Malavika Avinash (born 28 January 1976) is an Indian spokesperson, actress, television personality and politician who is the current State spokesperson of Bharatiya Janata Party of Karnataka. She is known for her work in Kannada and Tamil films. She hosted Baduku Jataka Bandi, a television show that aired on Zee Kannada.[citation needed] She is a part of the ensemble cast in the highest grossing Kannada movie - K.G.F: Chapter 2.

Malavika Avinash
Malavika Avinash in 1998 Kannada serial Mayamruga
Spokesperson of Bharatiya Janata Party of Karnataka
Assumed office
February 2014
PresidentNalin Kumar Kateel
Personal details
Born (1976-01-28) 28 January 1976 (age 48)
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Political partyBharatiya Janata Party
(m. 2001)
Alma materBangalore University
  • Actress
  • politician

Early life


Malavika was born on 28 January 1976[citation needed], in a Tamil family to N. Ganesan. Her father was a banker and writer, and her mother, Savithri, a vocalist and dancer. She was initiated into classical arts under the tutelage of Padmashree Leela Samson in Bharatanatyam and Pandit Partho Das on the sitar. G. V. Iyer spotted her at a dance performance as Krishna and cast her as Krishna in his Krishnavataar. She then played a lead role as a princess in Prema Karanth's Panorama children's film Nakkala Rajakumari.

She completed her Bachelor of Law at Bangalore University and was awarded 3rd rank.[1]

She married actor Avinash in 2001.[2] They have a son named Gaalav.



Malavika's stint as a child artist was followed by her entry into cinema as the heroine in award-winning Malayalam films for Lenin Rajendran and popular Kannada films. Television however, turned out to be the medium that adopted her. Her earlier television series were for Girish Karnad and Ashutosh Gowariker in Hindi, Ashok Naidu in Kannada and Dinesh Baboo in Malayalam. Her performance in Mayamruga provided her iconic status among Kannada television viewers. Mayamruga's success caught the eye of K. Balachander, who then chose to usher her into Tamil cinema world with Anni, where Malavika played the protagonist Anni.

Avinash (left), Malavika Avinash (right) in 1998 Kannada serial Mayamruga

Malavika's Tamil films and Serials include Raji Or Raja Rajeshwari Role in "Raja Rajeshwari" Sun TV Serial 90'S Kids Favourite (Saregama India Ltd) Company Episodes Directors are Selva Kumar and Selva Pandi and K. Balachander's Nilavai Pidippom where she portrayed a middle-class working woman, Pudhuyugam, Pralayam in "Comedy Colony" again under her mentor Balachander. She played Madurai Thilaka in Arasi and Muththazhagi in Chellamey. She played key roles in Tamil films.[3]

Another milestone was her portrayal of Nanjamma, the protagonist in Girish Kasaravalli's film of S. L. Bhyrappa's celebrated novel, Gruha Banga. In her decade of television acting, Malavika played roles in Tamil, Kannada and Hindi productions including cross-over film Cyanide, in which Malavika's portrayal of Shubha won her critical acclaim. [citation needed] Apart from Manvantara for T. N. Seetharam, Malavika swayed the Kannada audiences with her cult figure like character of Madhavi Patel, IPS, in his Muktha.[citation needed]

Agni, a talk show that Malavika hosted on E-TV Kannada was followed by Baduku Jataka Bandi. In the latter, Malavika deals with the problems of individuals, thereby providing an Alternate Dispute Resolution forum for resolving family issues. She also discusses social issues.[4] She was a housemate in Bigg Boss Kannada Season 4.

In 2017, she played a judge in Ilayathalapathy Vijay's movie Bairavaa. She also starred in the current highest grossing Kannada film K.G.F: Chapter 1 as well as the highly acclaimed Tamil movie Kaithi, all 3 which have grossed more than 100 crores at the box office and the sequel of KGF, K.G.F: Chapter 2 which is India's 3rd highest-grossing film of all time grossing more than 1000 crore at the box office.



Malavika participated in and won many international moot courts as a student, served as editor of her college journal, joined Madhyam, a development communications organization, served as assistant-editors of Madhyam journal, a legal column for the Times of India and UDAYAVANI for two years, her "Malavika Pakkam" column in Kumudam, a Tamil weekly, an Agony aunt column for Kumudam and more recently, 'Malavika order', a weekly column in Vijaya Karnataka. Malavika served as head of programming at Zee Kannada.



Malavika's association with Bharatanatyam commenced at age five when her mother introduced it to her. She trained under M. R. Krishnamurthy of Kalakshetra, followed by advanced tutelage under Padmashri Leela Samson in Delhi. She was a recipient of the CCERT (a unit of the Culture Ministry) scholarship for Bharatanatyam.[citation needed] She pursued dance along with her dancer sister, an alumnus of Kalakshetra, Ranjani Ganesan Ramesh. As a duo they performed at cultural centres in India and abroad, including Hampi festival, Pattadakkal festival, Khujrajo festival, Chidambaram Natyanjali and Uttara Chidambaram. Together, they organise an annual dance festival called Arudhra at Bangalore.

