Manchu Manoj first donned the grease paint as child artist at the age of ten for his father’s own production venture, Major Chandrakanth. He played the child version of his father in the movie and also appeared in the famous Punyabhoomi Naa Desam song in the movie.
His first appearance as full length hero dates us to 2004 with a movie titled ‘Donga Dongadi’, an average grosser. And during the span of six years from then, he acted in only 4 movies – Sree (Flop), Raju Bhai (Flop), Nenu Meeku Telusa (Average) and Prayanam (Average) and all of them did not give him a result which he will be proud of.
His first commercial success came in 2010 with a comedy entertainer, Bindaas. The movie is still the biggest grosser in the actor’s career and he even received a Nandi Special Jury Award from the Government of Andhra Pradesh for his performance in the movie. He also acted in a musical entertainer, Jhummandhi Nadham directed by Raghavender Rao in the same year. The movie ended up as an average. In the same year, he played a guest role in Vedam alongside Allu Arjun. His performance in the movie won him many accolades.
With the success in his bag finally, Manoj tried to bring in more innovation in to his movies and attempted movies like Mr.Nookayya and Uu Kodathara Ulikki Padathara but both of them failed miserably at the box office. Manoj toiled hard for both these movies; he wrote the lyrics of two songs in Mr.Nookayya and also composed fights for both the movie. Licking his wounds, Manoj is attempting a commercial formula film now to get back on track.
Manoj pinned high hopes on ‘Potugadu’ and it was made with heavy budget. But the movie received mixed reports and the talk was also average. Manoj turned as a playback singer and in addition, he choreographed action episodes for this film.
2014 has been further disappointing for Manoj. His family multistarer film, Pandavulu Pandavulu Thummeda was despite an average performance did not yield as much as profits the producer would have liked. And towards the end of the year, Current Teega released which was straight away a bitter failure.