Master Manjunath

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Master Manjunath
Born Manjunath Nayaker
(1976-12-23) 23 December 1976 (age 38)
Nationality IndiaIndian
Known for Swami in Malgudi Days (1987)

Manjunath Nayaker (born 23 December 1976) is an Indian actor and public relations professional. He is better known by his screen name Master Manjunath or "Swami" for his lead role in the television series Malgudi Days (1987) directed by Shankar Nag and in its film version, Swami And Friends.[1][2]


Master Manjunath, who started acting at three, has been part of 68 movies in Kannada and Hindi,[3] but it was his role in Swami and Friends (also made into a full-length movie) that fetched him the maximum recognition — six international, one national and a state award. The series was shot during his school vacation in 1985-86, and telecasted in 1987. He acted in few Super Hit movies of actor director Shankar Nag such as Nodi Swamy Navirodu Hige, Sangliana and S.P. Sangliana 2. He also played the role of young Vijay Deenanath Chauhan in Agneepath (1990), which was played by Amitabh Bachchan.

He quit acting at the age of 19 to concentrate on his studies.[2] He did M.A. in Sociology, Diploma in cinematography and CA Foundation course.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Manjunath is married to athlete Swarnarekha, a sprinter and long jump champion.[2]He is working as a Vice President - PR and Liaison for the Bangalore-Mysore Infrastructure Corridor Project (BMICP).[3]


Year Film Role Notes/language
1983 Banker Margayya Young Balu Kannada
1983 Nodi Swamy Navirodu Hige Chotay Kannada
1984 Makkaliralavva Mane Thumba Kannada
1987 Ranadheera Kannada
1987 Malgudi Days Swami Hindi & English (TV series)
1987 Huli Hebbuli Kannada
1988 Sangliyana Ravi Kannada
1988 Ranaranga Kannada
1989 Love Madi Nodu Kannada
1990 Agneepath young Vijay Deenanath Chauhan Hindi
1991 Benaam Badsha Hindi
1991 Ramachaari Kannada
1992 Swathi Kiranam Gangadharam Telugu


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