Karthika Nair

Karthika Nair (born 27 June 1992)[2] is an Indian film actress in the South Indian film industry. She made her debut in the 2009 Telugu film Josh, opposite Naga Chaitanya. She rose to fame starring in her second and her first successful Tamil film Ko, opposite Jiiva and Piaa Bajpai. She found further success in the Malayalam film Kammath & Kammath, opposite Dileep.[3] She is well known for her action roles in the comedy Brother of Bommali, the social drama Purampokku Engira Podhuvudamai and the epic TV series Aarambh.

Karthika Nair
Karthika nair in one of her shoot 2014-07-11 18-51.jpg
Nair during a Photoshoot
Born (1992-06-27) 27 June 1992 (age 28) [1]
Years active2009-2017
Parent(s)Radha, Rajasekaran Nair
RelativesThulasi Nair (sister)

Early lifeEdit

Karthika was born to former Indian actress Radha, and is the niece of actress Ambika. She has two siblings, a brother and a sister, Thulasi Nair, who is also a South Indian actress. She did her schooling in Podar International School[4] in Mumbai and studied for an international degree in Business from college affiliated to London School of Economics.[5]


She made her acting debut at the age of 17 in the 2009 Telugu film Josh, opposite Naga Chaitanya. Though the film received mixed reviews, her performance as Vidya, an elementary school teacher desperate to attend college was received well. She received the Santosham Film Award for Best Debut Actress. Her second movie was in Tamil, called Ko, directed by famous film director K. V. Anand, with Jiiva and Piaa Bajpai in lead roles, which did very well at the box office.[6] The film received cult status in the genre of political thrillers. Her performance as Renuka Narayanan, an investigative journalist, who exposes the blunders of politicians was hugely applauded. She received nomination for SIIMA for Best supporting Actress – Tamil at 1st South Indian International Movie Awards. She then appeared in the Malayalam film Makaramanju, directed by Lenin Rajeendran, starring alongside ace cinematographer and director Santosh Sivan. She donned a dual role, one of a painting model, Sugandha Bai and Urvashi, the Celestial beauty. Her first ever dual role was well received and critics raved about her performance. British director Danny Boyle was highly impressed with her work in the film. She received SIIMA for Best Debut Actress – Malayalam at 1st SIIMA Awards and Kerala Film Critics Association Award for best debut actress.

In 2012, she appeared in a single Telugu film Dammu, directed by Boyapati Srinu, in a limited glamorous role. Her performance and the movie received mixed reviews and ended up to be a commercial failure. She was paired with N. T. Rama Rao Jr. and shared screen space with Trisha.

In 2013, she appeared in the comedy film Proprietors: Kammath & Kammath, alongside veteran actors Mammootty and Dileep. Her performance as Surekha, a mute Christian young widow who works in Indian Revenue Service was well received and so is the film. Later, she appeared in the titular role in the Tamil film Annakodi, directed by legendary filmmaker Bharathiraja. Though the film received negative reviews, her performance as a damsel in distress received positive response. She made her Kannada debut with Brindavana, a remake of Telugu blockbuster Brindavanam. The film repeated the success of the original. In the film, she was paired with Darshan.

In 2014, she appeared in her third Telugu film Brother of Bommali, where she played Lucky, the streetwise tomboy twin sister of Allari Naresh's character. The film starred top comedians such as Brahmanandam, Ali and villains such as Kelly Dorji, Nagineedu and Vineet Kumar. In the film, she has donned a full length comic role. Her performance received high critical acclaim and she received her first ever Filmfare nomination in the category of Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress -Telugu at 62nd Filmfare Awards South.

In 2015, she appeared in her third Tamil Political crime drama film Purampokku Engira Podhuvudamai, directed by National Film Award winner S. P. Jananathan, alongside Arya, Vijay Sethupathi and Shaam. Her performance as Kuyili, a mastermind behind a prison break plan received positive response. The film received commercial success and critical acclaim. Her portrayal of Kuyili is cited as complete deprival from regular commercial heroine characterisations.

Her much delayed film Vaa Deal, starring Arun Vijay is yet to be released.

Television Debut (2017)Edit

In the year 2017, Nair made her Television debut with the Epic drama Aarambh, written by K. V. Vijayendra Prasad and directed by Goldie Behl, which aired on Star Plus, starring opposite Rajneesh Duggal. In the series, she played Devasena, a warrior queen, which was well received by both audience and critics. The show aired its last on 10 September 2017.[7]


  Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Movie Role Language Notes
2009 Josh Vidhya Telugu Telugu Debut
2011 Ko Renuka Narayanan Tamil Tamil Debut
Makaramanju Sugandha Bai,
Malayalam Malayalam Debut
2012 Dammu Neelaveni Telugu
2013 Kammath & Kammath Surekha Malayalam
Annakodi Annakodi Tamil
Brindavana Bhoomi Kannada Kannada Debut
2014 Brother of Bommali Mahalakshmi / Lucky Telugu
2015 Purampokku Engira Podhuvudamai Kuyili Tamil
2016 Vaa Deal Tamil
Year Title Role Language Notes
2017 Aarambh Devasena Hindi Television debut

Awards and recognitionEdit

Film Award Category Result
Josh Santosham Film Awards Best Debut Heroine Won
CineMAA Awards Best Debut Actress Won
Ko 59th Filmfare Awards South supporting Actress Nominated
1st SIIMA Awards best supporting Actress Nominated
Jaya TV Award Best Sensational supporting role actress Won
Makaramanju Kerala Film Critics Association Awards 2010 Best Debut Actress Won
1st South Indian International Movie Awards Best Female Debutant - Malayalam Won
Vanitha Film Awards Best Debut Actress Won
Brother of Bommali 62nd Filmfare Awards South Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Telugu Nominated


  1. ^ "Karthika Nair Bio". Times Of India. Archived from the original on 29 September 2020. Retrieved 20 August 2020.
  2. ^ "Karthika celebrates 20st birthday – The Times of India". The Times Of India. 27 June 2013. Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. Retrieved 18 August 2013.
  3. ^ Princess Devsena, now on television – Rediff.com Movies Archived 9 June 2017 at the Wayback Machine. Rediff.com (7 June 2017). Retrieved on 2017-08-30.
  4. ^ "Karthika: T-town's new face – Times Of India". The Times of India. 2 September 2009. Archived from the original on 8 November 2015. Retrieved 11 October 2011.
  5. ^ Nayar, Parvathy S (14 August 2012). "Karthika gearing up for a career in hotel industry". The Times of India. Retrieved 17 October 2012.
  6. ^ Ko hits half century!, Times of India, 11 June 2011, archived from the original on 26 September 2012, retrieved 17 June 2011
  7. ^ "Would you miss Star Plus' Aarambh? – Telly Updates". Telly Updates. 27 August 2017. Archived from the original on 27 August 2017. Retrieved 27 August 2017.

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