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.
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.
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 Housewives, Late 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 Award for Best Supporting Actress – Telugu – Gundello Godari (2013)
- Nandi Award for Best Villain – 2011 – Anaganaga O Dheerudu
- The Hyderabad Times Film Awards 2011 – Best Actor in a Negative Role – Anaganaga O Dheerudu
- CineMAA Awards 2012 – Best Supporting Actress – Anaganaga O Dheerudu
|2008||Perfect Lives||Asha||English||Short film|
|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|
|Uu Kodathara? Ulikki Padathara?||Amrutha Valli||Telugu|
|Gundello Godari||Chitra||Telugu||Winner: Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Telugu|
|Chandamama Kathalu||Telugu||Released on 25th April 2014|
|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|
|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|