Kay Kay Menon is an Indian actor who is best known for his portrayal of Khurram Mir in Vishal Bhardwaj's film 'Haider', for which he won a Filmfare and an IIFA award for 'Best Supporting Actor'. He also won the 'Best Actor' award at the Festival of Arab and Asian Cinema for his role in 'Shoonya'. Recognized as one of the finest actors in the Indian entertainment industry, he has worked in films such as 'Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi', 'Deewaar', 'Silsiilay', 'Sarkar', 'Main, Meri Patni Aur Woh', 'Corporate', 'Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd.', 'Life in a... Metro', 'Shaurya', 'The Stoneman Murders', 'Gulaal', 'Sankat City', 'Shahid', 'The Ghazi Attack' and 'Vodka Diaries'. While he primarily works in Hindi movies, he has also worked in Gujarati, Tamil, Malayalam, Marathi and Telugu cinema. Early on in his career, he had earned praise for his portrayal of a young Prime Minister on the television series 'Pradhan Mantri'.
Childhood & Early Life
Kay Kay Menon was born as Krishna Kumar Menon on October 2, 1966 in Kerala, India, at his maternal grandparents' place, and came to his parents' place, Maharashtra, when he was one year old. Because his father, Cashier Menon, worked as a superintendent in an ordnance factory, he moved all around the state, but was mostly raised in Ambarnath and Pune.
He studied at the St. Josephs Boys' High School in Khadki, Pune, from where he passed 10th standard in 1981. After completing his Bachelor's degree in Physics from Mumbai University, he also got an MBA from the Department of Management Sciences at the University of Pune in 1988.
He originally began working in advertising, for brands like Kinetic Honda and Marlboro cigarette, but considers it the lowest period in his life as he was aimless and depressed. He eventually realized how much freedom he enjoyed while appearing in school plays, and closed shop to switch focus to theater.
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Kay Kay Menon, who first went to actor Naseeruddin Shah after deciding to join theater, got his first break in Feroz Abbas Khan's 'Mahatma vs Gandhi', in which Shah played his father, Gandhi.
He was regularly doing theater with Makarand Deshpande who helped him get noticed and land his first big screen role in Saeed Mirza’s 'Naseem' in 1995.
In 1995, he also began appearing on television series such as 'Darr' and 'Suhana Safar'. These were followed by 'Dear God', 'Saturday Suspense', 'Bhanwar', 'Teacher', 'X-Zone', 'Lakshya', and 'Star Bestsellers'. He also had roles in the made-for-television movies 'Chocolate' and 'Last Train to Mahakali'.
He played the lead role in the 1999 film 'Bhopal Express', which also starred Naseeruddin Shah and Zeenat Aman, but the film remained largely unnoticed. In 2001, he played the role of a young Prime Minister in the Zee TV series 'Pradhan Mantri', directed by Ketan Mehta, for which he was praised by critics.
One of his next film roles was as a wicked rock musician in Anurag Kashyap's debut movie 'Paanch', which unfortunately never released due to censorship issues. Two of his other films, the political drama 'Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi' and the crime movie 'Black Friday', released late in 2005 and 2007, respectively.
During this time, he also acted in commercial films like 'Deewaar' (2004), starring Amitabh Bachchan and Sanjay Dutt, and 'Silsiilay', narrated by Shah Rukh Khan and with an ensemble cast. While both of these flopped at the box office, Ram Gopal Varma's 'Sarkar' (2005) gave him his big break and a nomination for the 'Best Performance in a Negative Role' at the 'Filmfare Awards'.
In 2007, he played the role of an adulterous husband in 'Life in a... Metro', for which he was nominated for the 'Best Performance in a Negative Role' at the 'International Indian Film Academy Awards'. The next year, he portrayed a ruthless army brigadier in 'Shaurya', based on 'A Few Good Men', for which he earned a permanent place in the hearts of movie fans.
In the following years, he acted in films such as 'The Stoneman Murders', 'Gulaal', 'Sankat City', 'Bheja Fry 2', 'Shahid', and 'ABCD: Any Body Can Dance'.
In 2014, he appeared as Khurram Mir in Vishal Bhardwaj's 'Hamlet'-based drama film 'Haider', for which he won a Filmfare and an IIFA award for 'Best Supporting Actor'.
He had a major role as a Naval Captain based on an Indian Naval submarine S21 that thwarted the mission of Pakistani submarine PNS Ghazi in the war film 'The Ghazi Attack' in 2017. He had a starring role in the 2018 thriller film 'Vodka Diaries'.
Family & Personal Life
Kay Kay Menon met actress Nivedita Bhattacharya during his early career in theatre production. They got married on 15 March, 2005.