Madhu Mantena, a k a Madhu MantenaVarma is a Bollywood Film Producer and Distributor born in Hyderabad, India, and settled in Mumbai, India. Along with Hindi movies and entertainment industry, he is involved in Telugu and Tamil movie industries as well, looking after the interests of his company, Phantom Films, all over India and abroad. He was born on May 8th, 1975, and he is a Taurus. MadhuMantena’s very first film as a Movie Producer, Ghajini starring
and 2009-Filmfare Award Best Actress nominee and Best Female Debut Award winner Asin Thottumkal, was nominated for the 2009 - Filmfare Awards and also at 2009-Screen Weekly Awards, in the category, ‘Best Film’ of the year 2008. The movie was nominated in many other categories in both the above Awards and also at the 2009 International Indian Film Academy Awards.
The Talents that worked in the movie went on to win the 2009 International Indian Film Academy Awards for Best Action, Best Sound Recording, and Best Special Effects, and also the Popular Award for Best Female Debut. Again at the Filmfare Awards 2009, they won the Best Newcomer Award - Female, and Best Action Award, along with the R.D. Burman Award. The movie had grossed nearly 2 Billion Rupees, and retained the record till another Aamir Khan starrer “ 3 Idiots” (2009) broke it. Madhu Mantena has produced a music label of his own when he was just a teenager, and went on to sell it to the company, called, Supreme Recording. He has organized the overseas operations of ManmohanShetty’sAdlabs Entertainment Limited. He has headed the company, Saregama Films, and also took an active part in the production house of noted Film Producer of Bollywood, Ram Gopal Varma.
In 2011, along with Producer and Director Anurag Kashyap, the UTV Spotboy ex-chief VikasBahl, and award-winning Screenwriter and Director Vikramaditya Motwane, he has started the production company, Phantom Films, half of which shares were taken up by Reliance Entertainment in 2015 March. The 2013 movie “ Lootera” - directed by Vikramaditya Motwane, the 2014 movies “ HaseeTohPhasee” - directed by
, the movie, “ Queen” - directed by VikasBahl, the movie, “ Ugly” - directed by AnuragKashyap, the 2015 movies “NH10” - directed by
, the movie “ Hunterrr” - directed by Harshavardhan Kulkarni, the movie “ Bombay Velvet” - directed by AnuragKashyap, the movie “ Masaan” - directed by Neeraj Ghaywan, the movie Shaandaar - directed by VikasBahl are from this production house, Phantom Films. “ Udta Punjab”, a movie that stars ShahidKapoor, “Student of the Year”-fame
, Saif Ali Khan’s wife Kareena Kapoor Khan, and directed by Abhishek Chaubey, is yet to be announced of its release date.
The PushpendraMisra directed movie “ Ghoomketu” is another that awaits its premiering. In 2011, along with Khalil Fazel Bachooali and the COO of the management company by the name KWAN, Mr. Indranil Das Blah (not Anirban Das Blah from the same company whose name is not in the list of directors at the time of registration), he has started the Ad-film production house and agency, Off Road Films Private Limited. Its office is at West Andheri in Mumbai, and it got registered with the Registrar of Companies on the 5th of May that year. Anirban Das Blah, the ex-working partner of Lara Dutta’s husband Mahesh Bhupathi, is one of the cofounders of his celebrity management company by the name, KWAN, which again was in the news for its JV with Creative Artist Agency, a global player on its field. As a Producer, he has given his audience, “ Ghajini” (2008) - Hindi movie directed by A. R. Murugadoss, “ Rann” (2010) - Hindi movie directed by Ram Gopal Varma, “ Autograph” (2010) - Bengali movie directed by SrijitMukherji, “ RaktaCharitra” (2010) - Hindi (also in Telugu and Tamil) movie directed by Ram GopalVarma, “ Jhootha Hi Sahi” (2010) - Hindi movie directed by
, and “ Mausam” (2011) - Hindi (also in Assamese) movie directed by Pankaj Kapoor.
He has also created a record for the most number of films released within a short time - 7 Films in 50 days - at Limca Book of Records. Out of those 7 movies, 4 were released in just 8 days. He was married to Nandana Sen, an actress, but their 9-years relationship ended on May 15, 2012. For some years he was reported in the media as seeing Actress Neena Gupta’s daughter
, a fashion designer by profession. In March 9th of 2015, they got engaged, and exchanged rings, in a classy ceremony held at a suburban hotel off Mumbai. Though Masaba Gupta has announced the marriage plans of a destination wedding probably in the Caribbean Islands in the month of November, the couple got married in a simple ceremony of registering in a courthouse, on June 2nd itself.