Manjula Ghattamaneni

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Manjula Swaroop
Manjula Ghattamaneni

ResidenceHyderabad, Telangana, India
Other namesManjula, Manjula Swaroop
OccupationActor, producer, Director
Years active2001–present
Spouse(s)Sanjay Swaroop
Parent(s)Krishna Ghattamaneni
Indira Devi

Manjula Swaroop (née Ghattamaneni; born 1970), better known as Manjula, is an Indian film producer and actress known for her work in Telugu Cinema. Born to prominent Telugu actor Krishna Ghattamaneni, she began her acting career by doing a cameo role in the 1999 film Rajasthan and went on to act as a lead actress in the Malayalam film Summer in Bethlehem. She found fame by starring and producing in the 2002 film Show. The film won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Telugu and National Film Award for Best Screenplay for that year. She owns a film production company called Indira Productions, named after her mother.

Personal life[edit]

She is the daughter and third child of veteran actor Krishna Ghattamaneni and his first wife Indira Devi. She has two brothers and two sisters. Her elder brother Ramesh Babu is also a film producer and her younger brother Mahesh Babu is a popular Telugu actor.

Manjula is married to producer and actor Sanjay Swaroop.[1] They have a daughter named Jhanavi.[2] She is known to be good friends with her sister-in-law Namrata Shirodkar.[3]


Manjula was initially set to make her acting debut in a film co-starring actor M. N. Nambiar's grandson Deepak, but the film did not progress.[4] She began her career by doing a cameo as a terrorist in R. K. Selvamani's Rajasthan. She also acted as one of the female leads in the 1998 Malayalam film Summer in Bethlehem, starring Suresh Gopi and Jayaram.[5] When Manjula began her career, she faced an unfavorable response from her father's fans as they did not want her to act.[6]

In 2002, she produced and starred in the film Show.[7] Directed by Neelakanta, the film won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Telugu.[8]

Her second production venture was Naani (2004), directed by S.J. Suryaah. The movie starred her brother, actor Mahesh Babu.[9] The movie failed to do well at the box office.[9][10][11] In 2006, she co-produced her third movie Pokiri, an action blockbuster with Puri Jagannath. The movie was a blockbuster hit and was the highest grossing movie in the Telugu film industry of the time.[12]

In 2009, she returned to acting with her next production venture Kavya's Diary.[1] In 2010, she along with her husband produced Ye Maaya Chesave, a romantic love story with Naga Chaitanya under Gautham Menon's direction.[13] The movie got critical acclaim and was declared a hit at the box office.[14] The same year, she also appeared in the movie Orange, alongside her husband Sanjay Swaroop.[15]


National Film Awards
Nandi Awards


As Director[edit]

Year Film Actors Language Notes
2018 Manasuku Nachindi Sundeep Kishan, Amyra Dastur, Tridha Choudhury Telugu Directorial Debut scheduled for 16 February 2018 release

As Producer[edit]

Year Film Director Language Notes
2002 Show Neelakanta Telugu National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Telugu
2004 Naani S.J. Suryaah Telugu
2006 Pokiri Puri Jagannadh Telugu Nandi Award for Best Popular Feature Film
2009 Kavya's Diary V. Karuna Prakash Telugu
2010 Ye Maaya Chesave Gautham Menon Telugu

As Actor[edit]

Year Film Role Co-Starring Notes
1998 Summer in Bethlehem Aparna Suresh Gopi, Jayaram, Manju Warrier Malayalam
1999 Rajasthan Terrorist Sarath Kumar, Vijayashanti Tamil
2002 Show Ridhima Surya
2009 Kavya's Diary Pooja Charmy Kaur, Indrajith
2010 Orange Ram's Sister Ram Charan Teja, Genelia D'Souza
2013 Sevakudu Manjula Krishna, Srikanth [16]


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  2. ^ Mahesh Babu, Namratha’s Son – Image. "Mahesh Babu, Namratha's Son – Image". Retrieved 4 November 2012.CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)
  3. ^ "Metro Plus Hyderabad : Smita does the talking". The Hindu. 12 September 2009. Retrieved 4 November 2012.
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  5. ^ ""Show" time!". The Hindu. Retrieved 7 December 2012. |first= missing |last= (help)
  6. ^ "Gamanichara". Telugu Cinema. Retrieved 7 December 2012.
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  8. ^ Rajamani, Radhika (18 August 2003). "Celluloid Dreams". Metro Plus Hyderabad. Chennai, India: The Hindu. Retrieved 22 June 2009.
  9. ^ a b Rajamani, Radhika (29 April 2004). "Entertainer all the way". Metro Plus. Chennai, India: The Hindu. Retrieved 22 June 2009.
  10. ^ Murthy, Neeraja (6 December 2008). "Living life to the fullest". Metro Plus Vijayawada. Chennai, India: The Hindu. Retrieved 22 June 2009.
  11. ^ Hooli, Shekhar H (24 July 2008). "Mahesh Babu - the Prince of Telugu Cinema". Star Profile. One India. Retrieved 24 June 2009.
  12. ^ "'Pokiri' crosses magical 365-day mark". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 2 May 2007.
  13. ^ "Ye Maya Chesave film review - Telugu cinema Review - Naga Chaitanya & Samantha". 26 February 2010. Retrieved 4 November 2012.
  14. ^ "". Retrieved 4 November 2012.
  15. ^ "Mahesh Babu Sister as Ram Charan sister in Б─≤OrangeБ─≥". 17 July 2010. Retrieved 4 November 2012.
  16. ^ Andhravilas. "Superstar Krishna is going to act with Daughter! -". Archived from the original on 30 July 2012. Retrieved 4 November 2012.

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