The Telugu audience would surely remember Manju Bhargavi for her role in the 1979 blockbuster Shankarbharanam. Born on 1950, the real name of Manju Bhargavi is Manjula.
Having her birth in Chennai, Manju did her studies in Stella Mary’s College. Manju is a trained dancer and exhibited her dancing skills at many dance performance shows. Prakash Rao, a filmmaker, introduced her to films with a dance sequence in the 1974 flick Gaalipataalu. Eventually she did dance sequences in films like Soggadu, Krishnaveni and Yamagola. The film Nayakadu Vinayakudu saw her in a vamp role. In this film, she shared screen space with ANR. The flick President Peramma was instrumental in her doing the noteworthy role in Sankarabharanam; K Vishwanath, who had helmed direction for the film, asked her to show some photographs of her in which she had no make-up. And Shankarabharanam happened;this film was a great success in Tollywood. This film garnered many awards both at the national and international level. This film also found a position in CNN-IBN’s 100 greatest films list during the year 2013. This film was instrumental in making Manju one of the evergreen successful heroines .
Manju had also worked in some noteworthy Malayalam films in her career. Also, she has worked on a song in Billa (1980), a Tamil flick. Though Manju was content with this flick she didn’t act often, but instead did dance shows. Moreover, it is learnt that she concentrated on dance shows more due to her six feet height.
Manju is at present living in Bangalore with her husband. Manju organizes a dance show in Bangalore and now she is busy with this foundation of hers and also other dance shows. Manju also had a brief stint with the famous Tamil TV serial of
named Thangam, which was aired on Sun TV.