- Though she is the pride of Malayalees, Manju is not a Keralite by birth
- In the three years she acted in Malayalam cinema, Manju appeared in only 20 films
Manju Warrier is exemplary not only in her acting skills but also in her life. The actress always appeared before media with a calm face and was never seen overwhelmed by emotions even when she was undergoing some of the most tumultuous periods in her personal life
We bring you some interesting facts about our lady superstar
Not a Keralite by birth
Though Manju Warrier is the pride of Malayalees, she is not a Keralite by birth. Manju was born in Nagercoil in Tamil Nadu on September 10, 1978. Her schooling was at C.S.I Matriculation Higher Secondary School in Nagercoil. Later, her family shifted to Kannur to facilitate her dance classes.
Manju Warrier was adjudged the best performer at the State school youth festival, twice. Manju started her career as a supporting actress in the film 'Sakshyam' in 1995. She became a lead actress next year opposite Dileep in 'Sallapam.'
Just three years in cinema
Manju acted in Malayalam cinema just for three years before her marriage to Dileep and did only 20 films. Even with such limited time and films, she became the lady superstar of Malayalam cinema.
The actress won accolades for her range of performances as a naughty girl to a strong woman. Thilakan, who is known as the Perunthachan (master craftsman) of Malayalam film said that he has got a lot to learn from Manju.
In just three years, Manju won the state award for her performance in 'Ee Puzhayum Kadannu', opposite Dileep. She also got special mention from National Award jury for her performance in 'Kannezhuthi Pottumthottu.'
Eloped with Dileep
Her marriage with Dileep created havoc in the Malayalam film industry. She eloped with the actor after completing the shooting of 'Kannezhuthi Pottumthottu' in 1999. The newspapers even gave reports that the actress is missing. Only later it was confirmed that she eloped with Dileep.
She is the only actress who managed to make a strong comeback and got the same popularity on the second chance, after 14 years. In the second term, she ventured into different arena including social work. She is the brand ambassador of various government projects.
The actress always stood strong even when she had to undergo a divorce after 14 years of marriage. Despite several accusations and name calling, the actress is still going strong and many consider her an idol.
Manju the dancer
Manju is also a good dancer, and her last performance was at the conclusion of Lavanyam 2017, the Onam celebrations of Ernakulam Corporation. Incidentally, the event was on September 6, the day on which Dileep visited his house for two hours to offer prayers for his late father.
Here are few pics
Last Updated 31, Mar 2018, 6:49 PM IST