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Mamta Mohandas

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Mamta Mohandas
Mohandas in 2020
Born (1984-11-14) 14 November 1984 (age 36)[1] Manama, Bahrain
NationalityIndian
Alma materMount Carmel College, Bangalore
OccupationActress
Producer
Playback Singer
Years active2005–present
Spouse(s)
Prajith Padmanabhan
(m. 2011; div. 2012)

Mamta Mohandas is an Indian film actress, film producer and playback singer who predominantly works in Malayalam films along with a few Tamil and Telugu productions. She has 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.

Early life

Mohandas was born on 14 November 1984 to Mohandas and Ganga into a Malayali family which originally hails from Kannur. She attended the Indian School, Bahrain until 2002 and is an alumna of the school. She pursued a bachelor's degree at Mount Carmel College Bangalore. She modeled for print ads for companies such as IBM and Kalyan Kendra, and modeled on the ramp for the Mysore Maharajah and Raymonds. Mohandas is trained in Karnatic and Hindustani music.[2] [3]

Career

Mohandas debuted in the 2005 Malayalam film Mayookham, directed by Hariharan. Although the film did not do well at the box office, she attracted attention for her sensitive portrayal of Indira.[4]

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 opposite Vishal, which turned out to be an average grosser.

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. The film became one of the biggest hits of the year. She had lent her voice for a couple of songs in this film too. 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, which did not do well at the box office. Victory was her next assignment as lead actress, but that film also failed at the box office, following which she appeared in a cameo role in her only Tamil release that year, Kuselan, alongside Tamil superstar Rajinikanth. Three more Telugu releases featured Mohandas, including Homam, directed by JD Chakravarthy and Srinu Vaitla's King opposite Nagarjuna. In both these films she also performed as a playback singer in several songs.

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. While the former had an average run at the box office, the latter was declared a surprise sleeper hit in Malayalam. The film Passenger, in which she played the role of a television reporter, became a turning point in Mohandas' 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 the critically acclaimed Kadha Thudarunnu directed by Sathyan Anthikkad, for which she won her first Best Actress Award from Filmfare. This film also won her 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. Mohandas' 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.[5] Her next release in Malayalam was Naayika.[6] In 2012, she appeared in her third Tamil film, Thadaiyara Thaakka, directed by Magizh Thirumeni.[7] In 2013 she starred in Paisa Paisa with Indrajith.[citation needed] In 2014 she starred in To Noora with Love as a Muslim character.[8]

She made a comeback to Malayalam movie industry with Ranjith Shankar's Mammooty starrer Varsham. She shared her screen space again with Dileep in Two Countries after doing a box office hit movie with him named My Boss.

In 2016, she starred opposite Mammootty in Thoppil Joppan, and she also signed the movie Baby Sitter alongside Biju Menon. 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 was seen alongside Tovino Thomas in the movie Forensic (crime suspense movie) in which she played the role of Rithika Xavier IPS who is the ACP of Thiruvananthapuram.

Singing

Mohandas is an acclaimed playback singer in Indian films as well. She 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.[9]

Subsequently, she was asked to sing several songs for composer Devi Sri Prasad, including the chart buster "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).

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. Her movie Kodathi Samaksham Balan Vakeel is one of her best career performance until date.[10]

Year Song Film Music director Co-singer Language
2006 "Rakhi Rakhi" Rakhi Devi Sri Prasad Devi Sri Prasad Telugu
2007 "Akalesthe Annam Pedtha" 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[11][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. 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
2015 "Karuppana Kannazhagi" Aadupuliyattam Ratheesh Vegha Solo Malayalam
2019 Hei Diddle Aniyan Kunjinu Thannalayathu M. Jayachandran Solo with siva Malayalam
2020 Thedal Thedal Sachin Warrier Sachin Warrier Malayalam

Other work

In 2012, Mohandas starting working in television, hosting the quiz show Kayyil Oru Kodi on Surya TV. It was later cancelled.[12] She also judged the popular show D 4 Dance.

