Lakshmi Manchu

Manchu Lakshmi Prasanna, credited as Manchu Akka alias lakian , is an Indian film actress, singer, model, producer and a television host. She studied in the US and appeared in a couple of American television shows and films and later continued acting in Indian films, mostly in Telugu cinema. She also produces films under the banners of Sree Lakshmi Prasanna Pictures and Manchu Entertainment and has hosted talk shows in Telugu television.


Personal life

Manchu became the mother of a 2 baby girls through surrogacy in June 2014. The baby was born at Akansha Infertility Clinic at 12:30 pm on June 15, 2014.

Early life

Lakshmi Manchu is the only daughter of actor Mohan Babu and Vidya Devi. She has two younger brothers, Vishnu Manchu and Manoj Manchu. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Theater from Oklahoma City University.


She acted and became known through her role in the American television series Las Vegas, where she played the role of Sarasvati Kumar, the love interest of James Lesure. The show gave her the chance to work with many stars, such as James Caan and Sylvestor Stallone, to name a few. Besides, Las Vegas, she has acted very minor roles in each one episode in the series Desperate HousewivesLate Nights with my Lover and Mystery ER. She has also appeared in commercials for Toyota, AARP and Chevrolet She has acted in the upcoming English film Basmati Blues.

In 2006, she acted, directed, and produced 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.

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 expressed that the film would be her breakthrough in films as an actress and revealed that the popular song “Nenjukulle” from the film was shot with her for two weeks.The film released in February 2013 and much to Lakshmi’s shock, her portions were largely edited out of the film and the scope of her role was diminished. The song did not feature in the film either, with Lakshmi apologising to her fan following for the episode.In an interview she had cited that her ultimate aim is Oscar.


Filmfare Awards

  • Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Telugu – Gundello Godari (2013)

Nandi Awards

  • Nandi Award for Best Villain – 2011 – Anaganaga O Dheerudu

Other Awards

  • The Hyderabad Times Film Awards 2011 – Best Actor in a Negative Role – Anaganaga O Dheerudu
  • CineMAA Awards 2012 – Best Supporting Actress – Anaganaga O Dheerudu


Feature films

Year Film Role Language Notes
2008 Perfect Lives Asha English Short film
2008 The Ode Najma English
2009 Dead Air Gabbi English
2009 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 [13]
2012 Department Satya Bhosle Hindi
Uu Kodathara? Ulikki Padathara? Amrutha Valli Telugu
2013 Kadal Celina Tamil
Gundello Godari Chitra Telugu Winner: Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Telugu
Doosukeltha Telugu Special appearance[14]
Basmati Blues Sita English Post-production
Chandamama Kathalu Telugu Released on 25th April 2014[15]



Year Title Role Language Notes
2004-07 Las Vegas Sarasvati Kumar English Recurring role (11 episodes)
2006 Boston Legal Juror #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



Year Film Language Director Cast
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 Manchu Manoj, Nandamuri Balakrishna, Deeksha Seth
2013 Gundello Godari / Maranthen Mannithen Telugu / Tamil Kumar Nagendra Aadhi, Manchu Lakshmi, Taapsee Pannu, Sundeep Kishan