Manjunath Nayaker is an Indian actor and public relations professional. He is better known by his screen name Master Manjunath and "Swami" for his lead role in the television series Malgudi Days (1987) directed by Shankar Nag and in its film version, Swami And Friends.[1][2]

Master Manjunath
Manjunath Nayaker

(1976-12-23) 23 December 1976 (age 43)
NationalityIndia Indian
OccupationFilm Actor
Known forRole ′Swami′ in soap/serial Malgudi Days (1987), impersonating Ravichandran in Ranadheera (1987), Gangaadharam (Swati Kiranam) (1992)

Early lifeEdit

Nayaker was born in Bangalore, India. He did his BA in English and MA in Sociology from Mysore University and Bangalore University. He also holds a Diploma in cinematography and CA Foundation course.[3]


Master Manjunath, who started acting at age three, has been part of 68 movies in Kannada and Hindi,[3] but it was his role in Swami and Friends that fetched him recognition, in addition to six international, one national and a state award. The series was shot during his school vacation in 1985–86, and telecast in 1987. He acted in Super Hit movies of actor-director Shankar Nag such as Nodi Swamy Navirodu Hige, Sangliana and S.P. Sangliana 2. He also played the role of young Vijay Deenanath Chauhan in Agneepath (1990), which starred Amitabh Bachchan. He later co-starred alongside Mammootty in the 1992 Telugu film Swati Kiranam.

He quit acting at the age of 19 to concentrate on his studies.[2]

He became a PR professional and has been working for the Bangalore – Mysore Infrastructure Corridor Project (BMICP).[3] He now runs his own PR consultancy company.

Personal lifeEdit

Manjunath is married to athlete Swarnarekha, a sprinter and long jumper.[2]


Year Film Role language
1982 Ajit Govinda Kannada
1982 Muttinantha Attige Kannada
1982 Tony Damodara Kannada
1983 Jaggu Kannada
1983 Hosa Theerpu Seenu Kannada
1983 Banker Margayya young Balu Kannada
1983 Nodi Swamy Navirodu Hige Chotay Kannada
1984 Utsav Hindi
1984 Raktha Tilaka Hanumanthu Kannada
1984 Nagabekamma Nagabeku Kannada
1984 Avala Antaranga Kannada
1984 Ediru Alegalu Kannada
1984 Makkaliralavva Mane Thumba Krishna Kannada
1984 Kaliyuga Manja Kannada
1984 Netra Pallavi Kannada
1984 Mooru Janma Kannada
1984 Thaliya Bhagya Kannada
1984 Benki Birugali Raju Kannada
1985 Goonda Guru Lakko Kannada
1985 Manava Danava Amar Kannada
1985 Kuridoddi Kurukshetra Kannada
1985 Parameshi Prema Prasanga Kannada
1986 Devathe Kannada
1986 Nannavaru Kannada
1987 Ranadheera Kannada
1987 Malgudi Days Swami Hindi & English (TV series)
1987 Huli Hebbuli Vijayendra Kannada
1987 Poorna Chandra Kannada
1987 Ee Bandha Anubandha Manju Kannada
1988 Nava Bharatha Ravi Kannada
1988 Sangliyana Avinash Kannada
1988 Varna Chakra Kannada
1988 Anjada Gandu Keshava Kannada
1988 Ranaranga Anand Kannada
1988 Sahasa Veera Manju Kannada
1988 Teja Kannada
1989 Yuddha Kanda Kannada
1989 Guru Kannada
1989 Sharavegada Saradara Kannada
1989 Kindari Jogi Bommai Kannada
1989 Love Maadi Nodu Gopi Kannada
1989 Bangarada Baduku Geetu Kannada
1989 Narasimha Kannada
1990 Agneepath young Vijay Deenanath Chauhan[4] Hindi
1990 S. P. Sangliyana Part 2 Avinash Kannada
1990 Shivashankar Manju Kannada
1990 Mathsara Kannada
1990 Shabarimale Swamy Ayyappa Kannada
1991 Benaam Badsha Hindi
1991 Ramachaari Ramachaari Kannada
1992 Vishwatma Babu Hindi
1992 Swathi Kiranam Gangadharam Telugu


  1. ^ "I exactly acted as I imagine Swami to be". 16 May 2001.
  2. ^ a b c "The star of Malgudi Days". The Hindu. 24 October 2004.
  3. ^ a b c "Life and times of Swami". Mumbai Mirror. 28 March 2010.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ young Vijay Chouhan in Agneepath at indian Express : Oct16,2016

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