Mamta Mohandas

Mamta Mohandas is an Indian actress, film producer and a playback singer who predominantly works in Malayalam films along withTamil and Telugu productions.[1][2][3] She has acted in more than 55 films and won several accolades including two Filmfare Awards South, for Best Female Playback Singer in Telugu in 2006 and for Best Actress in Malayalam in 2010 and also Kerala State Film Award for Second Best Actress in 2010. She has launched her own film production company under the banner Mamta Mohandas Productions.

Mamta Mohandas
Mamta Mohandas Red FM 2020.jpg
Mamta in 2020 during a radio station interview at Red FM Malayalam
Born (1984-11-14) 14 November 1984 (age 38)
NationalityIndian
Occupations
Years active2005–present
Spouse
Prajith Padmanabhan
(m. 2011; div. 2012)

Early life and backgroundEdit

Mohandas was born on 14 November 1984[citation needed] to Malayali parents (Mohandas and Ganga) from Kannur. She attended the Indian School, Bahrain until 2002.[4][3] She pursued a bachelor's degree in computer science at Mount Carmel College Bangalore.[citation needed] She modeled for print ads for companies such as IBM and Kalyan Kendra, and modeled on the ramp for the Mysore Maharajah and Raymonds. Mamta is trained in Carnatic music and Hindustani music.[5][6]

Film careerEdit

ActingEdit

 
Mamtha ON the set of Jawan of Vellimala in 2012

Mohandas debuted in the 2005 Malayalam film Mayookham, directed by Hariharan. The film did not do well at the box office.[7]

Subsequently, she acted alongside Mammootty in Bus Conductor, with Suresh Gopi in the films Adbutham (2006) and Lanka (2006), and alongside Jayaram in Madhuchandralekha (2006). She also played the female lead in Baba Kalyani with Mohanlal. Later that year, she débuted in the Tamil film industry, starring in the Karu Pazhaniappan directed film Sivappathigaram.[citation needed]

In 2007 she acted with Mammootty in the film Big B. She eventually stepped into the Telugu film industry as well, when she appeared in a supporting role in the film Yamadonga, directed by SS Rajamouli.[citation needed] She had lent her voice for a couple of songs in this film too.[citation needed] In 2008, she appeared in 7 films, predominantly in Telugu-language films. Her first release was her début Kannada film Gooli. She then starred in the film Krishnarjuna, playing the lead female role.[citation needed] Victory was her next assignment as lead actress, following which she appeared in a cameo role in her only Tamil release that year, Kuselan. Three more Telugu releases featured Mamta, including Homam, directed by JD Chakravarthy and Srinu Vaitla's King.[citation needed]

In 2009, she starred in the comedy film Guru En Aalu alongside Madhavan, and the thriller Passenger, sharing screen space with Dileep and Sreenivasan, respectively. The film Passenger, in which she played the role of a television reporter, became a turning point in Mohandas's career. She was initially approached to play the lead role in the 2009 Telugu dark fantasy Arundathi. She refused the offer, and the movie went on to become one of the highest grossers that year. In 2010, she worked with Jayaram in Kadha Thudarunnu[8] directed by Sathyan Anthikkad, for which she won her first Best Actress Award from Filmfare.[9] This film also won her the Kerala State Film Award for Second Best Actress, the Vanitha award for best actress – Malayalam, the Mathrubhumi award for best actress – Malayalam and the Asianet award for the best actress- Malayalam. Other projects in 2010 included Musafir with Rahman, Anwar with Prithiviraj, and Kedi with Nagarjuna. Mamta's first film in 2011 was the Malayalam film Race, in which she played the role of Niya, wife of a cardio surgeon Abey (Kunchacko Boban). The film failed to do well at the box office.[10] Her next release in Malayalam was Naayika.[11] In 2012, she appeared in her third Tamil film, Thadaiyara Thaakka, directed by Magizh Thirumeni.[12] In 2013 she starred in Paisa Paisa with Indrajith.[13][14] In 2014 she starred in To Noora with Love as a Muslim character.[15]

Mohandas made a comeback to Malayalam movie industry with Ranjith Shankar's Mammooty starrer Varsham.[citation needed] She shared her screen space again with Dileep in Two Countries after doing My Boss with him.[citation needed]

In 2016, Mohandas starred opposite Mammootty in Thoppil Joppan, and in early 2017, she signed Crossroad, an anthology film in which she plays an orthodox Muslim. She also appeared in an extended cameo in Udaharanam Sujatha with Manju Warrier. In mid-2017, she signed Detroit Crossing aka Ranam opposite Prithviraj, but had to opt out because she did not have fresh dates to allocate for the project.

