Thriller Manju is a person who has left no stone unturned in the field of cinema. A multitalented person, he is a director, a stunt director, an actor and a choreographer. He was born as Manjunatha Kumar in the city of Bengaluru in Karnataka. He has been working in the Kannada Film Industry since the year 1990. Manju entered the film industry through the movie Gejja Nadu in the year 1993. He started out as an actor and did small supporting roles in movies like Jana Nayaka and Shh! a thriller film in the 1990s. After a few stints in acting, he went on to become the captain of the ship that is the director. He ventured into filmmaking in the year 1996 through a cop movie. Thriller Manju, as his name suggests, made a thrilling and racy cop flick titled Police Story. This movie, whose story and screenplay were also written by Manju, had actor
Sai Kumar in the lead. It became an instant blockbuster and even today remains a trademark film. The after effect of the movie was so high that fans started to expect another similar movie from Manju, which led him to direct the sequels for this cult film. In the year 2006, after ten years of the release of the first one, Manju directed its sequel movie titled Police Story 2. This flick also had the ‘Dialogue King’ Sai Kumar in the lead. The movie opened up to mixed reviews.
Critics claimed that the film was a mirror image of the original movie, Police Story, and was out of trend. Ignoring the reviews and with the determination to direct another sequel Manju made the film Police Story 3 in the year 2011. This movie holds a Guinness World Record and also features in the Limca Book of Records for being shot in just twelve hours and completing the post-production work in ten days. Thriller Manju has also acted as the hero in this movie in which the Kannada super hero Sudeep has done a cameo. The other movies in which he has acted are Andhra Hendthi (2000), Neethone Vuntanu (2002) a Telugu film, Rama Krishna (2004), Jai Hind (2012) and a few others. The recent movie in which he has acted is Mr. Cheater (2012) and
Youthful Love (2014). Youthful Love is a Telugu venture in which Manju choreographed the stunt sequences as well. He also has plans for opening a production house to give his brother’s son Vikhyath, who is an aspiring actor, an easy start in the industry. Manju started out as a stunt director and has so far worked in more than four-hundred movies. Some of the notable films in which he has worked as an action director are
Veera Madakari (2009),
Auto Shankar (2005) and Azaad (2000). His upcoming movie is Rana Pratapa.