Malavika served as a judge on TV dance shows and hosted Takadhimithaa, a game show dedicated to Bharatanatyam on JayaTV.

Malavika Avinash entered politics campaigning for BJP leader Sushma Swaraj in Bellary. She is a member of the BJP's Mahila Morcha.[5][6] She joined Bharatiya Janata Party in September 2013[7] and was appointed one of its co-spokespersons in February 2014.[8]



Sanitary pad controversy


Goods and Service Tax applied on sanitary napkins when items like bangles and sindhoor were exempted from the new tax system by the ruling Bhartiya Janata Party has come under criticism from women and men.[9] In July 2017, Malavika defended the BJP and said that sanitary pads are not required as Multi-national corporations have been dumping sanitary pads in India since it was rejected by developed countries, Cloth is hygienic in contrast to sanitary pads.[10] The defense of Malavika on the decision of her party to enforce GST on sanitary pads provoked a lot of backlash from people.[11]


Year Film Role Language Notes
1988 Krishnaavataar Kannada
1989 Nakkala Rajakumari Rajakumari Kannada
1992 Daivathinte Vikrithikal Elsie Malayalam
1993 Janam Reshma Malayalam
1995 Kalyanothsava Rashmi Kannada
Samara Sandhya Kannada
Ravitheja Teja Kannada
2003 Jay Jay Meena Tamil
2005 Aaru Nirmala Tamil
2006 Cyanide Shubha Kannada
Dishyum Malar Tamil
Aathi Ramachandra's wife Tamil
Kalvanin Kadhali Haritha's sister-in-law Tamil
2008 Jayamkondaan Chandrika Tamil
2010 Irandu Mugam Thilakavathy Tamil
Huli Bharathi Kannada
2011 Vanthaan Vendraan Arjun and Ramana's mother Tamil
2012 Munjane Manu's mother Kannada
Dashamukha Madhuri Kannada
Drama Gayathri Kannada
Krantiveera Sangolli Rayanna Goddess Kannada
Yaare Koogadali Kumara's stepmother Kannada
2013 Myna Revathi Kannada
Karodpathi Kannada
2014 Kalyanamasthu Kannada
Adyaksha Kannada
Mr. and Mrs. Ramachari Sudha Kannada
2015 Ring Road Kannada
2016 Mukunda Murari TV interviewer Kannada
Shivalinga Police commissioner Kannada
2017 Bairavaa Judge Tamil
2018 Huccha 2 Kannada
K.G.F: Chapter 1 Deepa Hegde Kannada
David Kannada
2019 Boomerang Siva's mother Tamil
Kaithi Nalini Tamil
2021 Rudra Thandavam Judge Tamil
Enemy Arundhati Mohan Tamil
Sakath Judge Kannada
2022 K.G.F: Chapter 2 Deepa Hegde Kannada
Captain Major Kavitha Nair Tamil

Television career

Year Title Role Language Channel Note(s)
1995 Chinna Chinna Aasai-Uravu Pooja Tamil Sun TV
1998–2000 Mayamruga Malavika Kannada DD Chandana
2001 Micro Thodar Macro Sinthanaigal - Ayirathil Oruvanum Nooril Oruthiyum Kamali Tamil Raj TV
2001–2002 Manvantara Gargi Kannada ETV Kannada
2001–2003 Grihabhanga Nanjamma
Anni Angayarkkani Tamil Jaya TV
2004–2005 Chidhambara Ragasiyam Thulasi Sun TV replaced by Devadarshini
2004–2006 Raja Rajeshwari Raja Rajeshwari replaced by Abitha
2005–2006 Nilavai Pidippom Thenmozhi Raj TV
2008–2009 Comedy Colony Chellamma Jaya TV
Arasi Madurai Thilakavathy Sun TV replaced by Sudha Chandran
2008–2010 Mukta SP Madhavi Patel Kannada ETV Kannada [12]
2009–2013 Chellamey Muthazhagi Tamil Sun TV
2014 Mahaparva Judge Kannada ETV Kannada
2019 Magalu Janaki Sheela Bhushan Colors Kannada [13]
2021 Kaatrukkenna Veli Saradha Tamil Star Vijay Replaced by Jyothi Rai
Paaru Mahalakshmi Kannada Zee Kannada Special Appearance
2022–Present Kannedhirey Thondrinal Rudra Tamil Kalaignar TV
2022 Mathe Mayamruga Malavika Kannada Siri Kannada
Year Title Role Language Channel Note(s)
2010–2011 Baduku Jataka Bandi Host Kannada Zee Kannada
2012 Kaiyil Oru Kodi - Are You Ready? Contestant Tamil Sun TV
2015 Aradirali Belaku Host Kannada Udaya TV
2016–2017 Bigg Boss Kannada Herself Colors Kannada As contestant; season 4[14]
2022 Jodi No 1 Judge Zee Kannada
Comedy Khiladigalu and Jodi No 1 Mahasangama
2023–2024 Jodi No 1 Season 2


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