|Manchu Mohan Babu|
|Born||Manchu Bhakthavatsalam Naidu
March 19, 1952
Modhugulapalem Chittoor District, Andhra Pradesh
|Other names||Collection King, Dialogue King, Nataprapoorna, Natavachaspathi|
|Occupation||Actor, Director, Producer, Educationalist, Politician, Social Worker|
|Years active||1975 - Present|
|Spouse(s)||Manchu Vidhya Devi(Deceased),Manchu Nirmala Devi|
|Children||Manchu Lakshmi Prasanna
Manchu Vishnu Vardhan Babu
Manchu Manoj Kumar
|Parents||Manchu Narayanaswamy Naidu
Mohan Babu (born Manchu Bakthavatsalam Naidu) is an actor, director and producer in Telugu Cinema. He received the Filmfare Best Actor Award (Telugu) for the 1995 film Pedarayudu, CineMAA Awards for the Best supporting actor for his character Yama Dharma Raja in the 2008 film Yamadonga. Mohan Babu is an Educationalist and is noted for his social contributions and political activism. He is a former Member of Parliament – Rajya Sabha from Andhra Pradesh after being elected in the year 1995.
In the year 2007, he was conferred with the prestigious National honor [c] by His Excellency, The President of India for his distinguished contribution to the field of Arts. .He was also elected a Deputy into the International Parliament for Safety and Peace, an intergovernmental organization based in Italy. He is referred to his fans dearly by the popular monikers Dialogue King, Collection King and Nataprapoorna. He was recently awarded the title Natavachaspathi as an award for his contributions to the Film Industry.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Career
- 3 Politicial Views
- 4 Contributions to Education
- 5 Philanthrophy
- 6 Personal life
- 7 Awards
- 8 Other Awards
- 9 Filmography
- 10 References
- 11 External links
Mohan Babu was born on 19 March 1962 to Narayanaswamy Naidu and Lakshmamma in the Modhugulapalem village near the banks of the river Swarnamukhi. His birthplace is sandwiched between two famous pilgrim centers - Tirupati (abode of Lord Venkateswara) and Sri Kalahasti (abode of Lord Vayulingeswara) in the Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh. He was named Bhaktavatsalam Naidu in reverence to Lord Eswara by his parents. It was not until he stepped into the film industry that his name changed to Mohan Babu.
Mohan Babu grew up with his three younger brothers, Ranganath Chowdary, Ramachandra Chowdary, Krishna and his sister Vijaya. After finishing primary schooling from Yerpedu village, he attended the S.P.J.N.M High School in Tirupati. As a child, Mohan Babu developed an interest with the stage and actively appeared in school plays from the age of 14. His father, a headmaster, was keen on his son pursuing an academic career. It was during this time that Mohan Babu moved to Chennai and acquired a degree in Physical Education from the YMCA College of Physical Education.
He then moved on to attend the Madras Film Institute to pursue a career in the film industry. He was also a class mate of superstar Rajinikanth who is one of his closest friends in the film industry.
Mohan Babu began his career as a Physical Education Instructor at the Kesari High School for many years. Drawn to arts as a child and convinced that the film industry was the place meant for him, Mohan Babu started traveling to many studios based in Chennai in search of opportunities. Finally, in the year 1969, he received an opportunity to work with director Lakshmi Deepak as an apprentice marking his entry into the film industry. He spent many years behind the camera until his thirst for acting and expression brought him on the screen with 1974 films Kannavari Kalalu and Alluri Seetha Rama Raju as an actor.
Acting Career - 1975 - Present
During this time, Mohan Babu was introduced to Dasari Narayana Rao who was then a script writer in Tollywood. This would pan out to become the most significant event of his career. Mohan Babu's first major breakthrough as an actor came with the 1975 film Swargam Narakam directed by Dasari Narayana Rao. Dasari cast him as a villain in the movie and went on to achieve great success. It was after this movie that his birth name Bakthavatsalam Naidu changed to Mohan Babu. After appearing in many films as a comedy-villain, he proceeded to star as the leading actor in Khadi Kalidasu, Ketugadu, Gruhapravesham, Assembly Rowdy, Allari Alludu and many more.
After receiving success in Telugu Cinema, Mohan Babu as a lover of arts was also drawn to the happenings of Tamil Cinema. After being initiated into the Tamil Film Industry by Sivaji Ganesan, he went on to appear in over 20 Tamil films with a multitude of roles to his credit.
Over the years, Mohan Babu developed his own unique style of dialogue diction that brought him to the top ranks of Tollywood (Telugu Cinema). With a career spanning close to four decades, Mohan Babu holds over 500 movies to his credit with a wide spectrum of role playing that includes being a Hero, Villain or Comedian.
