Born on 19th March 1952 as Manchu Bhakthavatsalam Naidu, Mohan Babu made a very unique name for himself in the Telugu Film Industry. He started out small, in supporting roles and in negative shade characters, but soon became a leading man and even earned the monicker of being a ‘Collection King’. Mohan Babu has featured in over 500 films, in a wide variety of roles. Apart from being seen in films, Mohan Babu is also a producer and the proud owner of several educational institutions, through which he does a lot of philanthropy. He received several awards throughout his career, including a Padma Shri in 2007, an Honorary Doctorate at the 26th convocation of the Dr. MGR University in Chennai, Tamil Nadu on 5 October 2017, and was even honored at the University of California, Berkeley for his contribution to the field of cinema and education.
Let us now take a look at the actor’s net worth, lifestyle, car collection, and remuneration per movie:
According to sources, Mohan Babu’s net worth, as of 2022, is over Rs. 589 Crores. While films have been his primary source of income up to a period of time, currently, his various educational institutions contribute to most of his income currently.
Considering just the actor’s personal car collection, Mohan Babu owns an Audi Q7 and a Toyota Fortuner, among many other cars.
Mohan Babu is currently doing films under his own production house, and the last time he was seen in another production house’s film was when he was seen in Mahanati. He reportedly charges Rs. 2 Crores per movie, with his annual income estimated to be over Rs. 2 Crores, when considering just his filmography. It could be valued at a lot more, if his income from educational institutions is to be taken into consideration.
Mohan Babu was born to Manchu Narayanaswamy Naidu and Lakshmamma. He got married to Vidya Devi, with whom he has two children, Manchu Lakshmi and Manchu Vishnu. After the passing of his wife, Mohan Babu got married to his wife’s sister, Nirmala Devi, with whom he has one child, Manchu Manoj. All three of Mohan Babu’s children are actors, who have been seen in various films.
Mohan Babu began his career as a Physical education instructor at the YMCA college of physical education for many years. It was after he met Dasari Narayana Rao that his life changed and he ventured into films. Dasari guided Mohan Babu throughout his career, and was instrumental in the actor being featured in varied roles, and in different languages. Mohan Babu’s first major breakthrough as an actor was in 1975, with the film Swargam Narakam, directed by Dasari Narayana Rao, in which he was seen as an antagonist. He went on to feature in many other films as an antagonist, and after a certain period of time, made his debut as the protagonist.
Mohan Babu entered politics after NTR, his idol, established the Telugu Desam Party, but stayed away from politics following the demise of the actor-turned-politician. In 2019, the actor once again got back to politics, and joined the YSRCP.