Nithya Menen is an Indian film actress and playback singer from Bangalore, Karnataka. She has acted in Kannada, Malayalam, Telugu, and Tamil. She won 2 Filmfare Awards for the Telugu films Gunde Jaari Gallanthayyinde and Malli Malli Idhi Rani Roju.
Nithya Menen was born in Bangalore, Karnataka and studied journalism at the Manipal Institute of Communication. She once said in an interview that she never wished to become an actress but a journalist, as she was “an idealist”, but felt journalism was “not what it used to be”. She then decided to become a filmmaker as she could express her ideas “better through films”, and enrolled for a course in cinematography at the FTII Pune. During the entrance examination, she met Nandini Reddy, who “brainwashed” and convinced her to take up acting. Nandini Reddy would later turn director and sign Nithya for the lead female role in her first project.