Manchu Lakshmi Prasanna, credited as Lakshmi Anand Manchu, is an Indian film actress, producer and television presenter known for her works in Telugu cinema and American television.[1][2][3] The daughter of veteran actor Mohan Babu, Lakshmi holds a bachelor's degree in Theatre from Oklahoma City University.[4]

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Manchu Lakshmi at the 60th Filmfare Awards South
Manchu Lakshmi Prasanna

8 October 1977
Other namesLakshmi Manchu
Alma materOklahoma City University
Height5 ft 6 in (168 cm)
Spouse(s)Andy Shrinivasan
Parent(s)Mohan Babu
Vidya Devi
WebsiteLakshmi Manchu

She 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.[5] She then appeared in one episode of each of the following series: Desperate Housewives, Late Nights with my Lover and Mystery ER. She has also appeared in commercials for Toyota, AARP and Chevrolet.[6] 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.[7] Lakshmi has garnered the South Indian International Movie Award, two Filmfare Awards South, the state Nandi Award. She made her Theatre debut as Miss Trunchbull in the adaptation of the Roald Dahl's Matilda directed by Taher Ali Baig [8] in 2016.

Early lifeEdit

Lakshmi Manchu is the only daughter of actor Mohan Babu and Vidya Devi. She has two brothers Vishnu Manchu and Manoj Manchu.[9][10] She was born in Chennai and can speak Tamil and Telugu.[11] Having started her career at the age of 4, Manchu has been in 20 feature films in India and the U.S. She co-owns Sree Lakshmi Prasanna Pictures, a production company that has produced fifty-six feature films to date. She is married to Andy Srinivasan and has a daughter.


In December 2011, she was signed on to portray a 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 in films as an actress.[12]


Filmfare Awards
SIIMA Awards
Nandi Awards
Other Awards


Feature filmsEdit

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 Nandi Award for Best Villain
CineMAA Award for Best Supporting Actress
Santosham Best Villain Award
Nominated-Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Telugu
Dongala Mutha Shiva Telugu [16]
2012 Department Satya Bhosle Hindi
Uu Kodathara? Ulikki Padathara? Amrutha Valli Telugu
2013 Kadal Celina Tamil
Gundello Godari / Maranthen Mannithen Chitra Telugu / Tamil Winner, Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Telugu
Winner, SIIMA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting role
Doosukeltha Telugu Special appearance[17]
2014 Chandamama Kathalu Lisa Smith[18] Telugu Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress - Telugu[19]
A day in the life of Lakshmi Manchu's feet Lakshmi Manchu Silent Short Film
2015 Budugu Pooja Telugu
Dongaata Shruti Telugu
2017 Basmati Blues Sita English
Lakshmi Bomb Lakshmi & Priya Telugu
2018 W/O Ram Deeksha Telugu
Kaatrin Mozhi Maryam (Marya) Tamil
Mrs.Subbalakshmi Mrs subbalakshmi Telugu Web Series


Year Film Language Director Cast Notes
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 / Maranthen Mannithen Telugu / Tamil Kumar Nagendra Aadhi, Manchu Lakshmi, Taapsee Pannu, Sundeep Kishan
2015 Dongaata Telugu Vamsi Krishna Manchu Lakshmi, Adivi Sesh, Brahmanandam


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)
2008 Lakshmi Talk Show Herself Telugu Host
2011 Prematho Mee Lakshmi Herself Telugu Host
2012 Luckunte Lakshmi Herself Telugu Host
2013 Super Jodi Herself Telugu Judge
2013 Doosukeltha Herself Telugu Host
2016 Mee Kosam Herself Telugu Host
2016 Memusaitham Herself Telugu Host
2018 Maharani Herself Telugu Host


  1. ^ "Manchu Lakshmi In Never Before Seen Avatar In Dongata". 29 April 2015. Retrieved 21 May 2015.
  2. ^ a b Seshagiri, Sangeetha (21 July 2014). "SIIMA 2014 Telugu Nominations: Pawan Kalyan's 'Attarintiki Daredi' Nominated in 12 categories". International Business Times. Archived from the original on 25 January 2015. Retrieved 22 July 2014.
  3. ^ "Malaysia to host South Indian International Movie Awards next month". 14 August 2014.
  4. ^ "Oklahoma City University School of Theatre to honor five graduates". 31 March 2013.
  5. ^ "Metro Plus Hyderabad : 'I want to be a champion of the underdog'". Chennai, India: The Hindu. 25 April 2009. Retrieved 13 October 2012.
  6. ^ "Lakshmi Manchu in Munnar – Telugu Movie News". IndiaGlitz. 15 April 2011. Retrieved 13 October 2012.
  7. ^ Archived from the original on 8 December 2010. Retrieved 28 April 2011. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. ^ jha, neha (2 December 2016). "Matilda comes alive on stage". Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 9 April 2019.
  9. ^ "Metro Plus Vijayawada : Probing what lies beyond star aura". Chennai, India: The Hindu. 2 May 2009. Retrieved 13 October 2012.
  10. ^ "Lakshmi Manchu's Gundello Godari! | BayNews | The New Voice of Vizag". 16 April 2011. Retrieved 13 October 2012.
  11. ^ Lakshmi Manchu Interview
  12. ^ Archived from the original on 8 April 2014. Retrieved 7 April 2014. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  13. ^ "Malaysia to host South Indian International Movie Awards next month". 14 August 2014.
  14. ^ "The Hyderabad Times Film Awards 2011". The Times of India. 24 June 2012.
  15. ^ "Oklahoma City University School of Theatre to honor five graduates". 31 March 2013.
  16. ^ [1][dead link]
  17. ^ Archived from the original on 28 September 2013. Retrieved 25 September 2013. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  18. ^ "Sattaru's Chandamama Kathalu goes on floors". 25 September 2013. Retrieved 21 May 2015.
  19. ^ "Winners list: 62nd Britannia Filmfare Awards (South)". The Times of India. 27 June 2015. Archived from the original on 27 June 2015. Retrieved 27 June 2015.

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