Saturday, August 9, 2014

MANJULA

Manjula was a top heroine of Tamil films as well as Telugu,Kannada  films during 70's and 80's  who  acted opposite eminent heroes like M.G.Ramachandran,Demini Ganesan,Shivaji Ganesan,N.T.Rama Rao,Nageswara Rao,Shobhan Babu,Krishna,Vishnu Vardhan,Kamal Hassan,Rajinikanth,Muthuraman etc.
Manjula after her marriage with actor Vijaya Kumar came to be known as 'Manjula Vijaya Kumar'.She later acted in Supporting roles and character roles.
She started her film career in 1969 as the teenage daughter of Gemini Ganesan in the film 'Shanti Nilayam'.
Two years later she acted opposite MGR in the blockbuster successful film 'Rickshawkaran' in 1971 by which a star was born instantly and she became very popular.
She was the heroine of MGR film 'Idhaya Veenai' in 1972 in which Lakshmi,Siva Kumar,M.N.Nambiar etc acted.
Again she got chance to act opposite M.G.Ramachandran in the super-hit blockbuster film 'Ulagam Sutrum Vaaliban' in 1973.MGR acted as scientist Murugan and Manjula as his lover.The film was shot in exotic foreign locations and the spectacular musical movie was loved by the audience.
In the 1974 hit film of MGR, 'Netru Intru Nalai' she acted as the heroine.


In 1975 Manjula was the heroine of MGR lead film 'Ninaithathe Mudippavan' which was also a super-hit film in which MGR appeared in double roles as 'Sundaram, a musician and as 'Ranjith, a billionaire.Latha and Manjula were the heroines of this film and Latha acted as 'Mohana' the lover of Ranjith and Manjula acted as 'Leela' the lover of Sundaram.
M.N.Nambiar and Sharada acted in supporting roles of this film.

She was the heroine of Sivaji Ganesan in  super-hit blockbuster films like  'Dr.Siva'
and in the film ''Anbe Aaruyire'.The songs and song sequences of these films were very much liked by the audience.

Muthuraman and Manjula paired  in the film 'Ellorum Nallavare' which was directed by Gemini Balan.
In the 1976 Telugu film 'Mahakavi Kshetrayya' Akkineni Nageswara Rao,Anjali Devi and Manjula acted in pivotal roles.
In 1976 she was the heroine of N.T.Rama Rao in the super-hit film 'Manushulanta Okkate'
In 1974 she acted opposite Shobhan Babu in the Telugu film 'Manchi



























Manishulu' which was directed by V.B.Rajendra Prasad.

She acted opposite Rajinikanth in the 1977 Kannada film 'Kumkuma Raksha',
1978 Tamil film 'Shankar Salim,Simon' which was remake of 'Amar,Akbar,Anthony', Tamil film 'Kupathu Raja' etc.

She acted in supporting roles of four Malayalam films.Abhimanyu,Inspector Balram,Jackpot and Red Indians.Mohan Lal was the hero of Abhimanyu and Mammootty was the hero of Inspector Balram and Jackpot.
1983 film 'Jackpot' was a mega hit at the box office in which Gautami and Aishwarya acted along with Jagdish,Manjula Vijayakumarr and M.G.Soman.

In the film 'Naam Iruvar Namukku Iruvar, Prabu Deva and Meena paired and Manjula,Jayaram acted in supporting roles.
Manjula married co-star Vijaya Kumar and they have three daughters.

Manjula died on 23 July, 2013.

Selected Filmography
Shanti Nilayam
Rickshawkaran
Idhaya Veenai
Marupiravi
Vade Veedu
Ulagam Sutrum Vaaliban
Alluri Seetarama Raju
Netru Indru Naalai
Ellorum Nallavare
Anbe Aaruyire
Ninathadhai Mudippavan
Gunavanthudu
Mahakavi Kshetrayya
Pichi Maaraju
Iddaru Idare
Manushulanta okkate
Monagadu
Bhale Donggalu
Chiranjivi Rambabu
Bangaru Bommalu
Kumkuma Raksha
Sabhash Gopi
Shankar Salim Simon
Kuppathu Raja
Nenjangal
Jeevana Ganga
Prema
Two  Town Rowdy
Abhimanyu
Inspector Balram
Amaran
Santhamizh Pattu
Kaviya Thalavan
Jackpot
Saktivel
Priyanka
Luckyman
Saradha Bullodu
Naam Iruvar Namukku Iruvar
Suriya Paravai
Red Indians
Samudhiram
Vasu 



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