Lakshmi Manchu Biography – an Indian Actress and Television Presenter

Manchu Lakshmi Prasanna is an Indian actress, producer, and television presenter who works in Telugu cinema and worked in American television. The daughter of actor Mohan Babu, Manchu holds a bachelor's degree in theatre from Oklahoma City University.

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Real Name: Manchu Lakshmi Prasanna
Profession: Indian actress
Birthplace: Madras, Tamil Nadu, India
Spouse: Andy Srinivasan
Age: 45

Manchu Lakshmi Prasanna (born 8 October 1977) is an Indian actress, producer, and television presenter who works in Telugu cinema and worked in American television. The daughter of actor Mohan Babu, Manchu holds a bachelor’s degree in theatre from Oklahoma City University. She has garnered the SIIMA Award, two Filmfare Awards South, and two State Nandi Awards.

Manchu made her acting debut with the American television series Las Vegas, where she played the minor role of Sarasvati Kumar, the love interest of James Lesure. She then appeared in one episode of each of the following series: Desperate HousewivesLate Nights with My Lover, and Mystery ER. She has also appeared in commercials for Toyota, AARP, and Chevrolet.

Lakshmi Manchu Biography
Lakshmi Manchu Biography

In 2006, she directed, produced, and acted in Perfect Lives, a short film that was showcased at the Wilshire Fine Arts Theater as part of the La Femme Film Festival in Los Angeles. She made her Theatre debut as Miss Trunchbull in the adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Matilda, directed by Taher Ali Baig in 2016.

Lakshmi Manchu Biography
Manchu Lakshmi Prasanna

8 October 1977 (age 45)

Madras, Tamil Nadu, India
Alma mater Oklahoma City University
  • Actress
  • producer
  • television presenter
Srinivas (m. 2005)
Andy Srinivasan (m. 2006)
Children 1
  • Mohan Babu (father)
  • Vishnu Manchu (brother)
  • Manchu Manoj (brother)

Early life and family

Lakshmi Manchu is the only daughter of actor Mohan Babu and Vidya Devi. She has two brothers Vishnu Manchu and Manoj Manchu. She was born in Chennai and can speak Tamil, Telugu, Hindi, Kannada, Spanish and English.

Manchu married Andy Srinivasan, an IT professional from Chennai in 2006. The couple has a daughter born through surrogacy. They are settled in Hyderabad.

Lakshmi_Manchu with her Family
Lakshmi Manchu with her Family


Having started her career at the age of 4, Manchu has been in 20 feature films in India and a few minor television roles in the U.S. She co-owns Sree Lakshmi Prasanna Pictures along with her family members, a production company that has produced fifty-six feature films to date.

In December 2011, she was signed on to portray a supporting role in Mani Ratnam‘s Tamil film Kadal after a successful audition. Portraying the role of Celina, a poor village woman, she expected this film to be her breakthrough but hardly got offers in Tamil after the film’s release.

Filmography (Lakshmi Manchu Biography)


Acting roles

Year Film Role Language Notes
2008 The Ode Najma English
2009 Dead Air Gabbi English
Thank You for Washing Phoebe English Short film
2011 Anaganaga O Dheerudu Irendri Telugu
Dongala Mutha Shiva Telugu
2012 Department Satya Bhosle Hindi
Uu Kodathara? Ulikki Padathara? Amrutha Valli Telugu
2013 Kadal Celina Tamil
Gundello Godari Chitra Telugu
Doosukeltha Herself Telugu Special appearance
2014 Chandamama Kathalu Lisa Smith Telugu
A day in the life of Lakshmi Manchu’s feet Lakshmi Manchu Silent Short Film
2015 Budugu Pooja Telugu
Dongaata Shruti Telugu Also singer for “Yendiro Yendiro”
2016 Guntur Talkies Herself Telugu Special appearance
2017 Basmati Blues Sita English
Lakshmi Bomb Lakshmi & Priya Telugu
2018 W/O Ram Deeksha Telugu
Kaatrin Mozhi Maria Tamil
2020 Maa Vintha Gaadha Vinuma Herself Telugu Special appearance
2021 Pitta Kathalu Swaroopakka Telugu Netflix film
2022 Monster Durga / Catherine Alexandra Malayalam Debut Malayalam film


Year Film Language Director Cast
2005 Sri Telugu Dasaradh Manchu Manoj, Tamannaah
2008 Nenu Meeku Telusa? Telugu Ajay Sastry Manchu Manoj, Sneha Ullal, Riya Sen
2010 Jhummandi Naadam Telugu K. Raghavendra Rao Manchu Manoj, Taapsee Pannu, Mohan Babu
2012 Uu Kodathara? Ulikki Padathara? Telugu Sekhar Raja Nandamuri Balakrishna, Manchu Manoj, Deeksha Seth
2013 Gundello Godari Telugu Kumar Nagendra Aadhi, Manchu Lakshmi, Taapsee Pannu, Sundeep Kishan
2015 Dongaata Telugu Vamsi Krishna Manchu Lakshmi, Adivi Sesh, Brahmanandam
Lakshmi Manchu Biography
Lakshmi Manchu Biography

Television (Lakshmi Manchu Biography)

Acting roles

Year Title Role Language Notes
2004–07 Las Vegas Sarasvati Kumar English Recurring role (11 episodes)
2006 Boston Legal Juror No. 6 English “Shock and Oww!” (season 2: episode 18)
2008 Mystery ER Dr. Baker English “Eating Away/A Model’s Malady” (season 2: episode 5)
Desperate Housewives Nabila English “Kids Ain’t Like Everybody Else” (season 5: episode 3)
2019 Mrs. Subbalakshmi Mrs. Subbalakshmi Telugu ZEE5 original web series

As a host or judge

Year Title Notes
2008 Lakshmi Talk Show Host
2011 Prematho Mee Lakshmi Host
2012 Luckunte Lakshmi Host
2013 Super Jodi Judge
2013 Doosukeltha Host
2016 Mee Kosam Host
2016–2018 Memusaitham Host
2018 Maharani Host
2021 Aha Bhojanambu Host

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result
2011 Filmfare Awards South Best Supporting Actress – Telugu Anaganaga O Dheerudu Nominated
2013 Gundello Godari Won
2014 Chandamama Kathalu Won
2011 South Indian International Movie Awards Best Actor in a Negative Role – Telugu Anaganaga O Dheerudu Won
2013 Best Supporting Actress – Telugu Gundello Godari Won
2015 Best Actress – Telugu Dongaata Nominated
2011 Nandi Awards Best Villain Anaganaga O Dheerudu Won
2014 Best Supporting Actress Chandamama Kathalu Won
2011 CineMAA Awards Best Supporting Actress Anaganaga O Dheerudu Won
Santosham Film Awards Best Villain Won
Hyderabad Times Film Awards Best Actor in a Negative Role – Female Won
2013 Oklahoma City University Alumni Hall of Honour Award Won

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