Shanavas is an actor who mostly acts in Malayalam movies and had also worked in few Tamil movies. Actor Shanavas has acted in over 50 Malayalam films. Shanavas is the son of famous and legendary Malayalam film actor . Shanavas was born in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India to legendary actor Prem Nazir and Habeeba Biwi. He has three elder sisters. Shanavas did his schooling from Yercaud and completed his Master’s degree from The New College, Chennai. Shanavas made his debut in the year 1981 with the Malayalam film Premageethangal. This movie was moderately successful. Though after this film, Shanavas went on to star in a number of Tamil and Malayalam films, but he was unable to create magic among the audiences and failed to repeat or achieve the success of that of his father Legendary actor of the Malayalam films actor Prem Nazir. Some of the Malayalam and Tamil films in which actor Shanavas acted are-Gaanam, Ye Yugam, Orikkal Oridathu, Aazhi,
, Kanyakumari Express, China Town, Veeraputhran, Neelagiri and many more. He also judged a reality show on Asianet and Sun TV. After trying his luck in the Malayalam films he decided to switch his career and turned full time business person. Presently, Shanavas is settled in Malaysia with his wife and two sons. Shanavas nowadays does few occasional films and made a comeback with the 2013 Malayalam film
which was well received by the audiences and at the box office. Elder son of Shanavas also tried his luck in the Malayalam movies but was not successful. His younger son works in Australia. Shanavas also featured in a TV serial named Shankupushpam.