Swetha Menon – the bold and the beautiful
Swetha Menon – the bold and the beautiful
Shweta Menon is an Indian model, actress and television anchor. She has predominantly acted in Hindi and Malayalam language films, besides appearing in a number of Tamil productions.
Starting her career as an actress in Malayalam feature films in the early 1990s, she ventured into modeling and becoming noted, after participating and winning at several beauty pageants, which led to her debut in Bollywood. Following appearances in over 30 Hindi films, in which she generally conveyed a glamorous image, her acting career took a turn by the mid-2000s, with her returning to Malayalam cinema and accepting substantial roles. She received critical praise and several accolades including Kerala State Govt Award for Best Actress for her performance in Paleri Manikyam: Oru Pathirakolapathakathinte Katha (2009) and Salt N’ Pepper (2011).
Menon hails from Valanchery in Malappuram district in Kerala, but was born at Chandigarh and currently lives in Mumbai. Her father served in the Indian Air Force while her mother remained a housewife. She studied in Kendriya Vidyalaya No. 1, East Hill, Kozhikode.
Career : Films
She started her career as an actress in the Malayalam film Anaswaram (1991), directed by Jomon, playing the female lead opposite Mammootty, after which she focused on modeling. She competed in the Miss India contest in 1994 and finished second runner up behind Sushmita Sen and Aishwarya Rai. She became the first Gladrags female super model in 1994 (Kelly Dorjee was the male super model) and then, Miss Asia Pacific runner up in 1994 in Manila Cebu Island, Philippines. She is 5 feet, 6.5 inches tall. She subsequently made her debut in Bollywood and appeared in over 30 films; some of her Bollywood films include, Asoka (2001), Maqbool (2003) and Corporate (2006).
She returned to Malayalam in 2006 with Thantra and then went on to do famous Malayalam films such as Keerthi Chakra (2006) and the award-winning Paradesi. Her performance as Sarojini, a middle-class woman who fights against extreme odds, in the film, Madhya Venal earned her a special mention by Jury Chairman Bahman Ghobadi – famous Iranian director at the International Film Festival of Kerala. In 2010, she won the Kerala State Government’s Best Actress for her portrayal of Cheeru, a village woman in the film Paleri Manikyam: Oru Pathirakolapathakathinte Katha directed by Ranjith. She also won Mathrubhumi-Amrita TV Special Jury Award and the Asianet Film Award for Best Supporting Actress for the same film. In 2011, Shweta Menon starred in the remake of Rathinirvedam, essaying the titular character, originally played by Jayabharathi.
Shweta recently approached a local court and the Women’s Commission in Kerala after the distributor of her movie Kayam tied up with Musli Power, a sex stimulant drug, to jointly promote the movie. “Met with Womens’ Commission regarding the Kayam ad and they offered me full backing. Thank you all and I hope justice will be done,” she tweeted recently. While media profusely supported her with wide coverage, many saw it as a bold attempt by a female actor against what she perceived as gross injustice to her.
Shwetha Menon’s pregnancy and delivery will be coming in the silver screen of film. She and her husband Sreevalsan Menon has said yes to director Blessy to shoot her maternity period as well as her child birth for his upcoming movie. Speaking about her decision to reveal such a personal side of her life, Shweta Menon said, “The sufferings, every moment a pregnant woman facing should be known by the partner and I am taking this opportunity to make proper use of it to make people aware of a mother’s sacrifice”.
Besides working in films, she has anchored several TV, stage and film awards shows. She rose to popularity after presenting the musical programme, Star Wars on Kairali TV in 2008. She won the Asian Television Award for Best Anchor for the same program. In Hindi, she hosted the group band based show, Razzmatazz on Zee TV along with actor Arshad Warsi. The next television show which she did was Dancing Queen in 2008 on Colors and later in 2010, she anchored the Malayalam reality show, Honeymoon Travels on Surya TV. The show became an instant hit for Shwetha’s accented Malayalam and her attempts to read from the original script without a formal learning in the language. Recently, she appeared as a contestant with her father in game show, Deal or No Deal on Surya TV. She was the anchor of the family based reality show Veruthe Alla Bharya in Mazhavillu Manorama.
On 18 June 2011, she married Sreevalsan Menon, a native of Thrissur, who works in Mumbai. The ceremony took place at the Neythalappurath Sastha Ayappa temple, Valanchery, Kerala. She had her first child, a daughter, Sabaina Menon on September 27, 2012, at 5.27 pm at Nanavati Hospital in Mumbai. The delivery was shot live on camera as part of the film ‘Kalimannu’.
Kerala State Film Award
2009 – Best Actress -Paleri Manikyam: Oru Pathirakolapathakathinte Katha
2011 – Best Actress -Salt N’ Pepper
Filmfare Awards South
2009 – Best Actress(Malayalam)-Paleri Manikyam: Oru Pathirakolapathakathinte Katha
2009 – Asian Television Award for Best TV Anchor
2009 – Special Mention at International Film Festival of Kerala by Jury Chairman, Bahman Ghobadi about performance in Madhyavenal
2010 – Amrita TV – Mathrubhumi Special Jury Award – Paleri Manikyam: Oru Pathirakolapathakathinte Katha
2010 – Asianet Film Award for Best Supporting Actress – Paleri Manikyam: Oru Pathirakolapathakathinte Katha
2010 – Kerala Film Critics Award for Second Best Actress – Madhyavenal and Paleri Manikyam: Oru Pathirakolapathakathinte Katha 2010 – Vanitha-Nippon Filmfare Awards for Best Supporting Actress – Paleri Manikyam: Oru Pathirakolapathakathinte Katha
2010 – World Malayali Association-Kairali TV Award Best Supporting Actress – Paleri Manikyam: Oru Pathirakolapathakathinte Katha
2010 – Jai Hind TV Award for Best Actress – Paleri Manikyam: Oru Pathirakolapathakathinte Katha
2010 – Kerala Film Producers Association-Surya TV – Most Popular Actress & Second Best Actress in Malayalam
2010 – Srividya Puraskaram – Paleri Manikyam: Oru Pathirakolapathakathinte Katha
2011 – Ramu Karyat Abhinaya Pratibha – Kayam and T. D. Dasan Std. VI B
2012 – Bharathamuni Award – Rajanna
2012 – P Bhaskaran Foundation – Best Actress Award