() (born 1 November 1978) is an Indian
film actress. She was among the popular lead actress in Malayalam cinema
during the mid to late-1990s.
She made her debut in Saakshyam
(1995). Her well known films include Ee Puzhayum Kadannu
(1996), Thooval Kottaram
(1997), Krishnagudiyil Oru Pranayakalathu
(1998), Summer in Bethlehem
(1998), and Pathram
(1999). She won the National Film Award
- Special Jury Award
for her performance in Kannezhuthi Pottum Thottu
She married actor Dileep
in 1998, and has quit acting since then.
Even when she was at school, Manju showed extra ordinary talent in dance, and won many awards. She was conferred Kalathilakam in Kerala Youth Festival for 2 years.
At the age of 17, she debut in the film Sakshyam (1995). Later at the age of 18, she acted in the movie Sallapam (1996), co-starring actor Dileep
, which became a big hit. Since then, she acted in around 20 Malayalam movies over a span of three years, most of which have been hits. She has won numerous awards and critical acclaim and was considered to be the top heroine of her period. She is still one of the most loved actresses in Malayalam
. She has not acted in any other languages in her career. She was initially the first choice for the movie Alaipayuthey
by director Mani Ratnam
, but was not able to do the movie because of date hassles and then her sudden marriage.
Her performance in the movie Kannezhuthi Pottum Thottu
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