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Manchu Bhakthavatsalam Naidu or popularly known as Manchu Mohan Babu is a versatile Telugu actor, politician, educationalist, philanthropist, director and producer. From acting in over 560 movies, to producing over 63 blockbuster hits, and also being a leader and a politician, this epitome of versatility has, in every way possible been an inspiration to many Indians, and is an ideal citizen of our country.
Born into a middle class family in a small village called Modugulapalem near the temple town of Tirupathi, India, Mohan Babu had always had the thirst to become an artiste and movies had become a craze for him at a very young age. But because he had to support his family, and also because his father, a school headmaster, was very strict, he had to take up a job as a physical education trainer in a school in Chennai. But that did not deter his thirst to join the Telugu Film industry, so he set out to Madras to achieve a degree in physical education from YAMCA, and worked as a P Ed teacher in Kesari high school in Chennai. He is married to Nirmala Devi, and has three Children. Lakshmi Manchu, Vishnu Manchu and Manoj Kumar Manchu. All his children are today the most sought after actors of the Telugu industry, and have established themselves as actors and entrepreneurs alike.
Over a span of 40 years in the industry, Dr. Mohan Babu has acted in more than 560 movies. He is the only actor to have entered the industry as a villain, and went on to act as a hero, and now in character roles, through which he has garnered many awards, accolades and the hearts of scores of fans across the globe. From earning title like ‘Collection King’ and ‘Natavaachaspathi’ to being awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of California and a Padma Shree by the Government of India, Dr. Mohan Babu has been an actor par excellence.
He started his career in 1975, and his major breakthrough was Shivaranjani, his debut movie. He was discovered by ace director Dasari Narayana Rao, who late paired with him for many movies, making them the most favourite pair of the Telugu film industry.
From acting as the villain in the initial movies, he was the only maverick actor, who started steering his career from being the villain, to the bad guy who turns good by the end of the movie. This later helped in the audiences accepting him as the Hero of the movie. He is one of the few actors, who has acted his age on and off screen, and is now playing character roles, which have filled the hearts of the audiences with much more warmth for him.
As Dr. Mohan Babu was closely associated with the former Chief Minister of AP, Late N.T.Rama Rao, he was nominated for the Rajya Sabha MP, 1995. During his tenure, he developed several villages in the Rayalaseema region, and provided to the solution drought hit Rayalaseema regions. He also took part in a hunger strike on the 2nd of October, 1997, to sensitize people, the malady of corruption, and fought against corruption. It is also know that Mohan Babu has always provided for the underprivileged artists of the South Indian Film Industry.
He is probably one of the very few clean politicians in India. He quit politics in the year 1999, citing that he did want to be a part of the politics which he didn't believe in. Ever since, there has been a lot of speculation at every election time about him lending his support to a political party. He has been quite in the political scenario.
But it is to be mentioned that, Mohan Babu has a tremendous good will and his support could sway the political scenario in some parts of A.P. and Telangana. Majority in Rayalaseema. Hence has been requested by many politicians for his support.
In 1992, with a vision to educate and impart knowledge to the citizens of Rayalaseema region, Mohan Babu started the Sree Vidyanikethan Educational Trust, which consists of two international schools, and five colleges, which specialize in specific fields. The trust educates over 10000 students a year, and has over 1800 teachers and lecturers as staff.
The five colleges in Degree, Engineering, Nursing, Business Administrations and Pharmacy have state of the art equipment for the benefit of the students, and the most dedicated lecturers teaching the students. Every year, thousands of students who pass out of the Vdyanikethan Educational Trust are placed into prestigious organizations and companies through campus placements in each field. The cream of the alumnus is hired by the top IT, Accounting, Medical and other recognaised organized fields.
One fourth of the intake of the students are provided with free education, and the students graduating from the colleges are placed in high positioned jobs through campus placements.
Dr. Mohan Babu has always believed in giving back to the society and has been striving to do his bit to the society and the environment. He has actively participated in improving the standard of living of many small time actors and junior artists in the industry and has been religiously contributing to the South Indian Film Industry’s underprivileged artists. During his tenure as a Rajya Sabha MP, Dr. Mohan Babu had personally visited the drought hit Rayalaseema region, and offered disaster hit areas solutions and acted as a perfect leader in executing these solutions, majorly to the agrarian community.
Giving back to the community has always been a priority for this actor, and he has imbibed the same values to his children, who have reached great heights when it comes to philanthropy. While his daughter, Lakshmi Manchu is the brand ambassador for Swatch Bharath mission incorporated by the Prime Minister of the country, the Manchu siblings, Vishnu and Manoj have taken it upto themselves in providing free education to around 25 students who were flood victims in the past.
Mohan Babu turned a producer with his hit film, Prathigna, which was produced under his home banner, Sree Lakshmi Prassanna Pictures. He went on to produce over 60 movies under this banner, and gave many blockbuster hits, like Peddarayudu, Rayalaseema Rammanna Chowdary, Allari Mogudu, Assembly Rowdy, Alladugaru, which have become a few of the most memorable hits the Telugu industry has seen. SLPP today is one of the most premier production house in India.
From giving us blockbuster hits like Peddarayudu to carving a niche for itself in the industry, SLPP is known to have produced quite a few cult movies, which have created waves in the society.Prathighatana, Dharma Poratam, Major Chandrakanth, Rayalaseema Rammanna Chowdary were considered cult movies, which triggered the minds of the audiences with it’s social message, while movies like Allari Mogudu, Collector Garu, Rowdy Garu, Krishnarjuna were considered family entertainers. Dr. Mohan Babu’s role in each of these movies are of great value.
Educational Institutions : A group of colleges and schools which house and educate over 20000 students each year.
Production House : One of the leading production houses, which has produced over 60 block buster hits.
Rowdy is a 2014 film, about a local leader who
fights for righteousness.
A biographical hit, this movie shows how each
character helps become a pathfinder for the young religious leader.
Pandavulu: A 2014 release, this out and out family entertainer will leave all it's viewers in splits.
A musical hit, Jhummandi Naadam helps us all relate to our musical roots with pride.
An out and out action entertainer, Dr. Mohan Babu plays a don who fights for justice in his own way.
The story of a real life leader from Rayalaseema,
this movie was a landmark achievement of the legendary actor
A blockbuster hit, this movie saw Dr. Mohan Babu as the most fun Yamadharmaraj of all times..