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Manju Warrier ( മഞ്ജു വാര്യര്‍ ) is a former Malayalam film actress, and wife of the popular Malayalam film actor Dileep.


Even when she was at school, Manju showed extra ordinary talent in dance, and won many awards. She was conferred Kalathilakam in Kerala Youth Festival for 2 years.

At the age of 18, she made her debut in the movie Sallapam (1996), co-starring actor Dileep, which became a big hit. Since then, she acted in around 20 Malayalam movies over a span of three years, most of which have been hits. She has won numerous awards and critical acclaim and was considered to be the top heroine of her period. She is still one of the most loved actresses in Malayalam. She has not acted in any other languages in her career. She was initially the first choice for the movie Alaipayuthey by director Mani Ratnam, but was not able to do the movie because of date hassles and then her sudden marriage.

Her performance in the movie Kannezhuthi Pottum Thottu was extraordinary and won a special mention from jury for national film awards. Her other popular films are Kanmadam and Aaram Thamburan with Mohanlal, Ee Puzhayum Kadannu and Kudamattom with Dileep, Summer In Bethlehem, Pranayavarnnangal, Pathram and Kaliyattom with Suresh Gopi, Irattakuttykalude Achan, Kaliveedu, Thooval kottaram and KrishanGudiyil Oru Pranayakalathu with Jayaram. Her performances in these films won critical and commercial acclaim. She left the film field at the peak of her career.

After her marriage with actor Dileep, she retired from the film industry. The last film in which she acted before retiring from industry was Pathram, co-starring Suresh Gopi.

Personal life

Manju Warrier was born in Kannurmarker, Keralamarker on 10 September, 1978 at 7.30 am. Her father is an accountant, and mother a housewife. She has one brother Madhu Warrier who is also an actor (appearance in a movie called "Campus"). She studied in Chovva high school

She was a talented dancer and made her debut in Malayalam films at the tender age of 17. She established herself as an actress par excellence in a very short period from her debut.

Manju Warrier got married to fellow actor Dileep on 20 October 1998 at Alwaye Sri Krishna Temple. The marriage had its share of controversy. She now lives in Alwayemarker with Dileep and daughter, Meenakshi.


Special mention from jury for national film awards, 1999 for Kannezhuthi Pottum Thottu

Best Actress, Lux Asianet Film Awards, 1999 for films Kannezhuthi Pottum Thottu and Pathram

Best Actress, Ujjala Asianet Film Awards, 1998 for film Kanmadham

Best Actress, Screen-Videocon Awards, 1997 for films Aaram Thamburan and Krishnagudiyile Oru Pranaya Kalathu

Best Actress, Screen-Videocon Awards, 1996

Best Actress, Film Fans Awards, 1996, for Thooval Kottaram

Best Actress, Kerala State Film Award,1996, for Ee Puzhayum Kadannu

Complete Filmography

No: Film Year Character Co-stars Director Verdict
1 Pathram (പത്രം ) 1999 Devika Shekhar Suresh Gopi, Murali, Biju Menon, Abhirami Joshi Super Hit
2 Kannezhuthi Pottum Thottu ( കണ്ണെഴുതി പൊട്ടും തൊട്ടു് ) 1999 Bhadra Abbas, Biju Menon, Thilakan, Kalabhavan Mani Rajeev Kumar Super Hit
3 Summer in Bethlahem (സമ്മര്‍ ഇന്‍ ബെത്‌ലഹേം ) 1998 Abhiraami Suresh Gopi, Jayaram, Mohanlal (guest), Sreejaya, Rasika, Mayoori Sibi Malayil Super Hit
4 Kanmadam ( കന്മദം ) 1998 Bhanumathi Mohanlal, Lal, Sreejaya, Siddique Lohithadas Average
5 Daya ( ദയ ) 1998 Daya Krishna, Lal Venu Flop
6 Pranayavarnangal ( പ്രണയവര്‍ണ്ണങ്ങള്‍ ) 1998 ----- Suresh Gopi, Biju Menon, Divya Unni, Praveena Sibi Malayil Average
7 Thirakalkkappuram ( തിരകള്‍ക്കപ്പുറം ) 1998 ----- Suresh Gopi Anil Adithyan Flop
8 Irattakkuttikalude Achchhan ( ഇരട്ടക്കുട്ടികളുടെ അച്ഛന്‍ ‍ ) 1997 Anupama Jayaram, Murali, Sreenivasan, Kavya Madhavan Sathyan Anthikad Hit
9 Krishnagudiyil Oru Pranayakalathu (കൃഷ്ണഗുഡിയില്‍ ഒരു പ്രണയകാലത്തു് ) 1997 Meenakshi Jayaram, Biju Menon, BalaChandra Menon, Kavya Madhavan, Vinaya Prasad Kamal Hit
10 Kudamattom ( കുടമാറ്റം ) 1997 Gauri Dileep, Biju Menon, VijayaRaghavan, Mohini Sundardas Flop
11 Aaram Thamburan (ആറാം തമ്പുരാന്‍ ) 1997 Unnimaya Mohanlal, Priya Raman Shaji Kailas Mega Hit
12 Sammanam ( സമ്മാനം ) 1997 ----- Manoj K Jayan, Kalabhavan Mani Sundardas Avaraje
13 Kaliyattam ( കളിയാട്ടം ) 1997 Thaamara Suresh Gopi, Biju Menon, Lal Jayaraj super hit
14 Innalakalillathe ( ഇന്നലെകളില്ലാതെ ) 1997 ----- Biju Menon George Kithu Flop
15 Kaliveedu ( കളിവീടു് ) 1996 Mridula Jayaram, Vani Viswanath, Sunitha Sibi Malayil Average hit
16 Thooval Kottaram ( തൂവല്‍ക്കൊട്ടാരം ) 1996 Devaprabha Varma Jayaram, Murali, Sukanya, Dileep Sathyan Anthikkad Hit
17 Dilliwala Rajakumaran (ദില്ലിവാലാ രാജകുമാരന്‍ ) 1996 Maya Jayaram, Biju Menon, Kalabhavan Mani Rajasenan hit
18 Ee Puzhayum Kadannu (ഈ പുഴയും കടന്നു് ) 1996 Anjali Dileep, Biju Menon, Mohini, Chippi Kamal Hit
19 Sallapam (സല്ലാപം‌‌) 1996 Radha Dileep, Manoj K Jayan, Kalabhavan Mani, N F Vargheese Sundardas Hit
20 Saakshyam (സാക്ഷ്യം) 1995 ----- Suresh Gopi, Gouthami, Annie Mohan Flop


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