Mohan Babu continued his foray into the film industry by wanting to seize opportunities to experiment with his acting skills. In the year 1982, Mohan Babu established Sree Lakshmi Prasanna Pictures. Named after his daughter Lakshmi Manchu, the movie house released Pratigna. The film was very successful and went on to be showcased in theaters for 100 days. Under Mohan Babu's guidance, the production company went on to deliver major blockbusters including Assembly Rowdy, Rowdygari Pellam, Alludu Garu, Major Chandrakanth, Pedarayudu and Rayalaseema Ramanna Chowdary and many more.
As an ardent admirer of N.T. Rama Rao, in the year 1993, Mohan Babu produced Major Chandrakanth starring N.T. Rama Rao and himself in the lead roles. The movie was directed by K. Raghavendra Rao and went on to become a major blockbuster. The movie also celebrated its silver jubilee and stands as the last movie in N.T. Rama Rao's film career.
Known for his long association with the late N.T. Rama Rao, Mohan Babu ardently campaigned for the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) when it was led by N.T. Rama Rao and consequently joined the party in 1982. While he was making his political presence felt, Mohan Babu received a nomination for Rajya Sabha as a Member of Parliament representing Andhra Pradesh in the year 1995. During his six year tenure with the Rajya Sabha, Mohan Babu undertook various projects to develop the Chittoor district including laying roads, providing clean water, developing sanitation and hygiene.
While serving his tenure in the Rajya Sabha, he was also a member of the Committee on Human Resource Development from 1996 to 1997, the committee on Urban and Rural Development and the Consultative Committee for the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. As part of the Social Forestry programme, he took charge of extensive sapling plantation in scores of villages with the help of villagers and the Vana Samrakshana Samithis. He also initiated programmes on health, nutrition and education on a large scale for the rural populace.
During the Ralayaseema drought, he toured to many villages extensively to address the plight of the agrarian community and offer solutions for disaster management including crop preservation. During these visits, he also worked towards tackling the shortage of drinking water in many villages.
After leaving the TDP, Mohan Babu continued with his career in the film industry. While in the midst of producing a movie titled Sri Ramuliah, he narrowly escaped a bomb blast which killed 23 people and injuring 35 others in Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad.
Mohan Babu is also known to have actively participated in improving the living standards of many underprivileged artists in the South Indian Film Industry. Currently, Mohan Babu does not participate actively in Politics, however there have been many rumors and speculation that he will start his own political party and get back to contributing to the society by fighting corruption.
Contributions to Education
Mohan Babu believed that if there is anything that a country like India truly deserved for it's children, it was dedicated and committed educational institutions that can shape a better nation. Carrying with this zeal and desire to give back his due to the society, Mohan Babu established the Sree Vidyanikethan Educational Trust in the year 1993.
Today, Sree Vidyanikethan is one of the biggest chains of educational institutions in the country and runs the Sree Vidyanikethan International School, Sree Vidyanikethan degree College, Sree Vidyanikethan Engineering College, Sree Vidyanikethan College of Pharmacy, Sree Vidyanikethan College of Nursing, The Sree Vidyanikethan College of Management and the Sree Vidyanikethan College for Post Graduation Studies.
Under Mohan Babu's guiding light of inspiration, a special team spearheaded by special officer Gopal Rao, an eminent educationalist, takes charge of the overall quality management of all institutions part of the Sree Vidyanikethan group. Mohan Babu's eldest son, Vishnu Manchu, CEO of Sree Vidyanikethan, conceptualizes, implements new strategies and works towards his goal of empowering the youth through his many endeavors that form the core of Sree Vidyanikethan's operations.
As Chairman of the educational trust, Mohan Babu continues to build on the academic mission of moulding young minds, imparting them with varied skills and world class facilities that include start of the art laboratories, comfortable residential facilities, a massive library, health and safety measures including student health insurance, new and improved learning systems with teaching aids, projectors, e-classrooms and guest lectures in addition to providing banking facilities and activity centers, scholarships and placement cells in these institutions. Carrying the torch of Education for a better world, the Sree Vidyanikethan Educational Institutions group offers 25% of all its seats to needy students irrespective of caste and creed.
As an imminent member of the education commnuity, Mohan Babu visited the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore to deliver a lecture to the Indian students on the topic “The influence of Information Technology”. Upon an invitation from the Indian Students Association, he visited the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA as a chief guest at their annual meeting. He has also visited the University of California, Berkeley, to invite eminent faculty to deliver guest lectures at the Sree Vidyanikethan Educational Institutions. Delivered a seminar on Athletics in the University of Michigan for the Department of Sports. He also visited the Bangkok University, Thailand, to study the pattern of non-profit co-education offered under the University Foundation.
Apart from these, he has traveled to major institutions to gain a broader perspective on education in Kings College, Queen Mary University, London; Department of Computer Sciences, University of Dortmund, Germany; University of Salzburg, University of Innsbruck in Austria. He has also visited Jamaica on the invitation of the Caribbean Telugu Association.
