DR Thriller Manju
M. H. Manjunatha Kumar
|Occupation||Actor, Director, Screenwriter, Stunt coordinator, Choreographer|
Thriller Manju (born M. H. Manjunatha Kumar) is an Indian film actor,martial artist, director, screenwriter, stunt coordinator, and choreographer known for his works predominantly in Kannada cinema, and a few Telugu and Tamil films. He ventured into film direction with the blockbuster Police Story trilogy in Kannada cinema.
Manju's 2010 Kannada film, Jayahe featured himself in the leading roles alongside actors Ayesha and Jai Akash. The film was later dubbed and released in Malayalam as Lady Bruce Lee (2011) and into Tamil as Vettai Puli (2013).
Kannada cinema, also known as Sandalwood, is the segment of Indian cinema dedicated to the production of motion pictures in the Kannada language widely spoken in the state of Karnataka. The 1934 film Sati Sulochana directed by Y. V. Rao was the first talkie film in the Kannada language. It was also the first film starring Subbaiah Naidu, and was the first motion picture screened in the erstwhile Mysore Kingdom. The film was produced by Chamanlal Doongaji, who in 1932 founded South India Movietone in Bengaluru.
Upendra Rao, also known as Upendra, is an Indian filmmaker, actor and politician known for his work in Kannada cinema. He started his film career as a writer and an assistant director with actor and film director Kashinath. His first directorial venture was Tharle Nan Maga (1992). He is currently one of the highest paid directors and actors in the Kannada cinema industry.
Shamshuddin Ibrahim, known professionally as Shaam, is an Indian model and Tamil film actor who is also known for his roles in Kannada and Telugu films. Starting his career as a professional model, he soon made his acting debut in the film 12B (2001). He further appeared in lead roles in critically successful films such as Lesa Lesa (2003), Iyarkai (2003), and Ullam Ketkumae (2005), which was also successful commercially. He garnered acclaim for his role in Kick (2009), which earned him the name Kick Shaam. Kick enabled Shaam to star in other successful films such as Race Gurram (2014). After a hiatus, he returned to Tamil cinema with 6 (2013) and Purampokku Engira Podhuvudamai (2015), both of which released to positive reviews.
Sarathkumar is an Indian film actor, politician, journalist and former body builder and former president of the South Indian Film Artistes' Association. He has acted in more than 130 Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu and Kannada films. He is fluent in all South Indian languages and is quite proficient in Russian.
Srikanth is an Indian film actor known for his works predominantly in Tamil film industry. He debuted in the romance film Roja Kootam (2002) and went on to star in more such films including April Maadhathil (2002), Manasellam (2003), Parthiban Kanavu (2003). He subsequently went on to portray action roles in Joot (2003), Bose (2004) and Drohi (2010). In the following years, his films failed to achieve commercial success, which led him to venture into the Telugu and Malayalam film industries. He is credited as Sriram in Telugu films. He also had a small role in K.Balachander's tele serial Jannal.
Puneeth Rajkumar is an Indian film actor, playback singer, anchor and producer who works primarily in Kannada cinema. He has been a lead actor in 28 films; as a child, he appeared in films featuring his father, Rajkumar. His performances in Vasantha Geetha (1980), Bhagyavantha (1981), Chalisuva Modagalu (1982), Eradu Nakshatragalu (1983), Bhakta Prahaladha, Yarivanu and Bettada Hoovu (1985) were praised. He won the National Film Award for Best Child Artist for his role of Ramu in Bettada Hoovu. He also won Karnataka State Award Best Child artist for Chalisuva Modagalu and Yeradu Nakshatragalu. Puneeth's first lead role was in 2002's Appu .
Srinivasa Sarja, known professionally as Arjun, is an Indian actor, producer and director. Referred to by the media and his fans as "Action King" for his roles in action films, he works predominantly in Tamil, Kannada and Telugu language films, while also performing in a few Malayalam and Hindi films. As of 2017, Arjun had acted in more than 150 movies. Until his 150th film, he has mostly performed in lead roles and is one of few South Indian actors to attract fan following from multiple states of India. He has directed 11 films and also produced and distributed a number of films..
Prakash Raj is an Indian film actor, director, producer, thespian, television presenter, activist and politician who is known for his works in the South Indian film industry, and Hindi-language films. He acted in back-to-back stage shows for ₹300 a month in the initial stages of his career, when he joined Kalakshetra, Bengaluru, and he has 2,000 street theatre performances to his credit.
Vijayashanti Satti is an Indian film actress, producer and a politician. In a film career spanning 30 years, she has acted in over 180 feature films in a variety of roles in various Indian languages including Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada and Hindi. She has been widely called "The Lady Superstar" and "Lady Amitabh" of South Indian cinema She has won the National Film Award for Best Actress for her work as a "super cop" in Kartavyam (1990), for depicting both aggression and feminity with balance and restraint. She received Kalaimamani Award from Tamil Nadu Government in 2002. She also garnered seven Filmfare Awards South, six for best acting & one for Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award (South) in the year 2003, and four state Nandi Awards for Best Actress.
