Mohan Babu

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Manchu Mohan Babu
Born Manchu Bhakthavatsalam Naidu
(1952-03-19) March 19, 1952 (age 62)
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 Nirmala Devi
Children Manchu Lakshmi Prasanna
Manchu Vishnu Vardhan Babu
Manchu Manoj Kumar
Parents Manchu Narayanaswamy Naidu
Manchu Lakshmamma

Mohan Babu Manchu (born Manchu Bakthavathsalam Naidu) is an Indian film actor, director, and producer, known for his works predominantly in Telugu Cinema and few Tamil films. Mohan Babu attended the Madras Film Institute and over the years, he has acted in more than five hundred feature films in the lead, supporting and cameo roles.[1][2][3] In 1995, he received the Filmfare Best Actor Award (Telugu) for his work in the multi-starrer Pedarayudu which also starred Rajnikanth in a pivotal role.[4] In 2007 he received the CineMAA Award for Best Supporting Actor for his work in Yamadonga.[5] Mohan Babu was awarded an honorary doctorate from University of California, Berkely for his contribution to the field of cinema and education.[6][7]

In 1980, he starred in the Tamil film, Guru alongside Kamal Hassan. In the same year he portrayed a British commanding officer in Sardar Papa Rayudu, alongside N. T. Rama Rao.[8] He received critical reception for his antagonist roles in films like Alluri Seetharama Raju (1974), Swargam Narakam (1975), Sivaranjani (1978), Padaharella Vayasu (1978), Kondaveeti Donga (1990), Sri Jagadguru Aadi Sankara (2013) and many more. [9]

A former Physical Education Instructor, Mohan Babu founded the Sri Vidya Niketan Educational Institutions in 1993. The trust runs seven educational institutions making it one of the largest in India.[10]

In 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.[11][12] He is a former Member of Parliament – Rajya Sabha from Andhra Pradesh after being elected in 1995.[13] He was also elected a Deputy into the International Parliament for Safety and Peace, an intergovernmental organization based in Italy.[14] 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.[15]

Early life[edit]

Mohan Babu was born on 19 March 1952[16] to Narayanaswamy Naidu and Lakshmamma in the Modhugulapalem village near the banks of the river Swarnamukhi. His birth place 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.[17]


Mohan Babu began his career as a Physical Education Instructor at the YMCA college of physical education for many years. Drawn to arts as a child and convinced that the film industry was the place meant for him, Mohan Babu started visiting many studios based in Chennai in search of opportunities. Finally, in 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 the 1974 films Kannavari Kalalu and Alluri Seetha Rama Raju as an actor.

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. Cast as a villain in the movie, Mohan Babu went on to achieve great success with his debut. 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 mogudu 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.[18]


Mohan Babu continued his foray into the film industry by wanting to seize opportunities to experiment with his acting skills. In 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 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.[19]

Politicial views[edit]

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 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.[20]

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 rumours and speculation that he will start his own political party and get back to contributing to the society by fighting corruption.[21]

Contributions to education[edit]

Mohan Babu believed that if there is anything that a country like India truly deserved for its 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 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 leadership, 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.[22][23]

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.[24][25][26] 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.[27][28]


Social contribution and charity[edit]

During the catastrophe caused by the floods in 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 travelled 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.

Personal life[edit]

Dr. M. Mohan Babu is married to Manchu Nirmala Devi, and they have three children Manchu Lakshmi Prasanna Vishnu Manchu Manchu Manoj who are also actors.


Filmfare Awards South
CineMAA Awards
Other honors
  • Natavachaspathi Title by TSR Kalaparishath
  • The Glory of India International Award

Selected filmography[edit]


