Kavya Madhavan Age, Boyfriend, Husband, Family, Children, Biography & More

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Hometown: Nileshwar, Kasaragod District, Kerala
Age: 39 Years
Husband: Dileep

Kavya Madhavan

NicknameMinu [1]IMDb
Profession(s)Actress, Singer, Dancer, Lyricist
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters- 163 cm
in meters- 1.63 m
in feet & inches- 5’ 4”
Eye ColourBlack
Hair ColourBlack
DebutMalayalam Films: Pookkalam Varavayi (1991; as a child actress) as ‘Geethu’s friend (Baby Shamili)’
Pookkalam Varavayi (1991)
Chandranudikkunna Dikhil (1991; as an adult) as 'Radha'
Chandranudikkunna Dikhil (1999)
Tamil Film: Kasi (2000) as Lakshmi
Kasi (2000)
Singing: “Mounamaay Manassil” from the Malayalam film “Matinee” (2012)
Album: Kavyadalangal (2012)
Kavyadalangal by Kavya Madhavan
As a Lyricist: “En Kalbilulloru” from the Malayalam Film "One Way Ticket” (2008)
Awards, Honours, Achievements • Filmfare Award South for Best Actress for the film “Gaddama” in 2011
Kerala State Film Awards
Kavya Madhavan with co-star and her Filmfare Award
• Best Actress for the film “Perumazhakkalam” in 2004
• Best Actress for the film “Gaddama” in 2011
Kerela Films critics Association Awards
• Second Best Actress for the film “Chandranudikkunna Dikhil” in 1999
• Second Best Actress for the film “Kochu Kochu Santhoshangal” in 2000
• Second Best Actress for the film “Mizhi Randilum” in 2003
• Best Actress for the film “Perumazhakkalam” in 2004
• Best Actress for the film “Ananthabhadram” in 2005
• Best Actress for the film ”Gaddama” in 2011
Note: Kavya Madhavan has received many awards and nominations, apart from the awards mentioned above.
Personal Life
Date of Birth19 September 1984 (Wednesday)
Age (as of 2023) 39 Years
BirthplaceNileshwar, Kasaragod District, Kerala
Zodiac signVirgo
HometownNileshwar, Kasaragod, Kerala
School• Jaycee English Medium School, Nileshwar
• GLP School, Nileshwar
Kavya Madhavan during her school days and with her teacher
• Rajah’s High School, Nileshwar
Kavya Madhavan posing in front of her School Gate
ResidenceAluva, Kochi
HobbiesCooking, Reading, Writing, and Dancing
Controversies• Kavya and Dileep have done more than 18 movies together, which often left people to speculate about them as a couple. People blamed Kavya for his divorce with Manju Warrier in 2015. She was termed as ‘the other woman’ in their life, even though Kavya and Dileep kept on denying their relationship.[2]The Indian Express
Kavya Madhavan with Manju Warrier

• Dileep and Kavya married each other in a private ceremony at the Kochi's Vedanta Hotel in 2016. To clarify things about their marriage, Dileep gave certain statements. However, the statements were considered as ‘sexist’ and ‘male chauvinistic.’ In an interview, Dileep said-
"When I felt I should get married, my daughter, mother, relatives and friends sat together and we came up with this decision. My ‘koottukaari’ (friend) is someone who’s been gossiped about a lot, because of me. So I thought if I got married to somebody else, it just wouldn’t be right (laughs). Hence, this decision…”
While Dileep was being subjected to criticism, Kavya was slammed for being a silent spectator and a puppet of his hand.[3]Times of India

• An actress, who worked in the Tamil and Telugu Cinema was abducted and allegedly molested in her car on the night of 17 February 2017. The event created huge roars in the film industry, splashing mud on the faces of the big names like Dileep, and his wife Kavya. The main accused of the case, Pulsar Suni, labelled Kavya as the ‘Madam,’ who gave him the money to assault the actress. However, he also stated that ‘Madam’ only handed him the money and had no connection with the case.[4]Outlook India
Pulsar Suni
Relationships & More
Marital StatusMarried
Marriage DateFirst Marriage: 9 February 2009
Second Marriage: 25 November 2016
Marriage PlaceVedanta Hotel, Kochi (second marriage)
Husband/SpouseFirst Husband: Nishal Chandra (actor; 9 February 2009-30 May 2011)
Kavya Madhavan with Nishal Chandra
Second Husband: Dileep
Kavya Madhavan with Dileep
ChildrenSon- None
Daughter- Mahalakshmi (from her second marriage with Dileep; born on 19 October 2018)
Step Daughter- Meenakshi (Dileep's daughter from his first marrige to Manju Warrier)
ParentsFather- P Madhavan
Mother- Shyamala Madhavan
Kavya Madavan with her Family
SiblingsBrother- Mithun Madhavan (Fashion Designer and Producer)
Childhood Photo of Kavya Madhavan with her brother Mithun
Sister- None
Favourite Things

