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Born (1951-04-05)5 April 1951
Tumkur, Mysore State (now Karnataka), India
Died 12 September 1986(1986-09-12) (aged 35)
Bangalore, India
Occupation Actress
Years active 1965–1985
Spouse(s) Amritham
Children Abhishek

Manjula (Kannada: ಮಂಜುಳ) (5 April 1951 – 12 September 1986) was an Indian film actress who acted in Kannada language films and also few Tamil and Telugu films. She was one of the most successful and prominent actresses of Kannada films in the 1980s. She acted in more than 100 films and won several awards including the Filmfare Award for her performances.[1] Beginning as a theater artist Manjula switched over to feature films with the 1966 film Mane Katti Nodu [2]. Her portrayal of "bubbly" characters earned a great deal of celebrity and she is considered one of the most bubbly actress in Kannada cinema to date.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Manjula was born to M. H. Shivanna and Deveramma on April 5, 1951 in Honnenahalli, a village in Tumkur District. She belonged to a prominent lingayat[4] family, her father Shivanna was a policeman sub inspector. She was married to film director Amritham who worked with her in films such as: Hudugaatada Hudugi. 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 then entered the Kannada film industry in a small role through the film Mane Katti Nodu in 1966. The film was directed by Sri Sadguru. Her lead actress debut was in the 1972 film Yaara Saakshi, which was directed by veteran director M. R. Vittal. She has shared screen with south super stars like Rajkumar and Vishnuvardhan and also other prominent actors like Srinath and Shankar Nag and others,[1] but most successful[vague] is with Srinath.[5] They acted together in about 35 films.[1] She starred in over one hundred films during her film career. She has played a variety of roles and most of her films became successful. Some of her notable films include Sampathige Savaal, Durgi, Yeradu Kanasu, Besuge and Seetha Ramu.


Partial list
  • Mane Katti Nodu 1966 (debut film)
  • Yaara Sakshi (first film as a lead actress)
  • Mooruvare Vajragalu
  • Bhakta Kumbara (1974)
  • Sampathige Saval (1974)
  • Sreenivasa Kalyana (1974)
  • Eradu Kanasu (1974) Superhit Blockbuster Movie - won Best film award for 1974
  • Professor Huchuraya (1974)
  • Mayura (1975)
  • Devara Gudi
  • Thota Ramudu (1975) Telugu
  • Daari Tappida Maga (1975)
  • Hudugaatada Hudugi (1976)
  • Sose Thanda Sowbagya (1977) - First Cinema scope Movie in Kannada
  • Bayasade Bhanda Bhagya (1977)
  • Baduku Bangaravayithu (1977)
  • Galate Samsara (1978)
  • Point Parimala
  • Savathiya Neralu (1979)
  • Seetharamu (1979)
  • Mareyada Haadu (1980)
  • Nee Nanna Gellalare (1981)
  • Mareyalagada Kathe (1982)
  • Guru Shishyaru (1981)
  • Kumkuma Rakshe
  • Shikari
  • Mithuna
  • Nireekshe
  • Besuge (1976)
  • Bhale Huduga (1976)
  • Hennu Samsaarada Kannu (1976) - (Srinath, Sridevi, Manorama)
  • Singaporenalli Raja Kulla (1978) - First Kannada film shot abroad.
  • Kittu Puttu (1977)
  • Bettale Seve
  • Thaayigintha Devarilla (1978)
  • Deepa (1978)
  • Kanasu Nanasu (1978)
  • Yeradu Mukha
  • Sneha Sedu
  • Vasantalakshmi (1978)
  • Preeti Maadu Thamashe Nodu (1979)
  • Rama Lakshmana (1979)
  • Putani Agent 123 (1979)
  • Rudri (1983)
  • Saavira Sullu (1983)
  • Veera Sindhura Lakshmana(last film, it was based on life of Indian freedom fighter Sindhura Lakshmana)
  • Rustum Jodi (1981)
  • Avali Javali (1980)
  • Premaanubandha (1980)
  • Pattanakke Banda Patniyaru (1980)
  • Chellida Raktha (1980)
  • Rakta Tilaka
  • Simhada Mari Sainya (1980) - Guest appearance
  • Ninagaagi naanu (1975) (Co-Actors: Lokesh, Srinath; Directed By C. V. Sridhar; Produced By N Veeraswamy; Music By Vijay Bhaskar)
  • Mane Gedda Maga
  • Nee nanna gellalare(1981)
  • Guna Nodi hennu Kodu(1982)

Manjula suffered from weight related problems during the early 1980s, while she was at the top of her career and that ended her career as romantic actress. She had a hurried marriage with Amritam. The offers dried up and she had financial difficulties. Depressed she committed suicide on 12 September 1986. It was reported that she died due to stove bursting. At the time of her death she had no movies in hand.


  1. ^ a b c "Manjula's Profile". chitraranga.com. Archived from the original on 4 February 2007. Retrieved 18 August 2009. 
  2. ^ Child Artist baby Manula
  3. ^ http://withoutfound.blogspot.in/2007/08/manjula-original-bubbly.html
  4. ^ Patil, S.H. (2002). Community dominance and political modernisation: the Lingayats. Mittal Publications. p. 50. ISBN 81-7099-867-0. 
  5. ^ B. V. Shiva Shankar (30 March 2007). "Made for each other". The Hindu. Retrieved 18 August 2009. [dead link]

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