Manju Warrier (pronounced: Manju Vāryar; born 10 September 1978) is an Indian film actress and dancer who primarily appears in Malayalam films. She is one of the most successful leading actresses in Malayalam cinema, and has been referred to as a superstar of Malayalam cinema. She made her acting debut in Sakshyam (1995) at the age of 17. Her most well-known films are: Thooval Kottaram (1996), Sallapam (1996), Ee Puzhayum Kadannu (1996), Krishnagudiyil Oru Pranayakalathu (1997), Pranayavarnangal (1998), Kanmadam (1998), Summer in Bethlehem (1998), Pathram (1999), Kannezhuthi Pottum Thottu (1999), How Old Are You? (2014), C/O Saira Banu (2017), Udaharanam Sujatha (2017), Aami (2018), Odiyan (2018), Lucifer (2019) and Asuran (2019). Warrier won the National Film Award – Special Mention for her performance as Bhadra in Kannezhuthi Pottum Thottu. She also won the Kerala State Film Award for Best Actress for her performance as Anjali in Ee Puzhayum Kadannu, along with six Filmfare Awards for Best Actress, a record in that category. Warrier married actor Dileep in 1998 and stopped acting. In 2015, they divorced. She has since returned to cinema with the critically and commercially successful film How Old Are You?, which won her many accolades, notably her record setting fifth Filmfare Award for Best Actress - Malayalam. She has won several other awards, including a National Film Award, a Kerala State Film Award and seven Filmfare Awards South.
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