|Born:||June 6, 1986|
Thrissur, Kerala, India
|Ethnicity:||South Asian, Malayali|
Karthika Menon (born 6 June 1986), better known by her stage name Bhavana, is an Indian film actress. She made her acting debut in Kamal's super hit Nammal (2002), which won her critical acclaim and various honors. In a career spanning eight years, she has appeared in over forty-five films, in Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu and Kannada languages, while winning one Filmfare and two Kerala State Film Awards.
Bhavana was born Karthika Menon  in Thrissur, Kerala, the daughter of Pushpa and assistant cinematographer, G. Balachandran Menon. She has one brother, Jayadev, who currently lives in Vancouver, Canada. She studied at Holy Family Girls' High School, Chembukkavu, Thrissur.
Bhavana, who describes herself as a restless and a confused person and someone who's "hard to handle", states that she had grown up with a dream to become an actress. She recalls that, as a five-year-old, she used to imitate actress Amala's scenes from the Malayalam film Ente Sooryaputhrikku in front of the mirror and was even willing to jump from a building and break her arm, like Amala's character did in the film.
At age 16, she debuted in the Malayalam film Nammal opposite newcomers Siddharth, Jishnu and Renuka Menon. The film was a big success and she got several offers in Malayalam. She won many honors and a Kerala State Special Jury Award for the film. Bhavana was an 11th standard student when she got her break in films. She has acted with almost all actors in Malayalam cinema. She has got many offers lined up in Tamil and did many projects with famous Tamil actors like Ajith Kumar, Madhavan, Jayam Ravi, Bharath and Srikanth. Offlate, Bhavana has been acting in a variety of glamourous roles.
- Bhavana interview - Telugu Cinema interview - Telugu film actress. Idlebrain.com (2008-09-08). Retrieved on 2011-01-02.
- Actress Bhavana related web sites, photo gallery and information page. Zonkerala.com. Retrieved on 2011-01-02.
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