Mohan Babu Manchu (born Manchu Bakthavathsalam Naidu) is an Indian film actor, director, and producer, known for his works predominantly in Telugu Cinema and few Tamil films. Mohan Babu has attended the Madras Film Institute. He has acted in more than five hundred feature films in lead, supporting and cameo roles. In 1995, He has received Filmfare Best Actor Award (Telugu), for his work in the multi-starrer Pedarayudu, which also starred Rajnikanth in a pivotal role. In 2007, He has received the CineMAA Award for Best Supporting Actor for his work in Yamadonga. Mohan Babu was awarded an honorary doctorate from University of California, Berkely for his contribution to the field of cinema and education.
In 1980, He was starred in the Tamil film, Guru, alongside Kamal Hassan. In the same year he portrayed a British commanding officer in Sardar Papa Rayudu, alongside N. T. Rama Rao. He received critical reception for his antagonist roles in films like Alluri Seetharama Raju (1974), Swargam Narakam (1975), Gorantha Deepam (1978), Sivaranjani (1978), Padaharella Vayasu (1978), Driver Ramudu (1979), Satyam Shivam (1981), Premabhishekam (1981), Chattaniki Kallu Levu (1981), Patnam Vachina Pativrathalu (1982), Grihalakshmi (1984), Adavi Donga (1985), khaidi No.786 (1988), Gruhapravesam (1988), Janaki Ramudu (1988), Lankeshwarudu (1989), Kodama Simham (1990), Kondaveeti Donga (1990), Annamayya (1997), and Sri Jagadguru Aadi Sankara (2013).
On the other hand, he was starred in blockbusters like Alludugaru (1990) alongside Ramya Krishnan, Assembly Rowdy (1991) alongside Divya Bharti, Allari Mogudu (1992) alongside Meena, Major Chandrakanth (1993) alongside Nagma, Veedevadandi Babu (1997) alongside Shilpa Shetty, Pandavulu Pandavulu Thummeda (2014) alongside Raveena Tandon, and Rowdy (2014) alongside Jaya Sudha. A former Physical Education Instructor, Mohan Babu is a noted educationalist, and operates Sri Vidya Niketan Educational Institutions, and is the founder of Sree Vidyanikethan Educational Trust. In the year 2007, he received Padma Shri for his contribution to the field of Arts and education. He is a former Member of Parliament - Rajya Sabha from Andhra Pradesh after being elected in the year 1995. He was also elected a Deputy into the International Parliament for Safety and Peace, an intergovernmental organization based in Italy. He is referred to in the media as Dialogue King, Collection King, Nataprapoorna, and Natavachaspathi.
Mohan Babu was born on 19 March 1952 to Narayanaswamy Naidu and Lakshmamma in the Modhugulapalem village near the banks of the river Swarnamukhi. Mohan Babu grew up with his three younger brothers, Ranganath Chowdary, Ramachandra Chowdary, Krishna and his sister Vijaya. After finishing primary schooling from Yerpedu village, he attended the S.P.J.N.M High School in Tirupati. As a child, Mohan Babu developed an interest with the stage and actively appeared in school plays from the age of 14. His father, a headmaster, was keen on his son pursuing an academic career. It was during this time that Mohan Babu moved to Chennai and acquired a degree in Physical Education from the YMCA College of Physical Education.
Mohan Babu began his career as a Physical Education Instructor at the YAMCA college of physical education for many years. Drawn to arts as a child and convinced that the film industry was the place meant for him, Mohan Babu started traveling to many studios based in Chennai in search of opportunities. Finally, in the year 1969, he received an opportunity to work with director Lakshmi Deepak as an apprentice marking his entry into the film industry. He spent many years behind the camera until his thirst for acting and expression brought him on the screen with 1974 films Kannavari Kalalu and Alluri Seetha Rama Raju as an actor.
