|Born||Manchu Vishnu Vardhan Naidu
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
|Residence||Hyderabad, Telangana, India|
|Occupation||Actor, director, producer, educationalist and philanthropist|
|Years active||2003 – present|
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Children||Ariaana and Viviana|
|Parent(s)||Mohan Babu, Nirmala Devi|
|Relatives||Lakshmi Manchu (sister), Manchu Manoj (younger brother)|
Manchu Vishnu (Telugu: విష్ణు మంచు;) is an Indian film actor, producer and director known for his works exclusively in Telugu cinema and Television. Vishnu 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 an educationalist through Sree Vidyanikethan Educational Trust, founded by his father and veteran Telugu actor Mohan Babu. In 2007, he starred in the comedy film Dhee, the film 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
The 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$5.1 million) at the end of the second week of its run, and was declared a box office hit.
- 1 Early life and education
- 2 Career
- 3 Other ventures
- 4 Educationist
- 5 Non film work
- 6 Filmography
- 7 References
Early life and education
Manchu Vishnu Vardhan was born in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India, to veteran actor Mohan Babu and mother, late Vidya Devi. He grew up with his siblings- brother Manchu Manoj and sister Manchu Lakshmi.
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 the year 2008, he married Viranica Reddy, Niece of the late Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy, the then Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh. In 2011, Vishnu Manchu and Viranica Manchu were blessed with twins Ariaana and Viviana.
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
Vishnu entered into Telugu Cinema with the 2003 film Vishnu, directed by Shaji Kailas; he went on to win the Filmfare Award for the Best Debut Male for his performance. He proceeded to play lead roles in the 2004 movie Suryam, 2005 film Political Rowdy, 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 went on to appear in the 2008 movie Krishnarjuna, the 2009 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 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 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 did a pretty decent job as he instantly plunged into the limelight with this role. In all honesty, the film was so good because of the amazing performances of Brahmanandam (playing the role of Srirangam Sheshadri Chary), Srihari (Shankar Gowd) and Vishnu Manchu (Srinivas Rao).
Vishnu’s next films were Krishnarjuna (2008), Saleem (2009) and Vastadu Naa Raju (2010). Both did not do well at the box office.
In 2012, Vishnu starred in G. Nageswara Reddy's Denikaina Ready, which became a hit and succeeded in changing his image. The next year, he received 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 it 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 also featured Mohan Babu, Manchu Manoj, 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.
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.
Vishnu Manchu made his foray into Television by directing the 100th episode of Zee Telugu's series titled Happy Days. The episode went on to achieve the highest TRP ratings among the 700 episodes part of the series. Happy Days also happens to be produced by 24 Frames Factory. He has also directed Lakshmi Talk Show or Premathoo Mee Lakshmi.
Manchu Vishnu also heads the 24 Frames Factory Production house and ThinkSmart, a post-production company. In 2014, 24 Frames Factory will also produce Pandavulu Pandavulu Tummeda, a comedy flick with an ensemble cast. ThinkSmart on the other hand, handles post-production including graphics and other elements for cinema. Atanokkade, from ThinkSmart, won the best video effects award.
As an Educationalist
Vishnu is the director of Spring Board International Preschools. When he joined hands with Sree Vidyanikethan Educational Trust set up by his father, it was already a well-established educational institution. He followed his dreams as 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 would help children become well-rounded contributors to society.
Non film work
Contributions to education
Manchu 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 Manchu set up an art foundation in Tirupati and named it "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 every 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 also 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 most known for its traditional works and injection of new creative ideas and expressions.
|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|
|2016||Eedo Rakam Aado Rakam||Arjun|
|2017||Achari America Yatra||Krishnamachari|
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