Lakshmi Manchu

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Lakshmi Manchu
Lakshmi Manchu.jpg
Manchu Lakshmi at the 60th Filmfare Awards South
Born Manchu Lakshmi Prasanna
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Residence Hyderabad, Telangana, India
Occupation Actress, television hostess, producer
Spouse(s) Anand "Andy" Srinivasan[1][2]
Children Vidya Nirvana[1][2]
Website
lakshmimanchu.com

Manchu Lakshmi Prasanna, credited as Lakshmi Manchu, is an Indian film actress, singer, model, producer and a television host. She studied in the US and appeared in a couple of American television shows and films and later continued acting in Indian films, mostly in Telugu cinema. She also produces films under the banners of Sree Lakshmi Prasanna Pictures and Manchu Entertainment and has hosted talk shows in Telugu television.

Early life[edit]

Lakshmi Manchu is the only daughter of actor Mohan Babu and Vidya Devi. She has two younger brothers, Vishnu Manchu and Manoj Manchu. She graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Theater from Oklahoma City University.[3][4]

Career[edit]

She acted and became known through her role in the American television series Las Vegas, where she played the role of Sarasvati Kumar, the love interest of James Lesure. The show gave her the chance to work with many stars, such as James Caan and Sylvestor Stallone, to name a few.[5] Besides, Las Vegas, she has acted very minor roles in each one episode in the series Desperate Housewives, Late Nights with my Lover and Mystery ER. She has also appeared in commercials for Toyota, AARP and Chevrolet.[6] She has acted in the upcoming English film Basmati Blues.[7]

In 2006, she directed, produced and acted in Perfect Lives, a short film that was showcased at the Wilshire Fine Arts Theater as part of the La Femme Film Festival in Los Angeles.[8]

In December 2011, she was signed on to portray a role in Mani Ratnam's Tamil film Kadal after a successful audition. Portraying the role of Celina, a poor village woman, she expressed that the film would be her breakthrough in films as an actress and revealed that the popular song "Nenjukulle" from the film was shot with her for two weeks.[9] The film released in February 2013 and much to Lakshmi's shock, her portions were largely edited out of the film and the scope of her role was diminished. The song did not feature in the film either, with Lakshmi apologising to her fan following for the episode.[10][11]

Personal life[edit]

Manchu became the mother of a baby girl through surrogacy in June 2014. The baby was born at Akansha Infertility Clinic at 12:30 pm on 15 June 2014.[2][1]

Awards[edit]

Filmfare Awards
Nandi Awards
Other Awards
  • The Hyderabad Times Film Awards 2011 – Best Actor in a Negative Role – Anaganaga O Dheerudu[12]
  • CineMAA Awards 2012 – Best Supporting Actress – Anaganaga O Dheerudu

Filmography[edit]

Feature films[edit]

Year Film Role Language Notes
2008 Perfect Lives Asha English Short film
2008 The Ode Najma English
2009 Dead Air Gabbi English
2009 Thank You for Washing Phoebe English Short film
2011 Anaganaga O Dheerudu Irendri Telugu Nandi Award for Best Villain
CineMAA Award for Best Supporting Actress
Santosham Best Villain Award
Nominated-Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Telugu
Dongala Mutha Shiva Telugu [13]
2012 Department Satya Bhosle Hindi
Uu Kodathara? Ulikki Padathara? Amrutha Valli Telugu
2013 Kadal Celina Tamil
Gundello Godari Chitra Telugu Winner: Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Telugu
Winner - SIIMA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting role
Doosukeltha Telugu Special appearance[14]
2014 Chandamama Kathalu Lisa Smith Telugu [15]
Basmati Blues Sita English Post-production
Budugu Telugu Filming[16]
Pilavani Perantam Telugu Filming[17]

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Language Notes
2004–07 Las Vegas Sarasvati Kumar English Recurring role (11 episodes)
2006 Boston Legal Juror No. 6 English "Shock and Oww!" (season 2: episode 18)
2008 Mystery ER Dr. Baker English "Eating Away/A Model's Malady" (season 2: episode 5)
Desperate Housewives Nabila English "Kids Ain't Like Everybody Else" (season 5: episode 3)
2008 Lakshmi Talk Show Herself Telugu Host
2011 Prematho Mee Lakshmi Herself Telugu Host
2012 Luckunte Lakshmi Herself Telugu Host
2013 Super Jodi Herself Telugu Judge
2013 Doosukeltha Herself Telugu Host

Producer[edit]

Year Film Language Director Cast Notes
2008 Nenu Meeku Telusa...? Telugu Ajay Sastry Manchu Manoj, Sneha Ullal, Riya Sen
2010 Jhummandi Naadam Telugu K. Raghavendra Rao Manchu Manoj, Taapsee Pannu, Mohan Babu
2012 Uu Kodathara? Ulikki Padathara? Telugu Sekhar Raja Manchu Manoj, Nandamuri Balakrishna, Deeksha Seth
2013 Gundello Godari / Maranthen Mannithen Telugu / Tamil Kumar Nagendra Aadhi, Manchu Lakshmi, Taapsee Pannu, Sundeep Kishan

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Lakshmi manchu becomes a mom". Deccan-Journal. Retrieved 22 June 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c "Lakshmi manchu with her daughter". Deccan-Journal. Retrieved 22 June 2014. 
  3. ^ "Metro Plus Vijayawada : Probing what lies beyond star aura". Chennai, India: The Hindu. 2 May 2009. Retrieved 13 October 2012. 
  4. ^ "Lakshmi Manchu's Gundello Godari! | BayNews | The New Voice of Vizag". Baynews.in. 16 April 2011. Retrieved 13 October 2012. 
  5. ^ "Metro Plus Hyderabad : 'I want to be a champion of the underdog'". Chennai, India: The Hindu. 25 April 2009. Retrieved 13 October 2012. 
  6. ^ "Lakshmi Manchu in Munnar – Telugu Movie News". IndiaGlitz. 15 April 2011. Retrieved 13 October 2012. 
  7. ^ "Lakshmi Manchu shoots for Hollywood film in Kerala – The Times of India". The Times of India. 
  8. ^ http://www.newsofap.com/art-368-lakshmi-prasanna-manchu-profile-biography.html
  9. ^ http://www.samachar.com/lakshmi-manchu-signs-mani-ratnam-s-pookadai-lmqoLMeadef.html
  10. ^ http://www.sify.com/movies/lakshmi-manchu-shocked-with-kadali-news-telugu-ncepxDgeahi.html
  11. ^ "Lakshmi Manchu shocked – The Times of India". The Times of India. 
  12. ^ "The Hyderabad Times Film Awards 2011". The Times of India. 24 June 2012. 
  13. ^ http://www.telugufirst.com/telugu-tv/tv-shows/254-manchu-lakshmi-new-show-at-etv.htm
  14. ^ http://www.123telugu.com/mnews/two-directors-to-handle-lakshmi-manchus-special-role.html
  15. ^ http://www.sify.com/movies/sattaru-s-chandamama-kathalu-goes-on-floors-news-telugu-njzlbKdbdef.html
  16. ^ http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/telugu/movies/news/Budugu-is-based-on-a-true-story/articleshow/39536704.cms
  17. ^ http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/telugu/movies/news/Lakshmi-Manchus-Pilavani-Perantam-launched/articleshow/45191500.cms

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