Manjula Ghattamaneni or also known as Manjula Swaroop is a Telugu film actress and producer. She was born in the year 1970 to Indira Devi and renowned actor,
Krishna Ghattamaneni. Manjula is the sister of prominent film producer,
Ramesh Babu, and popular Telugu actor,
Mahesh Babu. She got married to Sanjay Swaroop, who is also a film actor and producer and they have one daughter named Jhanavi. Though she came from a popular film family, she had struggles when entering the filmdom. She produced her first film (Show) with the money she saved for many years.
Manjula started her career with a cameo role in the 1999 Tamil film, Rajasthan, helmed by R.K. Selvamani. Prior to this, she played as Aparna in Sibi Malayil’s Malayalam romantic comedy-drama film, Summer in Bethlehem. In the initial phase of her career, she has faced negative response from Krishna Ghattamaneni’s fans, because they did not want her to enter the acting industry. She turned producer and was debuted in the 2002 National Award-winning Telugu film, Show. Manjula also starred in the film, alongside Surya and Lakshmi Ratan in the lead roles.
The film was highly acclaimed due to its brilliant screenplay and has earned two National Awards including the National Award for Best Feature Film in Telugu. In 2004, she worked in the production of S.J. Suryaah’s bilingual film, Naani. This was followed by Puri Jagannadh’s Telugu action film, Pokiri. His brother, Mahesh, starred in both films. Pokiri earned the Nandi Award for Best Popular Feature Film in 2006 and became the highest-grossing film in the Telugu film industry during that time. After a long hiatus, Manjula produced and starred in V.K. Prakash’ Telugu film, Kavya’s Diary; based in the 1992 Hollywood thriller film, The Hand that Rocks the Cradle.
In 2010, she played as Ram Charan’s sister in the Telugu romantic dramedy film, Orange. In the same year, she produced Gautham Menon’s romantic drama film,
Ye Maaya Chesave. Manjula was also seen in the 2013 film, Sevakudu, alongside Krishna and Srikanth. Manjula established the Indira Productions, a production house, which she named after her mother. The films Show, Naani, Pokiri (co-production with Puri Jagannadh’s Vaishno Academy), Kavya’s Diary, and Ye Maaya Chesave. Film actress and producer,
Namrata Shirodkar (Mahesh Babu’s wife) is Manjula’s sister in law. Her two sisters, Padmavathi Galla and Priyadarsini, got married to Jaya Galla (a wealthy politician and industrialist) and
Sudheer Babu (a badminton player and film actor) respectively.