Bhanu Priya (born Manga Bhama) is an Indian film actress, Kuchipudi dancer, and voice artist known for her works predominantly in Telugu cinema and Tamil cinema. She is also known for her works in few Malayalam, and Kannada films, Bollywood and television. Her acting debut was with the Tamil film Mella Pesungal (1983). She then appeared in the Telugu hit Sitaara which won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Telugu for that year. She then played ornithologist in the 1985 mystery film Anveshana. In 1986 She made her Hindi film debut with Dosti Dushmani.
In 1988 she has appeared in Swarnakamalam screened at the Indian panorama section of the 1988 International Film Festival of India, and the Ann Arbor Film Festival. Bhanupriya has garnered the Indian Express Award for Best Actress, the Nandi Award for Best Actress, and the Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu for her performance in the film. In 1989 and 1981 her performances in Tamil hits Aararo Aariraro, and Azhagan bought her the Tamil Nadu State Film Award Special Prizes respectively.
In a film career spanning thirty-three years, Bhanupriya has acted in more than one hundred and fifty feature films in a variety of roles, and has garnered three state Nandi Awards, three Tamil Nadu State Film Awards, two Cinema Express Awards, two Filmfare Awards South, the JFW Divas of South India Award - for her contribution to South Indian cinema, the Gemini TV Puraskaram for lifetime achievement in Television, and various other honors.
Bhanupriya was born in Rangampeta village, near Rajamahendravaram, Andhra Pradesh into a Telugu speaking family of Pandu Babu and Ragamali. Her family settled in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. She has a younger sister Shantipriya who is also a film actress from 1990s.
Bhanupriya married Adarsh Kaushal, a digital graphics engineer. The couple got married at the Sri Venkateswara temple in Malibu, California on 14 June 1998. The couple has a daughter Abhinaya born in 2003. Bhanupriya divorced Kaushal in 2005 and returned to India, where she resumed her acting career. Bhanupriya now lives in Chennai with her daughter Abhinaya.
In order of languages in which she acted the most to least number of films.Urmila Matondkar - Indian (Tamil Movie)Nandi Award for Best Actress in 1988 for her performance in Swarna KamalamFilmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu in 1988 for her performance in Swarna KamalamFilmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil in 1989for her performance in Aararo AaariraroTamil Nadu State Film Award Special Prize in 1989 for the film Aararo AaariraroTamil Nadu State Film Award Special Prize in 1991 for the film AzhaganCinema Express Awards in 1996 for the film PeddarayuduScreen Videocon Award for the television serial Shakti.Nandi Award for Best Supporting Actress in 2002 for the film Lahiri Lahiri LahiriloNandi Award for Best Supporting Actress in 2005 for the film ChatrapatiJFW Divas of South - Awarded on 12 October 2012 by Just for Women magazine for her contribution to south Indian cinema.