Manju Warrier (born 10 September 1978) 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 17, she debut in the film Sakshyam (1995). Later at the age of 18, she acted 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 Krishnagudiyil 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.
She married actor Dileep.After her marriage with Dileep, she retired from the film industry. The last film in which she acted before retiring from industry was Pathram, co-starring Suresh Gopi.
Manju Warrier was born in Kannur, Kerala on 10th September 1978. 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 did her schooling from Chovva high school and Chinmaya Vidyalaya, Kannur.
She was a talented dancer and made her debut in Malayalam films at the tender age of 18. 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. She now lives in Alwaye with Dileep and daughter, Meenakshi.
National Film Awards
1999 - Special Jury Award
Asianet Film Awards
1999 - Best Actress Award - Kannezhuthi Pottumthottu, Pathram
1998 - Best Actress Award - 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