During this time, Mohan Babu was introduced to Dasari Narayana Rao who was then a script writer in Tollywood. This would pan out to become the most significant event of his career. Mohan Babu's first major breakthrough as an actor came with the 1975 film Swargam Narakam directed by Dasari Narayana Rao. Dasari cast him as a villain in the movie and went on to achieve great success. It was after this movie that his birth name Bakthavatsalam Naidu changed to Mohan Babu. After appearing in many films as a comedy-villain, he proceeded to star as the leading actor in Khadi Kalidasu, Ketugadu, Gruhapravesham, Assembly Rowdy, Allari mogudu and many more. After receiving success in Telugu Cinema, Mohan Babu as a lover of arts was also drawn to the happenings of Tamil Cinema. After being initiated into the Tamil Film Industry by Sivaji Ganesan, he went on to appear in over 20 Tamil films with a multitude of roles to his credit.
Mohan Babu continued his foray into the film industry by wanting to seize opportunities to experiment with his acting skills. In the year 1982, Mohan Babu established Sree Lakshmi Prasanna Pictures. Named after his daughter Lakshmi Manchu, the movie house released Pratigna. The film was very successful and went on to be showcased in theaters for 100 days. Under Mohan Babu's guidance, the production company went on to deliver major blockbusters including Assembly Rowdy, Rowdygari Pellam, Alludu Garu, Major Chandrakanth, Pedarayudu and Rayalaseema Ramanna Chowdary and many more.
As an ardent admirer of N.T. Rama Rao, in the year 1993, Mohan Babu produced Major Chandrakanth starring N.T. Rama Rao and himself in the lead roles. The movie was directed by K. Raghavendra Rao and went on to become a major blockbuster. The movie also celebrated its silver jubilee and stands as the last movie in N.T. Rama Rao's film career.
Known for his long association with the late N.T. Rama Rao, Mohan Babu ardently campaigned for the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) when it was led by N.T. Rama Rao and consequently joined the party in 1982. While he was making his political presence felt, Mohan Babu received a nomination for Rajya Sabha as a Member of Parliament representing Andhra Pradesh in the year 1995. During his six year tenure with the Rajya Sabha, Mohan Babu undertook various projects to develop the Chittoor district including laying roads, providing clean water, developing sanitation and hygiene.
While serving his tenure in the Rajya Sabha, he was also a member of the Committee on Human Resource Development from 1996 to 1997, the committee on Urban and Rural Development and the Consultative Committee for the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. As part of the Social Forestry programme, he took charge of extensive sapling plantation in scores of villages with the help of villagers and the Vana Samrakshana Samithis. He also initiated programmes on health, nutrition and education on a large scale for the rural populace.
During the Ralayaseema drought, he toured to many villages extensively to address the plight of the agrarian community and offer solutions for disaster management including crop preservation. During these visits, he also worked towards tackling the shortage of drinking water in many villages.
After leaving the TDP, Mohan Babu continued with his career in the film industry. While in the midst of producing a movie titled Sri Ramuliah, he narrowly escaped a bomb blast which killed 23 people and injuring 35 others in Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad.
Mohan Babu is also known to have actively participated in improving the living standards of many underprivileged artists in the South Indian Film Industry. Currently, Mohan Babu does not participate actively in Politics, however there have been many rumors and speculation that he will start his own political party and get back to contributing to the society by fighting corruption.
Contributions to Education:
Mohan Babu believed that if there is anything that a country like India truly deserved for it's children, it was dedicated and committed educational institutions that can shape a better nation. Carrying with this zeal and desire to give back his due to the society, Mohan Babu established the Sree Vidyanikethan Educational Trust in the year 1993.
Today, Sree Vidyanikethan is one of the biggest chains of educational institutions in the country and 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.
Under Mohan Babu's guiding light of inspiration, a special team spearheaded by special officer Gopal Rao, an eminent educationalist, takes charge of the overall quality management of all institutions part of the Sree Vidyanikethan group. Mohan Babu's eldest son, Vishnu Manchu, CEO of Sree Vidyanikethan, conceptualizes, implements new strategies and works towards his goal of empowering the youth through his many endeavors that form the core of Sree Vidyanikethan's operations.
