Manjula (Kannada actress)

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Manjula
Born (1951-04-05)5 April 1951
Tumkur, Mysore State (now Karnataka), India
Died 12 September 1986(1986-09-12) (aged 35)
Bangalore, India
Occupation Actress
Years active 1965–1985
Spouse(s) Amritham
Children Abhishek
Abhinaya

Manjula (Kannada: ಮಂಜುಳ) (5 April 1951 – 12 September 1986) was an Indian film actress who acted in Kannada language films and also few Tamil and Telugu films. She was one of the most successful and prominent actresses of Kannada films in the 1980s. She acted in more than 100 films and won several awards including the Filmfare Award for her performances.[1] Beginning as a theater artist Manjula switched over to feature films with the 1966 film Mane Katti Nodu [2]. Her portrayal of "bubbly" characters earned a great deal of celebrity and she is considered one of the most bubbly actress in Kannada cinema to date.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Manjula was born to M. H. Shivanna and Deveramma on April 5, 1951 in Honnenahalli, a village in Tumkur District. She belonged to a prominent lingayat[4] family, her father Shivanna was a police sub inspector. She was married to film director Amritham who worked with her in films such as: Hudugaatada Hudugi. The couple had a son, Abhishek, who married Sushma Srinivas, in 2009; and an adopted daughter, Abhinaya.

Career[edit]

Manjula started her acting career in 1965 with a drama troupe Prabhat Kalavidaru. She then entered the Kannada film industry in a small role through the film Mane Katti Nodu in 1966. The film was directed by Sri Sadguru. Her lead actress debut was in the 1972 film Yaara Saakshi, which was directed by veteran director M. R. Vittal. She has shared screen with south super stars like Rajkumar and Vishnuvardhan and also other prominent actors like Srinath and Shankar Nag and others,[1] but most successful[vague] is with Srinath.[5] They acted together in about 35 films.[1] She starred in over one hundred films during her film career. She has played a variety of roles and most of her films became successful. Some of her notable films include Sampathige Savaal, Durgi, Yeradu Kanasu, Besuge and Seetha Ramu.

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1966 Mane Katti Nodu Child actress
Debut film
1967 Padhavidhara Child actress
1969 Eradu Mukha Child actress
1972 Yaara Sakshi First film as a lead actress
1973 Mooruvare Vajragalu Sathyabhama First film with actor Rajkumar
1974 Eradu Kanasu Lalitha
1974 Sampathige Saval Durgi
1974 Bhakta Kumbara Manju
1974 Professor Huchuraya
1974 Sri Srinivasa Kalyana
1975 Devara Gudi Vasanthi
1975 Daari Tappida Maga
1975 Thota Ramudu Telugu film
1975 Ninagagi Naanu
1975 Mayura
1975 Nireekshe
1975 Hennu Samsarada Kannu
1976 Hudugaatada Hudugi
1976 Baduku Bangaravayithu
1976 Besuge
1976 Chiranjeevi
1976 Bangarada Gudi
1976 Thulasi
1976 Kanasu Nanasu
1976 Soothrada Gombe
1977 Deepa Deepa Winner - Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Kannada
1977 Sri Renukadevi Mahatme
1977 Dhanalakshmi
1977 Bayasade Bhanda Bhagya
1977 Sose Thanda Sowbagya First Cinema scope Movie in Kannada
1977 Thaayigintha Devarilla
1977 Kumkuma Rakshe
1977 Veera Sindhura Lakshmana
1977 Galate Samsara
1977 Chanda Marutha
1977 Kittu Puttu
1977 Ganda Hendathi
1978 Halli Haida
1978 Muyyige Muyyi
1978 Anuraga Bandhana
1978 Nanna Prayaschitta
1978 Sneha Sedu
1978 Vasantha Lakshmi
1978 Chithegu Chinte
1978 Bhale Huduga
1978 Madhura Sangama
1978 Singaporenalli Raja Kulla First Kannada film shot abroad
1979 Adalu Badalu
1979 Seetha Ramu Seetha
1979 Pakka Kalla
1979 Putani Agent 123
1979 Savathiya Neralu
1979 Preethi Madu Tamashe Nodu
1979 Mallige Sampige
1979 Ene Barali Preethi Irali
1980 Point Parimala Parimala
1980 Rama Parashurama
1980 Rama Lakshmana
1980 Moogana Sedu
1980 Haddina Kannu
1980 Manjina There
1980 Usha Swayamvara Usha
1980 Simha Jodi
1980 Manku Thimma
1980 Rusthum Jodi
1980 Janma Janmada Anubandha
1980 Mithuna
1980 Pattanakke Bandha Patniyaru
1981 Nee Nanna Gellalare
1981 Premanubandha
1981 Avali Javali
1981 Simhada Mari Sainya
1981 Guru Shishyaru
1981 Mareyada Haadu
1981 Snehitara Savaal
1981 Shikari
1982 Rudri Rudri
1982 Kempu Hori
1982 Chellida Raktha
1982 Mareyalagada Kathe
1982 Archana Archana
1982 Swarna Mahal Rahasya
1982 Guna Nodi Hennu Kodu
1982 Benki Chendu
1982 Mava Sose Saval
1982 Snehada Sankole
1982 Hasyarathna Ramakrishna
1982 Betthale Seve
1983 Hosa Theerpu
1983 Keralida Hennu
1983 Krantiyogi Basavanna
1983 Ananda Sagara
1984 Onti Dhwani
1984 Kalinga Sarpa
1984 Enka Manka
1985 Savira Sullu
1985 Bhayankara Bhasmasura
1986 Aparadhi Nanalla

Death[edit]

Manjula suffered from weight related problems during the early 1980s, while she was at the top of her career, and that ended her career as a romantic actress. She had a hurried marriage with Amritam. The film offers dried up and she had financial difficulties. Depressed, she committed suicide on 12 September 1986. It was first reported that she died due to a kitchen stove-burst. At the time of her death she had no movies on hand.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Manjula's Profile". chitraranga.com. Archived from the original on 4 February 2007. Retrieved 18 August 2009. 
  2. ^ Child Artist baby Manula
  3. ^ http://withoutfound.blogspot.in/2007/08/manjula-original-bubbly.html
  4. ^ Patil, S.H. (2002). Community dominance and political modernisation: the Lingayats. Mittal Publications. p. 50. ISBN 81-7099-867-0. 
  5. ^ B. V. Shiva Shankar (30 March 2007). "Made for each other". The Hindu. Retrieved 18 August 2009. [dead link]