Kay Kay Menon
Krishna Kumar Menon
2 October 1966
|Education||University of Pune|
Early life edit
Menon was born into a Malayalam speaking family in Kozhikode, Kerala and raised in Ambarnath and Pune, Maharashtra, India. He studied at the St. Joseph High School in Khadki, Pune. He passed his 10th grade in 1981. He did his Bachelors (Physics) from Mumbai University and his MBA from Department of Management Sciences (PUMBA) at the University of Pune, graduating in 1988 with a major in Marketing. Menon's initial focus was working in the advertising industry including Kinetic Honda and Marlboro cigarette advertisements in India.
In the early years of his career, Menon worked on television, with roles in the TV movies Zebra 2 and Last Train To Mahakali. He was praised for his role as a young Prime Minister in the Zee TV series Pradhan Mantri (2001), directed by Ketan Mehta. In The Hindu, Sevanti Ninan wrote, "an actor to watch: Kay Kay Menon ... this unusually tall actor who plays the pradhan mantri is a major saving grace" while in The Tribune, Amita Malik commented, "excellent acting by Menon, who skilfully conveys the physical as well as mental image of the honest politician".
Menon made his big screen debut with a small role in Naseem (1995), followed in 1999 by the lead role in Bhopal Express, a movie that went mostly unnoticed. This was the first in a series of initial setbacks in Menon's film career. In the early 2000s, he starred as a wicked rock musician in Anurag Kashyap's debut movie, Paanch, which struggled with censorship and has remained unreleased. Two other movies, Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi and Black Friday, had to wait many years for a release date. Meanwhile, his commercial films Deewar (starring Amitabh Bachchan) and Silsiilay (with Shahrukh Khan) flopped at the box office. It was only in 2005, with the eventual release of the critically acclaimed Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi, but with Ram Gopal Varma's Sarkar, Menon had his break. Sarkar earned him a nomination for the Best Performance in a Negative Role at the Filmfare Awards. In The Tribune, Saibal Chatterjee called him "one of Bollywood's finest actors".
In 2007, he acted in Life in a... Metro, Enemmy (2013), and Rahasya (2015), as an adulterous husband. In 2008, he appeared in Shaurya based on A Few Good Men . His portrayal of a ruthless army brigadier is still talked of among cinema lovers. In 2009, he starred in The Stoneman Murders where he played a police officer on the hunt for the Stoneman serial killer. He played the role of Dukki Bana in Gulaal.
His role as Khurram Mir in 2014's Haider bagged him a Filmfare and IIFA award for Best Supporting Actor. He played a very crucial role in The Ghazi Attack as a Naval Captain based on an Indian Naval submarine, S21, intercepts a Pakistani submarine, PNS Ghazi, during routine surveillance and thwarts its mission of destroying INS Vikrant in 1971. He played a role as Vikram Singh in 2019's Penalty with co-actor Mohit Nain.
He impressed and gained more popularity with a role as Himmat Singh in 2020's Special Ops - a web series for Hotstar. In 2021, he again played the young version of Himmat Singh (R&AW leading officer) in Special Ops 1.5, the prequel part of Special Ops. OTT viewers admired his performance in this series. Following the resounding success of espionage thriller Special Ops, Hotstar Specials is set to ring in a new form of storytelling with the launch of ‘Special Ops Universe’, created and conceptualized by film-maker Neeraj Pandey and Friday Storytellers.
- All films are in Hindi, unless otherwise stated.
