Malavika Mohanan was born in 1992 and is the daughter of cinematographer K. U. Mohanan. She hails from Payyanur in Kannur, Kerala, but brought up in Mumbai. Mohanan completed a degree in Mass Media at Wilson College, Mumbai, hoping to emulate her father as a cinematographer or as a director. Post her graduation, while she was contemplating taking up higher studies, she accompanied her father to a commercial shoot for a fairness cream, starring veteran Malayalam actor Mammootty. The actor subsequently enquired about Mohanan’s interest in acting, before offering her a role opposite his son, Dulquer Salmaan, in an upcoming Malayalam film.