Veteran actress, wife of actor Vijay Kumar passed away succumbing to a stomach injury caused due to a fall from the bed early this morning. She was taken to hospital immediately but the doctors could not clear the blood clot in the stomach and she breathed her last today. She was 59 and is survived by husband Vijay Kumar, three daughters.
Movie Artists Association President Murali Mohan said 'Manjula was a beautiful heroine and a great artist. When I think of her, I recall 'Mayadari Malligadu' instantly. She always stayed in my house when she was in Hyderabad. Its shocking and sad that she passed away. I convey my condolences to her family...'
Manjula, the super-heroine of yesteryears, acted in more than 100 films in Tamil, Telugu and Kannada. She first appeared in the film Shanthi Nilayam (1969) in a supporting role (as the teenaged girl of Gemini Ganesan's character). Her first lead role was in Rickshawkaran (1971). She acted in lead roles in many films till the late seventies. Since the late 80s, she has appeared in supporting roles. Manjula has performed alongside NTR, ANR,, Shobhan Babu, Krishna in Telugu, Sivaji Ganesan, Gemini Ganesan, M. G. Ramachandran, Kamal Hassan, and Rajinikanth in Tamil and Vishnuvardhan in Kannada.