Manjula (Kannada actress)
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|Died||12 September 1986 (aged 34)|
Manjula (Kannada: ಮಂಜುಳ) (8 November 1951 – 12 September 1986) was an Indian film actress who acted in Kannada language films and also few Tamil credited as Kumari Manjula and Telugu films. She was one of the most successful and prominent actresses of Kannada films in 1970s and 1980s. She acted in more than 100 films and won several awards for her performances, including a Filmfare Award.
Manjula was born to M. H. Shivanna and Deveramma on Monday, 8 November 1951 in Honnenahalli, a village in Tumkur District. She belonged to a prominent lingayat family, her father Shivanna was a police sub inspector. She was married to film director Amrutham who worked with her in films such as Hudugaatada Hudugi and Kanasu Nanasu. The couple had a son, Abhishek, who married Sushma Srinivas, in 2009; and an adopted daughter, Abhinaya.
Manjula started her acting career in 1965 with a drama troupe Prabhat Kalavidaru. She entered the Kannada film industry in a small role in Mane Katti Nodu in 1966. Her debut as a heroine was in the 1972 film Yaara Saakshi, directed by veteran director M. R. Vittal. She shared screen with Kannada super stars like Rajkumar and Vishnuvardhan and other prominent actors like Srinath, Ashok and Shankar Nag. Her most successful pairing [vague] was with Srinath and they acted together in about 35 films. She starred in over one hundred films. She specialized in the role of the bossy tomboyish village belle which brought her huge success as a top Kannada heroine in the late 1970s. Some of her notable films are Sampathige Savaal, Eradu Kanasu, Sose Thanda Sowbhagya, Besuge and Seetharamu. She also acted with well known actors in other languages like Ramakrishna (Telugu), Kamalahasan and Rajinikanth (Tamil). Her popularity declined in the early 1980s after the news of her marriage was publicized. During the last few years of her career and life she had to be content with small and supporting roles.
Kannada, Telugu and Malayalam
|1966||Mane Katti Nodu||-||Child actress |
|1969||Eradu Mukha||-||Child actress|
|1972||Yaara Sakshi||None||Debut movie|
|1973||Mooroovare Vajragalu||Dr. Raj Kumar|
|1974||Eradu Kanasu||Dr. Raj Kumar|
|1974||Sampathige Saval||Dr. Raj Kumar|
|1974||Bhakta Kumbara||Dr. Raj Kumar|
|1974||Sri Srinivasa Kalyana||Dr. Raj Kumar|
|1975||Daari Tappida Maga||Dr. Raj Kumar|
|1975||Thota Ramudu||Chalam||Telugu remake of Sampathige Savaal|
|1975||Pudhu Vellam||Sivakumar||Tamil remake of Sampathige Savaal|
|1975||Ninagagi Naanu||Srinath, Lokesh|
|1975||Pooja||Ramakrishna||Telugu remake of Eradu Kanasu|
|1975||Mayura||Dr. Raj Kumar|
|1975||Hennu Samsarada Kannu||Srinath|
|1977||Deepa||Ashok||Winner - Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Kannada|
|1977||Sri Renukadevi Mahatme|
|1977||Bayasade Banda Bhagya||Vishnuvardhan|
|1977||Sose Tanda Soubhagya||Vishnuvardhan||First Cinema scope Movie in Kannada|
|1977||Veera Sindhura Lakshmana||Basavraj Kattimani|
|1977||Chanda Marutha||C. R. Sinha|
|1977||Kumkuma Rakshe||Ashok, Rajinikanth|
|1977||Galate Samsara||Vishnuvardhan, Dwarkish|
|1978||Anuraga Bandhana||Basant Kumar Patil||Special appearance|
|1978||Chithegu Chinte||C R Simha|
|1978||Singaporenalli Raja Kulla||Vishnuvardhan||First Kannada film shot abroad|
|1979||Adalu Badalu||Srinath||Special appearance|
|1979||Seetharamu||Shankar Nag||Shankar Nag's first film as commercial hero|
|1979||Putani Agent 123||Srinath|
|1979||Preethi Madu Thamashe Nodu||Shankar Nag|
|1979||Ene Barali Preethi Irali||P. N. Srinivas|
|1980||Moogana Sedu||Shankar Nag|
|1980||Rusthum Jodi||Shankar Nag||Special appearance|
|1980||Janma Janmada Anubandha||Shankar Nag|
|1980||Pattanakke Banda Pathniyaru||Srinath|
|1981||Nee Nanna Gellalare||Dr. Raj Kumar|
|1981||Simhada Mari Sainya||None||Special appearance|
|1981||Mareyada Haadu||Anant Nag|
|1982||Mareyalagada Kathe||Jai Jagdish|
|1982||Archana||Shankar Nag||Special appearance|
|1982||Swarna Mahal Rahasya||Srinath|
|1982||Guna Nodi Hennu Kodu||Srinath|
|1982||Benki Chendu||Shankar Nag|
|1982||Mava Sose Saval||Dwarkish|
|1982||Hasyaratna Ramakrishna||Anant Nag||Supporting role|
|1983||Hosa Theerpu||None||Supporting role|
|1983||Keralida Hennu||Shankar Nag||Supporting role|
|1983||Ananda Sagara||None||Supporting role|
|1984||Onti Dhwani||None||Supporting role|
|1984||Kalinga Sarpa||Shankar Nag|
|1985||Savira Sullu||C.R. Simha||Supporting role|
|1986||Aparadhi Nanalla||None||Last movie|
|1975||Maalai Sooda Vaa|
|1980||Kaalam Badhil Sollum|
Manjula suffered from weight related problems during the early 1980s, while she was at the top, and that ended her career as a romantic actress. She had a hurried marriage with Amritam in 1982. When news leaked out, film offers dried up and she had financial difficulties. She died from a kitchen stove-burst on 12 September 1986.
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