Manju Warrier

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Manju Warrier
Born Manju Warrier
(1979-09-10) 10 September 1979 (age 37)[1]
Nagercoil, Tamil Nadu, India
Residence Pullu, Thrissur, Kerala, India
Occupation Film actress, dancer
Years active 1995–1999, 2014–present
  • Dileep (m. 1998; div. 2015)
Children 1 daughter (Meenakshi)
Relatives Madhu Warrier (brother)

Manju Warrier (pronounced: Manchu Vāryar) is one of the most successful Indian film actress and dancer known for her work in Malayalam films.[2]

She made her debut in Sakshyam (1995) at the age of 16. Her prominent films include Thooval Kottaram (1996), Krishnagudiyil Oru Pranayakalathu (1997), Kanmadam (1998), and Pathram (1999).She has won Kerala State Film Award for Best Actress and Filmfare Award for Best Actress trophies.[3] She got married to actor Dileep in 1998, and quit acting at that time .She divorced him in 2015. She made a comeback to cinema after a 14-year sabbatical with the critically and commercially successful film How Old Are You (2014) which fetched her many accolades notably her fifth Filmfare Award for Best Actress - Malayalam.

Early life[edit]

Manju Warrier was born in Nagercoil to a Malayalee family from Kerala on September 10, 1978.[4] Her father, Madhavan Warrier, was working with Sundaram Finance, Nagercoil regional office.[5] She did her primary schooling in CSI Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Nagercoil. After her father got promoted, they returned to Kerala and settled in Kannur. She studied at Chinmaya Vidyalaya, Kannur and later at Chovva Higher Secondary School. She completed her graduation from SN College, Kannur.

Warrier's father is an accountant, and her mother is a housewife. Their native place is Pullu, near Aalapadu Thrissur District. She has one brother Madhu Warrier who is also an actor.


Even at school, Manju showed extra ordinary talent in dance, and won many awards. She was conferred with the Kalathilakam in Kerala Youth Festival for 2 years. She first appeared in a television serial Moharavam which was telecast on Doordarshan.[6] At the age of 17, she debuted in the film Sakshyam (1995).[7] Later at the age of 18, she acted in the movie Sallapam (1996), co-starring Dileep, whom she later married. Since then, she acted in around 20 Malayalam movies over a span of three years.

Her performance in the movie Kannezhuthi Pottum Thottu won a special mention from the jury for National Film Awards. Her other films include Kanmadam and Aaraam Thampuran with Mohanlal, Ee Puzhayum Kadannu and Kudamattam with her husband Dileep, Summer In Bethlahem, Pranayavarnangal, Pathram and Kaliyattam with Suresh Gopi, and Irattakuttikalude Achan, Kaliveedu, Thooval Kottaram and Krishnagudiyil Oru Pranayakalathu with Jayaram. She won the Kerala State Film Award for Best Actress for her performance in the movie Ee Puzhayum Kadannu. Her role as the depressed Devapriya in the film Thooval Kottaram was highly appreciated. The film won three Kerala State Film Awards. She also acted in Kaliyattam, an adaptation of Shakespeare's Othello, which won two National Film Awards and four Kerala State Film Awards. She acted alongside Mohanlal for the first time in Aaram Thampuran. It was subject to high expectations, as it was the first collaboration between Mohanlal and Shaji Kailas. Upon release, this film broke many records became the highest-grossing Malayalam film of 1997 and completed a theatrical run of 250 days. In Kanmadam, she portrayed the role of a high-tempered blacksmith named Bhanu, which also starred Mohanlal. In her film Daya, Manju disguises herself as a man and does this role with full perfection. The film went on to win three National Film Awards and five Kerala State Film Awards. Her role as the strong-willed Devika in Pathram became popular among the audience. The film was highest grosser of the year 1999 and ran over 250 days in theatres. Her last film before she took a sabbatical was Kannezhuthi Pottum Thottu. Her portrayal as Bhadra, who takes revenge against Natesan who killed her parents, is considered her best acting performance to date. She was nominated at the National Film Awards but she lost to Shabana Azmi. She was awarded the Best Actress (Special Jury) for her performance. In a span of four years, Manju Warrier has acted in almost 20 Malayalam films and majority of these films have been hits at the cinemas.

In 2011, she appeared in the promotion event for the movie Gaddama alongside Samyuktha Varma. On October 24, 2012, she performed Kuchipudi in Guruvayur Sree Krishna Temple.[8][9][10] Later in July 2013, she acted in a commercial with Amitabh Bachchan. Her comeback announcement was greeted with much fanfare by fans and the media.[11] In a subsequent interview, she thanked her fans for welcoming her back to the industry and described the opportunity to work with Mr. Bachchan as one of the most memorable experiences of her life.[12] She later appeared in many advertisements for Kalyan Jewellers alongside Amitabh Bacchan, Aishwarya Rai, Akkineni Nagarjuna and Prabhu Ganesan. It was announced that she would make a come back to the Malayalam film industry through Ranjith's untitled project alongside Mohanlal, but this project did not materialize.[13]

Warrier was recently the cynosure of attention as she received the book penned by her friend and actress Navya Nair. Navya has written Navayarasangal and the first copy was received by Manju Warrier from the hands of veteran poet and activist Sugathakumari.[14] Warrier mesmerised the audience in Calicut when she presented a Kuchipudi recital as part of the tribute ceremony of late Mullasseri Raju.[15] She recently published a book titled Sallapam.[16]