|1995||Naseem||Islamic fundamentalist||Debut film|
|2003||Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi||Siddharth Tyabji||Released in theaters in 2005|
|2004||Black Friday||DCP Rakesh Maria||Released in theaters in 2007|
|Silsiilay||Anwar Ahmed Bhoy|
|2005||Sarkar||Vishnu Nagare||Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Negative Role|
|Main, Meri Patni Aur Woh||Akash|
|Ek Khiladi Ek Haseena||Kaif|
|2006||Corporate||Ritesh Sahani||Nominated—GIFA Award for Best Supporting Actor|
|Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd.||Partho Sen|
|Life in a... Metro||Ranjit Kapoor||Nominated—IIFA Award for Best Performance in a Negative Role|
|2008||Sarkar Raj||Vishnu Nagare|
|Maan Gaye Mughal-e-Azam||Haldi Hasan|
|Mumbai Meri Jaan||Suresh|
|Via Darjeeling||Ankur Sharma|
|Shaurya||Brigadier Rudra Pratap Singh|
|2009||The Stoneman Murders||Sanjay Shelar|
|Aage se right||Janubhai/Baima Rashidul Kairi|
|2010||Tera Kya Hoga Johnny||Inspector Shashikant Chiple|
|Benny And Babloo||Benny|
|2011||Bheja Fry 2||Ajit Talwar|
|2012||Chaalis Chouraasi||Albert Pinto|
|Life Ki Toh Lag Gayi||Salman|
|2013||Enemmy:||CID Officer Naeem Shaikh|
|ABCD: Any Body Can Dance||Jehangir Khan|
|Udhayam NH4||ACP Manoj Menon IPS||Tamil film|
|Ankur Arora Murder Case||Dr. Viren Asthana|
|2014||Raja Natwarlal||Vardha Yadav|
|Haider||Khurram Meer||Won—Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor|
Nominated—BIG Star Entertainment Awards for Most Entertaining Actor in a Thriller Film – Male
Nominated—IIFA Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Screen Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Stardust Award for Best Actor in a Negative Role
|Rahasya||CBI Officer Sunil Paraskar|
|Bombay Velvet||Investigative Officer Vishwas Kulkarni|
|Singh Is Bliing||Mark|
|2016||A Flying Jatt||Mr. Rakesh Malhotra|
|2017||The Ghazi Attack||Captain Ranvijay Singh||Telugu and Hindi|
|2018||Dhaad||Ghelo||Gujarati; released 17 years after being shot|
|Vodka Diaries||ACP Ashwini Dixit|
|Baa Baaa Black Sheep||ACP Shivraj Naik|
|Ek Sangaychay||Marathi film|
|2019||Penalty||Vikram Singh||Netflix film|
|2021||Shaadisthan||Tiger Ji/Rajaji||Disney+ Hotstar|
|2023||Love All||Siddharth Sharma |
|1999||Star Bestsellers - Zebra 2||Captain Rajeev|
|1999||Star Bestsellers - Last Train to Mahakali||Sir|
|2000||Rishtey - Ward No. 6||Rajat|
|2001||Pradhan Mantri||PM Anirudh Prakash|
|2005||Time Bomb 9/11||Prime Minister of India|
Streaming series edit
|2018||The Great Indian Dysfunctional Family||Vikram Ranaut||ALTBalaji|
|2020||Special OPS||Himmat Singh||Disney Plus Hotstar|
|Special Ops 1.5: The Himmat Story||Himmat Singh||Disney Plus Hotstar|
|2023||Farzi||Mansoor Dalal||Amazon Prime Video|
|Bambai Meri Jaan||Ismail Kadri|
|The Railway Men||Iftekaar Siddiqui||Netflix|
Short film(s) edit
|2019||The Last Chapter|
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- Ravi, Shruti (19 January 2012). "Pune is like Mumbai now, says Kay Kay Menon". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 18 May 2017. Retrieved 9 September 2016.
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- Ninan, Sevanti (22 April 2001). "Melodrama with a K". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 23 July 2021. Retrieved 23 July 2021.
An actor to watch: Kay Kay Menon in "Pradhan Mantri". While the cynicism in this serial continues to be overstated through the second episode, this unusually tall actor who plays the pradhan mantri is a major saving grace. His lines could be better, but he mouths them with conviction. Looks like he will have to carry this serial on his shoulders.
- Malik, Amita (27 April 2001). "Mantris in tough competition". The Tribune. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 30 November 2015.
- Chatterjee, Saibal (28 August 2005). "A man among boys". The Tribune. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 30 November 2015.
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- "'Drona reminded me of my childhood'". www.rediff.com. Archived from the original on 23 July 2021. Retrieved 23 July 2021.
- "'Drona' makers spend a fortune on villain". DNA India. 13 September 2008. Archived from the original on 23 July 2021. Retrieved 23 July 2021.
- Vijayakar, Rajiv (20 February 2009). "The Stoneman Murders (Hindi)". Screen India. Archived from the original on 25 February 2009. Retrieved 28 February 2009.
- ""Special ops 1.5"". Disney+ Hotstar. 12 November 2021. Archived from the original on 14 November 2021. Retrieved 14 November 2021.
- "Hazaaron Revisited". The Telegraph. 18 October 2013. Archived from the original on 21 October 2013. Retrieved 30 November 2015.
- "Moving beyond art". The Telegraph. 25 January 2009. Archived from the original on 31 January 2009. Retrieved 30 November 2015.
- "Queen and Haider rule at Filmfare awards". The National. 1 February 2015. Archived from the original on 14 November 2015. Retrieved 29 November 2015.
- Oza, Nandini (5 January 2018). "After 17 years, Gujarati film Dhaad starring Nandita Das set for release". The Week. Archived from the original on 11 August 2018. Retrieved 8 March 2018.
- "Love All Movie: Review and Story". Kissu. Retrieved 26 September 2023.
- "'Ray' trailer: Netflix anthology is a tribute to the master filmmaker". The Hindu. 9 June 2021. ISSN 0971-751X. Archived from the original on 13 June 2021. Retrieved 16 June 2021.