Vishnu Manchu at New York Academy in Hyderabad, February 2018
Manchu Vishnu Vardhan Naidu|
23 November 1981
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
|Residence||Hyderabad, Telangana, India|
|Occupation||Actor, director, producer, educationalist and philanthropist|
|Children||Ariaana and Viviana (twins), Avram Bhakta|
|Parent(s)||Mohan Babu, Vidya Devi|
|Relatives||Lakshmi Manchu (sister), Manchu Manoj (brother)|
He is the co-owner of the film production house 24 Frames Factory and is an educationalist through Sree Vidyanikethan Educational Trust, founded by his father and veteran Telugu actor Mohan Babu. He is a founder and chairman of New York Academy, a progressive American international school in Hyderabad for which his wife Viranica Manchu is the director and his father & legendary actor Mohan Babu is the chair person. He is also chairman of Spring Board Academy and Spring Board International Preschools which has more than 75 branches spread across Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.
- 1 Early life and education
- 2 Career
- 3 Filmography
- 4 Other ventures
- 5 Educationist
- 6 Non-film work
- 7 References
Early life and education
After completing schooling from the Padmaseshadri Balabhavan School, Vishnu Manchu went on to take an engineering degree in the Sree Vidyanikethan Engineering College, majoring in Computer Sciences and Information Technology. During that time, he represented the Bhaskar JNTU cricket team, and also captained the university basketball team.
In 2009,he married Viranica Reddy, niece of the late Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy, the then Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh. In 2011, they had twin daughters Ariaana and Viviana. On January 1, 2018 they had a son, Avram Bhakta Manchu.
Introduction to acting
Vishnu Manchu made his acting debut as a child artist in his father Manchu Mohan Babu's 1985 film Ragile Gundelu.
As an actor
Fassakk Vishnu entered into Telugu cinema with the 2003 film Vishnu, directed by Shaji Kailas; he won the Filmfare Award for the Best Debut Male for his performance. He played lead roles in the 2004 movie Suryam, 2005 film Political Rowdy, and 2006 films Asthram and Game. He finally got his critical breakthrough with the movie Dhee, alongside Genelia D'Souza. Released in 2007, Dhee became his first commercial blockbuster movie. It was remade in Tamil as Mirattal, in Bengali as Khokababu and in Oriya as Tu mo girlfriend. He then appeared in the 2008 movie Krishnarjuna, the 2009 movie Saleem and the 2010 movie Vastadu Naa Raju.
Early work, 2003–2006
He landed his first lead role in the film Vishnu (2003), for which he won the Filmfare Best Male Debut award. He played a guy who wants to win his childhood love with his own merits against many hurdles. The following year, he was seen in the film Suryam (2004) in which he played a guy who aims to fulfill the last wish of his mother. Vishnu made a cameo appearance as a dancer in Political Rowdy (2005), a romantic action drama. He next appeared in the action-drama Astram (2006), as an IPS officer who has been appointed to finish off the ultras. Soon after, Vishnu was cast in Game (2006), as Vijay Raj, sharing screen space with his celebrity father Mohan Babu and yesteryear heroine Shobana.
In Tollywood, a breakthrough film can be a blessing. Vishnu was a struggling actor in Tollywood since 2003, getting lucky when Dhee, a fast-paced commercial entertainer came along to substantially boost his career in 2007. The actor was truly the toast of Tollywood. He fit the bill for the role with his comic timing and matured performance. Vishnu plunged into the limelight with this role.
Vishnu's next films were Krishnarjuna (2008), Saleem (2009) and Vastadu Naa Raju (2010). They did well at the box office.
In 2012 comedy film Dhenikaina Ready got him critical success; the film grossed 200 million at the box office. He then appeared in Doosukeltha, directed by Veeru Potla, he starred opposite Lavanya Tripathi, the film grossed 126.3 million on its first week at the Box office. He then appeared along with his father, in the critically acclaimed crime film Rowdy, written and directed by Ram Gopal Varma. The film minted a worldwide share of ₹33 crore (US$4.6 million) at the end of the second week of its run, and was declared a box office hit.
