Sunanda Murali Manohar

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Sunanda Murali Manohar is a film producer based in London, England. She has produced over 25 feature films for South Asian and Western audiences. She is best known for her films Jeans, Thambi, Provoked[1] and Dhaam Dhoom.[citation needed]

Born into a family business she has grown up in an environment where her father was a distributor of Karnataka, India for Hindi films, also known as Bollywood. He was a pioneer of sorts in the film industry for over 50 years. Her father initiated and constructed the first air-conditioned cinema in Bangalore in 1965 and another in Mysore in 1971 (The Sangam Theatres). Having distributed over 350 films in a span of 50 years in the industry, her father's knack for the media business greatly influenced Sunanda and she learnt the ropes of the trade at an early age.

By virtue of marriage to Dr J Murali Manohar she continued to do film distribution in Madras alongside her husband who started his career as a medical doctor and moved to the Media Business in 1985.

Since then, in 1987 she launched a distribution office in Chennai to distribute various Hindi films (including blockbusters like Pardes, Taal and Sarfarosh) in Tamil Nadu and Kerela. Sunanda then developed into producing feature films and continues to do so. Over the course of her career she collaborated with the likes of Mr Rajinikanth, Aishwarya Rai, Shankar, Madhavan, A R Rahman, Deepika Padukone and Bryan Adams.[citation needed]

As well as producing feature films and specialising in international co-productions, Sunanda launched a 24 Hour Tamil Satellite Channel SUN WORLD TELEVISION in the United States in 1998 and a 24 Hour Tamil Satellite Channel SOUTH FOR YOU in the United Kingdom and Ireland in the year 2000, which ran for over 10 years.

Currently Sunanda is producing Kochadaiyaan with Dr J Murali Manohar. This will be India's first Photo-realistic Motion Capture film starring Mr Rajinikanth and Deepika Padukone amongst other actors of the South Asian Film Industry. The film is directed by Soundarya R. Ashwin with music from A R Rahman and has technical collaborators from London, Hong Kong, USA, China and India. Actress Sharmeila Mandre is her niece.


  1. ^ Pym, John (2010). Time Out Film Guide. Time Out Guides Limited. p. 856. ISBN 9781846702082. Retrieved 13 September 2014. 

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