Shweta Menon is an Indian model, film 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 was noted after participating and winning several beauty pageants. 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. She accepted substatial roles for which she received critical praise and several accolades for her performance in Paleri Manikyam: Oru Pathirakolapathakathinte Katha (2009).
Menon hails from Tirur in Kerala, but currently lives in Mumbai. Her father served the Indian Air Force while her mother remained a housewife.
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 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 in the film, Madhya Venal earned her a special mention by Jury Chairman Bahman Ghobadi (Iranian director) at the International Film Festival of Kerala. In 2010, she won the Kerala State Government's Best Actress Award for her portrayal of Cheeru, in the film Paleri Manikyam: Oru Pathirakolapathakathinte Katha directed by Ranjith.
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. 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.
Besides working in films, she has anchored several TV, stage and film awards. 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.
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.