Filmfare Awards South is the South Indian segment of the annual Filmfare Awards, presented by The Times Group to honour both artistic and technical excellence of professionals in the South Indian film industry. The Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam and Kannada actors perform their talents on the stage. They were introduced in 1954, around the films released in 1952-53 and Filmfare Awards initially recognizing the Hindi film industry. In 1964 awards were extended to Best Picture in Tamil, Telugu, Bengali and Marathi, around the films released in 1963. The inclusion of Malayalam cinema in the awards came in 1967 while Kannada cinema was recognized in 1970. Each industry is given its own set of creative awards in annual ceremonies that have predominantly been held in Hyderabad and Chennai.
Rahman is an Indian film actor who has starred in over 150 films, primarily Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu films.At 90's Rahman is a superstar of Malayalam film industry. In Tamil and Telugu cinema, he is also known by the screen names Raghuman and Raghu.
Sai Kumar is an Indian film actor, dubbing artist turned actor and television presenter. He rose to stardom in Kannada cinema and he also acted in Telugu cinema and Tamil cinema.
Sathyam Babu Dixithulu, known by his stage name Sarath Babu, is an Indian film actor, known for his works in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam and Hindi. He has acted in more than 200 films, most of them in a supporting role. He has acted in more than 100 films in Tamil and 80 in Telugu, 20 in Kannada and a few in Malayalam and Hindi. He entered the film industry in 1973 through a Telugu film and later became popular through the Tamil film Nizhal Nijamagiradhu directed by K. Balachander. He has received eight state Nandi Awards.
Prakash Raj is an Indian film actor, film director, producer and television presenter who mainly works in the South Indian film industry. He acted in back-to-back stage shows for ₹300 a month in the initial stages of his career when he joined Kalakshetra, Bengaluru, and he has 2,000 street theatre performances to his credit.
Sripathi Panditaradhyula Balasubrahmanyam mostly referred to as S. P. B. or Balu is an Indian playback singer, music director, actor, dubbing artist and film producer who works predominantly in Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Hindi and Malayalam. He has recorded over 40000 songs in 16 Indian languages. He has garnered six National Film Awards for Best Male Playback Singer for his works in four different languages; Kannada, Telugu, Tamil, and Hindi; twenty five Andhra Pradesh state Nandi Awards for his works towards Telugu cinema, numerous other state awards from Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. In addition, he garnered the Bollywood Filmfare Award, and six Filmfare Awards South. In 2012, he received the state NTR National Award for his contributions to Indian cinema. In 2016, He was honored with the Indian Film Personality of the Year consisting of a Silver Peacock Medal. He is a recipient of civilian awards such as Padma Shri (2001) and Padma Bhushan (2011) from the Government of India.
Om Prakash Rao is an Indian film director, screenwriter, film producer and film actor who primarily works in Kannada film industry. He has, till date, directed about 25 films in Kannada language.
Lockup Death is a 1994 Indian Kannada action film directed and written by Om Prakash Rao starring Devaraj, Nirosha and Saikumar in the lead roles. The film was produced by Ramu for his Ramu Enterprises production banner.
Police Story is a 1996 Kannada action film, directed by Thriller Manju, starring Sai Kumar as a super cop. The film was simultaneously dubbed into Telugu and Tamil under the same name and in Hindi as Agni IPS, emerged as a blockbuster, and remained a cult classic which lead to two sequels, Police Story 2 in 2007 and Police Story 3 in 2011.
Hema Chaudhary is an Indian film actress who has predominantly acted in Kannada and Telugu films in addition to a few Malayalam and Tamil films. Starting her career as a lead actress in the Telugu film Pelli Kani Pelli in 1976, she switched over to supporting roles in the 1980s. She is best remembered for her negative roles in Kannada films like Vijaya Vani, Subhashaya,Deepa, Gaali Maathu and Nee Bareda Kadambari. Among her Tamil films, the K. Balachander directed Manmatha Leelai (1976) opposite Kamal Haasan is the most notable. Having acted in over 150 films, Hema is considered one of the most popular character artistes in South Indian cinema.
Siva Kumar, known also as Stun Siva is an Indian fight master and action choreographer in the Tamil, Hindi, Malayalam, Kannada, Telugu and French-language film industries of India. He started his career as an extra fighter and assistant to stunt masters including Kanal Kannan and Rambo Rajkumar, later he became as a stunt master and actor. Stunt masters including Anal Arasu, K. Ganesh Kumar, and Anbariv have worked as fighters and assistants to him. In 2014, he announced that he will be making his directorial debut with Karathe Karan, which is a remake of the 1984 film The Karate Kid. His son Kevin Kumar made his debut as stunt coordinator with Adanga Maru.