Kalpana Priyadarshini or Kalpana was born in 1965 in Kerala. She is one of the most popular actresses in comic roles in Malayalam. She won the National Award for the Best Supporting Actress for the movie Tanichalla Njan in 2012. Her parents were theatre artists and her sisters Kalaranjini and Urvashi are both famous actresses in South Indian Films. She started acting as a child artist. Kalpana’s journey as a heroine in films started in 1983 in the movie Manju directed by M.T. Vasudevan Nair. She then acted along with Bhagiyaraj in the Tamil Movie Chinnaveedu, which was a super hit. Later on, she began getting more comedy characters in supporting roles. She has done many combination roles with
Jagathy Sreekumar, which was well received by the audience. Her popular movies include Perupennapurathe Visheshangal, Dr. Pashupathy, Injakkadan Mathai & Sons, Kaabuliwala, Pidakozhi koovunna Nootandu, Salt n Pepper, Spirit, Bangalore days to name a few. She has acted in more than 170 films in Malayalam and Tamil. She became a favorite among television audience after acting in the serial Sathi Leelavathi as Leelavathi on Amritha TV. Her other popular serials are In Panchali House and Kudumbasametham Manikutty. She also appears as a judge in many Comedy reality shows on television.