Manju Warrier

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Manju Warrier
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Born Manju Warrier
(1978-11-01) 1 November 1978 (age 36)[1]
Nagercoil, Tamil Nadu, India[2]
Residence Pullu, Thrissur, Kerala, India
Occupation Film actress, dancer
Years active 1995–1999, 2014–present
  • Dileep (m. 1998; div. 2014)
Children Meenakshi
Relatives Madhu Warrier (brother)

Manju Warrier (pronounced: Mañcu Vāryar; born 1 November 1978) is an Indian film actress known for her work in Malayalam films. She is regarded as one of the most successful leading actresses of the Malayalam film industry.[3]

Manju Warrier made her debut in Sakshyam (1995) at the age of 17. Her prominent films include Sallapam, Ee Puzhayum Kadannu, Thooval Kottaram (1996), Kaliyattam, Krishnagudiyil Oru Pranayakalathu (1997), Daya, Summer in Bethlehem, Kanmadam (1998), and Pathram (1999). She won the National Film Award - Special Jury Award for her performance in Kannezhuthi Pottum Thottu (1999). She won the Kerala State Film Award for Best Actress for the film Ee Puzhayum Kadannu and has won four consecutive Filmfare Award for Best Actress.[4] She got married to actor Dileep in 1998, and quit acting at that time after a 4 year long career. She made a comeback to cinema after a 15-year sabbatical with the critically and commercially successful film How Old Are You (2014). She has signed a slew of other projects.

Early life[edit]

Manju Warrier was born in Nagercoil in the year 1978. Her father Madhavan Warrier was working with Sundaram Finance, Nagercoil regional office.[2] She did her primary schooling in CSI Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Nagercoil. After her father got promotion, the family came back to Kerala and settled in Kannur. She studied her high schooling in Chinmaya Vidyalaya, Kannur and later in Chovva higher secondary school. She had completed her graduation from SN College, Kannur.

Manju Warrier's father is an accountant, and mother a housewife. Their native place is Pullu, near Cherpu in Thrissur District. She has one brother Madhu Warrier who is also an actor.


Even when she was at school, Manju showed extra ordinary talent in dance, and won many awards. She was conferred Kalathilakam in Kerala Youth Festival for 2 years. At the age of 17, she debuted in the film Sakshyam (1995).[5] Later at the age of 18, she acted in the movie Sallapam (1996), co-starring actor Dileep, whom she later married. Since then, she acted in around 20 Malayalam movies over a span of three years. She has won numerous awards.

Her performance in the movie Kannezhuthi Pottum Thottu won a special mention from the jury for National Film Awards. Her other films include Kanmadam and Aaraam Thampuran, Ee Puzhayum Kadannu and Kudamattam with her husband Dileep, Summer In Bethlahem, Pranayavarnangal, Pathram and Kaliyattam with Suresh Gopi, Irattakuttikalude Achan, Kaliveedu, Thooval Kottaram and Krishnagudiyil Oru Pranayakalathu with Jayaram.

She married actor Dileep. After her marriage with Dileep, she retired from the film industry.

In 2011, she appeared in the promotion event for the movie Gaddama alongside Samyuktha Varma. In 2012 October 24, she performed Kuchipudi in Guruvayur Sree Krishna Temple.[6][7][8] Later in July 2013, she acted in a commercial with Amitabh Bachchan. Her comeback announcement was greeted with much fanfare by fans and the media.[9] In a subsequent interview, Manju Warrier thanked her fans for welcoming her back to the industry and described the opportunity to work with Mr. Bachchan as one of the most memorable experiences of her life.[10] It was announced that she would make a come back to the Malayalam film industry after a long break of 14 years through Ranjith's untitled project alongside with Mohanlal, but this project did not materialise.[11]

Manju Warrier was recently the cynosure of attention as she received the book penned by her friend and actress Navya Nair. Navya has written Navayarasangal and the first copy was received by Manju Warrier from the hands of veteran poet and activist Sugathakumari.[12] Manju Warrier mesmerised the audience in Calicut when she presented a Kuchipudi recital as part of the tribute ceremony of late Mullasseri Raju.[13] She recently published a book titled Sallapam.[14]

She made her much awaited return to cinema with Rosshan Andrrews's How Old Are You in 2014. Manju played the character of Nirupama Rajeev, a UD clerk in Revenue Department. The film earned positive reviews from critics and has been received exceptionally well by the audiences. She has a slew of other film projects announced.[15] She followed it by acting in Sathyan Anthikad's Ennum Eppozhum which reunites her with Mohanlal after a gap of 17 years. Eventhough her next project is confirmed by Aashiq Abu as the lead role in Rani Pathmini along with Rima Kallingal, it is rumoured that she will be playing an important role in Ranjith's Loham along with Mohanlal.

