Just until yesterday, she was a Malayalam film actress and the daughter of K. U. Mohanan. But today, everyone knows her as the actress who replaced Deepika Padukone in Majid Majidi’s next film. Just to clarify, Malavika wasn’t Deepika’s replacement. Both the actresses did a look test and the popular filmmaker decided to go with Malavika. Deepika was never chosen to do the film.

And yet, it is a great deal for Malavika, who has only starred in four movies so far. The Deepika look-alike made her debut in the Malayalam film industry in 2013 and went on to do two more films later. She also made her debut in Sandalwood (Kannada film industry) last year. Her movie with Majid Majidi will be the actress’ first Hindi film. Here’s all you need to know about the Southern starlet:


Her father is a famous cinematographer.  

Yes, Malavika is a star kid. Her father, K. U. Mohanan, has worked as a cinematographer on movies like DonAaja NachleMiss LovelyTalaashFukreyRaees, and the upcoming film, The Ring. Malavika shares her father’s love for cinema and photography.

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While her roots are in the South, she’s from Bombay.  

Malavika’s parents are from Payyanur in Kannur District of Kerala. But she has been raised in the city of Bombay, where she completed her graduation in Mass Media from Wilson College. She’s a city girl, through and through.

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Malavika made her debut with Southern hottie, Dulquer Salmaan.

In her debut film, Pattam Pole, Malavika starred opposite Dulquer Salmaan. The film was a love story between a Brahmin boy, Karthik (Dulquer Salmaan), and a Christian girl, Riya (Malavika Mohanan). While the film got negative reviews, it was Malavika’s stepping stone in Mollywood. She subsequently starred in Nirnayakam and The Great Father.

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She’s not the only star child in Beyond The Clouds.

Malavika was handpicked by Majid Majidi himself as the lead actress for his upcoming Hindi movie, Beyond The Clouds. Another star child to make a debut with this film is Shahid Kapoor's younger brother, Ishaan Khatter. While Ishaan had begun shooting for the film last month, Malavika is said to have joined him a few days ago.

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You can follow her on Instagram.

Want to know more about upcoming actress Malavika Mohanan? Follow her on Instagram. On her page, she shares her love and flair for fashionphotographytravel, and all things cinema. Follow her here.

Malavika Mohanan Instagram - BookMyShow

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