As Chairman of the educational trust, Mohan Babu continues to build on the academic mission of moulding young minds, imparting them with varied skills and world class facilities that include start of the art laboratories, comfortable residential facilities, a massive library, health and safety measures including student health insurance, new and improved learning systems with teaching aids, projectors, e-classrooms and guest lectures in addition to providing banking facilities and activity centers, scholarships and placement cells in these institutions. Carrying the torch of Education for a better world, the Sree Vidyanikethan Educational Institutions group offers 25% of all its seats to needy students irrespective of caste and creed.
Dr. M. Mohan Babu was married to Manchu Vidya Devi and has a a son Manchu Vishnu and a daughter Manchu Lakshmi Prasanna - both of who are actors in the film industry. After her demise, he married Manchu Nirmala Devi, the sister of his first wife and have a son Manchu Manoj who is also an actor.
Padma Shri Controversy:
As per a petition filed by BJP Party Leader N. Indrasena Reddy, Mohan Babu was found 'misusing' the Padma Shri title in recently released film 'Denikaina Ready'. The court motioned in favor of the petitioner and on 23rd December 2013 announced quoting Article 18 (1) of the Constitution, that the national award did not amount to a "title" and should not be used as a suffix or prefix and in case of non-compliance, the defaulter forfeit the award. However, Mohan Babu has challenged the orders of High Court in the apex court. Subsequently, the Supreme court of India, has ordered Mohan Babu to file an affidavit that he will not misuse the title elsewhere, and ordered for further hearing on April 17, 2014.
Filmfare Awards South
Filmfare Best Actor Award (Telugu) - Peddarayudu (1995),
CineMAA Award for Best Supporting Actor - Yamadonga (2008),
Natavachaspathi Title by TSR Kalaparishath,
The Glory of India International Award,
Remake of sarkar
Pandavulu Pandavulu Thummeda
Remake of Golmaal
Sri Jagadguru Aadi Sankara
Remake of Taxi No 9211
Remake of Adithadi
Shiva Shankar movie
Tappu Chesi Pappu Koodu
remake of malayalam film Kakkakuyil
remake of malayalam film Narasimham
Rayalaseema Ramanna Chowdary
remake of Vallal
remake of Ullathai Allitha
remake of Nattamai
Punya Bhoomi Naa Desam
remake of Krantiveer
M Dharmaraju M.A.
remake of Amaidhi Padai
remake of Devasuram
remake of sathyaraj's film Brahma
Rowdy Gari Pellam
Coolie No. 1
remake of Velai Kidaichuduchu
Alludu Diddina Kapuram
Maa Inti Katha
remake of malayalam film Chithram
Koduku Diddina Kapuram
Naa Mogudu Nanke Sontham
Two Town Rowdy
Nene Raju Nene Manthri
Ee Thirpu Illalidhi
Maro Maya Bazaar
Patnam Vachina Pativrathalu
Chattaniki Kallu Levu
Dabbu Dabbu Dabbu
Gopala Rao Gari Ammayi
Sardar Papa Rayudu
Chal Mohana Ranga
remake of 16 Vayathinile
Manushulu Chesina Dongalu
O Manishi Thirigi Chudu
Alluri Seetharama Raju
Mohan Babu launched Sree Lakshmi Prasanna Pictures (SLPP), a film production house, in 1982.
Pratigna (1982) 150 Days,
Eadadugula Bandham (1985) 150 Days,
Naa Mogudu Naake Sontham (1989) 100 Days,
Alludugaru (1990) 175 Days,
Assembly Rowdy (1991) 175 Days,
Rowdygari Pellam (1991) 175 Days,
Allari Mogudu (1992) 250 Days,
Major Chandrakanth (1993) 270 Days,
Pedarayudu (1995) 650 Days,
Collector Gaaru (1996) 170 days,
Adavilo Anna (1997) 175 days,
Rayalaseema Ramanna Chowdary (2000) 100 days,
Adhipathi (2001) 120 days,
Thappuchesi Pappukudu (2002) 50 days,
Shivashankar 50 days
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