Lakshmi Manchu

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Lakshmi Manchu
Lakshmi Manchu (cropped).jpg
Manchu Lakshmi at the 60th Filmfare Awards South
Born Manchu Lakshmi Prasanna
8 October, 1970
Occupation Actress, producer, television presenter
Spouse(s) Andy Srinivasan
Parent(s) Mohan Babu, Vidya Devi
Website Lakshmi Manchu

Manchu Lakshmi Prasanna, credited as Lakshmi Manchu, is an Indian film actress, producer and television presenter known for her works in Telugu cinema and American television.[1] The daughter of actor Dr. M. Mohan Babu, she was born into a film family. Both her brothers, Vishnu Manchu and Manoj Manchu are actors in India.

Early life[edit]

Lakshmi Manchu is the only daughter of actor Mohan Babu and Vidya Devi. She has two younger brothers, Vishnu Manchu and Manoj Manchu.[2][3] Having started her career at the age of 4, Manchu has been in 20 feature films in India and the U.S. She co-owns Sree Lakshmi Prasanna Pictures, a production company that has produced fifty-six feature films to date.

Manchu holds a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre from Oklahoma City University, followed by a stint at USC for Film Production.[citation needed]


She acted in the American television series Las Vegas, where she played the minor role of Sarasvati Kumar, the love interest of James Lesure.[4] She has played a minor role in one episode of each of the following series: Desperate Housewives, Late Nights with my Lover and Mystery ER. She has also appeared in commercials for Toyota, AARP and Chevrolet.[5] She has also acted in the upcoming American film Basmati Blues.[6]

In 2006, she directed, produced and acted in Perfect Lives, a short film that was showcased at the Wilshire Fine Arts Theater as part of the La Femme Film Festival in Los Angeles.[7]

In December 2011, she was signed on to portray a role in Mani Ratnam's Tamil film Kadal after a successful audition. Portraying the role of Celina, a poor village woman, she expected this film to be her breakthrough in films as an actress. She revealed how this film’s popular song ‘Nenjukulle’ starring her, was shot in just two weeks.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Lakshmi was married to Andy Srinivasan in 2006. She became mother to a girl child on 15 July 2014 through surrogacy.[9][10]


Filmfare Awards
Nandi Awards
Other Awards
  • The Hyderabad Times Film Awards 2011 – Best Actor in a Negative RoleAnaganaga O Dheerudu[11]


Feature films[edit]

Year Film Role Language Notes
2008 The Ode Najma English
2009 Dead Air Gabbi English
2009 Thank You for Washing Phoebe English Short film
2011 Anaganaga O Dheerudu Irendri Telugu Nandi Award for Best Villain
CineMAA Award for Best Supporting Actress
Santosham Best Villain Award
Nominated-Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Telugu
Dongala Mutha Shiva Telugu [12]
2012 Department Satya Bhosle Hindi
Uu Kodathara? Ulikki Padathara? Amrutha Valli Telugu
2013 Kadal Celina Tamil
Gundello Godari Chitra Telugu Winner, Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Telugu
Winner, SIIMA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting role
Doosukeltha Telugu Special appearance[13]
2014 Chandamama Kathalu Lisa Smith[14] Telugu Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress - Telugu[15]
2015 Budugu Pooja Telugu
Dongaata Shruti Telugu


Year Title Role Language Notes
2004–07 Las Vegas Sarasvati Kumar English Recurring role (11 episodes)
2006 Boston Legal Juror No. 6 English "Shock and Oww!" (season 2: episode 18)
2008 Mystery ER Dr. Baker English "Eating Away/A Model's Malady" (season 2: episode 5)
Desperate Housewives Nabila English "Kids Ain't Like Everybody Else" (season 5: episode 3)
2008 Lakshmi Talk Show Herself Telugu Host
2011 Prematho Mee Lakshmi Herself Telugu Host
2012 Luckunte Lakshmi Herself Telugu Host
2013 Super Jodi Herself Telugu Judge
2013 Doosukeltha Herself Telugu Host
2016 Mee Kosam Herself Telugu Host
2016 Memusaitham Herself Telugu Host


Year Film Language Director Cast Notes
2008 Nenu Meeku Telusa...? Telugu Ajay Sastry Manchu Manoj, Sneha Ullal, Riya Sen
2010 Jhummandi Naadam Telugu K. Raghavendra Rao Manchu Manoj, Taapsee Pannu, Mohan Babu
2012 Uu Kodathara? Ulikki Padathara? Telugu Sekhar Raja Nandamuri Balakrishna, Manchu Manoj, Deeksha Seth
2013 Gundello Godari / Maranthen Mannithen Telugu / Tamil Kumar Nagendra Aadhi, Manchu Lakshmi, Taapsee Pannu, Sundeep Kishan
2015 Dongaata Telugu Vamsi Krishna Manchu Lakshmi, Adivi Sesh, Brahmanandam


  1. ^ "Manchu Lakshmi In Never Before Seen Avatar In Dongata". 29 April 2015. Retrieved 21 May 2015. 
  2. ^ "Metro Plus Vijayawada : Probing what lies beyond star aura". Chennai, India: The Hindu. 2 May 2009. Retrieved 13 October 2012. 
  3. ^ "Lakshmi Manchu's Gundello Godari! | BayNews | The New Voice of Vizag". 16 April 2011. Retrieved 13 October 2012. 
  4. ^ "Metro Plus Hyderabad : 'I want to be a champion of the underdog'". Chennai, India: The Hindu. 25 April 2009. Retrieved 13 October 2012. 
  5. ^ "Lakshmi Manchu in Munnar – Telugu Movie News". IndiaGlitz. 15 April 2011. Retrieved 13 October 2012. 
  6. ^ "Lakshmi Manchu shoots for Hollywood film in Kerala – The Times of India". The Times of India. 
  7. ^ Archived from the original on 8 December 2010. Retrieved 28 April 2011.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. ^ Archived from the original on 8 April 2014. Retrieved 7 April 2014.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  9. ^ "Surrogate baby for Lakshmi Manchu". 
  10. ^ ""I still can't believe it", says Lakshmi Manchu". 
  11. ^ "The Hyderabad Times Film Awards 2011". The Times of India. 24 June 2012. 
  12. ^ [1][dead link]
  13. ^ Archived from the original on 28 September 2013. Retrieved 25 September 2013.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  14. ^ "Sattaru`s Chandamama Kathalu goes on floors". 25 September 2013. Retrieved 21 May 2015. 
  15. ^ "Winners list: 62nd Britannia Filmfare Awards (South)". The Times of India. 27 June 2015. Archived from the original on 27 June 2015. Retrieved 27 June 2015. 

External links[edit]

Twitter | lakshmimanchu

Instagram | hrhlaki

Facebook | Lakshmi Manchu