She was the brand ambassador of Kochi International Fashion Week (KIWF) which was held from 4 to 7 August.[when?]

She is 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.

Television
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

Personal life

Mohandas got engaged to Prajith Padmanabhan, a Bahrain-based businessman, on 11 November 2011. They got married on 28 December 2011 in Kozhikode.[13][14] On 12 December 2012, the couple applied for divorce.[15]

Mohandas is a cancer survivor, and has battled Hodgkin's lymphoma from 2010.[16] In April 2013, she had a relapse of the cancer and underwent treatment.[17][18][19] She is currently[when?] residing in Downtown Los Angeles as a part of her cancer treatment.[13]

Awards

Kerala State Film Awards
Asianet Film Awards
  • 2010: Best Popular Actress – Kadha Thudarunnu
  • 2010: Nominated - Best Actress - Kadha Thudarunnu
  • 2013: Best Popular Actress – My Boss
Filmfare Awards South
  • 2006: Won- Best Female Playback Singer in Telugu – Rakhi
  • 2009: Nominated- Best Actress – Passenger
  • 2010: Won- Best Actress – Kadha Thudarunnu
  • 2013: Nominated- Best Actress – Arike
  • 2013: Nominated- Best Playback Singer – Female - Arike
  • 2014: Nominated- Best Actress – Celluloid
  • 2016: Nominated- Best Actress – Two Countries
Vanitha Film Awards
IIFA Utsavam
Asiavision Awards
  • Nominated - 2013: Best Actress -Celluloid, My Boss[20]
  • Won - 2016: Woman of the Year
  • Won - 2017: Pride of South India
2nd South Indian International Movie Awards
  • Nominated - 2013: Best Female Playback Singer – Arike
  • 2016: Nominated- Best Actress – Two Countries
Mathrubhumi-Kalyan Silks Chalachitra awards
  • 2010: Best Actress – Kadha Thudarunnu[21]

Filmography

Year Title Role Language Notes
2005 Mayookham Indira Malayalam debut film
2006 Bus Conductor Celina Malayalam
Adbutham Maria Malayalam
Lanka Lanka Lakshmi Malayalam
Madhuchandralekha Indulekha Malayalam
Sivappathigaram Charulatha Tamil
Baba Kalyani Madhumitha Ashokan Malayalam
2007 Big B Rimi Malayalam
Yamadonga Dhanalakshmi Telugu
2008 Gooli Ramya Kannada
Krishnarjuna Sathya Telugu
Victory Janaki Telugu
Kuselan Assistant Director Tamil Cameo appearance
Kathanayakudu Telugu Cameo appearance
Homam Dr. Lakshmi Telugu
Chintakayala Ravi Lavanya Telugu
King Swapna/Pooja Telugu
2009 Guru En Aalu Seema Tamil
Passenger Anuradha Malayalam
2010 Kedi Janaki Telugu
Kadha Thudarunnu Vidya Lakshmi Malayalam [22]
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 Malayalam
Ladies and Gentleman Anu Malayalam
Musafir Anupama Malayalam
Paisa Paisa Surya Malayalam
2014 To Noora with Love Noora Malayalam
Varsham Dr.Jayasree Malayalam
2015 Two Countries Laya Malayalam
2016 Thoppil Joppan Maria Malayalam
2017 Udaharanam Sujatha District Collector 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 Malayalam
Kodathi Samaksham Balan Vakeel Anuradha Sudharshan Malayalam
2020 Forensic Rithika Xavier IPS Malayalam
Thedal Mamta Malayalam Music album
Lalbagh Sara Malayalam Post Production
TBA Rama Sethu Radha Sreedharan Malayalam Pre Production
Bilal Rimi Malayalam Sequel to 2007 movie Big B (film)
Pre Production
Oomai Vizhigal TBA Tamil Post-Production
Ulle Veliye 2 TBA Tamil Pre-Production

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