Early Life of Manju Bhargavi
Manju Bhargavi was born in the year 1950. She is an actress and dancer. She is best known for her performance in the Telugu blockbuster film Shankarabharanam (1979). Manju Bhargavi originally is hailing from Andhra Pradesh. But she settled in Madras for her film career. She was originally named Manjula, but later changed it to Manju Bhargavi.
Career of Manju Bhargavi
Manju Bhargavi was trained as a classical dancer and performed at many dance shows. At one of these shows, filmmaker Prakash Rao saw her and cast her in a dance sequence for the Telugu film Gaalipataalu (1974). Manju Bhargavi led to dance numbers in hit films Krishnaveni (1974), Soggadu (1975) and Yamagola (1977). She was also seen as a vamp in Nayakudu-Vinayakudu opposite ANR. She was then cast in the film President Peramma where she performed a dance number, and then the film's director K. Vishwanath asked her to submit some photographs where she was not wearing any make-up. Manju Bhargavi complied and he liked the results and cast her in the lead role as an unglamorous dancer in his next film Shankarabharanam (1979), a film that broke box office records and became a landmark in Telugu cinema. Besides the dubbed version of Sankarabharanam, she has acted in some landmark Malayalam movies too. Manju Bhargavi has done a Tamil movie song in "Billa" 1980. Although, Manju Bhargavi was very satisfied with the film as it gave her fame and respect, she did not act in many films after that her 6 feet height being the reason, choosing to concentrate on her dance shows. In 2008, Manju Bhargavi made her Kannada film debut in Hatrick Hodi Maga playing Shivaraj Kumar's mother. Manju Bhargavi is currently cast as "Subbulakshmi" in the popular TV serial "Thangam" on Sun TV.
Personal Life of Manju Bhargavi
Manju Bhargavi married to a son of a retired Chief Secretary. His family is also originally from Andhra Pradesh but later settled in Bengaluru, which is where she currently lives. Manju Bhargavi had twin sons with her husband, but one of her sons died of cancer in 2007. Manju Bhargavi runs a dance school in Bengaluru.