Social Contribution and Charity
During the catastrophe caused by the floods in the year 2009, a village of weavers Rajoli in the Waddepalle Mandal of Mahbubnagar district in Andhra Pradesh, was completely decimated leaving over 40,000 people homeless and helpless. While they were struggling for aid, Mohan Babu visited the village with his sons Vishnu, Manoj and several volunteers to donate food and essentials. During his stay of three weeks in Rajoli, he announced that he would adopt the village and deliver all necessities to the people. During this time, he donated three sets of clothing for every man and child, five Saris for every woman with blankets, utensils, mosquito nets and food.
As he traveled and saw the plight of the villagers, he announced free education to several children from the village. Today, his educational institution Sree Vidyanikethan provides free education to over 80 students from the village. Over 30 students have already graduated from this institution. He also constructed houses and donated Handloom equipment to over 300 families that till today stand as a symbol of hope and continuity in the village.
Mohan Babu also brought together volunteers to promote environmental awareness with the vision of developing model villages. This social service unit titled Army Green headed by Manchu Vishnu has adopted over 25 villages around Sree Vidyanikethan to develop them into model villages with electricity, clean water and sanitation facilities.
Army Green has donated dust bins, provided a waste disposal system under Mohan Babu's concept called Wealth out of Waste to generate electricity. They have conducted weekly meetings to create environmental and hygiene awareness in these villages and have suggested them on health, hygiene and sanitation. They have also continued to donate desks, benches, black boards, computer systems and digital projectors to rural schools in these villages. Besides this, they visit the schools regularly to conduct educational workshops on English, Computer Sciences, Etiquette and encourage everyone to take up higher education based on their personal interests.
With Army Green, Mohan Babu has planted many hundreds of saplings in and around the villages they have assisted till date.
Farmer Support Programmes
Dr. Mohan Babu has encouraged the farmer community to use natural fertilizers and provides support to farmers with Army Green. He continues to provide natural fertilizers, natural seeds and useful resources to the all farmers to help them gain high yield. He has encouraged Diary Farming and supports in obtaining Milking Machines, Instant Chillers and fodder for all livestock. Mohan Babu's future vision includes donating Solar Powered lights and Cookers to villages.
Dr. M. Mohan Babu was married to Manchu Vidya Devi who bore him a son Manchu Vishnu and a daughter Manchu Lakshmi Prasanna - both of who are actors in the film industry. After her sad demise that left him in agony, he married Manchu Nirmala Devi, the sister of his first wife. She bore him a son Manchu Manoj who is also an actor.
- Padma Shri – Govt of India recommended by Late Shri.NTR garu.
As per a petition filed by BJP Party Leader N. Indrasena Reddy, M. Mohan Babu was found 'misusing' the Padma Shri title in recently released film 'Denikaina Ready'. The court motioned in favor of the petitioner and on 23 December 2013 announced quoting Article 18 (1) of the Constitution, that the national award did not amount to a "title" and should not be used as a suffix or prefix and in case of non-compliance, the defaulter forfeit the award.
- CineMAA Awards – Best supporting actor – Yama donga – 2008
- Natavachaspathi Title by TSR Kalaparishath
- The Glory of India International Award
Mohan Babu launched Sree Lakshmi Prasanna Pictures (SLPP), a film production house, in 1982. Since then, he has produced 56 movies. Some of the highly successful box office hits include:
- Pratigna (1982) 150 Days
- Eadadugula Bandham (1985) 150 Days
- Naa Mogudu Naake Sontham (1989) 100 Days
- Alludugaru (1990) 175 Days
- Assembly Rowdy (1991) 175 Days
- Rowdygari Pellam (1991) 175 Days
- Allari Mogudu (1992) 250 Days
- Major Chandrakanth (1993) 270 Days
- Pedarayudu (1995) 475 Days
- Collector Gaaru (1996) 170 days
- Adavilo Anna (1997) 175 days
- Rayalaseema Ramanna Chowdary (2000) 100 days
- Adhipathi (2001) 120 days
- Thappuchesi Pappukudu (2002) 50 days
- Shivashankar 50 days
- Dr. Mohan Babu wins ‘Natavachaspathi’ award
- Mohan Babu Biography. chakpak.com
- Mohan Babu Rajinikanth friendship
- Manchu Manoj Kumar: Actor Son. Entertainment.oneindia.in (2008-08-28). Retrieved on 2012-04-12.
- http://www.indiaglitz.com/channels/telugu/article/92990.html 'Major Chandrakanth' completes 20 years
- 23 killed as Mohan Babu survives car bomb attack
- Mohan Babu to launch Political Party
- "HC asks Mohan Babu to return Padma Shri". Times Of India. 2013-12-24.
- "Andhra Pradesh high court asks Telugu actors Mohan Babu, Brahmanandam to return Padma Shri". Times Of India. 2013-12-23.
- Mohan Babu at the Internet Movie Database