Manju Warrier was an artist first and then an actor on a path to a remarkable life. In the short 3 years spent in the film industry, she emerged as a figure who was hard to forget. In all of her 19 films, she was dedicated, dutiful and unflappable, with a modest reluctance to steal the spotlight from her leading men. Her simple yet detailed portrayal of characters got the admiration of the well informed Malayalee audiences the world over. Her humility earned affection and till date, just like what even the research indicates, she is the one actor Malayalee audiences and the film industry miss the most. Manju Warrier lives in Thrissur with her parents. Manju has now made the most stupendous comeback ever seen in the Indian film industry with her movie How Old Are You ? directed by Rosshan Andrews running to applause and packed houses across India and Abroad.

Filmography

How Old Are You (2014)
Pathram (1999)
Kannezhuthi Pottum Thottu (1999)
Summer in Bethlahem (1998)
Kanmadam (1998)
Daya (1998)
Pranayavarnangal (1998)
Thirakalkkappuram (1998)
Irattakuttikalude Achan (1997)
Krishnagudiyil Oru Pranayakalathu (1997)
Kudamattam (1997)
Aaraam Thampuran (1997)
Sammanam (1997)
Kaliyattam (1997)
Innalakalillathe (1997)
Kaliveedu (1996)
Thooval Kottaram (1996)
Dilliwala Rajakumaran (1996)
Ee Puzhayum Kadannu (1996)
Sallapam (1996)
Sakshyam (1995)

AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS

National Film Awards

1999 - Special Mention - Kannezhuthi Pottum Thottu

Kerala State Film Awards

1996 - Best Actress - Ee Puzhayum Kadannu

Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Malayalam

1996 - Best Actress - Ee Puzhayum Kadannu
1997 - Best Actress - Aaraam Thampuran

Asianet Film Awards

1999 - Best Actress - Kannezhuthi Pottum Thottu, Pathram
1998 - Best Actress - Kanmadam

Screen-Videocon Awards

1997 - Best Actress - Aaraam Thampuran,Krishnagudiyil Oru Pranayakalathu
1996 - Best Actress - Ee Puzhayum Kadannu

Film Fans Awards

1996 - Best Actress - Thooval Kottaram

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In the southern tip of India lies a town that is home to culture rich and surrounded in fine tradition. This town called Nagercoil is nestled in the tip of the peninsula and wrapped around by the western ghats. Manju Warrier was born here. It is said that before she learnt to walk, she danced. In time, she moved into another town called Kannur. A place that deserves it's reputation as the cradle of traditional folk art in Kerala. It has been the bed to art forms like Theyyam. Manju Warrier was soaked in such culture and artistry from a very early age. At 4, she was learning Bharathanatyam, Mohiniyattam and Kuchipudi. Though she was initiated into classical dance forms by Smt. Selinkumari at Nagarcoil, she trained under highly revered gurus like Smt. RLV Devi, Sri RLV Venu, Kalamandalam Sri Gopinath and N.V. Krishnan Master. Manju Warrier currently is the disciple of renowned danseuse Smt.Geetha Padmakumar who is herself the protegee of veteran legend in Kuchipudi, Dr. Vempati Chinna Satyam. It's these varied influences coupled with ritualistic & disciplined training that helped her shape her as an exemplary dancer.
From her earlier days of dancing, she thrilled audiences wherever she performed. While she was in her school, she earned recognition and the title Kalathilakam at the Youth festival conducted by the Government of Kerala. She has shared her stage with enormous talents like Shobhana, Madhubala and Prabhudeva, but Manju Warrier was never unsettled. Her performance at the Miss World contest held in India exposed her talent globally. While she effortlessly danced into the hearts of people, there was a calling to dance & perform under the arc lights. Manju Warrier portrayed characters that not just woke up the audience, but made them rub their eyes and watch in disbelief. Manju Warrier acted to captivate hearts, something none of her characters would have the energy to articulate. She stayed in the film industry for only as long as she wanted, but never abandoned it.
Manju Warrier was always a Kuchipudi dancer. Though she never performed in public for a long time, it was a part of her, just like skin and muscles. ' The Navaratri Dance Festival at Guruvayur was the stage she took to as her come back. Her return to perform in front of large audiences was also marked as another ‘arangetram’. Seats in the auditorium filled early on that day. The entire dance recital was covered live on television. As she danced, it seemed like she danced not for the entire audience, but for each one of them. The rapture of applause at the end of it signaled they wanted more. Her performance made it to the front pages of almost all newspapers. There were audiences everywhere waiting for a glimpse of her. Manju Warrier hopes to conquer more stages in the years to come. The dance of the danseuse has just begun.
    Nishagandhi Festival 2013 - Kanakakkunnu Palace, Thiruvananthapuram
    26th January, 2013
    Dharani Dance Festival - School of Dance and Music, Kochi
    25th January, 2013
    Karikkakam Devi Temple
    18th March, 2013
    Puthur Sri Thirupuraikkal National Music and Dance Festival
    5th April, 2013
    Vasantholsavam at Sree Seetarama Swami Temple, Pokunnam
    12th May, 2012

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