Kerala’s favorite actress Monisha – the best and evergreen actress.
Monisha (Malayalam: മോനിഷ, 1971–1992) was an Indian film actress, primarily of Malayalam cinema, who made her presence known with her very first film. She was only 15 years old when she won the National Film Award for Best Actress for her debut film, Nakhakshathangal (1986). This made her the youngest recipient of the National Film Award. She died in a car accident at the age of 21.
Monisha was born in Panniyankara, Calicut in 1971 to Narayanan Unni and Sreedevi. Monisha has a brother, Sajith. Her father, Narayanan Unni, hailed from Shornur and was in the leather business in Bangalore, Karnataka, where Monisha was brought up. Her mother, Sreedevi, was a dancer. Monisha started to learn dance during her childhood and soon became a danseuse. She did her first stage performance when she was 9. She won the Kaushika Award in the Karnataka state-level Bharatanatyam competition in 1985. She completed her schooling at St Charles High School, Bangalore and Bishop Cotton Girls School, Bangalore. She completed her degree in psychology at Mount Carmel College, Bangalore.
Noted Malayalam novelist M. T. Vasudevan Nair, who is also a screenwriter and film director, is a family friend of Monisha’s. He was responsible for her entry into films. She made a debut in film acting with Nakhakshathangal (1986), which was written by M.T. and directed by Hariharan. The film portrayed a love triangle involving three teenagers. Monisha was paired opposite another debutant Vineeth, who was to become a famous south Indian actor. Monisha’s portrayal of Gowri, the film’s female protagonist, won her the National Film Award for Best Actress in 1987. Monisha proved her performance in her first film was not a fluke with her performances in Perumthachan (1990), Kadavu (1991) and Kamaladalam (1992), which was a Bharath Mohanlal starrer. She also acted in the Tamil films Pookkal Vidum Ithal (a remake of Nakhashathangal), Unna Nenachen Paatu Padichen, and Dravidan, and in the Kannada film Chiranjeevi Sudhakar (1988), pairing with Raghavendra Rajkumar in the lead roles.
Monisha was working on the Malayalam film Cheppadividya when she died. On 5 December 1992, a car carrying her and her mother met with an accident near Cherthala in Alappuzha. While her mother escaped with fractures and bruises, Monisha succumbed to severe internal brain damage and other injuries.
Champakkulam Thachan (1992)
Oru Kochu Bhoomikulukkam (1992)
Pookkal Vidum Ithal
Unna Nenachen Paattu Padicchen (1992)
Venal Kinavukal (1991)
Veena Meettiyavilagukal (1990)
Kuruppinte Kanakkupusthakam (1990)
Chiranjivi Sudhakara (1988) (Sandalwood movie)