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.
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.
She has been doing glamorous roles since 2008.
In 2010, she starred in her first Kannada film alongside Puneeth Rajkumar acted in Jackie which was a blockbuster. Following the film’s huge success, the film was dubbed into Telugu and Malayalam. Bhavana is said to be paired with Emraan Hashmi & Amitabh Bachchan in an upcoming Bollywood film. Her second Kannada movie Only Vishnuvardhana with Sudeep opened to a big response.