Vishnu starred in G. Nageswara Reddy's Dhenikaina Ready, which became a hit and succeeded in changing his image. The next year, he had an opportunity to exhibit his versatility as an actor in the titular role of Veeru Potla's rom-com, Doosukeltha. The movie not only established Vishnu as an actor, but also grossed more than 15 crore at the box office. His next project fared much better, when he played the Gambler Gopi in the ensemble comedy Pandavulu Pandavulu Tummeda (2014), which featured an ensemble cast of Manchu Manoj, Mohan Babu, Raveena Tandon, Hansika Motwani, Pranitha Subhash, and Varun Sandesh.
Vishnu delivered perhaps the best performance of his career playing Krishna in Rowdy (2014) alongside his father Mohan Babu. Showing his range as an actor, Vishnu later portrayed DCP Goutham in the commercially unsuccessful but critically adored film Anukshnam (2014), helmed by Ram Gopal Varma. He continued to show his tremendous skill as a dramatic actor with special appearance in the 2014 Erra Bus, produced and directed by late versatile director Dasari Narayana Rao. He then appeared in the action thriller Dynamite, directed by Deva Katta. Though they made an interesting movie along the way, they paid for it at the box office.Vishnu further proved his comedic talents with the romantic comedy entertainer Eedo Rakam Aado Rakam (2015), in which he co-starred with Raj Tarun. In 2017, he starred in Luckunnodu, which performed poorly at the box office. By the end of 2017, he had already appeared in 20 films.
His movies in 2018 include the crime drama Gayatri, in which Shriya Saran and Mohan Babu play other important characters; the comedy film Achari America Yatra; and the Telugu-Tamil bilingual political thriller Voter.
While filming the light-hearted comedy Achari America Yatra, Vishnu Manchu had a near-fatal experience on the set. The actor, who was shooting in Malaysia, suffered serious injuries when he hit his opponent with a helmet during a fight scene.
|1985||Ragile Gundelu||Child artist|
|2003||Vishnu||Vishnu||Filmfare Best Male Debut|
|2005||Political Rowdy||Dancer||Cameo appearance|
|2007||Dhee||Shrinivas "Babloo" Rao|
|2009||Saleem||Saleem / Munna|
|2010||Vastadu Naa Raju||Venky|
|2012||Denikaina Ready||Suleman / Krishna Shastri|
|2013||Doosukeltha||Chinna / Venkateshwara Rao|
|2014||Pandavulu Pandavulu Tummeda||Vijay|
|2014||Erra Bus||Rajesh||Special appearance|
|2016||Eedo Rakam Aado Rakam||Arjun|
|2018||Achari America Yatra||Krishnamachari|
Vishnu made his foray into television by directing the 100th episode of Zee Telugu's series Happy Days. The episode achieved the highest TRP ratings among the 700 episodes part of the series. Happy Days is also produced by 24 Frames Factory. He has also directed Lakshmi Talk Show or Premathoo Mee Lakshmi.
Vishnu heads the 24 Frames Factory production house which in 2014 produced Pandavulu Pandavulu Thummeda, a comedy film with an ensemble cast. He also heads ThinkSmart, which handles post-production including graphics and other elements for cinema. Atanokkade, from ThinkSmart, won the best video effects award.
Vishnu is the director of Spring Board International Preschools. When he joined with the Sree Vidyanikethan Educational Trust set up by his father, it was already a well-established educational institution. He took charge of this institution and built them into model institutions offering value-based education to the students. He expanded and diversified it into Spring Board Academy, and became founder and chairman at the New York Academy. He believes that early childhood education helps children become well-rounded contributors to society.
Contributions to education
Vishnu runs the Sree Vidyanikethan Educational Trust, founded by his father. The trust 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.
Vishnu Manchu Art Foundation
Vishnu set up an art foundation in Tirupati, the Vishnu Manchu Art Foundation (VMAF). Known as an institution established for the benefit and use of contemporary and gifted artists, the foundation provides a much-needed space free from any financial and commercial constraints. The main aim of the VMAF is to provide help to aspiring and talented artists to evolve the reach of their creativity. VMAF conducts a series of Make Art, Show Art and Beyond Art programmes each year.
As an art educational institution, Vishnu Manchu Art Foundation regularly hosts lectures and discussions on issues relating to the contemporary arts and artists. VMAF is a venue for art lovers and the artistic community to engage in spirited conversations with art critics and renowned academics who showcase their work at the foundation. VMAF is known for its traditional works and injection of new creative ideas and expressions.
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