Mohan Babu
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Mohan Babu at SVET Tirupati in 2014
Born
Manchu Bhakthavatsalam

(1952-03-19) 19 March 1952 (age 70)
Modhugulapalem, Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh
Alma materMadras Film Institute
YMCA College of Physical Education
OccupationActor and Producer
Years active1975–present
Spouse(s)
Vidya Devi
(died)

Nirmala Devi
Children
AwardsPadma Shri (2007)
WebsiteMohan Babu

Manchu Bhakthavatsalam, credited and also known as Mohan Babu, is an Indian actor and producer known for his works predominantly in Telugu cinema. An alumnus of the Madras Film Institute, Mohan Babu has acted in more than 500 films in lead, supporting and a variety of roles.[1][2][3]

In 1995, he received Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Telugu for his work in the multi-starrer Pedarayudu, which also starred Rajinikanth in a pivotal role.[4] In 2007, he received the CineMAA Award for Best Supporting Actor for his work in Yamadonga.[5] Mohan Babu was honored at the University of California, Berkeley for his contribution to the field of cinema and education.[6] He is the co-owner of production companies such as Sree Lakshmi Prasanna Pictures, 24 Frames Factory and Manchu Entertainment.[7] In 2017, he garnered the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award – South.[8] In 2017, he received the "Special Appreciation Award" for completing "forty years in cinema" at the 6th South Indian International Movie Awards.[9]

Early life

Mohan Babu was born to Manchu Narayanaswamy and Manchu Lakshmamma[10] in the Modhugulapalem village near Tirupati.

Career

Mohan Babu began his career as a Physical education instructor at the YMCA college[11] of physical education for many years.

During this time, Mohan Babu was introduced to Dasari Narayana Rao who was then a script writer in Tollywood. This would pan out to become the most significant event of his career. Mohan Babu's first major breakthrough as an actor came with the 1975 film Swargam Narakam, directed by Dasari Narayana Rao. Dasari cast him as a villain in the movie and went on to achieve great success. It was after this movie that his birth name Bakthavatsalam Naidu was changed to Mohan Babu. After appearing in many films as a comedy-villain, he proceeded to star as the leading actor in Khaidi Kalidasu, Ketugadu, Gruha Pravesam, Assembly Rowdy, Allari Mogudu and many more. After receiving success in Telugu Cinema, Mohan Babu as a lover of arts was also drawn to the happenings of Tamil Cinema. After being initiated into the Tamil Film Industry by Sivaji Ganesan, he went on to appear in over 20 Tamil films.[12]

In 1978, he appeared in Sivaranjani. The movie heralded the 'villain' and also came out with many of the mannerisms. He had an outstanding mentor in the form of Dasari Narayana Rao, who guided him in the right direction and gave him the initial foundation substratum he required to do well. Mohan Babu followed this success by portraying a variety of roles in his next films such as Simha Garjana (1978),[13] Simha Baludu (1978), Rama Krishnulu (1978), Padaharella Vayasu (1978), Nayudu Bava (1978), Shokilla Rayudu (1979) and Ravanude Ramudayithe? (1979). His roles in Patnam Vachina Pativrathalu (1982), Billa Ranga (1978), Dharma Poratam (1983), Padmavyooham (1984), Bhale Ramudu (1984) and Sanchalanam (1985), showed a diverse range, despite often playing the villain.

His next film Soorarai Pottru (2020)[14] was released on OTT platform Amazon Prime,[15] and in Telugu as Aakaasam Nee Haddhu Raa.[16]

As of October 2020, he launched Son of India a Telugu film, directed by Diamond Ratnababu and produced by Vishnu Manchu. Mohan Babu has penned screenplay for the film.[17]

Though not announced officially, Mohan Babu declared that his next films would be mythological film Ravana Brahma[18] and historical film Bhakta Kannappa.[19][20]

Producer

As an ardent admirer of N.T. Rama Rao, in the year 1993, Mohan Babu produced Major Chandrakanth, starring N.T. Rama Rao and himself . The movie was directed by K. Raghavendra Rao, and went on to become a major blockbuster. The movie also celebrated its silver jubilee and stands as the last movie in N.T. Rama Rao's film career.[21]

Activism

Political views

While serving his tenure in the Rajya Sabha,[22] he was also a member of the Committee on Human Resource Development from 1996 to 1997, the committee on Urban and Rural Development and the Consultative Committee for the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.

After leaving the TDP, Mohan Babu continued with his career in the film industry. While in the midst of producing a movie titled Sri Ramuliah, he narrowly escaped a bomb blast which killed 23 people and injuring 35 others in Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad.[23]

Mohan Babu is also known to have actively participated in improving the living standards of many underprivileged artists in the South Indian Film Industry. Mohan Babu stayed away from politics after NTR's demise. He joined YSR Congress Party in 2019[24] and campaigned for Y. S. Jaganmohan Reddy in becoming CM. Though not actively involved in political activities, he raises his voice against any injustice in the society. There are speculations that BJP has invited Mohan Babu to join the national party as he met PM Narendra Modi[25] along with his family in the beginning of 2020.

Humanitarian work

Due to severe drought, the Rayalaseema people and agrarian community were cut off from necessary food supplies. Due to the event, plenty of people suffered from starvation. During his tenure as a Rajya Sabha MP, Mohan Babu visited the drought hit region[26] and created some solutions to help the victims of famine.

Mohan Babu developed his love of acting and passed it along to his children, with three kids following his footsteps into the film and education sector and carrying on his legacy. His daughter Lakshmi Manchu was appointed as the brand ambassador of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan[27] by the Prime Minister of India. Manchu Vishnu and Manchu Manoj have undertaken many initiatives to improve the condition of underprivileged children who were flood victims in the past.

Personal life

Mohan Babu was married to Vidya Devi with whom he has a son Manchu Vishnu and a daughter Manchu Lakshmi Prasanna – both actors in the film industry.[28][29][30] After her death, he married her sister, Nirmala Devi,[31] with whom he has a son Manchu Manoj, also an actor.[32]

Awards and nominations

Dialogue Book

As he completed 40 years in the film industry, the actor's popular dialogues were compiled in a book, named "Dialogue Book".[41] .

Filmography

Main article: Mohan Babu filmography

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