Kavya outdid herself with an unparalleled performance as Amritha, a college girl and a dancer, in 'Banares' (2009). Amritha faces the harassment of a cruel uncle and the challenges of an orphaned life. She meets Hari, who has come to Banaras, with the purpose of unraveling his late mother's past. Their friendship grows and they fall in love. Kavya has enacted Amrita with flawlessness, for which she won the Asianet Film award for best actress.