She made her much awaited return to cinema with Rosshan Andrrews's How Old Are You in 2014. Manju played the character of Nirupama Rajeev, a UD clerk in Revenue Department. The film earned positive reviews from critics and was received well by the audiences. She followed it by acting in Sathyan Anthikad's Ennum Eppozhum which reunites her with Mohanlal after a gap of 17 years. Her next project was Rani Padmini by Aashiq Abu along with Rima Kallingal released in October 2015. She has a slew of other film projects announced.[17] She acted in Jo and the Boy, her last release in 2015, as an animator. Her first film in 2016 was a cameo appearance in Paavada. Her first full-length role in 2016 was Rajesh Pillai's Vettah, a mind-game thriller, in which she appeared in the role of a police officer for the first time in her career. She acted in a sanskrit stage drama based on Abhijñānaśākuntalam. She was praised by actors, directors among others present at the event. Her next film was Karinkunnam 6S, in which she played the character of Vandana, a Volleyball coach. She film was appreciated by critics. Leader of the Opposition Ramesh Chennithala praised her acting in the movie. She also sang a song for cancer patients, tuned by Ratheesh Vega, which brought in a lot of praises.

Her first release in 2017 was C/O Saira Banu, in which she appeared as a post woman. The film also marked the comeback of Amala Akkineni in Malayalam after more than two decades. The film earned mostly positive reviews and her acting was highly appreciated by critics. Jayasurya, Nivin Pauly, Rosshan Andrews, Bhagyalakshmi and other prominent members of the industry praised the film. Mohanlal also wished best for the film and appeared in a voice appearance in the movie. Her role as a postwoman struggling to make both ends meet with his son in the first half and the mother who would go to any extreme for her son in the second half was well received by audiences.

Personal life[edit]

Manju married actor Dileep on 20 October 1998 at Aluva Sri Krishna Temple. The couple have a daughter, Meenakshi. Dileep and Manju filed for divorce in 2014 and it was granted in January 2015.[18][19]


Year Film Character
(To be released)
Odiyan 3D TBA
Mohanlal (film) Mohanlal fan
Untitled Phantom Praveen Film Sujatha
Villain TBA
Aami Kamala Suraiyya
2017 C/O Saira Banu Saira Banu
2016 Karinkunnam 6S Vandana
Vettah Commissioner Sribala IPS
Pavada Babu's fiancee (Cameo appearance)
2015 Jo and the Boy Jo / Joan Mary John
Rani Padmini Padmini
Ennum Eppozhum Adv. Deepa
2014 How Old Are You Nirupama Rajeev
1999 Kannezhuthi Pottum Thottu Bhadra
Pathram Devika Shekhar
1998 Summer in Bethlahem Abhirami
Kanmadam Bhanumathi
Daya Daya
Pranayavarnangal Aarathi
Thirakalkkappuram Seetha
1997 Irattakuttikalude Achan Anupama
Krishnagudiyil Oru Pranayakalathu Meenakshi
Kudamattam Gowri
Aaraam Thampuran Unnimaya
Sammanam Devi
Kaliyattam Thaamara
Innalekalillaathe Beena
1996 Kaliveedu Mridula
Thooval Kottaram Devaprabha Varma
Dilliwala Rajakumaran Maya
Ee Puzhayum Kadannu Anjali
Sallapam Radha
1995 Sakshyam Smitha


  • Moharavam (Doordarshan)
Talk Show

The song sung by Manju Warrier in the program, which was tuned by Ratheesh Vega, brought in a lot of praises.

Goodwill and Brand Ambassador[edit]

  • Kalyan Jewellers
  • Meriiboy Ice Cream
  • Dhathri
  • Kitchen Treasures
  • ALIFF Brand Ambassador - Cinema for Women
Goodwill ambassador
  • She - Taxi
  • Kudumbasree's Organic Farming
  • Naipunnya development program
  • KSEB
  • Pink Patrolling
  • Horticorp (Kerala State Horticultural Products and Develpoment Corporation)


National Film Awards
Kerala State Film Awards
Filmfare Awards South
Vanitha Film Awards
Asiavision Awards
  • Best Actress - 2014 - How Old Are You?
  • Best Actress - 2016 - Vettah, Karinkunnam 6S
Asianet Film Awards
  • Best Actress - 1998 - Kanmadam
  • Best Actress - 1999 - Kannezhuthi Pottum Thottu, Pathram
  • Best Actress - 2014 - How Old Are You?
  • Best actress - 2016 - Vettah, Karinkunnam 6S.
Mangalam Film Awards
  • Best Actress - 2014 - How Old Are You?[20]
Film Fans Awards
South Indian International Movie Awards
  • Best Actress - Malayalam - 2014 - How Old Are You ?[21]
Screen - Videocon Awards
IIFA Utsavam
  • Nominated - Perfomance in a Leading Role - Female - Malayalam - 2015 - Ennum Eppozhum
  • Nominated - Perfomance in a Leading Role - Female - Malayalam - 2016 - Vettah
NAFA 2017
Manorama Newsmaker
  • Newsmaker of the Year - 2014
Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademi
  • Kalashree Award
Kalabharathi Foundation
  • Nrutha Sree Award


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  22. ^ NAFA 2017 Award for Best Actress

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