Manchu Bakthavatsalam Naidu is well known as Mohan Babu is a versatile actor, producer and Educationalist. He is serving Telugu Cinema from past four decade he completed 38 years of film journey as an actor and 30 years of film journey as producer. He is also an educationist and a former Member of Parliament Rajya Sabha from Andhra Pradesh. He was on 19 March in 1952 at Modhugulapalem, Tirupathi. He is the eldest son of a pious retired school headmaster Manchu Narayanaswamy Naidu and Lakshmamma. He has three younger brothers Ranganath Chowdary, Ramachandra Chowdary, Krishna and one sister Vijaya. He had his schooling at Yerpedu village and Tirupati. He took his degree in Physical Education in Chennai. He worked as a physical education instructor for a brief while, before making his debut as an actor in the Telugu film industry. He was a class mate of Kollywood superstar Rajinikanth, one of his closest friends in the film industry at the Madras Film Institute. Mohan Babu married Vidya Devi and the couple were blessed with a daughter Lakshmi Manchu. After the death of Vidya Devi, he again married his late wife’s sister Nirmala Devi. He has two kids Vishnu Manchu and Manchu Manoj with Nirmala Devi. His two sons Vishnu Manchu and Manoj Manchu are leading film actors. Daughter Lakshmi Manchu is a producer and plays prominent role in their home banner Lakshmi Prasanna Pictures.
Mohan Babu is a versatile actor with his unique dialogue delivery. He had acted in more than 510 films which include 216 films as Hero. Be it any character, he has and is still known to dominate other actors onscreen. His straightforwardness and candid remarks are known all over. He made his debut as an actor in the film Swargam Narakam in (1975). He debuted in the Tamil film industry through Annan Oru Kovil in 1977 alongside Sivaji Ganesan. He became a popular villain in the Tamil and Telugu films. He went on to appear in 20 odd films in Tamil, mostly as villain. His film “Pedharaayudu” is one of the several films that have come to stay as evergreen hits made indelible impression on the minds of the people. His other hit films are Patnam Vachina Pativratalu, Kodama Simham, Khaidi No. 786, Major Chandrakanth, Padaharella Vayasu, Brahma,Assembly Rowdy, Allari Mogudu, Annamayya, Collector Garu, Yamadonga,etc. He started his career in small roles, and then donned negative characters before being cast as the protagonist in the movies. His dialogues are laced with ribald humour and randy innuendos which gained him much popularity since the 1990s. He has been rechristened Mohan Babu by his mentor, Dr.Dasari Narayana Rao, an eminent film and political personality. His adulation towards the legendary Mr.N.T.Rama Rao is well known, the latter even considers him his brother.
Mohan Babu was elected to Rajya Sabha in 1995 and he made immense contribution as a parliamentarian till 2001 and he played an active role in Telugu Desam Party. After TDP founder NTR’s death he is way from politics. Now, recently he made a statement that he will make re-entry into politics soon, but he didn’t revealed in which party he is going to join.
As a Educationist
Mohan Babu established the Sree Vidyanikethan Educational Trust in 1992 in Tirupathi. It has an International School, Degree College, Engineering College, Pharmacy College, College of Nursing, Management College and College for Post Graduation Studies.
Awards and Honours
He received Prestigious the Padma Shri Award in 2007. He won Film fare Best Actor Award for the Telugu film “Pedarayudu”. CineMAA Awards as Best supporting actor for the film Yama donga in 2008. Natavachaspathi Title by TSR kalaparishath