Kanika is the second daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Venkat Subramanian, both engineers. She studied at TVS Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Madurai. She then got admitted on merit to BITS, in Pilani, Rajasthan, from where she graduated with a Mechanical Engineering degree. Since childhood, she participated in pop music and light music shows. When she was supposed to perform at the Miss Chennai event, a beauty pageant contest, in 2001, she got to participate at the contest, after a model had backed out at the last moment. Despite lack of experience, she emerged victorious at that contest, which would later pave her the way for a film career. Her debut film was the Mani Ratnam-produced Five Star (2002) with Prasanna. Even before she finished her graduation, she completed her Telugu debut film Ottessi Chepputunna during her winter vacations. She starred in the Kannada film Annavaru. She finally ventured into Malayalam cinema as the heroine for the campus-based film Ennitum. After her marriage, when she was supposed to have bid adieu to the film industry, Kaniha returned to the Malayalam cinema in 2009, with the films Bhagyadevatha and Pazhassi Raja, The former one which was highly successful at the box office and the latter one is being considered the highest-grosser in the Malayalam film industry. Besides acting, Kanika has ventured into other fields as well, working as a dubbing artiste, playback singer and TV host, proving to be a versatile and talented person. She has also featured in print and TV ads of some reputed corporates. Kanika married Shyam Radhakrishnan on 15 June 2008 who works as a US-based software engineer. They have a son Sai Rishi born in November 2010. She has comeback with Bhagyadevatha.
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