Maniyan Pilla Raju is well noted for his ability to portray comedy characters effectively well and has created unforgettable hilarious sequences in several films along with actors like Mohan Lal,Mukesh,Innocent,Jagathy Sreekumar,Harishree Ashokan,Nedumudi Venu,Pritviraj Sukumaran and many more.He has acted in many films along with Mohan Lal and the comedy films directed by Priyadarshan in the 80's were all having excellent comedy scenes of Maniyan Pilla Raju.Films like 'Boeing Boeing,Aram+Aram =Kinnaram,Mazha Peyyunnu Maddalam Kottunnu,Akkare Ninnoru Maran,Dhim Tharikida Thom' etc are some of the films which contained nice comedy scenes of Maniyan Pilla Raju and others which aroused roaring laughter in Cinema halls.
Maniyan Pilla Raju acted in almost all films of director Priyadarshan and director Venu Nagavally in well noted roles.He is well efficient to handle serious roles also with equal ease and has a special talent to portray roles such as an advocate.
Raju was born in 1955 at Thiruvananthapuram to parents Shekharan Nair and Saraswathi Amma.He had his schooling at Govt.Model Higher Secondary School,Thiruvananthapuram.After completing Pre-Degree course he joined Adayar Film Institute,Chennai in 1973 for a two year Diploma Course in acting because he loved acting profession very much.While as a student at School itself he was very much involved in all sorts of cultural activities including acting in dramas.After obtaining the diploma from the Institute he debuted in the film 'Mohiniyattam' directed by Sreekumaran Thampi in the year 1976.He appeared in small roles of films like 'Aaravam,Cham
Maniyan Pilla Raju is a successful film Producer also who produced hits and super hits like 'Vellanakalude Nadu,Aey Auto,Kannezhuthi Pottum Thottu,Ananthabhadram,Chotta Mumbai,Oru Naal Varum,Black Butterfly,Pavada' and so on.
He has acted in some popular TV serials also.
Maniyan Pilla Adhava Maniyan Pilla
Ithu Njangalude Kadha
Itha Innu Muthal
Nokketha Doorathu Kannum Nattu
Akkare Ninnoru Maran
Hello My Dear Wrong Number
Dhemm Tharikida Thom
Mukendetta Sumithra Vilikkunnu
His Highness Abdullah
CID Unnikrishnan B.A.B.Ed.
One Way Ticket
Elsamma Enna Aankutty
Thalsamayam Oru Penkutty