) Malayalam
2012 Husbands in Goa Abhirami Malayalam
2012 101 Weddings Rukhiya Malayalam
2013 D Company Jeena Malayalam
2013 Kathaveedu Jeena Malayalam [18]
2014 Konthayum Poonoolum Amritha Malayalam
2014 Naku Penda Naku Taka Shubha Malayalam
2014 100 Degree Celsius Nancy Malayalam
2014 Ottamandaram Kala Malayalam
2014 Mathai Kuzhappakkaranalla Annamma Malayalam
2016 Malgudi Days Janet Malayalam
2016 Marupadi Sarah Malayalam
2018 Kanneerinum Madhuram Subhadra Malayalam
2018 Khilafath Amina Malayalam
Year Film Role Language Notes
2010 Modalasala Deepu Kannada
2012 Shyloo Shaileshwari (Shyloo) Kannada
2012 Ondu Kshanadalli Divya Kannada
2013 Auto Raja Radha/Rani Kannada
2013 Barfi Kushi Kannada
2013 Appayya Gowri Kannada
2013 Ambara Arundhathi Kannada
2015 Arjuna Kannada
2017 Raaga Anu Kannada
Year Film Role Language Notes
2008 Ellam Avan Seyal Chinthamani Tamil
2012 Sevarkodi Valli Tamil
2014 Ramanujan Janakiammal Ramanujan English/Tamil
Year Film Role Language Notes
2011 Manchivadu Indu Telugu


  • Greet n gift (Cabinet)
  • Thaali (Surya TV)
  • Kerala Samajam (Asianet ME) - 2019


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