Personal life[edit]

Manju got married to Malayalam actor Dileep on 20 October 1998 at Aluva Sri Krishna Temple. The couple have a daughter, Meenakshi. Dileep and Manju had filed for divorce in 2014 and it was granted on January 2015.[16][17][18]


National Film Awards
Kerala State Film Awards
Filmfare Awards South
Asianet Film Awards
Screen-Videocon Awards
Film Fans Awards
Asiavision Awards
Vanitha Film Awards


Year Film Character Co-stars Director
2015 Loham Mohanlal, Andrea Jeremiah, Ajmal Ameer, Siddique Ranjith
2015 Ennum Eppozhum Adv. Deepa Mohanlal, Reenu Mathews, Innocent, Lena Abhilash Sathyan Anthikad
2014 How Old Are You Nirupama Rajeev Kunchako Boban Rosshan Andrrews
1999 Pathram Devika Shekhar Suresh Gopi, Murali, Biju Menon, Abhirami, Janardanan, N. F. Varghese Joshi
Kannezhuthi Pottum Thottu Bhadra Abbas, Biju Menon, Thilakan, Kalabhavan Mani T. K. Rajeev Kumar
1998 Summer in Bethlahem Abhirami Suresh Gopi, Jayaram, Kalabhavan Mani, Janardanan, Rasika, Mohanlal Sibi Malayil
Kanmadam Bhanumathi Mohanlal, Lal, Sreejaya, Siddique A. K. Lohithadas
Daya Daya Krishna, Lal Venu
Pranayavarnangal Aarathi Suresh Gopi, Biju Menon, Divya Unni, Praveena, Janardanan Sibi Malayil
Thirakalkkappuram Seetha Suresh Gopi Anil Adithyan
1997 Irattakuttikalude Achan Anupama Jayaram, Murali, Sreenivasan, Urmila Unni, Lalu Alex Sathyan Anthikkad
Krishnagudiyil Oru Pranayakalathu Meenakshi Jayaram, Biju Menon, Balachandra Menon, Kavya Madhavan, Vinaya Prasad, Narendraprasad Kamal
Kudamattam Gowri Dileep, Biju Menon, Vijayaraghavan, Mohini Sundardas
Aaraam Thampuran Unnimaya Mohanlal, Priya Raman, Oduvil Unnikrishnan, Narendraprasad Shaji Kailas
Sammanam Devi Manoj K. Jayan, Kalabhavan Mani Sundardas
Kaliyattam Thaamara Suresh Gopi, Biju Menon, Lal, Narendraprasad Jayaraj
Innalekalillathe Beena Biju Menon, Narendraprasad, N. F. Varghese George Kithu
1996 Kaliveedu Mridula Jayaram, Sunitha, Vani Viswanath, Jagadish Sibi Malayil
Thooval Kottaram Devaprabha Varma Jayaram, Murali, Sukanya, Dileep Sathyan Anthikkad
Dilliwala Rajakumaran Maya Jayaram, Biju Menon, Kalabhavan Mani, Narendraprasad Rajasenan
Ee Puzhayum Kadannu Anjali Dileep, Biju Menon, Mohini, Chippy, N. F. Varghese Kamal
Sallapam Radha Dileep, Manoj K. Jayan, Kalabhavan Mani, N. F. Varghese Sundardas
1995 Sakshyam Smitha Suresh Gopi, Murali, Gouthami Tadimalla, Annie Mohan


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  2. ^ a b "Manju embraces the pen, with élan". Malayala Manorama. 4 October 2013. Archived from the original on 13 October 2013. 
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  4. ^ "Rahman bags 12th Filmfare award". Retrieved 2013-10-19. 
  5. ^ "Sakshyam IMDB Page". Retrieved 2010-05-06. 
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  7. ^ "Manju Warrier ‘stages’ a comeback, The New Indian Express". Retrieved 2012-10-25. 
  8. ^ "Return of the star dancer, Manoramaonline". Retrieved 2012-10-25. 
  9. ^ "മഞ്ജു വാര്യര്‍ ക്യാമറക്കുമുന്നില്‍ തിരിച്ചെത്തി, The Indian Reader". Retrieved 2013-07-15. 
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