Manju Pillai

Manju Pillai (born 11 May 1976) is an Indian actress who appears in Malayalam films and television shows. She is best known for portraying comedic roles, but has also played character roles. She has won the Kerala State Television Awards for Best Supporting Actress in two consecutive years (2001 and 2002). In 2007, she played one of the female lead roles in Adoor Gopalakrishnan's drama film Naalu Pennungal.[1] [2][3] Manju is the granddaughter of Malayalam film actor S. P. Pillai.

Manju Pillai
Born (1976-05-11) 11 May 1976 (age 45)
Occupation
  • Actress
  • TV host
Years active1991 – present
Spouse(s)
(m. 2000)
Children1
RelativesS. P. Pillai (grandfather)

Personal LifeEdit

Manju Pillai is the granddaughter of Malayalam film actor S. P. Pillai. She did her undergraduate studies from Mar Ivanios College, Trivandrum. She was married to Malayalam cine-serial artist Mukundan Menon & was later divorced. She married cinematographer Sujith Vaassudev on 23 December 2000. They have a daughter Daya Sujith.[4][5]

CareerEdit

Manju first acted in the television serial Sathyavum Mithyayum. In 2000 and 2001, Manju won the Kerala State Television Award for Best Supporting Actress for V. N. Mohandas's serial Devaranjini and Venu Nair's Sethuvinte Kathakal. She won the Film Critics' Award the same year. In 2002-2003, she again won the State Award for the best television actress for Ali Akbar's Sundaranmarum Sundarikalum.

FilmographyEdit

FilmsEdit

Year Title Role
1992 Sabarimalayil Thanka Sooryodayam Chandran Pillai's daughter
1993 Golanthara Vartha Lekha’s neighbor
1994 Galileo -
1995 Mazhayethum Munpe Anjana
1996 Kaathil Oru Kinnaram Usha
1996 Excuse Me Ethu Collegila Gayathri
1997 Irattakuttikalude Achan Indira
1997 Janathipathyam Mrs.Thirumulpadu
1997 Guru Sishyan Sarasu
1997 Nee Varuvolam Santha
1997 Raajathanthram Shari
1998 Ayushman Bhava Dance Teacher
1998 Kattathoru Penpoovu Leela
1999 Njangal Santhushtaranu Kamakshi
2000 Vinayapoorvam Vidhyaadharan Rexy
2000 Snegithiye Police Constable (Tamil)
2000 Swayamvara Panthal Seema
2000 Mister Butler Anandham
2001 Raavanaprabhu Kumudam
2007 Naalu Pennungal Chinnu Amma
2007 Raakilipattu Police Constable
2009 Raamanam Kadashi Paathu
2010 Manmadhan Ambu Manju Kurup (Tamil)
2011 Teja Bhai & Family Rathi Devi
2013 Kadal Kadannu Oru Maathukutty Herself
2015 Kaliyachan Kunjiraman's mother
2015 Love 24x7 Jessica Moses
2015 Ammakkoru Tharattu -
2016 James & Alice Advocate Rohini
2018 Autorsha Herself (Cameo in promo song)
2018 Nithyaharitha Nayakan Omana
2021 Home Kuttiyamma[6]
Kolaambi Lawyer
Jalaamsham (filming)
Higuita (filming)
Santa Maria Pre Production

Other WorksEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1991 Thathamme Poochapoocha Telefilm
2001 Instant Onam Sulochana Telefilm
2020 Keralam Gathi Mattum Herself Music video
2021 DK Annie Short film
2021 Ohm Sthuthiyayi Erikatte Jessy's sister Web Series
2021 Madhavi Naadu Vaanidum Kalam Madhavi Telefilm

TelevisionEdit

SerialsEdit

Year Title Role Channel
2011-Present Thatteem Mutteem Mohanavally Mazhavil Manorama
2011-2012 Manassu Parayunna Karyangal Annapurna/ Thalaivi Mazhavil Manorama
2011-2012 Pattukallude Pattu Sindhu Surya TV
Kudumbapuranam Shari Jaihind TV
2009-2010 Mazhayariyathe Surya TV
Smarakasilakal Pathu DD Malayalam
2009 Devimahathmyam Devika Asianet
2008 Nirmalyam Sethulakshmi Asianet
2005 Indhumukhi Chandramathi Indhumukhi Surya TV
2007-2008 Sanamanassulavarkku Samadhanam Asianet
2007 Prayaanam Surya TV
2007 Women's Club
2009-2010 Katha Parayum Kavyanjali Pavizham Surya TV
2006 Sathi Leelavathi Leelavathi Amrita TV
2004-2005 Koodum Thedi Asianet
Kavyanjali Pavizham Surya TV
Life Is Beautiful Sulochana Vishwanathan (Sulu) Asianet
2002-2004 Chila Kudumba Chitrangal Sulochana Vishwanathan (Sulu) Kairali TV
2002 Sooryakanthi DD Malayalam
2003 Sathyavum Mithyayum
2001 Devaranjini Devaranjini
Sethuvinte Kadhakal
Sundharanmarum Sundharikallum
2000 Thali Hema Surya TV
1998-1999 Sthree Asianet
1997 Marannam Dhurbhalam DD Malayalam
Rareeram
Eka Tharakam
1995 Seemanthanam
Marubhoomiyil Pookkalam
1994 Scooter
Murappennu
Thamarakuzhali Lakshmi
Soumini
Koodum Thedi
Instant Padam Sulochana

