Profession: Actor, Producer
Age: 73 Years
Date of Death: 14/04/2022
Some lesser known facts about Manju Singh
- Manju Singh was an Indian actor and producer, one of the pioneers of television content in India.
- He started his career in 1983 with the first sponsored program ‘Show Time’ on television.
- Later, he produced several TV shows ranging from serials to children’s shows during the Doordarshan era.
- She advocated against national, social and cultural issues in her shows like Adhikar, which was based on women’s legal rights.
- He also produced the serial Swaraj to commemorate fifty years of Indian independence.
- He anchored the children’s show ‘Khel Khiladi’ which aired on TV for almost 7 years.
- Manju was a producer as well as an actress. She was introduced to acting by leading filmmaker, Hrishikesh Mukherjee, when he offered her the role of Ratna Sharma, the sister of lead protagonist Ramprasad D Sharma (Amol Palekar) in his 1979 film Golmaal.
- Some of her acting projects include “Hanky Panky” (1979), “Ladies Teller” (1981), and “Screen Two” (1985).
- He produced the film Samyaktva: True Insight on spirituality and relevance of ancient Indian wisdom in the 21st century.
- Manju founded a non-profit organization called WorldKids Foundation in 2007. The foundation’s objective was to encourage children to form healthy opinions on important issues through films.
- Manju was also the chairperson of her foundation, whose motto was ‘Entertainment with a Purpose’.
- He believed that children’s films should not be unnecessarily didactic or frivolous. In an interview, she said,
As mothers, we have the power to positively influence our children. We hope that our efforts will create awareness about important topics and encourage women to play a more constructive role in shaping the values of the younger generation.
- In 2012, he was invited by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) as a resource person in Sahodaya conferences dealing with innovative ideas on development and evaluation of life skills and values among students.
- In recognition of his contributions to TV, films, creative arts and academia, he was nominated to be a member of the Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) in 2015.
- After his death, his family was waiting for his granddaughter to come from New York to attend his funeral on 16 April 2022.
- His colleagues from the industry expressed their grief on social media.
No Manju Singh! Manju ji is a visionary for Doordarshan away from Delhi! For DD he made a story, show time etc. Hrishikesh’s main prediction is the main future game. pic.twitter.com/aKFvMJeFYF
— Swanand Kirkire (@swanandkirkire) April 15, 2022