Shanavas, son of actor Prem Nazir, tried his luck in the movie industry in 1980s. He started as a lead actor and his movie Premageethagal was well noticed. Later he began to do supporting roles. He took a gap after his movie Neelagiri, but later had a come back. His villian role in the recently released Zachariyayude Garbinikal was appreciated. Shanavas is married to Ayishabevi and they have two sons.