Television showsEdit

Year Title Role Channel
2010 Vodafone Comedy Stars Judge Asianet
2012 Comedy Festival Judge Mazhavil Manorama
Veruthe Alla Bharya Judge Mazhavil Manorama
2013 Kinginikoottam Host Asianet Plus
2013-2015 Pokkiri Peekkiri Host Asianet Plus
2015 Thani Nadan Presenter Mazhavil Manorama
2016 Laughing Villa House owners wife Surya TV
2017 Malayali Veetamma Judge Flowers TV
2017 Grand Magical Circus Judge Kaumudy TV
2018 Comedy Stars Plus Judge Asianet Plus
Comedy Utsavam Judge Flowers TV
Super Dupe 2 Judge Flowers TV
2020 Ruchimelam Presenter ACV
2020-2021 Comedy Stars Judge Asianet
2021 Udan Panam 3. 0 Contestant Mazhavil Manorama
2021-Present Midumudukki Judge Flowers TV
2021-Present Oru Chiri Iru Chiri Bumper Chiri Judge Mazhavil Manorama
2021 Atham Pathu Ruchi 2021 Presenter Mazhavil Manorama

AdvertisementsEdit

  • Mazhavil Manorama
  • Mazhavil FM
  • Samson & Samson Lifestyle
  • Maa Washing Powder
  • Mahilaratnam Magazine

Other WorksEdit

  • Chithrageetham
  • D3 - D 4 Dance
  • Amma Mazhavillu
  • Day with a star
  • Annie's Kitchen
  • Funny Nights with Pearle Maaney
  • Katha Ethuvare
  • Manasilloru Mazhavillu
  • Light & Sound Drama - Sthreeparvam
  • Manorama Newsmaker
  • Vanitha Magazine
  • Shubharathri
  • Idavelayil
  • Amma Shows
  • Take It Easy
  • Morning Guest
  • Ividinganannu Bhai
  • Hello Namasthe
  • Namasthe Keralam
  • Malayali Durbar
  • JB Junction
  • Cinema Chirima
  • Bellari Manjuvum Bumper Onavum
  • My Favourites
  • Comedy Super Nite
  • Orikkal Koodi
  • 1.1.3
  • Radio Mango
  • Fast Track
  • Badayi Bunglawu
  • Malayala Manorama
  • Lalitham 50
  • Nakshathrathilakkam
  • Manjubhashitham
  • Utsavam Superstar
  • Chat Show
  • Star Chat
  • Morning Guest
  • Tamar Padar
  • Tamasha Bazar
  • Mimicry Mahamela
  • Morning Reporter
  • Talk Time
  • Mazhavil Azhakil Amma
  • ABC -Artists Big Chat
  • Satvika
  • Snehathalam
  • Cinema One
  • Manju Pillakkoppam Chila Kudumbachithrangal
  • Breakfast News
  • Hello My Dear Wrong Number (Radio)
  • Spotlight
  • Tharapakittu

AwardsEdit

Kerala State Television Awards
  • 2001: Best Supporting Actress
  • 2002: Best Supporting Actress
Flowers TV Awards
  • 2017: Best Comedian
Good Knight Film and Business Awards 2017
Janmabhoomi Television Awards - Best female comedian

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Naalu Pennungal at Viennale". Yahoo India Movies. Archived from the original on 18 September 2009. Retrieved 28 May 2009.
  2. ^ https://www.sify.com/movies/naalu-pennungal-review-malayalam-pclwz8bddbecb.html
  3. ^ https://m.rediff.com/movies/2007/nov/05naalu.htm
  4. ^ http://www.mangalam.com/mangalam-varika/67601
  5. ^ https://m.timesofindia.com/tv/news/malayalam/a-quick-look-at-the-real-life-partners-of-few-malayalam-tv-celebs/manju-pillai/photostory/67525868.cms
  6. ^ https://www.thenewsminute.com/article/kuttiyamma-reflection-society-we-live-manju-pillai-intv-home-154675?amp

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