Vishnu Manchu

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Vishnu Manchu
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Vishnu Manchu at New York Academy in Hyderabad, February 2018
Born Manchu Vishnu Vardhan Naidu
(1981-11-23) 23 November 1981 (age 36)
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Residence Hyderabad, Telangana, India
Occupation Actor, director, producer, educationalist and philanthropist
Years active 2003–present
Spouse(s)
  • Viranica Reddy
Children Ariaana and Viviana (twins), Avram Bhakta
Parent(s) Mohan Babu, Vidya Devi
Relatives Lakshmi Manchu (sister), Manchu Manoj (brother)
Website Vishnu Manchu

Vishnu Manchu is an Indian film actor, producer and director known for his works in Telugu cinema and television.[1]

He had a brief stint as a child artist with the 1985 film Ragile Gundelu. Years later, he starred in the 2003 Telugu action film Vishnu, for which he won the Filmfare Best Male Debut.

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.[2] 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.[3] He is also chairman of Spring Board Academy[4] and Spring Board International Preschools[5] which has more than 75 branches[6] spread across Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.

In 2007, he starred in the comedy film Dhee, which became a super-hit, and Vishnu established his career in Telugu cinema.

Vishnu is one of the sponsors of the Celebrity Cricket League Telugu Warriors.[7][8][9]

Early life and education[edit]

Vishnu Vardhan Manchu was born in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India, to veteran actor Mohan Babu and mother, late Vidya Devi.[10] He grew up with his brother Manchu Manoj and sister Manchu Lakshmi.[11][12]

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.[13]

Personal life[edit]

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,[14] Avram Bhakta Manchu.[15]

Career[edit]

Introduction to acting[edit]

Vishnu Manchu made his acting debut as a child artist in his father Manchu Mohan Babu's 1985 film Ragile Gundelu.

As an actor[edit]

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.[16]

Early work, 2003–2006[edit]

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.

Breakthrough, 2007[edit]

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.

2008–2010[edit]

Vishnu's next films were Krishnarjuna (2008), Saleem (2009) and Vastadu Naa Raju (2010). They did well at the box office.

2012–present[edit]

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.[17][18] 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.[19][20][21]

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.

Near-fatal accident[edit]

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,[22][23][24] suffered serious injuries when he hit his opponent with a helmet during a fight scene.

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1985 Ragile Gundelu Child artist
2003 Vishnu Vishnu Filmfare Best Male Debut
2004 Suryam Suryam
2005 Political Rowdy Dancer Cameo appearance
2006 Astram Siddharth
2006 Game Vijay Raj
2007 Dhee Shrinivas "Babloo" Rao
2008 Krishnarjuna Arjun
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 Rowdy Krishna
2014 Anukshanam Gautam
2014 Erra Bus Rajesh Special appearance
2015 Dynamite Sivaji Krishna
2016 Eedo Rakam Aado Rakam Arjun
2017 Luck Unnodu Lucky
2018 Gayatri Shivaji Special appearance
2018 Achari America Yatra Krishnamachari
2018 Voter Gautham Post-production
2019 Kannappa Kannappa Scripting

Other ventures[edit]

Television[edit]

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.[25]

Producer[edit]

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.[26][27]

Educationist[edit]

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.[28] He believes that early childhood education helps children become well-rounded contributors to society.

Non-film work[edit]

Contributions to education[edit]

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.[29]

Army Green[edit]

Vishnu started a social unit called Army Green for promoting environmental awareness. It adopted small settlements in the vicinity of the Sree Vidyanikethan Institutions.[30][31]

Vishnu Manchu Art Foundation[edit]

Vishnu set up an art foundation in Tirupati, the Vishnu Manchu Art Foundation (VMAF).[32] 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[33] 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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  25. ^ "Prematho Mee Lakshmi talk show with celebrities on ETV by Lakshmi". metromasti.com.
  26. ^ ThinkSmart wins the Best VFX Award 2005 for "Atanokkade". Animationxpress.com (22 January 2007). Retrieved on 2017-09-28.
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