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Lakshmi Manchu

Lakshmi Manchu

Indian actress
Lakshmi Manchu
The basics

Quick Facts

Intro Indian actress
Is Television producer Actor Film producer Model
From India
Type Fashion Film, TV, Stage & Radio
Gender female
Birth 8 October 1976, Chennai
Age: 43 years
Father: Mohan Babu
The details


Manchu Lakshmi Prasanna, credited as Lakshmi Manchu, is an Indian film actress, producer and television presenter known for her works in Telugu cinema, Tamil cinema and American television. The daughter of actor Dr. M. Mohan Babu, she was born into a film family. Both her brothers, Vishnu Manchu and Manoj Manchu are actors in India.

Early life

Lakshmi Manchu is the only daughter of actor Mohan Babu and Vidya Devi. She has two younger brothers, Vishnu Manchu and Manoj Manchu. Having started her career at the age of 4, Manchu has been in 20 feature films in India and the U.S. She co-owns Sree Lakshmi Prasanna Pictures, a production companythat has produced 56 feature films till date.

Manchu holds a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre from Oklahoma City University,followed by a stint at USC for Film Production.


She acted in the American television series Las Vegas, where she played the minor role of Sarasvati Kumar, the love interest of James Lesure. She has played a minor role in one episode of each of the following series: Desperate Housewives, Late Nights with my Lover and Mystery ER. She has also appeared in commercials for Toyota, AARP and Chevrolet. She has also acted in the upcoming American film Basmati Blues.

In 2006, she directed, produced and acted in Perfect Lives, a short film that was showcased at the Wilshire Fine Arts Theater as part of the La Femme Film Festival in Los Angeles.

In December 2011, she was signed on to portray a role in Mani Ratnam's Tamil film Kadal after a successful audition. Portraying the role of Celina, a poor village woman, she expected this film to be her breakthrough in films as an actress. She revealed how this film’s popular song ‘Nenjukulle’ starring her, was shot in just two weeks.


Filmfare Awards
  • Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress - Telugu – Gundello Godari (2013)
  • Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress - Telugu - Chandamama Kathalu (2014)
Nandi Awards
  • Nandi Award for Best Villain – 2011 – Anaganaga O Dheerudu
Other Awards
  • The Hyderabad Times Film Awards 2011 – Best Actor in a Negative RoleAnaganaga O Dheerudu
  • CineMAA Awards 2012 – Best Supporting ActressAnaganaga O Dheerudu


Feature films

Year Film Role Language Notes
2008 The Ode Najma English
2009 Dead Air Gabbi English
2009 Thank You for Washing Phoebe English Short film
2011 Anaganaga O Dheerudu Irendri Telugu Nandi Award for Best Villain
CineMAA Award for Best Supporting Actress
Santosham Best Villain Award
Nominated-Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Telugu
Dongala Mutha Shiva Telugu
2012 Department Satya Bhosle Hindi
Uu Kodathara? Ulikki Padathara? Amrutha Valli Telugu
2013 Kadal Celina Tamil
Gundello Godari Chitra Telugu Winner, Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Telugu
Winner, SIIMA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting role
Doosukeltha Telugu Special appearance
2014 Chandamama Kathalu Lisa Smith Telugu Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress - Telugu
2015 Budugu Pooja Telugu
Dongaata Shruti Telugu


Year Title Role Language Notes
2004–07 Las Vegas Sarasvati Kumar English Recurring role (11 episodes)
2006 Boston Legal Juror No. 6 English "Shock and Oww!" (season 2: episode 18)
2008 Mystery ER Dr. Baker English "Eating Away/A Model's Malady" (season 2: episode 5)
Desperate Housewives Nabila English "Kids Ain't Like Everybody Else" (season 5: episode 3)
2008 Lakshmi Talk Show Herself Telugu Host
2011 Prematho Mee Lakshmi Herself Telugu Host
2012 Luckunte Lakshmi Herself Telugu Host
2013 Super Jodi Herself Telugu Judge
2013 Doosukeltha Herself Telugu Host
2016 Mee Kosam Herself Telugu Host
2016 Memusaitham Herself Telugu Host


Year Film Language Director Cast Notes
2008 Nenu Meeku Telusa...? Telugu Ajay Sastry Manchu Manoj, Sneha Ullal, Riya Sen
2010 Jhummandi Naadam Telugu K. Raghavendra Rao Manchu Manoj, Taapsee Pannu, Mohan Babu
2012 Uu Kodathara? Ulikki Padathara? Telugu Sekhar Raja Nandamuri Balakrishna, Manchu Manoj, Deeksha Seth
2013 Gundello Godari / Maranthen Mannithen Telugu / Tamil Kumar Nagendra Aadhi, Manchu Lakshmi, Taapsee Pannu, Sundeep Kishan
2015 Dongaata Telugu Vamsi Krishna Manchu Lakshmi, Adivi Sesh, Brahmanandam

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