In 2020 Mohandas acted in the crime thriller feature film Forensic in which she played the role of police officer Rithika Xavier IPS .[citation needed]

SingingEdit

Mohandas is trained in Carnatic and Hindustani music, and first sang playback in the Telugu film Rakhi, singing the title song under Devi Sri Prasad's direction, making her debut in the Telugu film industry as a singer before making her acting debut in Telugu. She went on to win the 2006 Filmfare Best Female Playback Singer Award for that song.[16]

Subsequently, she was asked to sing several songs for composer Devi Sri Prasad, including "Akalesthe Annam Pedtha" for the Chiranjeevi-starrer Shankardada Zindabad (later dubbed as Daddy Mummy in the Tamil film Villu), "36-24-36" for the film Jagadam, "Mia" for Tulasi, and "Ghanana (Funny)" and the title song for the film King. Other music directors she has worked with include M. M. Keeravani (for her own films Yamadonga and Krishnarjuna, also Chandamama), R. P. Patnaik (for Andamaina Mansulo), Chakri (for Victory), Nithin Raikwar (for her own film Homam) and Thaman (for Jayeebhava).[citation needed]

In Tamil, she sang "Kaalai Kaalai" in the film Kaalai, which starred Silambarasan in the lead role. She sang "Idai Vazhi" for the comedy film Goa under noted composer Yuvan Shankar Raja's direction. Both songs featured her singing alongside Benny Dayal. She was heard for the first time in her mother tongue, Malayalam, in the 2010 film Anwar. She has also recorded a song for her film Thriller. In the film 'Mohabath', she sang a duet with Hariharan. She sang "Iravil Viriyum" in her 2012 film Arike. She sang "Karuppana Kannazhagi" in the film Aadupuliyattam.[17]

Personal lifeEdit

Mohandas got engaged to Prajith Padmanabhan, a Bahrain-based businessman, on 11 November 2011. They married on 28 December 2011 in Thalassery.[18][19] On 12 December 2012, the couple applied for divorce.[20]

Mohandas is a cancer survivor, and has battled Hodgkin lymphoma since 2010.[21] In April 2013, she had a relapse of the cancer[22] and underwent cancer treatment in UCLA.[18] Since 2014, she has resided in Los Angeles.[2][23][4]

DiscographyEdit

Year Song Film Music director Co-singer Language
2006 "Rakhi Rakhi" Rakhi Devi Sri Prasad Devi Sri Prasad Telugu
2007 "Akalesthey Annam Pedatha" Shankar Dada Zindabad Devi Sri Prasad Solo Telugu
"36-24-36" Jagadam Devi Sri Prasad Solo Telugu
"Olammi Tikkareginda" Yamadonga M. M. Keeravani Jr. NTR Telugu
"Sakkubaayine" Chandamama K. M. Radha Krishnan[circular reference] Jassie Gift Telugu
"Mia" Tulasi Devi Sri Prasad Naveen Telugu
2008 "Buggalerrabada" Krishnarjuna M. M. Keeravani M. M. Keeravani Telugu
"Ghanana (Funny)" King Devi Sri Prasad Solo Telugu
"King" King Devi Sri Prasad Lesie Lewis Telugu
"Andamaina Manasulo" Andamaina Mansulo R. P. Patnaik Solo Telugu
"Sunley Zara " Victory Chakri Naveen Telugu
"Jenifer Laa" Victory Chakri Nithin, Shashank Telugu
"Yey Mister Ninne" Homam Nithin Raikwar Nihal, Shivani Telugu
"Kalai" Kaalai G. V. Prakash Kumar Benny Dayal Tamil
2009 "Gundelona" Jayeebhava S.Thaman Megha, Priya, Janani Telugu
"Daddy Mummy" Villu Devi Sri Prasad Naveen Tamil
2010 "Idai Vazhi" Goa Yuvan Shankar Raja Benny Dayal Tamil
"Njan" Anwar Gopi Sundar Prithviraj Sukumaran Malayalam
"Priyankari" The Thriller Dharan Kumar Haricharan Malayalam
"Priyankari"(Remix) The Thriller Dharan Kumar Benny Dayal Malayalam
2011 "Atharu Peyyana" Mohabath S. Balakrishnan Hariharan Malayalam
2012 "Iravil Viriyum" Arike Ouseppachan Solo Malayalam
"Kan Thurannoru Kalyani" Mullassery Madhavan Kutty Nemom P. O. Ratheesh Vegha Solo Malayalam
2013 "Most Wanted" Bhai Devi Sri Prasad Narendra Telugu
2015 "Karuppana Kannazhagi" Aadupuliyattam Ratheesh Vegha Solo Malayalam
2019 Hei Diddle Aniyan Kunjinu Thannalayathu M. Jayachandran Solo Malayalam
2020 Thedal Thedal (Music Video) Sachin Warrier Sachin Warrier Malayalam
Rumaal Ambili Lalbagh Rahul Raj Zia Ul Haq Malayalam