Actress Kavya Madhavan

Some Lesser Known Facts About Kavya Madhavan

  • Kavya Madhavan was born in a Malayali Family in the Nileshwar town of Kasaragod, Kerala. [5]Times of India
  • During her childhood, she took the training of the Bharatanatyam and Mohinyattam Classical dance forms.
    Kavya Madhavan doing Mohiniyattam

    Kavya Madhavan doing Mohiniyattam

    Kavya Madhavan doing Bharatanatyam

    Kavya Madhavan doing Bharatanatyam

  • Kavya Madhavan was taught classical dances by her mentors Guru Shyamala and Guru Kuttamathu Janardhanan Maash.
    Kavya Madhavan with her guru Syamala after Arangetram

    Kavya Madhavan with her guru Syamala after Arangetram

    Kavya Madhavan with her Guru Kuttamathu Janardhanan Maash

    Kavya Madhavan with her Guru Kuttamathu Janardhanan Maash

  • Apart from her academics, she also showed interest in extracurricular activities during her childhood and used to perform at various events.

    Kavya Madhavan during one of her school performance

    Kavya Madhavan during one of her school performances

  • Kavya started her career as a child actor at the age of 5, with the film “Pookkalam Varavayi” (1991). She further appeared as a child actor in the films like “Pavam IA Ivachan” (1994), “Parassala Pachan Payyannur Paramu” (1994), and “Azhakiya Ravanan” (1996).

    Kavya Madhavan in a scene from her film

    Kavya Madhavan in a scene from one of her films

  • Kavya’s entry into film industry happened because of her father’s desire to see his daughter as an actress. Her father, P Madhavan saw an advertisement by the director Kamal in the daily ‘Malayala Manorma,’ seeking a child actor for his upcoming film. After which, Kavya’s father decider to send her photos. Kavya was selected and was cast in ‘Pookkalam Varavayi’ (1991).

    Kavya Madhavan with her Father and Mother as a Child

    Kavya Madhavan with her Father and Mother as a Child

  • Unlike her father, Kavya’s mother didn’t want her to become an actress; instead, she wanted her daughter to complete her studies and get married. Gradually, she fixed her discomfort regarding the film industry and let Kavya become an actress.
  • In her childhood, people used to mock her because of her deep voice. One day, Mammooty was unable to dub due to his busy schedule. Someone said to her that she should dub it for Mammooty, as he was unable to do so. She felt dismayed and started crying. Her mother consoled her and told her that she should be proud of her voice, as Mammooty had a grand voice.

    Kavya Madhavan with her mother

    Kavya Madhavan with her mother

  • She appeared as the lead actress in several hit Malayalam films such as “Darling Darling” (2000), “Meesa Madhavan” (2002), “Sadanandante Samayam” (2003), “Runway” (2004), “Inspector Garud” (2007), “Paappi Appacha” (2010), “Vellaripravinte Changathi” (2011), and “Pinneyum” (2016).

    Kavya Madhavan in a scene from her film

    Kavya Madhavan in a Scene from One of her Films

  • She has also done some short films such as “Bhoomikkoru Charamageetham” (2006), “Kaavalal” (2016), and “Kachadhappa” (2016).
  • She has also sung for the Malayalam film “Daivame Kaithozham K Kumarakanam” (2018).
  • Kavya also penned down the lyrics for the song “Kalaam Neeangu Poyo” from the film “Akashvani (2016).” Kavya Madhavan's song from the film Akashvani
  • In 2013, she published a book of memoirs titled “Kathayil Alpam Kavyam,” which provides a glimpse of her childhood, experiences of her school days, and recollections of her time in the film industry. Kavya Madhavan-Kathayil Alpam Kavyam
  • In an interview, Kavya revealed that Dileep’s family approached her family with a marriage proposal just a week before their wedding. She stated-

    Just a week before, his relatives approached my parents with the proposal. They checked our horoscopes and it matched”

  • Kavya’s daughter Mahalakshmi was born on 19 October 2018; reportedly, it was her stepdaughter Meenakshi, who suggested the name for her younger sister.
  • In 2015, Kavya founded the textile company and online fashion store ‘Laksyah’ with her brother and sister-in-law; both of them are fashion designers.
    Kavya Madahavan Laksyah Sarees
  • She has been a brand ambassador of various products such as Nirapara, Parachute, A Geeripai Jewellery, Dhathri, Dubai Gold and Diamonds, V.G.N Jewellers, Smartex, Kosamattam Gold Loan, Anashwara Silks, and Slipons.
  • In an interview, she once stated that if not an actor, she would have been a homemaker and have 2-3 children.
  • Apart from being an actor, she is an ace Bharatanatyam dancer and is often seen performing at various events.