First of Many: Lakshmi Manchu revisits Padmavyuham

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4. I was like ‘ah it’s so exciting.’
My dad played a dual role. 2. I remember how scared Prabha aunty was. I was scared to even go close to him. 5. And I wish all my missing teeth were intact. One day, the snake charmer came home. How many retakes did you take? © IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd


First of Many

Lakshmi Manchu I was too excited to have makeup on my face. That happened for a few years, which was so embarrassing. I also ran to see it, and within five seconds, a stone came and hit me on my cheek. It was my dad’s movie. It’s just before you approach Rajahmundry. My sync sound was completely off. How did the project come to you? Here’s what the actor shared about her first film.×1.png
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December 20, 2020 4:00:02 pm

Padmavyuham released in 1984. I had two front teeth missing. How was the rapport with your co-stars when you got to meet or work with them again? Which was your first movie? Click here to join our channel (@indianexpress) and stay updated with the latest headlines
For all the latest Entertainment News, download Indian Express App. I meet them once or twice a year. I just went casually and picked up the snake, and everybody was shocked. However, despite being born to actor-producer Mohan Babu, Lakshmi did not really enter the profession because of her filmy background, but because of snakes. I had just finished my UKG and was going to my first grade. 📣 The Indian Express is now on Telegram. What do you remember of your first day on set? 3. I was part of the childhood episode. (Photo: Lakshmi Manchu/Instagram and Mango Music/YouTube)Lakshmi Manchu, who’s been part of the industry for almost two decades, has films like Gundello Godari, Chandamama Kathalu, Anaganaga O Dheerudu, W/O Ram and Kaatrin Mozhi to her credit. I was just so young and excited to show them that I remember it all. If given a chance to go back to your debut role, what would you like to change or do better? Prabha aunty still talks to me about what happened then. Other than that, I don’t think there was much that I could have done with how much I knew then. But, then I went back to shoot for it. They said we have the girl in the house. Then there was my dad and Prabha aunty. There was this famous Rajahmundry bridge. So when that bridge comes, everybody goes to the window to see it. There was a song, scenes and crying. They auditioned so many girls, but they were all scared. I was like 5-6 years old. They wanted a little girl who was comfortable with snakes. I remember every time I washed my hair, they used to blow dry it. Gollapudi Maruthi Rao was a famous villain at that point. That was the first time I faced the camera. I remember how amazed everybody was that I was so comfortable with the snake. After that, for every movie that my father produced, he would have me at the end of the film after the ‘Shubham card’ happened. Lakshmi also hosted celebrity talk show Lakshmi Talk Show and appeared in episodes of American TV series like Desperate Housewives, Las Vegas and Mystery ER. That bond is completely different. That’s the end card where I would come up and say thank you for watching my dad’s movie and for all your love and blessings. The shooting was going to start the next day, and they had to stall that schedule because I couldn’t shoot with a swollen cheek. I remember taking a train from Chennai to Rajahmundry with the actress who was playing the lead – Prabha. I would like to correct my sync sound. Were you nervous?