FilmographyEdit

Year Title Role(s) Language(s) Notes
2005 Mayookham Indira Malayalam
Bus Conductor Celina Malayalam
Adbutham Maria Malayalam
2006 Lanka Lanka Lakshmi Malayalam
Madhuchandralekha Indulekha Malayalam
Sivappathigaram Charulatha Tamil
Baba Kalyani Madhumitha Ashokan Malayalam
2007 Big B Rimi Tomy Malayalam
Yamadonga Dhanalakshmi Telugu
2008 Gooli Ramya Kannada
Krishnarjuna Sathya Telugu
Victory Janaki Telugu
Kuselan/ Kathanayakudu Assistant director Tamil/ Telugu Bilingual film,
Cameo appearance
Homam Dr. Mahalakshmi Telugu
Chintakayala Ravi Lavanya Telugu
King Swapna/Pooja Telugu
2009 Guru En Aalu Seema Tamil
Passenger Anuradha Menon Malayalam
2010 Kedi Janaki Telugu
Kadha Thudarunnu Vidya Lakshmi Malayalam [24]
Nirakazhcha Shilpa Malayalam
Anwar Ayesha Begum Malayalam
The Thriller Herself as dancer Malayalam Special appearance
Karayilekku Oru Kadal Dooram Gaadha Malayalam
2011 Race Niya Malayalam
Naayika Aleena Malayalam
2012 Padmasree Bharat Dr. Saroj Kumar Neelima Malayalam
Njanum Ente Familiyum Dr. Priya Malayalam
Arike Anuradha Malayalam
Thadaiyara Thaakka Priya Tamil
Jawan of Vellimala Anitha Malayalam
My Boss Priya S. Nair Malayalam
2013 Celluloid Janet Daniel Malayalam
Ladies and Gentleman Anu Malayalam
Musafir Anupama Gopalakrishnan Nair Malayalam
Paisa Paisa Surya Malayalam
2014 To Noora with Love Noorjahan (Noora) Malayalam
Varsham Dr.Jayasree Malayalam
2015 Two Countries Laya Malayalam
2016 Thoppil Joppan Maria Varkey Malayalam
2017 Udaharanam Sujatha Deepa M Malayalam Extended cameo
Crossroad Badarunneesa Malayalam in the segment "Badar"
Goodalochana Padma Malayalam
2018 Carbon Sameera Malayalam
Neeli Lakshmi Malayalam
Johny Johny Yes Appa Amala Jayakumar Malayalam
2019 9 Annie Lewis Malayalam
Kodathi Samaksham Balan Vakeel Anuradha Sudharshan Malayalam
2020 Forensic Rithika Xavier IPS Malayalam
2021 Sunny Dr.Anuradha Malayalam Direct OTT release Amazon Prime Video
Bhramam Simi Malayalam Direct OTT release Amazon Prime Video
Enemy Anisha Rajiv Tamil
Lalbagh Sara Malayalam
Meow Sulekha Malayalam
2022 Jana Gana Mana Saba Mariam Malayalam
2023 Maheshum Maruthiyum Malayalam Post Production
Unlock TBA Malayalam Post Production
Oomai Vizhigal TBA Tamil Post Production
Rudrangi Telugu Post Production
LIVE Malayalam Post Production
Otta TBA Malayalam Filming
Bandra Malayalam Filming

Voice castEdit

Other workEdit

In 2012, Mohandas started working in television, hosting the quiz show Kayyil Oru Kodi on Surya TV, which was later cancelled.[25] She also judged the show D 4 Dance.[citation needed]

She was the brand ambassador of 2011 Kochi International Fashion Week (KIWF).[26]

Mohandas was the brand ambassador along with actress Bhavana for the team Kerala Strikers for the Celebrity Cricket League (CCL) held in 2013, captained by Mohanlal, who is also one of the owners of the team, and vice-captain Indrajith Sukumaran. On 14 November 2020, Mohandas launched her own production company Mamta Mohandas Productions.[27]

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Language Channel Notes
2012 Kaiyil Oru Kodi Host Malayalam Surya TV Game show
2016 Kerala Cancer Singer Malayalam Manorama News Awareness program
2016 D 4 Dance Reloaded Judge Malayalam Mazhavil Manorama Reality show
2017 D 4 Dance Junior v/s Senior Judge Malayalam Mazhavil Manorama Reality show
2017 Hand of God Mamta Malayalam Mazhavil Manorama Short film

AwardsEdit

Kerala State Film Awards
Asianet Film Awards
South Indian Filmfare Awards
Vanitha Film Awards
IIFA Utsavam
Asiavision Awards
  • Nominated – 2013: Best Actress -Celluloid, My Boss
  • Won – 2016: Woman of the Year
  • Won – 2017: Pride of South India
South Indian International Movie Awards
Mathrubhumi - Kalyan Silks Chalachithra Awards
  • 2010: Best Actress – Kadha Thudarunnu[28]
Asianet Comedy Awards

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