Year Film Role Notes
2014 Rowdy Anna Garu Remake of sarkar
2014 Pandavulu Pandavulu Thummeda Naidu Remake of Golmaal
2013 Sri Jagadguru Aadi Sankara Rudraksha Rushi
2010 Jhummandi Naadam Captain Rao
2009 Saleem
Raju Maharaju Chakravarthy
2008 Pandurangadu
Bujjigadu Shivanna
2007 Yamadonga Yamadharmaraju
2006 Game Remake of Taxi No 9211
2005 Sri
Political Rowdy Remake of Adithadi
2004 Suryam
Shiva Shankar movie
2002 Tappu Chesi Pappu Koodu remake of Malayalam film Kakkakuyil
Kondaveeti Simhasanam
2001 Adhipathi remake of Malayalam film Narasimham
2000 Rayalaseema Ramanna Chowdary
1999 Postman Vishnu
Sri Ramulayya Ramulayya
1998 Rayudu remake of Vallal
Khaidi Garu
1997 Collector Garu
Adavilo Anna
Annamayya Saluva Narasimha
Veedevadandi Babu remake of Ullathai Allitha
1996 Adhirindhi Alludu
Soggadi Pellam
1995 Pedarayudu Rayudu, Raja remake of Nattamai
1994 Punya Bhoomi Naa Desam remake of Krantiveer
Allari Police
M Dharmaraju M.A. remake of Amaidhi Padai
1993 Detective Naarada
Kunti Puthrudu remake of Devasuram
Major Chandrakanth Shivaji
Rowdy Mogudu
1992 Brahma remake of sathyaraj's film Brahma
Chitemma Mogudu
Allari Mogudu
Donga Police
Samrat Ashok
1991 Rowdy Gari Pellam
Coolie No. 1
Assembly Rowdy Shivaji remake of Velai Kidaichuduchu
Alludu Diddina Kapuram
Peddinti Alludu
Prema Panjaram
1990 Kodama Simham Sudigaali
Kondaveeti Donga
Maa Inti Katha
Alludugaru Vishnu remake of Malayalam film Chithram
Kadapa Redamma
Prananiki Pranam
Prema Yuddham
1989 Lankeshwarudu
Bhale Donga
Agni Nakshatram
Bala Gopaludu
Black Tiger
Dhruva Nakshatram
Koduku Diddina Kapuram
Naa Mogudu Nanke Sontham
Two Town Rowdy
Ontari Poratam
1988 Yudda Bhoomi
Janaki Ramudu
Khaidi No.786
Murali Krishnudu
Manchi Donga
Brahma Puthrudu
Donga Ramudu
Intinti Bhagavatham
Praja Pratinidhi
1987 Srinivasa Kalyanam
Sardar Dharmanna
Veera Prathap
Nene Raju Nene Manthri
Vishwanatha Nayakudu
1986 Maanavudu Daanavudu
Kondaveeti Raja
Nampalli Nagu
Tandra Paparayudu
1985 Adavi Donga
Vintha Mogudu
Edadugula Bandham
Illaliko Pariksha
Kalyana Thilakam
Kothapelli Kuthuru
Maro Monagadu
Ragile Gundelu
1984 Bhale Ramudu
Ee Thirpu Illalidhi
Srimathi Kaavali
Aada Puli
Seethamma Pelli
1983 Dharma Poratam
Durga Devi
Kala Yamudu
Kurukshetramlo Seeta
Maro Maya Bazaar
Palletoori Pidugu
Police Venkataswamy
Pralaya Garjanai
1982 Billa Ranga
Patnam Vachina Pativrathalu
Gruha Pravesam
Kotha Neeru
Pralaya Rudrudu
1981 Kirayi Rowdylu
Chattaniki Kallu Levu
Addala Meda
Dabbu Dabbu Dabbu
Kondaveeti Simham
Patalam Pandu
Satyam Shivam
Taxi Driver
1980 Kottapeta Rowdy
Bhale Krishnudu
Buchi Babu
Chesina Basalu
Circus Ramudu
Dharma Chakram
Gandhara Golam
Gharana Donga
Gopala Rao Gari Ammayi
Manavude Mahaneeyudu
Paalu Neelu
Pilla Zamindar
Prema Kanuka
Ragile Hridayalu
Saradaa Ramudu
Sardar Papa Rayudu
Seeta Ramulu
Trilok Sundari
1979 Sri Rambantu
Kotta Alludu
Andadu Aagadu
Driver Ramudu
Maavuri Devatha
Nindu Noorellu
Rama Banam
Ramude Ravanudaithe
Rangoon Rowdy
Shokilla Rayudu
1978 Chal Mohana Ranga
Pottelu Punnamma
Dongala Dopidi
Gorantha Deepam
Kumara Raja
Mugguru Muggure
Nayudu Bava
Padaharella Vayasu remake of 16 Vayathinile
Simha Baludu
Simha Garjana
Vichitra Jeevitham
1977 Manushulu Chesina Dongalu
Bangaru Bommalu
Bhale Alludu
Dongalaku Donga
Khaidi Kalidasu
1976 Bhale Dongalu
O Manishi Thirigi Chudu
1975 Swargam Narakam
1974 Alluri Seetharama Raju
Kannavaari Kalalu

As producer[edit]

Mohan Babu launched Sree Lakshmi Prasanna Pictures (SLPP), a film production house, in 1982.

  • 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) 650 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


  1. ^ - Articles - Multifaceted Mohan Babu
  2. ^ Mohan Babu steals the show with Rowdy - The Times of India
  3. ^ Mohan Babu Rajinikanth friendship
  4. ^ Filmfare Awards. (9 November 1999). Retrieved on 3 February 2013.
  5. ^ Cinemaa awards 2008 presentation - Telugu cinema
  6. ^ Telugu Cinema Celebrity Bio Data - Collection King Mohan Babu -
  7. ^ Mohan Babu Bio | Mohan Babu Career | MTV
  8. ^ - Nostalgia - Sardar Paparayudu
  9. ^ Mohan Babu to play reel Yama - The Hindu
  10. ^ Mohan Babu's birthday and Sri Vidya Niketan anniversary - Telugu Cinema news
  11. ^ Revoke Mohan Babu's Padma Shri: High Court - The New Indian Express
  12. ^ Dr. Mohan Babu wins ‘Natavachaspathi’ award |
  13. ^ Mohan Babu Movies List, Biography, Career - Business of Tollywood
  14. ^ Mohan babu Biography, Mohan babu Profile -
  15. ^ Dr. Mohan Babu wins ‘Natavachaspathi’ award
  16. ^ Mohan Babu Biography.
  17. ^ Mohan Babu Rajinikanth friendship
  18. ^ Manchu Manoj Kumar: Actor Son. (2008-08-28). Retrieved on 2012-04-12.
  19. ^ 'Major Chandrakanth' completes 20 years
  20. ^ 23 killed as Mohan Babu survives car bomb attack
  21. ^ Mohan Babu to launch Political Party
  22. ^ The Hindu : Andhra Pradesh / Tirupati News : Mohan Babu: set right TTD affairs
  23. ^ Mohan Babu pitches for unified State - The Hindu
  24. ^ The Hindu : Andhra Pradesh / Hyderabad News : Mohan Babu vents displeasure at organisers
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  26. ^ Vidyanikethan Educational Institutions
  27. ^ Vamsee Film Awards - Telugupedia Download Telugu Calendar 2012, Telugu Greetings 2012, Telugu Panchangam 2012, Telugu Reviews Idlebrain Ratings, Telugu Film Actress Photos, Te...
  28. ^ Rediff On The NeT: A profile of controversial actor-politician Mohan Babu